Gathering the family around the table to tuck into a warm, hearty meal is one of the best ways we know to beat the winter blues – but finding family-friendly recipes to keep things interesting can be a challenge.
That’s why we’ve gathered up our favourite warming winter recipes that all ages will enjoy – and that won’t break the budget. From soups and stews to roasts and veg, these nourishing winter warming meals will see even the pickiest eaters asking for seconds.
Recipes for winter
Healthy and hearty, a big pot of steaming soup is the perfect winter warmer. Pair with some nice crusty bread to make it a warm winter dinner.
• Easy red lentil and tomato soup from The Spruce Eats – With just three ingredients (plus seasonings), it doesn’t get simpler than this tasty soup!
• Space soup from Recipes from a Normal Mum – If you’re looking for ways to get your children to eat their green veg, this recipe from 2011 Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell is a winner.
There’s nothing like a one-pot meal to simplify your dinner routine. These recipes call for everything to be made in one pot – or nearly – making supper an easy affair.
• Easy sausage one pot from Mrs Rachel Brady – Sausages are a family favourite, as mum-of-three Rachel Brady knows, and her recipe is easy to alter to use whatever veg and beans you have on hand. Serve with pasta, rice or mash and you’ve got a tasty supper ready in thirty minutes.
• Slow-cooked lamb and sweet potato casserole from A Mummy Too – A one-pot dish that’s full of flavour from award-winning food and lifestyle blogger Emily Leary. Just leave plenty of time for this beauty to slow cook in the oven – you won’t regret it!
Warming roasts and mains
A lovingly prepared roast is sure to gather the family around the table – and these recipes are good enough to make any day of the week.
• Roast beef dinner from Culinary Ginger – A perfect Sunday roast from Culinary Ginger’s ‘resident redhead’ Jeanette, ready to pair with all the trimmings.
• Mushroom lentil loaf with cranberries from A Virtual Vegan – This lovely lentil loaf from vegan cookbook author and blogger Melanie McDonald gets heaps of flavour from mushrooms, nuts and the bright pop of cranberries on top.
Five a day
Vegetables don’t have to be boring – or be relegated to the side-lines. These hearty recipes make getting in your children’s five a day easy by giving veg a starring role.
• Winter veggie stew with wholesome lumpy dumplings from The Happy Foodie – Thick and moreish, this lovely stew from star BBC chef Nick Knowles is topped with cheesy dumplings – a sure winner!
• One pot split pea curry from The Flexitarian – Mild and hearty, this child-friendly curry from ‘flexible vegetarian’ Annabelle Randles makes a satisfying meal and cooks up in just one pot.
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