Stay cosy, warm and healthy this season with our favourite winter warming recipes for the whole family to enjoy.
Gathering the family around the table to tuck into a warm, hearty meal is one of the best ways we know to beat the winter blues – but finding family-friendly recipes to keep things interesting can be a challenge.
That’s why Compass Fostering have gathered up our favourite warming winter recipes that all ages will enjoy – and that won’t break the budget. From soups and stews to roasts and veg, these nourishing winter warming meals will see even the pickiest eaters asking for seconds.
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Recipes for winter
Healthy and hearty, a big pot of steaming soup is the perfect winter warmer. Pair with some nice crusty bread to make it a warm winter dinner.
- Easy red lentil and tomato soup from The Spruce Eats – With just three ingredients (plus seasonings), it doesn’t get simpler than this tasty soup!
• Space soup from Recipes from a Normal Mum – If you’re looking for ways to get your children to eat their green veg, this recipe from 2011 Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell is a winner.
There’s nothing like a one-pot meal to simplify your dinner routine. These recipes call for everything to be made in one pot – or nearly – making supper an easy affair.
- Slow-cooked lamb and sweet potato casserole from A Mummy Too – A one-pot dish that’s full of flavour from award-winning food and lifestyle blogger Emily Leary. Just leave plenty of time for this beauty to slow cook in the oven – you won’t regret it!
Warming roasts and mains
A lovingly prepared roast is sure to gather the family around the table – and these recipes are good enough to make any day of the week.
- Roast beef dinner from Culinary Ginger – A perfect Sunday roast from Culinary Ginger’s ‘resident redhead’ Jeanette, ready to pair with all the trimmings.
• Mushroom lentil loaf with cranberries from A Virtual Vegan – This lovely lentil loaf from vegan cookbook author and blogger Melanie McDonald gets heaps of flavour from mushrooms, nuts and the bright pop of cranberries on top.
Five a day
Vegetables don’t have to be boring – or be relegated to the side-lines. These hearty recipes make getting in your children’s five a day easy by giving veg a starring role.
- Winter veggie stew with wholesome lumpy dumplings from The Happy Foodie – Thick and moreish, this lovely stew from star BBC chef Nick Knowles is topped with cheesy dumplings – a sure winner!
• One pot split pea curry from The Flexitarian – Mild and hearty, this child-friendly curry from ‘flexible vegetarian’ Annabelle Randles makes a satisfying meal and cooks up in just one pot.
As winter draws on, many children are in need of a warm, safe home. If you’re considering welcoming a foster child into your home, you can learn about becoming a foster carer.