24 Winter Dinner Menu Ideas That'll Make You Want to Lick Your Plate Clean


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.

Ashley Manila

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.

Sala Kannan

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.

Julia Mueller

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.

Sala Kannan

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.

Sala Kannan

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.

Sala Kannan

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!

Sala Kannan

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.

Julia Mueller

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.

Julia Mueller

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.

Ashley Manila

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.

Jennifer Farley

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!

Sala Kannan

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.

Sala Kannan

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!

Shaina Olmanson

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.

Sala Kannan

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.

Maggies Jones

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.

Jennifer Farley

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.

Sala Kannan

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.

Shaina Olmanson

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.

Jennifer Farley

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.

Sala Kannan

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.

Jennifer Farley

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.

Fred Decker

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.

Ashlae Warner

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.

Ashlae Warner