3 winter dinner recipes the whole family will love

Posted on April 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.

ALSO SEE: 10 yummy winter warmer recipes for cold and rainy days

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

ALSO SEE: Yummy winter soups

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

ALSO SEE: 10 quick and easy freezer-friendly meals to save time

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

Avatar

About Living And Loving Staff

Our experienced editors work with trained journalists and qualified experts to compile accurate, insightful and helpful information about pregnancy, birth, early childhood development and parenting. Our content is reviewed regularly by our panel of advisors, which include medical doctors and healthcare professionals.