Healthy Winter Dinners: What to Cook (Jan 30)
When temperatures drop, it’s easy to reach for comfort food that may not be all that healthy. This week’s dinner menu is all about Healthy Winter Dinners that are hardy, delicious, and healthy too!
What Makes a Heathy Dinner?
That’s actually a great question. And one that varies from person to person. However, there are a few “rules,” if you will, that generally constitutes a healthy dinner.
Harvard University has put together a few easy-to-remember guidelines on how to build a healthy dinner plate:
Go for whole grains – ¼ of your plate.
Whole and intact grains—whole wheat, barley, wheat berries, quinoa, oats, brown rice, and foods made with them, such as whole wheat pasta—have a milder effect on blood sugar and insulin than white bread, white rice, and other refined grains.
Protein power – ¼ of your plate.
Fish, poultry, beans, and nuts are all healthy, versatile protein sources—they can be mixed into salads, and pair well with vegetables on a plate. Limit red meat, and avoid processed meats such as bacon and sausage.
Healthy plant oils – in moderation.
Choose healthy vegetable oils like olive, canola, soy, corn, sunflower, peanut, and others, and avoid partially hydrogenated oils, which contain unhealthy trans fats. Remember that low-fat does not mean “healthy.”
Drink water, coffee, or tea.
Skip sugary drinks, limit milk and dairy products to one to two servings per day, and limit juice to a small glass per day.
Healthy Winter Dinners Menu
This week we say goodbye to January and hello to February. It’s the heart of winter and often, a season where we crave dinners that are hardy and delicious.
I hope you find this week’s menu crave worthy.
Here’s what we have on the menu:
Monday’s dinner is an easy and delicious vegetarian meal with ample winter-inspired, Mediterranean spiced veggies served over a bed of hardy greens. Add whole grain pitas to round out the meal. I like to toast mine in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.
Soup is quintessential winter food, in my book! Tuesday’s dinner is a delicious take on traditional chicken noodle soup. This recipe is hardy and filled with immunity-boosting ingredients, which makes it perfect for winter dining. Serve with whole grain bread and a big salad.
Wednesday’s dinner is another bowl of deliciousness made in about 15 minutes. Swap the ground beef for your favorite meat and serve over brown rice or a grain you like. A side winter salad would compliment this meal well!
Thursday’s dinner is a baked seafood foil packet meal that’s quick and easy, with simple cleanup. Delicious salmon and tomatoes has my name all over this healthy winter dinner.
On Friday, we’re making a twist on traditional enchiladas with this ever-so-simple Instant Pot dish served with quinoa, a healthy grain we love. Add all your favorite condiments like tomatoes, avocados, and maybe a dollop of Greek Yogurt for topping. And, of course, a healthy serving of greens!
Have a great week!
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Healthy Winter Dinners: What to Cook (Jan 30)
- Monday: Chicken and Bok Choy Soup with Ginger & Mushrooms
- Tuesday: Roasted Cauliflower Bowls with Sweet Potatoes
- Wednesday: Korean Ground Beef Bowls
- Thursday: Salsa Verde Baked Salmon in Foil
- Friday: Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole
- Treat: Banana Snack Cake
Healthy Winter Recipes: What to Cook (January 30)
Monday: Roasted Cauliflower Bowls with Greek Tzatziki and Sweet Potatoes
These Roasted Cauliflower Bowls are an incredible Mediterranean-inspired warm salad with ample creamy Greek Tzatziki sauce, sliced cucumbers, avocados, and feta. A vegetarian meal that’s so good, you will make it often! Serve with warmed whole grain pitas.
Tuesday: Chicken and Bok Choy Soup with Ginger & Mushrooms
"This healthy and nourishing chicken and vegetable soup is the perfect winter meal." Add fresh greens and whole grain bread.
Easy Korean Ground Beef Bowls
"These easy Korean ground beef bowls are a delicious dinner idea with ground beef that you can make in about 15 minutes! Packed with flavor, protein and iron, this simple ground beef recipe is my version of Korean beef bowls without added sugar." Serve with brown rice or whole grains with greens.
Thursday: Salsa Verde Baked Salmon in Foil
"Salsa verde salmon baked in foil is a perfect quick and easy dinner which is packed full of flavour. The salmon is moist and perfectly cooked, the veggies are crisp and delicious, and the garlicky sauce is just divine."
Friday: Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole
This simple Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole recipe is an easy-to-make, one-pot bowl meal, much like a burrito bowl, that’s full of the Mexican enchilada flavors we love. Involving barely any prep work this delicious Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe is ready in just 15 minutes!
Treat: Anytime Maple Banana Snack Cake
Do you love snack cakes? If so, this Maple Banana Snack Cake is incredibly delicious with banana and maple flavors, a hint of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s soft, tender, moist and utterly irresistible. Easy to make, it’s perfect “Anytime” you’re in the mood for a snack cake.
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