Fat Loss Foodies' Cold Weather Favorites

Right around November, I start to lose all interest in salads and protein shakes and other cold (healthy) foods. Bring on the warm soups, stews, braises, roasts, and ALL the cold weather recipes! 

Typically, people associate cold weather with comfort food, dishes that are higher in starch and fat and "stick to your ribs." While we also love heartier dishes in the winter, we don't believe you should have to sacrifice your goals or eat foods that make you feel uncomfortable just to stay satisfied with your meals! (How comfortable is comfort food really if your pants start to get tight?) Comfort food can be satisfying and healthy.

WINTER SEASONAL PRODUCE

Using seasonal produce is a great way to keep your winter cooking fat loss-friendly. The usual suspects in our shopping cart include:

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Citrus fruit (Clementines, Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines)
  • Collard Greens
  • Delicata Squash
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Pears
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips

Here are our top 5 cold weather favorites recipes from FatLossFoodies.com:

1. African Butter Chicken

I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, fo the first time this year, and all I got was this recipe. Oh - and I got the bejesus scared out of me on the Expedition Everest roller coaster. Seriously. Little children ride that thing and get off like it's no big deal, and I couldn't even walk. I was completely traumatized and even yelled at the kids getting off the ride: "What is wrong with you?!?" Roller coasters - not my thing. Spicy chicken dishes - totally my thing. We tasted this at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival and I bought the souvenir cookbook for this recipe alone. The name is misleading: it tastes more like Indian food and contains only 2 tablespoons of butter. 

2. Paleo Shepherd's Pie

This is cleaned-up comfort food at its finest! When this recipe first came out here on Fat Loss Foodies, it got lots of rave reviews from the FLF community! It's proven to be both husband- and kid-approved by lots of our readers so far, and the leftovers reheat really well if you're making it for extra meals during the week. I used ground turkey here, but you could also use ground beef or bison. If you go that route, just be sure to use beef stock instead of chicken.

3. Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

This recipe from Bon Appetit only sounds intimidating. Braising is literally the easiest cooking method EVER, and one you'll use all winter once you realize it's just shoving a big hunk of meat into a bath of red wine and beef stock with some vegetables and herbs. Short ribs are a fattier cut of meat, but they are so rich that a little goes a long way. To help offset the richness of the meat, we serve it with cauliflower puree and simple oven-roasted Brussels sprouts. I doubled the carrots in this recipe because I love them, but otherwise - no changes necessary. This meal is *off the charts* good.

4. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Kale and Turkey Sausage

These little stuffed squash are beautiful and combine so many yummy, seasonal flavors. Don't skip the gremolata on top. I think that makes it:) 

5. White Turkey Chili

Chili is always one of the first recipes you make when Fall weather arrives. Don't get me wrong - I love chili, but it can get boring after the third or fourth batch. Time to change things up with our White Turkey Chili! The secret ingredient is a jar of Salsa Verde. 

What are some of your cold weather go-to recipes? Tell us in the comments below! We always love trying new recipes!