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7 healthy winter food ideas to try


Winter can be a dizzying season of swirling snow, happy vacations, frigid temperatures, warm fireplaces and cozy, comfortable meals. It's also a time when the body gets exhausted, so it's important to fill your days with delicious food like these eight healthy winter food ideas.

1. Chicken Tortilla Soup

This low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie soup is very tasty. You can make this amazing chicken tortilla soup as mild or as spicy as you like by adjusting the chili powder and green chilies or adding a little cayenne pepper. Fresh cilantro and squeezed lime add a touch of summer to this satisfying soup.

2. Seafood Marinara

Pasta is one of the most popular comfort foods for several reasons. It's quick and easy to make, the possibilities are as endless as your tastes and imagination, and let's face it, it's fun to eat!

You can fill your home with the smell of this super easy marinara sauce as it simmers on the stovetop. Add your favorite seafood in the last few minutes and voila! A healthy and delicious seafood marinara.

3. Italian Wedding Soup

Soups and stews are a counterpoint to the cold, and one of the tastiest and healthiest soups is a good Italian soup. The heartiness of meatballs, the comfort of pasta, and the vitamins and minerals of dark vegetables like spinach and kale make it one of the best healthy winter food ideas on this list.

The word "soup" is derived from the Latin word suppa, which means bread soaked in broth. Combine a cup of Italian wedding soup with crispy Bacci rolls, finish with a cappuccino and snickerdoodles, and you'll feel full and calm for the rest of the evening.

4. Roasted Winter Vegetables

There is great beauty in eating locally and seasonally, although it may seem easier to do so during the warmer months. However, you can stock up on root vegetables from local community agriculture or, if you're lucky, near a farmers' market that closes during the winter months.

To roast winter vegetables, simply toss sweet potatoes, beets, potatoes, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, quartered onions, garlic cloves, Brussels sprouts, or whatever you like in olive oil. Then season with your favorite spices, such as garlic powder, white pepper and pink Himalayan salt, and roast in a 425 degree F oven for about 30 minutes.

For a fun variation, roast a whole cauliflower (or if the deep fryer you bought last year has a roasting pan, try it!) and serve it topped with a cheese or hollandaise sauce.

5. spiral pot with sweet potato enchilada.

Sweet potatoes have a taste that you shouldn't really like, but thanks to their fiber content, they're actually better for you than regular potatoes. They're also a good source of vitamin C and potassium, and can give you 400% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

You've already used your deep fryer to prepare your healthy and delicious roast cauliflower, so now let's break out the spiralizer. You've probably already tried the amazing vegetarian spiralized noodle recipes, but imagine surprising your family with a pot of homemade spicy enchilada. They'll be asking for more, maybe even a third!

6. soup with vegetables from the garden

It's not hard to understand how this soup came to be. How do you often make soup? You look around, see what ingredients you have, put them in a pot, and cook them until their delicious aroma permeates your home.

We all have our favorite bowl of happiness, but there's something about vegetable soup from the garden that seems to make the world a fairer place. Maybe it's the simplicity of their flavor, or maybe it's the incredible combination of flavors and colors. Or maybe it's because it's so good for you! Whatever it is, a hot vegetable soup and your favorite sandwich can get you back on track.

7. Stuffed acorn squash with wild rice and mushrooms.

Rich in alpha and beta carotene, vitamin C and fiber, winter squash has re-emerged as a superfood. And it's the key ingredient in some of the most appetizing winter dish ideas you'll find. Here are some of the most popular winter squash:





Pepper Pumpkin

All of these squashes are fabulous, but the pepper squash is a perfect serving for two or for someone who likes to use up leftovers. You can also easily make two of these to feed a family of four. This easy stuffed squash recipe is perfect for evenings when you have other things to do at home and forgot to thaw something for dinner.

To start, cut a pepper squash in half, remove the seeds and flesh, then bake it on a baking sheet at 400 degrees F for about an hour. You can cook it on the flesh side in about a quarter inch of water, or roast it on the flesh side with a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of brown sugar or maple syrup.

Fill the center of your baked pepper squash with a delicious mushroom wild rice filling to enhance the sweetness of the squash. For an even more intense flavor, use an earthy wild rice in combination with an exotic mushroom mixture.

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