For many people, eating healthier is on their list of New Year's resolutions. While it's easier to reach for fresh veggies straight from the garden or juicy fruits like peaches and berries in the summer, it's harder to make yourself want to eat quite so healthy in the winter. But it is possible to eat your veggies and eat delicious comfort food this time of year. Take a look at these winter dinner menu ideas and start meal planning for next week!
1. Roasted Beet Salad
Nothing is easier or more elegant than a roasted beet salad. Roast your beets whole in aluminum foil for easy slicing and even easier clean-up.
2. Roasted Cauliflower Pita Pockets
Turn Meatless Monday into Moroccan Monday with these delicious roasted cauliflower pita pockets. You won't miss traditional lamb or chicken in this veggie take on a gyro.
3. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
There are few veggies as versatile as cauliflower. All you need is an egg and parmesan cheese to turn a head of cauliflower into a grain-free and gluten-free pizza crust.
4. Moroccan Cauliflower Steaks with Caramelized Onion Couscous
Cauliflower steals the show when it's sliced and grilled as a cauliflower steak. Even the most staunch meat and potato lovers will become veggie and quinoa lovers with this recipe.
5. French Lentil and Kale Soup
There's nothing like coming home to a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter's day. The best part about this meal is that you can make it on Sunday and have lunch or dinner for the entire week.
6. Kale Fried Rice
If you're looking to incorporate more kale into your diet, adding it to fried rice is a delicious and easy way to start. Use day-old rice and you'll have dinner on the table in under 10 minutes.
7. Spinach Farro Salad with Orange and Toasted Coriander Vinaigrette
The orange and toasted coriander dressing makes a normal spinach and grain salad one worthy of a dinner party. Adding grains to a salad will keep you satisfied even longer. This would pair well with a roast chicken for a Sunday dinner as well!
8. Spinach, Dried Tomato and Feta Stuffed Salmon
Who needs stuffed chicken breast when you can have stuffed salmon instead? This recipe is filled with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, making it an easy way to get your veggies in for the day.
9. Vegetarian Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchilada Recipe
Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will go crazy for these delicious sweet potato and black bean enchiladas. This is a lighter version on a Mexican classic the whole family will love.
10. Sweet Potato Soup
Creamy sweet potato soup isn't just healthy but fills the need for comfort food too. This vitamin-C packed soup will help keep you healthy during cold and flu season to boot.
11. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries and Pecans
Sweet potatoes are the perfect complement to any winter dinner menu. This one-pot side dish is easy, healthy and delicious.
12. Sweet Potato Chipotle Quinoa Cakes with Cilantro Lime Crema
Make a weeknight dinner into a spicy affair with these spicy quinoa cakes. You can make the cilantro lime crema up to three days in advance so you can get dinner on the table even faster!
13. Spicy Stewed Butternut Squash
This seasonal favorite gets an exotic upgrade with the addition of cumin, coriander and tomato paste. Serve this butternut squash dish alongside seeded bread or on top of brown rice to make it a complete meal.
14. Honey and Rum Glazed Carrots
Take your carrots from ordinary to extraordinary with a simple honey and rum sauce. No one will have problems finishing their veggies when these carrots make an appearance!
15. Garam Masala Glazed Baby Carrots
Give your carrots an Indian flare with the addition of garam masala. Garam masala is a sweet spice made by grinding up cinnamon, cardamom, clovers, peppercorn and nutmeg. These pair nicely alongside a chicken or pork dish for a warming winter menu idea.
16. Simple Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables
You'll never buy a pre-made grocery store rotisserie chicken again after you roast your own chicken! Carrots, potatoes, turnips and onions are made extra delicious by the drippings from the roast chicken.
17. Oven-Roasted Root Vegetables
If you're going to have one staple on hand this winter, have oven-roasted vegetables prepped and ready in your fridge. You can add them to a salad, eat them with a protein of your choice, mix them into pasta or even eat them plain with hummus.
18. Cabbage Salad with Roasted Cashews and Sesame Maple Dressing
Winter is crockpot season. Make this easy cabbage salad to pair with pulled pork made in the crockpot or with seared salmon.
19. Make-Ahead Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Lemon Dressing
After a long day at work and fighting cold temperatures, the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. Make this delicious Brussels sprouts salad on Sunday for a delicious, healthy and pre-made dinner for the rest of the week.
20. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Even Brussels sprouts skeptics will be converts after they are served roasted Brussels sprouts. Crispy, salty and savory — these veggies are sure to cure any comfort-food craving this winter.
20. Indian-Style Brussels Sprouts with Coconut
As delicious as roasted Brussels sprouts are, sometimes you need them prepared a new way. Coconut, red chile and cumin give these veggies an Indian vibe.
21. Baked Pecan-Stuffed Apples
There's not many desserts easier than baked apples. You're sure to have the other ingredients — butter, brown sugar and cinnamon — in your pantry. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent yet still healthy dessert.
22. Poached Pears
One of the most elegant yet easiest dessert are poached pears. You can either serve the poached pears in their sauce or serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
23. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll Cookies
The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes lends themselves to being a perfect cookie base. This delicious dessert could also be eaten for breakfast the next morning after a dinner party with a cup of hot coffee.
24. Coconut-Pecan Carrot Cake With Cinnamon Glaze
If you're looking for a pièce de résitance winter dessert, look no further than this coconut-pecan carrot cake with cinnamon glaze. This glaze is a healthier alternative to a traditional cake frosting.