healthy weeknight winter meals

In this busy season of holidays, feasting, baking, shopping, and travel, I would love some quick weeknight dinner ideas that are both comforting and (semi)healthy. Thanks, all!

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HalfPint
HalfPint December 9, 2014

Think soups & stews.

I love Ming Tsai's Tomato Soup which involves heating canned tomatoes with a little ginger root, vegetable or chicken broth, and onions, then adding sweet basil. Puree the mixture and serve with crusty bread.

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trampledbygeese
trampledbygeese December 11, 2014

That sounds AMAZING! I know what I'm having for dinner tonight, and tomorrow and perhaps for the rest of winter.

Is the recipe from a specific book, or website?

HalfPint
HalfPint December 11, 2014

@trampledbygeese, I think this is the recipe,
http://www.foodnetwork...

I just don't add the sugar and I use canned tomatoes, which works just as well if not better than fresh (especially out of season tomatoes).

Meaghan F
Meaghan F December 9, 2014

Cook a pot of hearty whole grains on the weekend and you've got the base for healthy meals all week. It's a classic tip, but classic for a reason. My personal pro tip: don't hesitate to think outside of the box with whole grains - these quinoa patties (http://www.epicurious.com...) are GREAT topped with marinara & mozzarella plus a green salad is a perfect meat-free meal.

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luvcookbooks
luvcookbooks December 9, 2014
https://food52.com/recipes... makes a great easy meal... any dal recipe with a pot of rice, and if you make extra rice you can have vegetable fried rice the next day...https://food52.com/recipes... I add lots of vegetables and cook them tender before adding the rice. https://food52.com/recipes... makes a nice meal over rice noodles with chopped peanuts.
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Susan W
Susan W December 9, 2014

We had a good conversation recently on the hotline about quick go to recioes. They featured the conversation on the splash page. I cant link it from my phone, but if you do a search for "back-pocket recipes" in either articles or Q&A, you will pull it up.

I highly recommend the Asian chicken that Nutcakes posted. It is sooo very good and easy.

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bigpan
bigpan December 9, 2014

Two words = Shepard's pie.
Can be made ahead and frozen or kept in fridge

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aargersi
aargersi December 10, 2014

This is one of my go-tos:
https://food52.com/recipes...

I made this last night and it is super easy and DELICIOUS:
https://food52.com/recipes...

We roast a chicken almost every week in the winter, if you roast on high heat and keep it simple spice wise, it really is a pretty quick and easy thing to do, and will supply leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.

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K_Squared
K_Squared December 10, 2014

Chicken over rice has sooooo much room for variations and modification. Add a vegetable and you're set! I like Shutterbean's baked Lemon Chicken recipe for starters or there's a Blackened Chicken recipe on The Kitchn that has a terrific seasoning rub.

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Marian Bull
Marian Bull December 10, 2014

This is my go-to! It's SO good and super adaptable. https://food52.com/recipes...

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Sam1148
Sam1148 December 10, 2014

This is a cheat. But cambells has a Moroccan soup in a bag with chicken and chick peas. I used that as a starting point and grilled up an lemon chicken breast. Added a can of diced tomatoes, a can of chicken stock and a can of chick peas...and a touch of Garam Masala and cumin. The starer 'pack' of the soup also brought some extra flavors..so the only reall work is using up chicken breast and opening some cans.

If you have the spices you can probably wing something similar with out the cheat pack.

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Jenny Maria
Jenny Maria December 11, 2014

Any pureed vegsteble soupe and varry on the seasoning

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trampledbygeese
trampledbygeese December 11, 2014

Vegetables stir fried with leftover meat, can of tuna, or chickpeas, usually cooked with a rich miso sauce (chickpea miso, sake, honey, and soy(free) sauce), over starch (udon, italian pasta, mashed, or whole root veg, &c).

I love this because I can have any mix of veg that are in the house. Sometimes all I have is cabbage and carrots, other times a whole selection of fresh veg. The rich miso sauce makes this a hearty and heart warming version of stir fry, much more appropriate for winter warmth than the lighter, summer stir fry. Oh, and did I mention it's really fast to make? Everything's ready in 15 to 25 minutes.

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Trine Midtun
Trine Midtun December 11, 2014

I chopped red onion and (alot) of cabbage into small slices. Then I roasted almonds and put some salt on it. I made a dressing out of sweet mustard, parsley, garlic and quark, and tossed it into the salad :-) Take it into a tortilla and eat it together with chicken.

http://www.klisjehjemmet.no

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Pegeen
Pegeen December 11, 2014

Lots of great recipes in these articles

10 Easy Weeknight Dinners
https://food52.com/blog...

10 Weeknight Chicken Dinners
https://food52.com/blog...

7 Weeknight Rice Dishes
https://food52.com/blog...

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