Apartment Living

Winter Recipes to Warm Your Soul

rebecca - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The cold days are here to stay for a while and, luckily, there are plenty of food choices to keep us warm through the next few months. Winter food is all about comfort — the slow cooked casseroles, stews, and pies to keep us warm during the cold days. Treat yourself this winter to these delicious winter recipes that will keep you cozy and wanting more!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:  Filling

4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes, ½ cup of milk, ¼ cup of packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon of kosher salt, 2 large eggs


½ cup of all-purpose flour, ½ cup of packed brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter, ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, ¾ cups of chopped pecans

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 and grease your casserole dish. Wisk all of your filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl and then transfer the mixed ingredients into your casserole dish. For combine the flour, brown sugar, and salt in to a mixing bowl. Stir in the pecans and spread across the prepared mixture in the casserole dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden on top and set in the middle.

Beef Stew

Ingredients: – 2 pounds of beef stew meat cut into cubes, ¼ cup of all- purpose flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 chopped onion, 1 ½ cups of beef broth, 3 diced potatoes, 4 sliced carrots, 1 chopped celery stock

Directions: Place meat into a slow cooker. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Pour the mixture on top of the meat and mix until all meat is coated in the flour mixture. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and then cover and let sit for 10 to 12 hours on a low heat setting. High heat setting: 4 to 6 hours.


Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients: 1 seeded spaghetti squash, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 chopped onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 1½ cups of chopped tomatoes, ¾ cups of crumbled feta cheese, 3 tablespoons of sliced black olives, 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil.

Directions: preheat oven to 350 and grease a baking sheet. Place the squash, with the cut sides facing down, on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Once ready, set the squash aside to cool down.

In a skillet, cook the onions in the oil until onion is tender. Add and cook the garlic until fragrant and add and cook tomatoes until warmed through. Use a spoon to scoop out the stringy pulp from the squash and mix with the cooked onion, garlic and tomatoes. Top with cheese and olives.


Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients: 1-½ cups of elbow macaroni shells, 3 tablespoons of butter, 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 2 cups of milk, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, 2 cups of shredded cheese.

Directions: preheat oven to 350 and cook pasta in a pot (add salt to pasta). Melt butter in a separate large skillet or pot. Add flour to the butter and stir until the mixture is lightly browned. Add milk and stir to remove any clumps of flour. Then add in the salt and pepper. Cook the mixture over medium heat for about 6 minutes or until it thickens. Stir in the cheese until melted and then take the sauce off of the heat. Stir the sauce and the cooked pasta and place in the oven until the top is golden brown. Add any garnish that you would like and serve.