Warming Winter Recipes

My last post explained that it is important to stay healthy during the cooler months, but here are a couple of belly warming recipes to keep the fire fuelled and keep the winter woes at bay.

1) Porridge with a twist

Here’s a quick recipe that will have you feeling like your eating an apple crumble dessert for breakfast…only your not and it’s healthy!


 ½ Apple

1 teaspoon mixed spice of cinnamon

1 cup milk

 ½ cup rolled or quick oats


Chop up apple into small or large pieces and place in saucepan with milk and cinnamon, bring to a simmer; (however you like them)

Place oats in a saucepan with milk mixture and apples and simmer until “porridgey”;

Serve warm with a half a teaspoon of brown sugar for a treat.

2) Pea and Ham Soup

An oldie but a goodie.  This recipe will take only 5 minutes to prepare and then you just walk away and let it do its thing for a couple of hours.  Great Sunday soup or healthy dinner choice.


250 g (1 1/3 cup green split peas)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 carrors, chopped

2 stalks of celery chopped

1 brown onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

700g ham or bacon hock

2L (8 cuos cold water)

salt and pepper


Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.  Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic and cook stirring for 5 minutes, or until the onion starts to go soft;

Add split peas, ham hock and water, bring to the boil over high heat and then reduce to a simmer and cover for 2 hours or until ham hock is tender and meat is falling away from the bone;

Coarsely chop meat and set aside;

Add one quarter of soup mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Repeat with remainder of soup mixture;

Return soup to the saucepan and add the meat back in;

Serve with crusty bread and a handful of your fresh herb/s of choice.

3) Peachey Perfection

This sweet dessert will not only tantalise your taste buds, but also give you a good punch of vitamin C, that is so very important to stock up on in Winter especially.

Ingredients: (adjust for each additional person) NB can also use Nectarines or most other stone fruit

1 Peach, cut in half and de-stoned

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/8 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Greek or other fat reduced yoghurt (I use Jalna’s Vanilla flavour)


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius;

 Place peaches on a baking tray and sprinkle with brown sugar;

Leave for 15 minutes, or until slightly brown on top;

Remove from over and sprinkle with almonds;

Top with yoghurt for a creamy finish.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as I did and are staying nice and toasty.

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