18 Fresh Ideas for Winter Meals
Cauliflower soup, chai-spiced oatmeal, fennel salad, and other fresh dishes for winter
1. Cauliflower-Feta Soup
Recipe: Try our Cauliflower-Feta Soup
2. Moroccan Chicken & Chickpeas
Recipe: Try our Moroccan Chicken & Chickpeas
3. Multicooker Chai-Spiced Oatmeal
Recipe: Try our Multicooker Chai-Spiced Oatmeal
4. Spiced Parsnips with Toasted Pecans
Recipe: Try our Spiced Parsnips with Toasted Pecans
5. Make New Fronds
Don't throw away those feathery fennel tops! Give them a wash-and-dry, then use them to garnish any dish you use fennel in. Their mild flavor—think an herbal version of the bulb—is great stirred into soup, mixed into tuna salad, or snipped on top of deviled eggs.
6. Orecchiette with Charred Brussels Sprouts
Recipe: Try our Orecchiette with Charred Brussels Sprouts
7. White Chocolate & Pink Peppercorn Pretzels
Recipe: Try our White Chocolate & Pink Peppercorn Pretzels
8. Shaved Mushroom Salad with Arugula & Walnuts
Recipe: Try our Shaved Mushroom Salad with Arugula & Walnuts
Bring out the nutty, rich flavor of walnuts by toasting them first. Then season them to create an array of different flavors. To learn more, visit walnuts.org.
9. Halloumi Mini Skewers
Recipe: Try our Halloumi Mini Skewers
Get Fresh with Fennel
Buy: This pretty, bulbous veggie with frilly green fronds has a mild licorice flavor that's more pronounced when it's raw but mellows once it's cooked. For shaving fennel into salads, go for small bulbs, which are more tender than larger ones. For roasting or braising, medium-size ones will hold their shape nicely. No matter the size, skip any that are cracked or bruised.
Prep: Rinse fennel in cold water just before you use it. Cut off the fronds to use as a garnish. If you're braising, halve or quarter the bulb for even cooking. The stalks can be a bit tougher than the bulb, so either slice them very thinly or save them for making stock. (Just remember that fennel will add its distinctive flavor to the stock.)
Store: Keep fennel bulbs (with the fronds attached) in a resealable plastic bag in the fridge for up to 5 days.
10. Shaved Fennel Salad with Red Onion & Feta Dressing
Recipe: Try our Shaved Fennel Salad with Red Onion & Feta Dressing
11. Clams in Cider with Fennel & White Beans
Recipe: Try our Clams in Cider with Fennel & White Beans
12. Spicy Cranberry Margarita
Recipe: Try our Spicy Cranberry Margarita
Cranberry season is short, so buy a few extra bags while they last. Stash them in the freezer so you can enjoy the pretty, puckery fruit for months.
14. Spiced Hash & Eggs with Harissa Drizzle
Recipe: Try our Spiced Hash & Eggs with Harissa Drizzle
15. No-Bake Raspberry-Lime Cheesecake
Recipe: Try our No-Bake Raspberry-Lime Cheesecake
For a rich and creamy cheesecake, use Philadelphia Cream Cheese, which is always made with fresh milk and real cream.
16. 'Nduja Grilled Cheese
Recipe: Try our 'Nduja Grilled Cheese
17. Winter Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash
Recipe: Try our Winter Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash
18. Good For Game Day: Spicy Szechuan Popcorn
Recipe: Try our Spicy Szechuan Popcorn