It’s like putting your own restaurant menu together!
That’s what I thought as I was going through my recipes, adding some in, taking some out, trying to find the perfect composition. What would I like our winter menu to be… Something that we get excited about! Something that makes me feel relaxed when I look at it, knowing that all these meals will fill us with joy and I can create them in my kitchen with ease. If you have been following these last three weeks and maybe set up something a little similar, I hope you feel the same.
Please know the rules are fluid and not set in stone. Have fun with them. Use them as guidelines. Sticking to something 100% is not important. It’s about ditching stress and pressure after all.
I haven’t found a good way to add my recipes to this site yet but I’m hoping this will happen eventually. For now I’ll share my list with you and why I picked these things. The recipes will then be in my newsletter and occasionally on Instagram.
2 free spots to fill yet. For now I’m happy with this combination. It includes oats, spelt, buckwheat, almond meal, fruits like pear and banana, nuts, coconut and chia seeds. These breakfasts are great bases and I can add more fruit, yoghurt or coconut yoghurt to freshen it up. Getting all of these into our bodies in the course of winter should let us start each day with a lot of energy!
Green Soup with Ginger and Miso
Pea, Mint and Ham Soup
Northern Italian Olive Mill Soup
Greek Vegetable Soup
Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Risotto
Vegan Pasta with Leek and Hazelnuts
Broccoli, Anchovy and Chili Penne
Eggplant and Broccoli Soba Noodles
Salmon and Fennel Parcels
Miso glazed fish with asian greens
2 spots to fill still, like above. I’ve made sure to make the majority vegetarian or vegan. Quite a few soups because I tend to not drink enough water in winter and soups are a good way to hydrate. Lots of greens! And a variety of vegetables throughout. I’ve made sure to add some fermented foods like miso. A couple of options that can be kept in the pantry and whipped up in a flash. A few hearty stews because we love those and they are just such wonderful comfort food in the colder months. There should probably be one or two more dishes featuring fish.
5 Salads/ Vegetable Dishes
Shredded cabbage salad
Turnip slaw with mustard vinaigrette
Potatoes with salsa verde
Braised Peas and lettuce
Panfried Brussel Sprouts
I’m also going to add two homemade condiments:
5 Savoury Snacks
Spicy Roast Chickpeas
Bean and Parsley Dip
Grilled Artichoke and roasted garlic dip
Green olive relish
Chicken liver paté
So important to have a variety of good snacks on hand to prevent us from reaching for the chips when we’re feeling peckish! Also my chance to get some legumes in. They are underrepresented in the remaining recipes because my husband can’t have a lot.
Two green ones, which are my go to smoothies. And a few others that will nourish us and can even replace a meal on occasion. They will be non-dairy so my husband can have them and I plan to make more of my own nut and seed milks for it. Will see…
Greek Mountain Tea
Herbal Teas: Green, Fennel, Licorice, Sage
Vegan Hot Chocolate
Hot Lemon and Ginger Water
Apart from my morning coffee, which I cherish, these should keep us warm! It’s important for me to include a variety of teas and hot lemon water to hydrate. I was also going to include a signature cocktail but couldn’t decide on one just yet :). Maybe next year!!
5 Healthy Treats
Buns, cakes and biscuits all represented.
That’s it. Our family menu. Our winter capsule. I’m excited to see how we go with it and I’d love to hear if you plan to do something similar.