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!

Ingredients:

 ½ Apple

1 teaspoon mixed spice of cinnamon

1 cup milk

 ½ cup rolled or quick oats

Method:

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.

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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)

Method:

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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