This week’s post comes from our Guest Blogger, Maddy Bellcroft – Find Maddy on Facebook. As winter hits Nelson, Maddy’s talking soups and stews to keep you warm!
It’s another beautiful blue-sky day here in Nelson, crisp mornings and cooler nights make me want to create warming and nourishing food. Soups and hearty stews are a staple on week nights along with curling up in front of the fire with a good book.
Here are my top six winter warmer ideas to help keep you toasty.
- Ginger, ginger and more ginger – Both warming and good for digestion, try making a delicious hot drink with a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger, squeeze of half a lemon, a good pinch of turmeric and a dollop of active manuka honey.
- Chilli – Don’t reserve this just for savoury dishes, try adding a pinch to your hot chocolate or mixing a touch into cacao bliss balls.
- Soups – Endless flavour combos, my favourites at the moment are…
Pea mint & lemon
Roasted pumpkin with coriander and coconut cream
Tomato and ginger
Kumara and beetroot
- One-pot wonders – There is nothing quite like chucking it all in a pot and letting it bubble away. Stews are so versatile and can be reheated for lunch or frozen for later. Try combos like…
Chickpea, rhubarb and silverbeet
Red lentil dahl with roasted pumpkin
Thai red curry
And if you don’t have time to cook Fresh Choice Nelson has a wonderful range of ready to eat soups and stews.
- Overnight soaked oats cooked with cinnamon and nutmeg, dried fruit and almond milk. Top with a dollop of stewed fruit and a sprinkle of seeds.
- Cauliflower and parsnip mash with braised red cabbage and veggie sausages; you can mash pretty much any winter veggies including pumpkin and carrot. Try adding a little wholegrain mustard, miso paste and nutritional yeast for extra flavour.