5 Healthy Recipes to Make This Winter

When it’s chilly outside all I want is a hearty and warm dinner, but that usually doesn’t coincide with a healthy dinner. Below are hearty, satisfying, AND healthy recipes that I love and I think you should try this winter. Keep in mind everyone’s idea of “healthy” is different. For me, I don’t cut out any major food groups and it means not eating any heavily processed foods.

Chicken Noodle Soup from Laura in the Kitchen

This is by far the best chicken noodle soup I have ever made. It is a little bit more intensive than other chicken noodle soup recipes, but it is by no means difficult and that extra effort is worth it!

Chicken Cacciatore from Serious Eats

Chicken Cacciatore is one of my favorites meals because it’s easy and always delicious. You really cannot make it taste bad even if you wanted to.

Lentil Soup from recipetineats

I’m a huge fan of lentils because they are nutrient dense and high in protein. I’m pretty particular about lentil soup and this is the best lentil soup I’ve ever had. It tastes even better leftover, so make sure to make a large batch and freeze some or have it throughout the week for lunch.

Lemon Butter Cod from Cooking Classy

I am salivating just thinking about this recipe. Seafood is a real hit or miss with me and this recipe is definitely a hit! The cod gets this perfect crispiness on the outside that is so delicious, and the lemon really brightens the dish. I like to make it with roasted zucchini.

Portuguese Inspired Roasted Chicken from Laura in the Kitchen

I love any recipe that takes minimal prep work and the sides are made in the same baking dish, and this is one of those recipes. I like mine a little spicier so I add extra hot sauce. If you wanted to make it healthier you could always swap out the potatoes for carrots.

2021 Favorites

The new year starts tomorrow so I want to share all my favorite products of the year. These are my most worn clothing items, favorite reads, and some things that aren’t practical but I just really love.

Books

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman- I love a good thriller and this one is incredibly well written with interesting characters.

Stoned by Aja Raden- This book is very history heavy which made it educational and entertaining. If you have any interest in economics, marketing, jewelry, or human desire for beautiful things, I highly recommend this book.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple- The characters in this book are really unrelatable but I appreciate some of the themes with mental health and the importance of remaining true to yourself.

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry- This was another great thriller and I loved the plot twists. I loved the dynamics and relationships between the characters.

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park- This is an emotionally difficult read, but an important one. Yeonmi Park recalls what it was like to live in North Korea, escape, and build a life after.

Home

Raw Marble Lamp I love marble but to be brutally honest I think polished marble can be overdone. I love the texture of this lamp because it mixes things up.

All-Clad d3 Stainless Steel 8 Qt Pot 2021 was the year of buying nice cookware for me. All-Clad d3 and d5 are my favorite because of the durability, even heating, dishwasher safe, and ability to use on extremely high heat. The d3 and d5 range can be very pricey but go on sale frequently, so I suggest waiting for a sale to purchase.

Salad Bowls My husband and I LOVE these salad bowls. They are not only the prefect size for a hearty salad but great for risotto, pasta, gumbo, and tons of other dishes. They’re versatile because they are wide and shallow.

Tealight Candle Holders I’m really into relaxing baths but nothing ruins a relaxing bath like bright artificial lighting. I bought 4 sets of these and I’ve lined the bathtub with them. They provide plenty of lighting, they’re inexpensive, and they can be used for table settings too.

Recipes

Panzanella Salad from Laura in the Kitchen Cookbook – I love a salad but they can get boring. The thing I love about this Panzanella salad is that it’s simple but packed with flavor and a unique salad. It would make a great addition to many meals and it’s easy to make.

Pasta al Limone Recipe from Bon Appetit – I might dare to say this is my favorite pasta of all time. I don’t believe this recipe is traditional but I LOVE it. It’s hard to find a dish that is fresh and light tasting while being filling, creamy, and comforting but this recipe is all those things. I loved making it during the summer with grilled chicken.

Champagne Risotto from Antoni in the Kitchen – I don’t recommend going out and buying a nice bottle of champagne just for this recipe but the quality of the champagne you use is important. Maybe make this after a special occasion if you have leftover champagne OR Moet makes mini bottles of champagne that would be perfect for this. You might be tempted to use white wine instead but please use champagne, I promise it really is what makes this dish. Similar to the Pasta al Limone it’s light and fresh but filling at the same time. It’s extra but completely worth it. It goes well with seafood, chicken, or even steak.

Fashion

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings I know some people might make the argument that leather leggings are out of style but I disagree. I think they will always be in style. I like that these are comfortable, flattering, and you can dress them up or down. I have had these for years but I definitely got a lot of use out of them this year.

Free People Afterglow Sweater This sweater is hard to find but still available in black. It’s similar to the iconic ottoman sweater by Free People in that it’s oversized but I find this one to be much more flattering. It’s everything I look for in the perfect sweater- a little oversized but flattering, soft, casual, and easy to style.

Cashmere Blend Coat This coat is new to my closet (I got it for Christmas from my husband) but I’m obsessed with it. I already know it’s going to be a staple in my closet. I like that it’s incredibly elegant and you can make it more casual or dressy depending on how you style it. I really appreciate that the fur detaches so it can be washed and it’s slight oversized so you can still wear a chunky sweater under it.

Tory Burch Emmy Sandal I have worn these sandals to death over the last two summers. They look great with just about everything in my summer wardrobe. I like that they feel more delicate and comfortable than the Miller sandal. Also, as someone who has small feet I appreciate that the emblem is smaller because the one on the Miller sandal looks a bit overwhelming on my feet.

Selfcare, Makeup, & Skincare

Foot Mask I know this might sound completely unnecessary to use a foot mask but it’s a must! Not only does it actually help soften and hydrate dry cracked feet but there is something really relaxing about the scent of these. They smell like a spa so it makes me feel relaxed. I also love beauty treatments that I can do while also remaining productive.

Oral B Toothbrush I got diagnosed with gum disease earlier this year and when it came time to get a new toothbrush this is the one my dentist recommended. I can now say I have no signs of gum disease, and I know it’s mostly because of this toothbrush (I didn’t really change anything else). I’ve heard that technique doesn’t really matter when using this toothbrush because it works so well and I can attest to that.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation Powder I don’t do my makeup everyday, but when I do I go all out. I want to have a full face and full coverage. I like that this powder provides a little extra coverage, looks natural for a powder foundation, and it’s comfortable to wear.

Brow Gel I’ve never been a big brow gel person but this last year that has changed. I don’t have unruly brows but I do have longer brow hairs and this helps keep them in place. This is also the only brow gel I’ve ever tried that keeps the brow product true to color all day.

Elta MD UV Clear Tinted Sunscreen My dermatologist recommended this sunscreen to me late this summer and I LOVE it. I have sensitive skin and sunscreen has a history of making me breakout. This is the only sunscreen I’ve ever tried above SPF 30 that doesn’t make me breakout even when I reapply it. I was told that tinted sunscreen is actually better for your skin that regular sunscreen.

The Best Holiday Appetizers

The holiday season is here and I want to share my favorite holiday appetizers. I’ve put together this list with serving temperature in mind. If you’re like me, your oven is in high demand on Christmas day, so serving a hot appetizer is not ideal. Maybe you are driving to someone’s house so a room temperature appetizer works best. Or maybe you want something to serve cold. Whatever the situation is, below is a list of the best holiday appetizers for Christmas day or any get together this season.

Bacon Wrapped Dates from 40 Aprons

Photo from 40 Aprons

I love bacon wrapped dates because they are simple and everyone loves them. Dates are easy to stuff (especially when you are reinforcing it with bacon wrapped around) so you can easily add cheese or marcona almonds. These can be cooked in advance then warmed up in the microwave before serving.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Photo from Gimme Some Oven

I love this recipe because it’s an appetizer that you can serve hot without using your oven. I also feel that spinach artichoke dip is a great appetizer for most common Christmas meals.

Antipasto Skewers

Photo from Baker By Nature

I love a charcuterie and cheese board but sometimes it doesn’t make sense for a large crowd, and these antipasto skewers are the perfect alternative. You also just can’t go wrong with antipasto skewers, I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t like them.

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Photo from Playdates to Parties

I’ve come across a few pine cone cheese ball recipes, and I particularly like this one because it has goat cheese in it. It can be time consuming to place all the almonds on it but it can be made a day or two in advance.