By Foodism Team
With the chill beginning to set in keeping your body warm by eating the right foods is the need-of-the-hour!
While soups and sizzlers are an absolute mandate to beat the chill there are other yummy delicacies also from the vegetarian segment which can be prepared quickly and more importantly recipes that don’t require too many rare ingredients.
So let’s get started!
Mushroom and Herb Pasta
Replete with flavour and oh-so rich and creamy this is the best way to get in a serving of greens into your kids. Hearty, filling and satisfying this dish scores high on the comfort food category; besides satiating your creamy pasta cravings
Roasted Tomato Coconut Soup
This Roasted Tomato Coconut Soup recipe is incredibly easy to make and the ingredients like – tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, salt, olive oil, black pepper, scallions, thyme, parsley, paprika, garlic, coconut oil and brown sugar - go a long way in boosting your immunity quotient
Creamy Mushroom Hand Pies
This appetizer cum single meal delicacy entails a creamy, garlicky mushroom filling sealed within a flaky puff pastry pie crust. Besides being portable (making them the perfect winter potluck item) they provide you with a wide scope of experimenting with a variety of fillings to suit the palate of your guests.
Green Bean Mushroom Casserole
A sure hit to cut the winter chill so long as you don’t overcook the beans (as they lose their soothing green colour and get brown and mushy when overcooked) and add more texture by topping the casserole with caramelized onions mixed with sesame seeds and chopped cashews.
Green Thai Curry Bowls
Despite not lacking on the flavour front these Green Thai Curry Bowls are much lighter than the typical curry broth. The curry amalgamates the flavours of garlic, galangal (Thai ginger), lemongrass, kaffir lime, cilantro and cumin into a thick paste; this paste is then used to make a broth, usually with coconut milk, which is then served over rice with meat and vegetables.
Lasagna Soup with Cashew Cream
This one’s a winter favourite as it’s got multiple pluses - it’s quick, easy and affordable; comprises of staple ingredients like tomatoes and carrots; offers a rich tint with the cashew cream sauce; is replete with spices; and caters to your leaning for traditional lasagne. Moreover the cashews lend it body and protein making it more filling and it can be made in bulk quantities for those impromptu winter gatherings.
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Sautéed onions, garlic, herbs and tender lentils in tasty gravy with real "meaty" depth of flavour, all topped with creamy mashed potato which becomes golden and crispy perfection in the oven … now, doesn’t this translate into the ultimate comfort food of winter?
Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew
Cinnamon, cumin, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes blended with a creamy peanut sauce make this a delicious and satiating protein-packed must-have for winter. The antioxidant rich sweet potatoes, carrots, peas and spinach; with chickpeas added for protein ensure that you bring to the table a perfectly balanced meal. It can be consumed as a standalone or atop steamed brown basmati rice.
Tortillas Enchilada Casserole
The perfect combination of savoury, smoky enchilada sauce and subtly sweet dressing this comfort food comes packed with healthy veggies and filling beans and is a hot favourite with the kid fraternity too!
Veggie Stew with Dumplings
This stew is lip-smacking and adding vegan butter in the end softens the flavour. A friendly word of counsel – the dumplings will expand!
Enjoy your cosy winter season!