Warming Winter Recipes
Winter is a time for staying indoors and cosying up in front of the fire with home comforts nearby. And nothing is more enjoyable than filling your home with the tantalising smell of delicious, home-cooked food. As temperatures continue to plummet and snow sweeps the nation, we’ve compiled some of our favourite warming winter recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen.
Soups to warm the soul
A big bowl of soup is the often go-to for satisfying and simple meal, but gone are the days of reaching for a tin from the back of the cupboard. By making soups from scratch, you have complete freedom over the ingredients and can always batch cook and freeze for added convenience.
Starting off with our twist on a classic: French onion and maple soup. In this dish, onions are slowly cooked with a dash of maple syrup to speed up the caramelisation process until they’re sticky, dark and jammy. Then they’re blended with a good quality beef stock and topped with crispy toast and melted gruyere cheese for an ultimate starter or lunch.
For a bold vegetarian option our corn and butternut squash soup is another perfect winter warmer. Maple syrup compliments the natural sweetness of corn and butternut squash and with the soup ready in under 15 minutes, we’re confident this will be a new favourite.
David Colcombe’s mushroom bourguignon with cheddar and maple scone topping is a vegetarian showstopper. Maple syrup cuts through the rich, umami taste of a beautiful array of mushrooms before the mixture is sealed with a cheesy scone to soak up all the flavours.
For an alternative to a weeknight curry, why not try our Vietnamese beef and coconut stew?
Beef shin is cooked down with bold flavours of the east including lemongrass, star anise and chilli before coconut milk is added for a rich and creamy dish. Serve with fluffy rice and your favourite chutney for a flavour packed dish.
Our final main is a spicy 100% vegan Thai green curry – sure to warm your belly and soul over the winter. With tender chunks of sweet potato and maple roasted asparagus, this simple curry elevates your favourite green curry paste to a new level!
Making the most of festive ingredients; our apple, mincemeat and maple strudel is a fantastic alternative to the humble apple pie. Made with rich maple syrup and spiced apple, wrapped in flaky filo pastry for the perfect spoonful.
If you’re looking to become more confident working with pastry, then Natural Nellie’s cherry and maple pie is a great recipe to perfect! Homemade pastry with maple syrup and almonds encases a sweet but sharp cherry mixture. We’ll leave the custard or ice cream debate up to you.
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A natural source of energy
Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.