3 winter dinner recipes the whole family will love

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2019

Stay warm with these delicious meals.

Winter dinner recipes

Now that it’s a little cooler in the evenings, salad and cold meats won’t cut it anymore. The whole family will love these delicious warm meals, perfect for winter.

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Butternut soup

A warm and filling supper, great in cold weather. Serve with toasted seed loaf.

*Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • 500g butternut cubes
  • 3cm fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 25ml powdered chicken/veg stock
  • 350ml milk
  • 500ml water
  • Plain yoghurt to serve, or chopped chives

Method

  1. Fry the onion in a mixture of butter and oil on medium heat, in a large pot, until translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the prepared vegetables, cook for 2-3 minutes without browning.
  3. Add the stock powder, milk and water. Boil until the butternut is soft, and blend with a hand-held blender until a smooth consistency. Add more liquid if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  4. Serve in bowls topped with a generous swirl of yoghurt or chopped chives.

Butternut soup

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Beef and lentil bobotie

Lentils contain a generous amount of folate, protein, dietary fibre and B vitamins.

*Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1kg lean beef mince
  • 30ml mild curry powder
  • 1 tin lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 slices brown bread, soaked in 200ml milk
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 60ml fruit chutney
  • 5 eggs
  • 250ml plain yoghurt
  • 5ml turmeric
  • 8 bay leaves

Method

  • Dry fry the mince until browned. Add the onions and curry powder and fry for a further three minutes, stirring often. Add the lentils, soaked bread, raisins and chutney, and stir through.
  • Transfer the mince mixture to one large oven-proof dish, or six smaller dishes. Smooth over the surface.
  • Beat the eggs and plain yoghurt together with the turmeric. Pour this mixture over the smoothed surface of the mince mixture.
  • Press bay leaves into the top and bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes, or until egg mixture is golden.
  • Serve with a side salad or fresh salsa.

Beef and lentil bobotie

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Chicken and broccoli stir-fry

Broccoli is a great source of folate, as well as many other nutrients, including iron and loads of vitamins and minerals.

*Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 30ml sesame oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, sliced
  • 250g tenderstem broccoli, or broccoli florets
  • 4cm fresh root ginger, grated
  • 150g stir-fry julienne vegetables
  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 30ml chopped fresh coriander

Method

  • In a large frying pan or wok set to high, heat half the sesame oil and fry the chicken strips until just tender. Remove from wok.
  • Add the remaining sesame oil to the wok and then add the broccoli, ginger and julienne vegetables.Cook, tossing every few seconds, until tender.
  • Return the chicken and add the soy sauce and coriander. Toss well and serve immediately with brown basmati rice.

Chicken and broccoli stir fry