December 10, 2015

Winter Recipes

We know winter brings a lot of adjustments, especially in New England. One of those adjustments is often eating more comfort foods or even eating in excess as you mingle with family and friends.  Sometimes, finding a warm meal that is both satisfying and nutritious can be difficult. We asked our registered dietitian, Kelsea Gusk, to provide her favorite winter recipes to help all of us keep off any excess weight as the weather gets colder and we spend more time indoors. These two recipes are quick, easy and will keep you warm.

Recipe #1: Creamy Carrot Soup with Oats

Ingredients (serving size = 6 cups)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion (about 3/4 pound) cut into medium dice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds
5 cups stock
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger juice
2 tablespoons dill, chopped for garnish


In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onions and salt.  Saute until onions are softened (about 5-8 minutes). Stir often to prevent browning. Add the carrots, cover pot and cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes. Stir to prevent browning. Add stock and oats to pot.  Raise the heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer 25 minutes, covered, until carrots are very tender. Blend the soup until creamy.  Add additional stock to desired consistency. Add lemon and ginger juice.  Readjust seasonings. Garnish with dill and serve.

Recipe #2: Slow Cooker Oats

Ingredients (serving size = 6 bowls)

1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup peeled and chopped apple
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Place the steel cut oats, water, apple, raisins, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla extract into a slow cooker, and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Cover the cooker, set to Low, and allow to cook 6 to 7 hours (for firm oats) or 8 hours (for softer texture).

*Recipe Sources: The Yoga Journal + All Recipes