As the winter chill sets in, our food cravings often veer towards the warm, comforting, and hearty. However, these choices can often be laden with unhealthy ingredients that make us feel sluggish and can lead to unwanted weight gain. But fear not, comfort food can be both satisfying and healthy if we make the right choices. This blog post will explore some wholesome comfort food options that will keep you satiated without compromising your health goals. Read our New Year Detox blog for more on nutritious foods!
Who doesn’t choose a hot bowl of soup for their go-to winter comfort meal? The ancient broth has been celebrated around the world for centuries for its nourishing properties and versatility. Originating over 20,000 years ago, soup has evolved into a culinary staple, with countless variations across different cultures and cuisines.
One of our favorites for the winter season is the Butternut Squash Soup. This smooth, creamy soup is a perfect blend of savory flavors that makes the squash shine, with coconut milk adding a touch of exotic creaminess.
Another heart and stomach-warming option is our Lentil and Wild Mushroom Soup. This hearty yet healthy soup is our top pick for a high-protein hot meal during the chilly months. The combination of lentils and wild mushrooms is packed with fiber and healthy carbs, providing a comforting, earthy flavor.
Finally, we recommend the Turkey Chili, a robust and hearty dish without the guilt. This chili perfectly balances protein and fiber, making it a satisfying and wholesome choice. Try our Soup Sampler to get all three-in-one delivery as part of our best meal prep services!
Surprised by our choice for pic #2? Despite all the low-carb New Year’s resolutions, there’s something undeniably comforting about a slice of warm and hearty bread. But why should breaking bread contribute to weight gain or compromise your health? Well, Pilgrim Bread is to the rescue!
Instead of factory-made bread pumped full of preservatives, these specially crafted breads are locally sourced and naturally fermented, mimicking the old-world loaf production. Baked with health-boosting ingredients like fresh milled and sprouted whole-grain spelt, Pilgrim Breads boast high levels of magnesium, fiber, vitamin E, and phytonutrients. Who knew healthy soups delivered with a side of wholesome bread could be so gratifying, tasty, and nutritious?
Classic beef stew hits every mark— the meat is rich in protein and essential vitamins, while the vegetables add fiber and key nutrients. Our Beef Stew Kit makes it easy for you to enjoy this quintessential cozy dish straight from your own kitchen. This kit comes with all the basics to prepare a family-sized feast: 5 lbs. of grass-fed stew meat, 3 lbs. of potatoes, and 2 lbs. of carrots.
The most appealing part? Its simplicity. All you have to do is combine these fresh, locally sourced ingredients in your pot and let them slow-cook their way into a state of luscious, succulent deliciousness. The result? A dish that not only warms you up during the chilly winter nights but also nourishes your body. Substitute potatoes for Hayman sweet potatoes for an added superfood!
Traditional pasta can sometimes feel heavy and isn’t always the healthiest choice (or is it?). A healthier alternative to satisfy your pasta cravings is our Vegetable Lasagna. This delicious lasagna features layers of fresh vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, and zucchini, nestled between fresh pasta sheets and slathered with Chef Andrea’s own Marinara and Béchamel sauces.
Each mouthful brings you the rich flavors and textures of the ingredients, creating a harmonious symphony of taste. Despite being lighter than your typical lasagna, it is still highly satisfying.
Chicken Al Pastor isn’t short of flavor. It features tender slices of chicken marinated with authentic Al Pastor spices, offering a high-quality protein source to keep you full and satisfied. The marinade, a blend of spices including achiote paste, guajillo chiles, and cumin, infuses the dish with a mouthwatering depth of flavor while remaining light. The accompanying pickled red onions add a delightful tang and are a good source of antioxidants.
Topping it off with guajillo chili sauce and salsa verde enhances the taste and contributes beneficial nutrients like vitamin C from the tomatillos in the salsa verde. Whether you serve it as a lettuce wrap, taco, quesadilla, or solo, Chicken Al Pastor is a versatile and healthy option that warms you from the inside out during the winter season.
Even if you’re not a fan of Jack Frost, you still have his favorite winter foods to turn to. Mix and match our list for a cozy, nutritious winter. Contact The Neighborhood Harvest to get all this and more delivered to your door with healthy meal delivery services!