7 Winter Recipes to Warm Your Soul

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When the weather turns colder, our taste buds crave comfort. But there are only so many soups and stews we can make before we get tired of them. CircleAround searched for some creative winter meals that give you an instant warm and cozy feeling, with a few great health benefits, too. From vegetarian shepherd’s pie to spaghetti Bolognese, these recipes are perfect for heating up your kitchen and your appetite.

1Breakfast Quinoa Porridge With Fruit and Maple

Photo Credit: Lisa Leslie-Williams

Kick off your cozy snow day with a warm breakfast packed with nutrients and protein. Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams, a natural living holistic wellness expert and recipe developer, shared her favorite “cozy, winter, feel good breakfast” recipe with CircleAround, which uses quinoa as the main grain, along with maple syrup to give it sweetness. Almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon add additional flavor, and while Dr. Leslie-Williams prefers bananas and blueberries in her version, any fruit of your choice will work. 

2Simple Spaghetti Bolognese

You can’t go wrong with a great sauce, and Bolognese is one of the best and easiest to make. “Living in Minnesota, my daughter loves coming in from the cold to a piping hot plate of spaghetti with Bolognese sauce,” Amy Lippert writes on her blog. “This dish warms the soul and includes simple ingredients that deliciously combine for a rich, meaty, and earthy Bolognese sauce.” Celery, carrots, and diced onions are typical for most Bolognese, but feel free to mix in your fave veggies like peppers, mushrooms, and leftover squash. You can also replace the ground beef with ground turkey, or for a totally vegetarian meal, try using lentils. See Lippert’s recipe on her blog Almond Milk and Cookies

3Chickpea-Stuffed Peppers

For a veggie-packed cozy fix that’s super easy to make, Jennifer Bell loves making peppers stuffed with chickpeas instead of rice and meat. She shared her recipe on her blog A Sweet Alternative with CircleAround. We love the way she adds color and flavor without compromising ingredients. You can also make them with or without cheese, or use plant-based cheese in place of your favorite dairy version.

4Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie With Tempeh and Mushrooms

Nothing says comfort food like shepherd’s pie, and in recent years, new vegetarian or vegan versions have emerged to give the original recipe an updated twist. “This vegan tempeh shepherd’s pie features mushrooms, red wine, and lots of wintery aromatics,” writes Alexandra Shytsman, a recipe developer, photographer, blogger.  “It works as well for weeknight dinners as for festive gatherings.” Get her recipe on her blog The New Baguette.  

5Chinese Hot Pot

Most people might be familiar with the idea of hot pot as a restaurant experience with friends, where people gather around large tables to simmer meats and veggies in super hot, herby broths paired with flavorful dipping sauces. But Sarah Leung, co-author and photographer at The Woks of Life, knows it’s just as good when re-created at home. “It’s a warm, comforting, and social meal to have,” she writes in the recipe. “Plus, because all the food gets cooked at the table, it’s an easy meal to boot.” She breaks down the ingredients and equipment needed, but also notes that the beauty of a hot pot is that you can truly make it your own. Make sure to read her cook time guidelines carefully so that every bite is cooked to perfection.

6Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Creamy Polenta


“This decadent, Italian-style dish is perfect for chilly weather celebrations,” says Ashley Schuering, chief “food” officer of Confessions of a Grocery Addict. “Make it a day ahead for an easy date night at home!” Braising the meat is easy even if you don’t have a Dutch oven, and breaks down into a lovely, tender stew that pairs perfectly over the creamy Parmigiana polenta. Find the recipe on her blog

7Chana Masala

The savory, spicy ingredients used for chana masala, an Indian chickpea stew, are perfect for when you want to curl up on the couch and watch the snow fall. Chitra Agrawal, owner of Indian condiment line Brooklyn Delhi, takes pride in making her great-aunt’s chana masala recipe, which cooks up in less than 30 minutes. Premade masala spice mixes are usually available, but for the boldest flavor, it’s best to make your own. Find the recipe on her blog, The ABCD’s of Cooking

8The Bottom Line

These treats are sure to keep you warm and happy during the cold winter months. But if you’re looking for other yummy recipes, check out CircleAround’s hibiscus tea recipe or our recipe for making gluten-free banana bread

Tags: Healthy Recipes, Vegan Recipes, vegetarian

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Katka Lapelosová

Katka is a writer from New York City, currently living in Belgrade, Serbia. See Full Bio

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