Winter comfort foods to warm your heart and soul

There something good about a home-cooked meal on a cold day.

Life + Leisure Cooking & Entertaining Koelen Andrews

This article was published on December 21st, 2016

Winter is full of laughter and love, comfort, and happiness. It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the crisp, cold air, taking in seasonal activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice skating, and more. After a day of outdoor adventure come inside  to warm up with hearty comfort food. There something good to be said about a good, home-cooked meal on a cold day. These food are delicious meals and, when made from scratch, are packed with real meats and vegetables which provide fuel for your body throughout winter. Store bought, pre-made versions are full of preservatives, which of course you don’t want in your healthy diet. Here are the top winter comfort foods to warm your heart and soul.

Winter comfort foods: Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

Stew: Not only heart warming but so easy to do and a great way to use up leftovers! Stew is one of the most versatile dishes with so many great varieties to suit every dietary requirement. Whether you want to slave over a hot stove, or put it all in a slow cooker and let technology do the work for you, either way, you end up with a delicious dinner!

Get started with these great stew recipes for inspiration.

Chilli: A sure fire crowd pleaser, and a great one to use up  cupboard ingredients you likely have lying around. Make it with meat, beans, vegetables or anything you have on hand in the refrigerator and freezer! Serve it piping hot with rice, tortillas or just a simple crisp salad for the low carbers.

This self titled ‘Best Damn Chilli‘ recipe fully lives up to its name!

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding: There is a reason why some meals come and go and some live on forever in tradition. Roast beef and Yorkshire puddings are the timeless classic. It never gets old, never seems dated, and is a delicious comforting meal on a cold winter night. Serve with roasted vegetables, potatoes and gravy for a complete, hearty meal.

Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for his self proclaimed last night on earth dinner is the ultimate roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

Hearty soup:Soup is not only a great choice for being easy to prepare and having countless ingredient options, it is brilliant for being able to bulk make in advance and just reheat as and when is needed. A wonderful option for a cozy lunch with a large group of friends, serve with warm crusty, freshly baked bread rolls and delicious fresh butter.

Jamie Oliver provides some simply stunning options for winter soups. The pumpkin and ginger soup is to die for!

Meaty Casseroles:A delicious option for feeding the masses as well as providing plenty of leftovers is a good, hearty, meaty casserole, just like your mother used to make! While a classed beef or sausage casserole will always go over well, experiment by trying something different this winter.

Check out this amazing Greek baked ziti pasta casserole for something a little special. With plenty of meat, plenty of cheese and a generous helping of pasta this is as delicious as it is comforting.

Now you have five sure fire hearty winter comfort foods to keep everyone fed, warm and cosy a the dining table.

Do you have favourite winter comfort foods you’d like to share? Leave your recipes and ideas in the comments below.

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