If we are feeling fancy, we usually have something we can throw in between the two slices of bread with the cheese to make it seem more like a meal than just a sandwich. I love making custom sandwiches like this.
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese is the definition of comfort to me. I have fond memories of enjoying a bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese as a child and still love the cheesy, gooey pasta now as an adult. Though I do choose to fancy it up a bit with different cheese choices.
Take your traditional side dish of roasted broccoli to the next level with this recipe of Lemon Roasted Broccolini with Pancetta and Breadcrumbs. Roasted Broccoli is sprinkled with a delicious and crunchy lemon, thyme, and pancetta breadcrumb mixture.
This Honey Marmalade Mustard Glazed Corned Beef is a fun take on the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal. Rather than stewing in the crock pot all day, the Corned Beef is braised with plenty of seasonings before broiling in the oven with a delicious Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze.
These Roasted Cauliflower, Bacon, Leek, Mushroom Twice Baked Potatoes are a riff on the traditional twice baked potato. They're loaded with pureed roasted cauliflower, sautéed leeks and crimini mushrooms, bacon crumbles, and sharp cheddar cheese.
I have made this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes several times now and it’s one of our new favorites. I love how versatile it is too, because the recipe can work great as a side dish vegetable, a vegetarian main dish if you toss it with some pasta.
Unlike other Cream of Cauliflower the flavor of this soup recipe is greatly enhanced with the rich, subtle flavor of roasted. Roasting the garlic and cauliflower adds a deep, earthiness and a richness that doesn’t necessarily come from heavy calories.
Popular winter citrus fruits include grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, oranges, and clementines.
Tart grapefruit can be halved and sprinkled with sugar for a simple breakfast. Or, brulee grapefruit for an easy but elegant winter dessert.
Kumquats are sweet-tart citrus fruits that are about the size of an olive. Both the flesh and the skin of kumquats are edible.
There are many varieties of lemons and oranges that are worth trying. Meyer lemons add a special flair to any baked good, and blood oranges are particularly delicious when juiced.
Looking for a natural cough remedy? This homemade cough syrup recipe is a great natural remedy to have on hand to soothe sore throats and stop lingering coughs this winter. It features fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, water, and a few spices.
Rather than a traditional Chicken Noodle Soup recipe I decided to make a Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup because it felt a little more spring-like and perfect for those darn springtime sniffles. You'll enjoy this one no matter the weather.
This Greek-Style Chicken Skillet Dinner is the perfect recipe to illustrate the benefits of using cast iron. You can brown things to your liking on the stovetop and then put that same pan into the oven to finish cooking.
Because I like taking favorite recipes and tweaking them with new flavors, I thought I’d do the same thing this year. I used a recipe I’ve made before for Swedish Crescent Cookies and added orange zest and pistachios to switch things up a bit.
This Fresh Herb and Citrus Turkey Brine combines lots of fresh herbs with a subtle hint of citrus. Brining your turkey will tenderize the meat and infuse it with a TON of flavor for Turkey Day! This brine amount works for one 16 - 20 lb turkey.
Did you know that cranberries are grown in bogs? They grow on vines that are layered with sand, peat, gravel, and clay.
Because they’re so tart, cranberries are usually cooked down and sweetened to make cranberry sauce, or they’re folded into baked goods. However, cranberries can also be eaten fresh in salsas and relishes.
Cranberries freeze well, so consider buying them in bulk while they’re on sale this winter.
Cranberry Pomegranate Walnut Bars are the perfect wintery recipe to add to your Christmas Baking list. A crumb crust is layered with sweet and tart cranberries and topped with a crunchy and crumbly walnut topping.
This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink!
Lacinato, Curly, Red Russian — these are just three of the most common kale varieties.
Kale is a slightly bitter leafy green that can be enjoyed raw in salads or simmered for hours in soups and stews. If eating kale raw, I recommend removing the leaves from the stems and massaging them in the salad dressing. This softens the leaves and makes them easier to eat.
In this Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese, and Pepitas kale is lightly massaged with olive oil, salt and pepper, before being tossed with roasted delicata squash, roasted red onions, herbed goat cheese, a pepitas.
In this Kale and Frozen Berry Smoothie, frozen wild blueberries, strawberries, red raspberries, and blackberries are combined with mango, fresh Kale, chia seeds, and orange juice for a refreshing smoothie.
If you're looking for a creamy, rich and flavorful soup, try this Italian Sausage Kale Soup. It's a lightened up version of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana.
Leeks are related to onions and garlic and have a very mild onion flavor. Leeks are tasty but you need to learn how to clean leeks properly because they can be rather dirty since they grow in sandy soil.
You can only use the white and light green part of a leek; the dark green top is woody and tastes bitter and is best tossed into your compost bin.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish created mostly from mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale. If you’re looking for a new side dish recipe to add to your St. Patrick’s Day menu, you should give this Colcannon with Leeks and Kale a try.
Quiche Lorraine is great for meal prepping before a busy week, or making for a weekend brunch! m
I’ve included mushrooms on this list of winter vegetables despite the fact that they’re technically a fungi.
White button mushrooms are the most common in US grocery stores, but there are so many varieties to try. Cremini and portobello mushrooms are actually the same type of mushroom as white button mushrooms, but they’ve been allowed to grow for longer before being harvested.
Mushrooms have a meatier flavor that make them a great vegetarian substitute in soups and stews, and large mushrooms can even be grilled and eaten like hamburgers!
Italian Chicken, Mushroom, and Zucchini Skillet is a super easy dinner recipe for busy school nights. It features pan seared chicken tenderloins, zucchini and sliced mushrooms in garlicky herbed tomato sauce. Such an easy Chicken Skillet Recipe!
One of my favorite, easy ways to prepare mushrooms is this recipe for Balsamic and Thyme Roasted Portabella Mushrooms. These Balsamic and Thyme Roasted Portabella Mushrooms makes a delicious, simple appetizer or side to go with any holiday meal or dinner party.
Balsamic Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Loaded Baked Potato is a great lighter alternative to the traditional cheese, sour cream, and bacon stuffed spuds. I love the deep flavors of rich caramelized onion and balsamic vinegar.
Cinnamon Pear Crostata would make a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table. A crostata is essentially a free-form, rustic fruit pie. I think they’re easier than traditional pies because it’s okay if they don’t look perfect.
These Maple and Cardamom Spiced Pears with Pecans are an amazing snack. I love the caramelized pears with the fall spices and the sweetness of real maple syrup – don’t skimp there! The pecans go perfect, too.
Contrary to what you might think, the color of a pomegranate’s skin doesn’t indicate its ripeness. Instead, you want to select pomegranates that are large and feel heavy for their size.
The easiest way to deseed a pomegranate is to quarter it, then gently remove the seeds in a bowl of water. The seeds will float to the top and can be patted dry and transferred to an airtight container.
Note that the skin and pith of a pomegranate can’t be eaten.
Fresh pressed apple cider, tart pomegranate juice, and Tempranillo pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a fall-inspired cocktail, perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season.
This Black Cherry Pomegranate Cobbler will remind you of summer camp cherry pie dump cake without the canned pie filling and box mixes. It features sweet black cherries with a hint of pomegranate and a generous helping of crunchy, golden brown, buttery cobbler topping.
Fresh, tart cranberries are cooked and blended with agave, brown sugar, red wine, and pomegranate juice create a deliciously simple and smooth Red Wine Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce for your Thanksgiving feast.
This Pomegranate, Orange and Fennel salad is one of my new favorites. It tastes so bright and un-winter-y during this time of year. It takes advantage of fresh winter produce.
To a botanist, pumpkins are considered fruits rather than vegetables. Why? Because the seeds are inside.
Pumpkins are not part of the actual plant. They’re actually the products of the seed-bearing structure of flowering plants. Vegetables, by definition, are the portion of the plant that is edible – leaves, stems, roots, tubers, etc.
Pumpkin pie is a classic pumpkin recipe, but you can also incorporate pumpkin into soups, chils, curries, and more!
This Pumpkin Seed Brittle is just like your classic homemade brittle recipe, but without nuts. Peanut-Free Brittle is a great option for those who have nut or peanut allergies. This Peanut-Less Brittle still has that nutty taste that classic homemade peanut brittle has, so you won't even miss the nuts!
These Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins offer a fun fall take on the traditional Honey Cornbread Muffin. Infused with real pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and fall spices, these Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins are the perfect contrast to a bowl of savory chili. And leftovers are guaranteed awesome for breakfast
While these tender Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls will make an excellent addition to any Thanksgiving menu, they’re also a great way to use up leftover baked sweet potatoes for a post-Thanksgiving treat. Use these Sweet Potato Rolls as buns for turkey sandwiches, too!
At the end of a long week, I found myself an hour from dinner time, with only some of the ingredients for all of the recipes I wanted to make. But I had Quinoa, and I had Sweet Potatoes, and I was craving that Southwest Flavor.
In this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Sage, cubed sweet potatoes tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper are roasted and then tossed generously with fresh garlic and sage. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Sage make a great side for your evening meal.
Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect for satisfying your next Taco Tuesday craving while helping you stick with the inevitable New Year's Resolution to eat healthier.
Winter Squash Recipes
Popular winter squash varieties to try include butternut squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and delicata squash.
Winter squash lasts several weeks as long as it is stored in a cool, dark place. This makes it an ideal pantry vegetable! If meal prep is something you do ahead of time, squash will last a few days in the fridge just fine once it is peeled and cut.