Last updated on September 5th, 2018.
At the end of winter, do you ever get a feeling of ”Phew! We made it!”? It’s as if we all – as a society – survived some hardship together.
And on that first warm spring day when everyone is out and about you can’t help but smile at strangers because you know you’re both experiencing the same feelings of happiness that day.
I definitely get like that.
I actually love the change of seasons, I love skiing, and I absolutely love snow and how beautiful and peaceful everything looks when it is coated by a fresh layer of snow.
But I do hate the cold. I hate the tons of layers that make me feel clunky. I hate shivering when I am outside. If I can enjoy the winter from the inside of my warm apartment with a cup of tea in my hand, I am a happy person.
With that said, I wanted to make a list of my favorite recipes from this past winter that were posted on Babaganosh.
Looking back at this, I would have to say we ate pretty healthy this winter. Mostly. There were definitely a few casseroles with lots of cheese, but don’t we need to store some energy for winter hibernation?? 🙂
7 Best Winter Recipes from Babaganosh (2014-2015 Winter)
1. Swai Bake with White Wine Lemon Garlic Sauce. I made this dish for a family dinner party, and it is just the easiest recipe when cooking for a crowd. The sauce can be prepared ahead of time, and all you need to do is pop the Swai into the oven 15 minutes before you want to serve it. This recipe can easily be doubled.
The funny thing is I had no time to take fancy pictures of this recipe before serving it, yet this pin is my most popular one from all my recipes on pinterest! I guess when you have a good, healthy, easy to make recipe, you don’t need any fancy shmancy pictures.
2. Homemade Lox (Cured Salmon) Recipe. A bagel with cream cheese and lox is one of my favorite breakfast foods. This homemade lox is so much better than store bought because it is cheaper, has better texture, and is free of harmful nitrite/nitrate preservatives. And bonus – it’s super easy to make!
3. Oatmeal Craisin Pecan Cookies. These cookies were THE BEST. Sweet but not too sweet, with just a touchy of salt at the end to get that perfect sweet and salty combination. Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. And the best part? It’s a one bowl recipe that can easily be scaled up to make several batches for a large group. THE BEST. Seriously.
4. Honey Garlic Wings. Wait, hold up. You know how I said the cookies were the best? Scratch that. These wings were THE BEST. This sauce was SO delicious we were licking our fingers, and the plate, and the servings tongs… you get the idea. Yum.
5. Mexican Lasagna. This Mexican lasagna came about as an accident after I failed at rolling neat enchiladas. And I am so glad that happened! The layering of the lasagna is so much easier, and you still end up with the amazing flavor of beef and bean enchiladas. Why bother ever rolling those darn things?
6. Cajun Shrimp and Vegetables Pasta. I came up with this recipe after signing up for a recipe challenge. And boy did it come out GOOD. So many flavors in one bite – the Cajun shrimp, and all the chopped up vegetables also flavored with Cajun seasoning – grape tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and spinach. If the spiciness won’t warm you up in the winter, I don’t know what will. Plus it has bacon!!
7. And last but not least… Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash! The crispy and sweet potatoes go so well with the slightly spicy pulled pork. And my favorite part? This recipe uses leftover pulled pork (carnitas) and is so easy to make in one pan!