I don't know about you but as soon as it gets cold I go into total hibernation mode. The winter duvet has come out, it's raining, and all I want to do is curl up inside and eat comfort food, preferably with added cheese.
I am attempting to reduce the number of pasta bakes per week to a more reasonable number (my ultimate winter food. Preferably with garlic bread. Mmm) by ensuring I have a few healthier options on hand that are easy to cook.
1. Sweet potato chips
Sweet potatoes have the be the best vegetable ever. I recently perfected my sweet potato chip method (I won't call it a recipe as it's too easy for that) after reading these instructions for the perfect oven sweet potato fries and discovered a few simple changes made my chips soooo much better. The key is to cut your potato into equal or near equal sized pieces so they cook at the same time, not to add too much oil (they should be coated but not sitting in the stuff) for ultimate crispiness, and not to cook anything else in the oven with them, otherwise they'll sweat and go soggy.
Recently I've had these chips with steak or salmon, for an ultimate comforting but healthy evening meal.
2. Thai vegetable soup
I blogged this recipe for a spicy thai vegetable soup way back at the start of the year, and it's a great wintry staple. I recently had a soup making session, and stocked my freezer with individual portions, so I can pull them out for a quick lunch. We ate this with James' home made pitta for lunch last weekend. I think I overdid the spices first time around, but some of the heat gets lost when you freeze it, so second time around it was perfect!
3. Turkey Bolognase
Finally this low fat turkey bolognase was a recent discovery, on the BBC Good Food website. Swapping out beef mince for turkey makes a big difference health wise, and it's another meal that you can easily freeze and reheat with pasta or quinoa if you are feeling extra healthy. The turkey can be a bit bland, so I did spice it up quite a bit (when in doubt add more cayenne pepper is my cooking motto. Poor James gets to play guinea pig when I add too much...) from the original recipe, but it was really yummy and filling.
If you have any suggestions for filling winter comfort food that is also vaguely healthy I'd love to hear them! Please do leave your suggestions in the comments.