When the temperatures drop we crave cosy foods. This means there is nothing better than a hearty meal to comfort us on a winter’s day.
From meatballs, soups to cookies, and pasta bakes, you need hearty recipes to keep you warm.
These recipes with minimal ingredients prove that whipping up a delicious dinner does not need to be difficult. Not only that, but they are also cheap and easy-to-prepare meals that do not sacrifice on taste or nutrients.
Heat a splash of olive oil in a large saucepan (that has a lid) over a medium heat. Finely chop the onion and garlic and sauté it in the oil until softened.
Roughly chop the cauliflower (including the stalks) and sweet potato and add it all to the saucepan with the stock, chilli, cumin and a good pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper. Place the lid on the saucepan and bring the liquid to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat slightly and leave to simmer with the lid on until the cauliflower and sweet potatoes are soft.
Once the vegetables are soft, allow the mixture to cool slightly and then tip it into a food processor and process until smooth. (You could use a stab mixer if you prefer, whatever you have). You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your food processor. Taste the soup and add more sea salt and black pepper if required.
To serve, spoon the soup into bowls and top with some sautéed kale and some more cracked black pepper if desired.
Craving a sweet pick-me up during winter afternoon? Then this recipe is for you.
1tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup castor sugar
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of sea salt
¾ cup dark chocolate melts, halved
⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 30 seconds or until melted. Set aside for 2 to 3 minutes to cool.
Stir in vanilla and egg until combined. Stir in our, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt until combined. Add chocolate. Stir to combine.
Using 2 level tablespoons at a time, roll mixture into balls. Between the palms of your hands, flatten balls slightly. Line a microwave-safe plate with baking paper. Place about four cookies on prepared plate, allowing room for spreading. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes to 2 minutes 30 seconds or until cooked, but soft to touch. Stand for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Repeat process with remaining cookies in four batches.