Winter can be a struggle, but that doesn’t mean your cooking has to be. Life is busy and when the cold weather hits, we crave comfort foods that warm both our hearts and our stomachs.
We all know that weeknight dinners are made a million times easier when you plan ahead. Which is why, this winter, we have you sorted. No more rushing to the grocery store after soccer practice or rummaging through the pantry, a simple 15 minutes on a Sunday afternoon is all you need to plan seven nights of delicious, gourmet meals.
So gather the tribe and get ready to cosy up with these comforting, seasonal recipes that the whole family can enjoy. The best part? Not only are they delicious and full of wintery goodness, but they’re completely vegetarian too.
Monday: Sticky Soy Cauliflower Steaks (10 minutes)
When Cat Steven’s sung “the first cut is the deepest”, we believe he wasn’t just talking about teenage heartbreak, but Monday too. After making it through the first day back at work after the weekend, spending a long time in the kitchen is often the last thing you want to do. This recipe for cauliflower steaks takes only 10 minutes once the BBQ is heated up. If braving the outdoors to get to the BBQ is too daunting, these cauliflower steaks will taste just as good on a grill pan too.
Tuesday: Gnocchi (1 hour, 15 minutes)
A big bowl of buttery gnocchi is the perfect Tuesday night dinner. This is a dish the kids will love, and not just because of the taste; it’s fun to eat too! You can even get the kids involved and have them help you create the gnocchi. Once the potato has cooked, this recipe will only take 40 minutes to get onto your fork. To add extra nutritional value, combine gnocchi with your choice of sautéed vegetables. Mushroom and caramelised onion are our favourites.
Wednesday: Leek Soup (40 minutes)
When Wednesday rolls around, make this leek soup your go-to. Whip up a double batch of this easy recipe and you’ll have plenty left over to bring to work for lunch on Thursday and Friday too. With the deliciously flavourful combination of leek and potato, this recipe is perfect to freeze and reheat whenever you need a winter warmer or feel like having a night off cooking. Simply pair with warm crusty bread and you can’t go wrong.
Thursday: Eggplant & Quinoa Salad (45 minutes)
Perfect for a quick Thursday evening feast, this eggplant and quinoa salad recipe is as healthy and nutritious as they come. Roasted eggplants are packed full of flavour and when combined with tri-colour quinoa, it’s a flavour combo not to miss. This recipe only contains nine ingredients, three of which are pantry staples.
Friday: Veggie Risotto (1 hour)
By the time Friday night rolls around and you’ve conquered a big week at work, it’s time for a little quality R&R. Cuddle up on the couch and share a movie with your best friend, your mum or your partner. This veggie risotto makes a lovely accompaniment to any movie night, and pairs perfectly with a glass of white wine too. The combination of the fresh vegetables with fluffy risotto rice means this is a recipe everyone will love. Having a few friends over to join you for your movie night? Just double the batch!
Saturday: Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tart (1 hour 45 minutes)
With the whole day free from work, use Saturday to create something really tasty and special. This sweet potato and butternut squash tart is a great option not just for dinner, but for a vegetarian lunch recipe too. You can even make up enough to bring to work on Monday (if you don’t eat it all first)! While sweet potato and butternut squash are a lovely flavour combination, this tart will work well with whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. Try adding blanched asparagus and goat’s cheese for an alternative—yet equally delicious—flavour.
Sunday: Pumpkin Soup with Quinoa (1 hour 20 minutes)
Pumpkin soup is to winter what Christmas crackers are to December 25th—they just go together! If you’ve got a busy Sunday afternoon, this soup can be cooked around lunch time and reheated just before serving. Not only is this classic cold-weather recipe just as tasty and hearty as you expect, the addition of quinoa boosts the nutritional value too.
Make sure you try all seven delicious vegetarian recipes for lunch or dinner this winter.
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