11 Mouthwatering Winter Recipes

A few weeks ago, we posted Four Tips to Stay Happy during the cold winter season. Shameless plug aside, we broke down the science behind the amino acid, tryptophan.

An increase in tryptophan can help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), boost your mood, and improve your workout. This amino acid can be found in most dietary proteins, especially eggs, nuts, fish, soy beans, red meat and poultry.

With that in mind, we curated some winter recipes for you, with many of these meals stressing those essential proteins. Enjoy these unique combos and click the links to our friends’ sites to get the full, free recipes!

1. Winter Squash Carbonara w/ Pancetta & Sage

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Using kabocha squash + low-sodium chicken broth help stand this one apart.

Recipe via Alison Roman, BuzzFeed Senior Food Editor, on Bon Appetit

2. Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup


One of many soups to have this winter, here’s a healthier alternative of a tasty favorite.

Recipe via The Blonde Cook

3. Grainless Beef Stew


This winter recipe is grain free, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, nut free, soy free and refined sugar free.

Recipe via Going Grainless

4. Artichoke, Spinach, & Herb Frittata


This winter recipe stresses pasture-raised eggs and you can easily use leftover spinach or herbs from other meals to create this one.

Recipe via Linda Wagner

5. Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup


This minestrone soup is packed with fresh veggies, fiber-rich beans and seasonings.

Recipe via Brittany of Eating Bird Food

6. Lemon Rosemary Vegetable Stack with Lentils & Creamy Horseradish Vinaigarette


This winter recipe combines celery root, sweet potato, beets and cauliflower for a feel-good, nutrient-rich winter meal.

Recipe via Laura Wright of The First Mess

7. Chicken & Herb Spaetzle Soup


Spaetzle is a dumpling/noodle hybrid perfect for winter soups.

Recipe via Liren Baker of Kitchen Confidante

8. Easy Thai Coconut Chicken


This paleo-friendly winter recipe mixes chicken and cooked vegetables and is flexible for substitutes.

Recipe via Ciarra of Popular Paleo

9. Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Homemade Hot Chocolate


What’s winter without some hot cocoa? Of course, we found you the dairy-free, sugar-free, just as delicious alternative.

Recipe via Adrienne Urban of Whole New Mom

10. Mini Coconut Lime Cheesecakes


We got to have some dessert and this recipe, though it takes some prep time, is both a delicious and healthy alternative to comfort food on a late winter night.

Recipe via Food Matters

11. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Halloumi Sliders with Harissa

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The spicy harissa adds some hot flavor to sliders that become a perfect appetizer for parties by the fireplace.

Recipe via Kevin Lynch of Closet Cooking

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