21 Healthy Winter Recipes for When You Need a Break From Holiday Indulgences

Here’s a little insight into how my mind works: Summer is the season of fresh produce, a rainbow of veggies on every plate, and salads eaten on repeat. Winter? A mix of beautifully beige (stay with me), cozy, and comfort-heavy foods. In the latter case, as we’re trying to keep warm in less-than-ideal temperatures, packing in as many vitamins and functional ingredients as possible isn’t top of mind. But, I have good news: having the best of both worlds is possible, and these healthy winter recipes prove exactly that.

It’s that funny time of year too, when everyone’s split between wanting to indulge and being aware that the season of making New Year’s resolutions is right around the corner. I’d be the first to tell you to keep the Christmas cookies coming. But I’m also learning to embrace a new sense of balance, one that focuses on mindfully enjoying all the sugary sweets while making sure to nourish my body with healthy winter recipes (i.e., the supportive foods it craves).

21 Healthy Winter Recipes for When You Need a Reset

With that approach in mind, I’ve rounded up our favorite healthy winter recipes that’ll take you from breakfast to dinner with plenty of energy and strength to help you get through this sprint of a season. I’ll see you in 2024, feeling our best.

Breakfast

Get Figgy With It Smoothie

Why We Love It: Smoothies are often thought of as a summertime staple. And while that’s certainly the case, a few simple tweaks can make it one of your go-to healthy winter recipes. This fig smoothie blends seasonal fruit with satiating fats (tahini and flaxseed) and anti-inflammatory spices to keep you going strong.

Hero Ingredient: Fresh ginger not only gives your smoothie a bit of zip, but it also supports a strong immune system. (Key for these dark winter days!)

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Why We Love It: When my schedule is packed and there’s just not enough time in the day, overnight oats are a saving grace. Simply stir together a few cozy ingredients (pumpkin puree, oats, chia seeds, and all the warming flavors) and you have the easiest breakfast. Ever.

Hero Ingredient: Cinnamon keeps things sweet and spicy.

Chai Spice Buckwheat Granola

Chai Spice Buckwheat Granola

Why We Love It: Perhaps you’ve been misled and believe that chai belongs in beverages only. Thankfully, this granola is here to convince you otherwise. A blend of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves come together for a wintertime breakfast or snack that’s sure to warm you up.

Hero Ingredient: I’ll never say no to a healthy serving of maple syrup—and this recipe delivers. Whether it’s on pancakes, swirled into my morning yogurt bowl, or mixed into this satisfyingly sweet granola, you can never go wrong.

Vegan Nutty Banana Muffins

Vegan Nutty Banana Muffins

Why We Love It: Banana muffins are a classic morning staple. This recipe lightens things up with a vegan twist that leans on tahini—and yes, the bananas themselves—to give these treats a fluffy and moist texture. These make the best on-the-go breakfast. (And are perfect when you’ve mysteriously run out of eggs… again.)

Hero Ingredient: I love a good crumble topping. A sprinkle of sesame seeds gives these muffins a nice, nutty crunch.

Almond Butter Green Smoothie

Almond Butter Green Smoothie

Why We Love It: I know, I know—green smoothies are notorious for tasting overly healthy. But this simple, yet standout blend of banana, cauliflower, spinach, nut butter, and the milk of your choosing lends a beyond creamy texture. (And a flavor that’ll have you believing you’re enjoying an AM milkshake.) New year, new totally-addicting breakfast.

Hero Ingredient: Don’t knock the cauliflower. It’s what gives this smoothie its ice cream-like scoop.

One-Bowl Morning Glory Muffins

One-Bowl Morning Glory Muffins

Why We Love It: There’s a reason these muffins went viral the second we posted them. They’re paradoxical in just about every way—somehow being both fluffy and dense as well as crunchy and moist. If you’ve always loved the classic combo of shredded carrots and coconut, these are a must-make.

Hero Ingredient: The applesauce keeps these muffins moist for days.

Soups

Big Green Immunity-Boosting Vegetable Soup

Big Green Immunity-Boosting Vegetable Soup

Why We Love It: If you love a good green smoothie (see above) and want to keep the deliciousness going into your day, make this soup, stat. Camille makes it every Sunday to work a healthy serving of asparagus, broccoli, spinach, and more goodness into her week.

Hero Ingredient: Soaked cashews are every plant-based eater’s secret weapon. They give this soup tons of satisfying heft.

Turmeric Chicken Soup

Turmeric Chicken Soup

Why We Love It: IYKYK: we work turmeric into just about all of our healthy winter recipes. Why? It’s an inflammation-fighting powerhouse. And the golden-hued spice gives this soup tons of flavor. Alongside broth, chicken, garlic, and ginger, it’s sure to brighten up any dreary January day.

Hero Ingredient: As with all soups, it’s the toppings that seal the deal on their deliciousness. Here, we love cilantro, lime wedges, a sprinkle of red chili flakes, and sliced avocado.

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Why We Love It: We get it: when the start of a new year comes around, it can be tempting to jump on just about any detox or cleanse your fave celeb or influencer claims to be doing. Instead, take this soup as an invitation to cook up all the deliciousness while still putting whole foods front and center. Camille calls it the ultimate reset, minus the juice cleanse. It packs so many nutrient-dense ingredients (butternut squash, carrots, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and more) while also being a beyond-creamy vehicle for your favorite bread—grain-free or otherwise.

Hero Ingredient: Full-fat coconut milk makes this soup ultra-satisfying.

Vegetarian Chickpea Stew

Vegetarian Chickpea Stew

Why We Love It: While I’m not one for hyperbole, I could legitimately eat this soup for every single meal (breakfast included). There’s a time and a place for creamy soups, but I love the bite and texture of the rainbow of ingredients this stew packs in. Cauliflower, carrots, turmeric, ginger—need I go on? That’s right, this one-pot stew is perfection.

Hero Ingredient: A tablespoon of tomato paste gives this stew a lovely richness.

Mains

Chicken Burger Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Burger Lettuce Wraps

Why We Love It: With my vegetarian days well behind me, I’m keen to get a healthy serving of animal-based protein into my week. These chicken burgers—jazzed up with garlic, cilantro, mint, curry powder, and lime—make an easy mid-week dinner. And if you’re feeling the buns, go for it! But if you’re grain-free, lettuce wraps make a crunchy and crisp alternative.

Hero Ingredient: Curry powder gives your burgers a warm, spicy taste.

Hummus, Greens, & Avo Bowl

Hummus, Greens, & Avo Bowl

Why We Love It: The variety of greens this bowl offers is truly remarkable. It balances fiber, protein, and fat to perfection and includes nutrient-packed goodness with eggs, sunflower seeds, and hummus. If the mid-afternoon hangries regularly set in at 3 p.m., try adding this bowl to your lunchtime rotation.

Hero Ingredient: Will our love for avocados ever die? Nope—and for good reason. When people say “mouthfeel,” they’re talking about avocados. Creamy and downright dreamy (not to mention wildly nutrient-dense), this fruit is not only delicious but a surefire way to get nearly everything your body needs all in one go.

Black Lentil Salad With Roasted Vegetables & Goat Cheese

Black Lentil Salad With Roasted Vegetables & Goat Cheese

Why We Love It: While I love a good green salad in a pinch, I’m also here for recipes that iterate on the expected formula. With lentils, roasted veg, and plenty of creamy goat cheese, this unique salad makes for a light, but satisfying meal.

Hero Ingredient: Roasting veggies helps bring out their natural sweetness. Here, the carrots and Brussels sprouts benefit from a drizzle of honey.

Squash Farro Salad With Apple, Goat Cheese, & Pecans

Squash Farro Salad With Apple, Goat Cheese, & Pecans

Why We Love It: As Camille writes, “This dish is a celebration of texture, taste, and nourishment.” Truer words were never said. With delicata squash, nutty farro, creamy goat cheese, crunchy pecans, and a flavor-packed vinaigrette, you’ll be happy to count this among your go-to healthy winter recipes.

Hero Ingredient: Goat cheese offers a tangy, soft bite that plays well with the other ingredients.

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Why We Love It: Gone are the days of less-than-great portobello mushrooms. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will happily dig into this five-ingredient dish. With the functional, powerhouse ingredient front and center—and a blend of cheeses, spinach, and breadcrumbs to top—everyone will be leaving the table happy and satisfied.

Hero Ingredient: The breadcrumbs crisp up in the oven, giving your mushrooms a nice added crunch.

Vegan Flatbread With Roasted Carrot And Red Pepper Hummus

Vegan Flatbread With Roasted Carrot And Red Pepper Hummus

Why We Love It: We all need a quick, easy, and healthy meal in our back pocket in a pinch during the holidays. When you’re tired of indulgence upon indulgence, this vegan flatbread is a first-choice pick. Follow the recipe for this beyond-delish hummus or pick one up at the store. From there, it’s a simple matter of layering the hummus with veggies of your choice on top of a warmed flatbread. You’re welcome.

Hero Ingredient: Go with any flatbread here—but personally, I dream of freshly-warmed naan.

Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Why We Love It: There’s nothing not to love about this warming comfort meal. Mac and cheese is a classic that I’ll be happy to serve myself seconds of any time of the year, but the combo of cheese and carbs is my inevitable ticket to sleepy town. With cauliflower, nutritional yeast, and almond milk to mimic this dish’s creaminess, you still get the flavor you want without feeling weighed down by all the dairy.

Hero Ingredient: A tablespoon of salty, umami-rich white miso added to the sauce will make you want to dive in spoon-first (even before the macaroni is mixed in).

Drinks & Desserts

Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

Why We Love It: I’m the odd sort of person who looks forward to the moment when the temps dip below 50 degrees and it feels appropriate to wrap my hands around a warm mug of cocoa. If you wait until the weather’s a bit more conducive to your hot chocolate habit, that’s fine, but please promise me your first cup will be filled with this relaxing take on the classic. Thanks to the mix of maca and cacao, this superfood-filled recipe is grounding and meditative—and the perfect way to wind down.

Hero Ingredient: A scoop of anti-inflammatory collagen powder gives this drink a little body and heft while simultaneously supporting your gut, skin, hair, and nail health.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Coconut, Raisins, and Dark Chocolate

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with Coconut, Raisins, and Dark Chocolate

Why We Love It: I’m an oatmeal cookie fiend, and thank goodness Camille developed this healthier spin. It cuts back on the sugar and flour while filling each bite with raisins, dark chocolate, walnuts, and coconut flakes. I like them even better than the classic oatmeal cookies.

Hero Ingredient: Flaky salt is essential for the best cookies of your life.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Brownies

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Brownies

Why We Love It: I like my brownies fudgy—and this recipe delivers. A few simple swaps not only make these brownies a delight for eaters of all stripes, but I find that the blend of alt flours and swapping in flax eggs help these brownies achieve a dense and moist bite. Get ready to lick the bowl.

Hero Ingredient: We’re going for all the flavor we can get, so be sure to pick the best cocoa powder you can find. These are our faves.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Gluten-Free, Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Why We Love It: With a slice of carrot cake in front of me, no one is safe. But… I also know that to make it taste really good, most recipes call for tons of sugar. Thankfully, these cupcakes found a way around that obstacle by subbing in applesauce and maple syrup for the extra sugar. The result is a cupcake that’s just sweet enough without making your teeth tingle.

Hero Ingredient: This recipe goes all in with the cinnamon—and they’re all the better because of it.

This article was last updated on December 14, 2022.

These 41 Easy Winter Recipes Are Your New Cold-Weather Friends

With the arrival of the winter season (crazy, right?), it’s time to shift our focus. Maybe you’ve hung the garland, arranged the stockings and put your finishing touches on the tree. But have you given much thought to your winter menu? If you’re like me, having a few go-to, easy winter recipes in your back pocket can make all the difference during this busy holiday season.

For many of us, winter is all about embracing coziness. Thankfully, these easy winter recipes are all about comfort. A bowl of polenta, a mug of soup, or a pepperminty cake can be your cure to the winter blues that—no matter how hard we try to shoo away—come out of hibernation this time of year.

If you’re anti-Daylight Savings Time, prone to seasonal allergies, or just looking for a pick-me-up meal, these recipes are your friends. They’re full of comforting and satisfying elements that are celebrated in the easiest ways to give us that sense of ease this time of year. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about it.

41 Easy Winter Recipes to Beat the Winter Blues

Ahead, you’ll find a little bit of everything. Whether it’s a soup, pizza, muffin, or cake, there’s a lot of wintery goodness to unpack. Much like Christmas morning, I’d encourage you to dive right in and unwrap the foolproof recipes we have in store for you. They’re all easy and tailor-made for chilly winter days, nights, and everything in between. Read on for our picks of easy winter recipes that help beat those dreaded winter blues.

Breakfast

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Why We Love It: Muffins are one of life’s greatest gifts. They’re practically desserts that you can eat for breakfast. And these cranberry orange muffins prove just that. Cranberry and orange is a staple winter flavor combo that you can’t go wrong with. Together, they strike that perfect balance between tart, sweet, and a little zest that’s oh-so-good.

Hero Ingredient: Just look at that glaze. My mouth is watering.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats_easy winter recipes

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Why We Love It: I’m all about transitioning from pumpkin to peppermint this time of year, but it’d be wrong to kick PSL out the door right away. And although it’s traditionally highlighted in fall recipes, pumpkin still deserves a spot in your repertoire of easy winter recipes. In these overnight oats, pumpkin purée, oats, milk, maple syrup, and just a handful of other pantry staples join forces to create an on-demand breakfast for even the busiest mornings.

Hero Ingredient: Hero method: The oats literally cook themselves. What more can we ask for from a simple, but delicious breakfast?

Sarah Copeland's Millet and Amaranth Porridge with Figs and Papaya_easy winter recipes

Sarah Copeland’s Millet and Amaranth Porridge with Figs and Papaya

Why We Love It: During this time of year, a cold breakfast just doesn’t cut it. Waking up to a comforting, nourishing bowl is never a bad idea—making this porridge perfect to add to your list of easy winter recipes. It’s creamy, dreamy, and so easy to make ahead of time for a quick breakfast all week long.

Hero Ingredient: Porridge is a blank canvas for any toppings you please. Feel free to get creative and try some interesting combinations! The world is your bowl of porridge—or something like that.

chai challah french toast

Chai Challah French Toast

Why We Love It: French toast is a winter morning classic in my house, and this recipe brings it to a whole different level. Top your toast with fresh fruit of your liking and a large dollop of whipped cream for a touch of creamy sweetness.

Hero Ingredient: The challah bread is the star of this show.

spiced orange date paste cinnamon rolls

Spiced Orange and Date Paste Cinnamon Rolls

Why We Love It: As I write this, I’m in the process of whipping up these spiced orange cinnamon rolls on this chilly Texas morning. Homemade cinnamon rolls are always worth the effort, and these flavors will blow your guests away.

Hero Ingredient: If you’re a date skeptic, give it a chance with this recipe.

Drinks

Masala Chai_easy winter recipes

Masala Chai

Why We Love It: If you’re a Starbucks chai tea girl, this recipe is for you. Well, maybe not so much a recipe, but a foolproof formula that leaves room for you to personalize to your liking. One of the best parts of this recipe is that it makes a lot (hello, easy winter recipes). You can store it in the fridge to reheat or enjoy over ice if that’s your vibe. It’s comforting and nostalgic for wintertime.

Hero Ingredient: It may seem cumbersome, but grinding your own spices makes all the difference. But if you don’t have time, pre-ground spices work, too!

matcha latte

Matcha Latte

Why We Love It: Matcha lattes can make any morning just a little bit brighter, especially when the temperature starts to drop. These cozy, sweet flavors are enough to make me look forward to the AM, even if it’s too cold to get out of bed.

Hero Ingredient: A ceremonial grade matcha is a must.

golden turmeric milk

Golden Turmeric Milk

Why We Love It: This golden turmeric milk latte is a step up from your morning coffee with far more health benefits. With warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper, this drink is one to keep on your winter list.

Hero Ingredient: A good dairy-free milk makes this latte just a little bit easier on the digestive system.

Soups

zuppa toscana soup recipe

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Why We Love It: If you think you’ve had a good Zuppa Toscana soup, this recipe might make your past soup endeavors seem dull. Without being too rich and heavy, this soup brings a creamy consistency with plenty of substance. Savory Italian sausage paired with hearty vegetables makes it basically a warm hug in a bowl.

Hero Ingredient: Red pepper flakes give this soup an added kick of heat.

tortellini soup

Tortellini Soup

Why We Love It: No matter the time of year, this tortellini soup is on repeat in my kitchen. It simply checks all the boxes of a meal that will keep you satisfied and indulging in the coziness

Hero Ingredient: Garlic and soup… an ultimate pairing.

vegan butternut squash soup

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Why We Love It: When I think soup season, butternut squash is butternut squash is always a must. It brings the perfect blend of sweet and savory to any dish. With a touch of coconut milk for an added hint of sweet creamy indulgence, this soup is unlike any other.

Hero Ingredient: If I haven’t said it enough, the squash is the star.

Easy Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Why We Love It: I’ve had this recipe on repeat for chilly fall nights, and I see no reason why that shouldn’t continue into winter. It’s cozy, comforting, and full of flavor—plus, it lasts me so long. Granted, I’m only cooking for one, but this is the soup that truly keeps on giving. Make a big batch at the beginning of the week to enjoy all week long. Pro tip: If you’re low on broth later in the week, serve up what’s left on warm corn tortillas for a taco-esque dish. You could literally eat it for every meal and not get tired of it—and that’s saying something.

Hero Ingredient: The fresh cilantro flavor shines through twofold: once in fresh cilantro form and again in the ground coriander that flavors the broth. It’s magical.

Turkey Chili Verde_easy winter recipes

Turkey Chili Verde

Why We Love It: In the world of easy winter recipes, soups are a no-brainer. They’re practically designed for batch cooking and can last you days, weeks, or even months if you choose to freeze your leftovers. This Turkey Chili Verde is no exception and even packs a healthy dose of protein into your day. The seasoning blend is part of what sets this chili apart. It features oregano, cumin, white pepper, and a hint of cinnamon to flavor the broth to sheer perfection.

Hero Ingredient: Shortcut alert! You can use Siete Enchilada Sauce in place of a homemade version. It’s a real game-changer.

One-Pot Vegetarian Moroccan Stew_easy winter recipes

One-Pot Vegetarian Moroccan Stew

Why We Love It: To me, stew is very on-brand for winter. I can recall several cold nights growing up when my mom would serve a comforting bowl of hearty stew. And when I would come home from school to the smell of savory stew bubbling away on the stove, all was right in the world. In this recipe, that wholesomeness is celebrated in a vegetarian-friendly form that doesn’t skimp on nutrition and heartiness. It’s a home run.

Hero Ingredient: Chickpeas introduce a stick-to-your-ribs dose of protein and fiber that keeps this stew healthy and satisfying.

Creamy Polenta Bowls with Garlic and Mascarpone_easy winter recipes

Creamy Polenta Bowls with Garlic and Mascarpone

Why We Love It: This creamy polenta recipe gives you a hug in a bowl—literally. These bowls are simple but look fancy enough to serve for a dinner party or to dress up weeknight dinners. So how do they come together? You’ll start by roasting your veggies of choice in the oven, then prepare your polenta on the stove, piece the components together, and enjoy! Creamy bliss is just a polenta bowl away.

Hero Ingredient: By roasting garlic alongside the veggies, you’re getting caramelized pods to squeeze straight into the polenta. It’s flavor heaven.

Salads

squash and farro salad

Squash & Farro Salad With Apples, Goat Cheese, & Pecans

Why We Love It: If there was ever a winter salad easy on the eyes, it would be this savory salad with goat cheese and pecans. Squash and farro add an element of heartiness that’s lightened up with fresh apples.

Hero Ingredient: Goat cheese is my absolute favorite salad topping.

shredded-kale-salad-with-cranberries

Shredded Kale & Cranberry Salad

Why We Love It: Shredded kale salads are always festive, especially when paired with bright fruit flavors like cranberry. Crunchy tofu adds a little bit of protein and substance with dry-roasted peanuts for a little crunch.

Hero Ingredient: Add a bit of sesame seeds for a savory topping.

Warm Roasted Delicata Squash and Kale Salad

Warm Roasted Delicata Squash and Kale Salad

Why We Love It: Sheela Prakash shared this recipe with us from her cookbook, Mediterranean Every Day, and we’re so glad she did. First, you can make this entire recipe ahead of time—yes, dressed and all. Since it uses kale as the base, you won’t have any wilted leaves when the clock strikes meal time. In addition to that, the oven does a lot of the work for you by roasting the squash. From there, all you have to do is whisk up a dressing and assemble.

Hero Ingredient: Toasty hazelnuts bring a crunch and nuttiness to the salad that’s both complementary and seasonal.

Holiday Jewels Chopped Kale Salad with Mustard-Shallot Vinaigrette_easy winter recipes

Holiday Jewels Chopped Kale Salad with Mustard-Shallot Vinaigrette

Why We Love It: There’s so much goodness going on in this salad. First, since it’s a chopped salad, it’s perfectly bite-sized, so you can get a little of everything in each forkful. It uses pear slices, pomegranate seeds, gorgonzola crumbles, and candied walnuts to strike each beautiful winter chord. To tie it all together, a succulent mustard-shallot vinaigrette lovingly coats each ingredient. It’s easy, dynamic, and very, very crave-worthy. You’ve been warned.

Hero Ingredient: The candied walnuts. No further questions.

Sides

roasted honeynut squash recipe with raddichio, goat cheese and pecans

Roasted Honeynut Squash with Hot Honey, Pecans, and Rosemary

Why We Love It: The delicious squash recipes never end, and this roasted honeynut squash with hot honey (my new favorite addition to pretty much anything) is top-tier. Rosemary adds a touch of herby flavor, and pecans bring the nuttiness.

Hero Ingredient: Hot honey is simply incredible.

sweet and sour cider brussels sprouts

Sweet & Sour Cider Brussels Sprouts

Why We Love It: Don’t knock Brussels sprouts until you try them—especially this recipe. Crunchy, sweet, and a little bit tangy, these will be gobbled up on any holiday table.

Hero Ingredient: A little sweet vinegar sauce is all you need.

Roasted Heirloom Carrots With Wild Rice And Tahini_easy winter recipes

Roasted Heirloom Carrots With Wild Rice And Tahini

Why We Love It: Like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and peas, carrots are often associated with the bland, overcooked veggies that our parents would encourage us to eat at dinnertime. But those days are gone, folks! Carrots deserve to be celebrated for the powerful vegetables they are. In this recipe, they’re beautifully caramelized and accented by a tahini sauce, toasted pepitas, crumbled goat cheese, and a whole slew of warming spices. Say goodbye to bland carrots and hello to your new weeknight fave.

Hero Ingredient: A little fresh cilantro over top brightens up the entire dish.

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Pesto Parmesan Potatoes

Why We Love It: Let’s face it, potatoes are amazing in every form. Mashed, roasted, fried, you name it… potatoes are winners through and through. In this recipe, they’re hasselback-ed, roasted, and topped with golden caramelized garlic and vibrant pesto. The best part? Little golden brown potato edges. Talk about a winner.

Hero Ingredient: To break up all that richness, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over top. You’ll be glad you did.

Rosemary Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Butter and Hazelnuts

Rosemary Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Butter and Hazelnuts

Why We Love It: This roasted acorn squash makes a simple sidekick to any tasty main. It’s easy to make but doesn’t skimp on any flavor. Brown butter, toasty walnuts, and fresh rosemary or sage complement the natural flavors of the squash beautifully. Plus, the oven does all the work for you. Total score.

Hero Ingredient: Using a really good butter makes all the difference. Camille recommends her favorite European premium salted butter, which you can find just about anywhere for a reasonable price. Keep your eyes peeled on your next grocery store run and prepare to reap the benefits!

Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Yogurt, Herbs, and Everything Spice

Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Yogurt, Herbs, and Everything Spice

Why We Love It: When I first bit into these potatoes, I actually gasped. I wish I was lying, but these are seriously that good. It’s all about the caramelized crust that tops a pillowy underneath with creamy toppings to finish it off. We’re talking avocado, Greek yogurt, a squeeze of lime juice, the list goes on…

Hero Ingredient: Be generous with the honey. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try this recipe with hot honey! The slight heat combined with fluffy sweet potato is *chef’s kiss*.

Butternut Squash and Ricotta Tart

Butternut Squash and Ricotta Tart

Why We Love It: I know what you’re thinking: how can a tart that gorgeous be easy? Well, prepare to be amazed. With a mandolin by your side, this beautiful centerpiece is a piece of cake. It uses a store-bought shell as the base for sliced squash, sweet potato, apple, and onion, plus a creamy ricotta filling to top it all off. Well, technically to bottom it all off, but you get the idea.

Hero Ingredient: Sprinkle a few red pepper flakes over top for just the right amount of kick.

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Whole Roasted Butternut Squash

Why We Love It: Easy winter recipes are all about, well, ease. And this recipe understands that principle perfectly. Butternut squash can be a little intimidating at first glance, but this recipe calls for you to simply roast it—skin, seeds, and all. Once it’s soft, the squash is so much easier to slice through and deseed. From there, you’ll top with crispy chickpeas, goat cheese, everything seasoning, and cilantro. Hello, easy weeknight dinner.

Hero Ingredient: Goat cheese is the creamy-on-creamy topping of our dreams.

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms_easy winter recipes

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Why We Love It: Five ingredients and about an hour are all that’s standing between you and a savory plant-based dinner that’s sure to satisfy. Meaty portobello mushrooms are stuffed with onion, spinach, and parmesan for a deliciously simple meal. From there, they’re topped with lots of mozzarella cheese and baked until that cheese is bubbly and full of golden specks. It’s a simple recipe that’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Hero Ingredient: The sauteéd onions are deglazed with a little balsamic or apple cider vinegar, which keeps those indulgent flavors balanced.

Main Dishes

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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Why We Love It: Creamy pasta recipes have my heart, and this butternut squash pasta is no exception. The best part? It’s totally dairy-free!

Hero Ingredient: Crispy bacon bits are perfection.

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Butternut Squash Pizza With Arugula & Almond Ricotta

Why We Love It: When it comes to easy winter recipes, pizza is king. Not only is it a breeze to make, but it leaves you with something that feels celebratory. This version uses the seasonal favorite that is creamy butternut squash. The squash is joined by salty bacon bits, sharp red onion, peppery arugula, and an almond ricotta base you’ll want to bookmark. It’s simple, tasty, and presents you with a whole that’s so much greater than the sum of its parts.

Hero Ingredient: Yes, you can make your own pizza dough. But because these are easy winter recipes, there’s no shame in using store-bought dough. In fact, it’s encouraged.

Pesto Gnocchi Skillet Bake

Pesto Gnocchi Skillet Bake

Why We Love It: Simply put, this one ticks all the boxes. Minimal ingredients? Try five. One-pan? You betcha. Comfort and flavor? Take a bite and see for yourself! This cheesy Pesto Gnocchi Skillet Bake is chock full of cozy vibes and easy steps that take you from pan to plate in under 45 minutes. You can use store-bought pesto to keep prep that much more minimal. Or, if you’re up to it, try this easy homemade vegan pesto recipe. Either way is a winner.

Hero Ingredient: Cream cheese brings a touch of tang to the sauce that’s unapologetically indulgent. Go big or go home!

Kitchari_easy winter recipes

Kitchari

Why We Love It: This one-pot wonder is a gift to yourself on lazy winter nights. If you have lentils and rice in your pantry, you’re only thirty minutes away from a cozy dinner that’s satisfying and so easy. You can make it on the stove or in an instant pot—it’s equally delicious both ways.

Hero Ingredient: Glowy turmeric gives this bowl of yum its sunshine-yellow color. Plus, it packs in a little anti-inflammatory boost that you’ll feel great about from the inside out.

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Ratatouille-Style Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Why We Love It: Eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic roast together on a single sheet pan before entering pasta bliss. It’s simple, satisfying, and ideal for busy weeknight dinners. It’s also a great veggie-centric winter recipe that ensures you’re nourishing your body. To top it all off, chunky rigatoni noodles provide the perfect canvas for soaking up all those roasted veggie juices.

Hero Ingredient: The finishing touches make big flavor moves here. A sprinkle of red pepper flakes, grated parm, and torn basil elevate the entire dish.

Cakes and Cookies

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Why We Love It: If there’s one dessert you make this winter, make it this pumpkin cake. With spiced notes and a super creamy frosting, there’s no denying yourself an extra slice of this loaf.

Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin puree is this cake’s secret weapon

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why We Love It: Chocolatey, chewy, and a tiny bit salty—these cookies are next-level when it comes to fall flavors. Homemade cookies are always a great addition to any holiday affair, but when they’re as unique as these, your guests will be begging for the recipe.

Hero Ingredient: A tiny bit of flaky salt is the key.

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Walnut Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Why We Love It: Coffee cake is a Christmas morning must-have, especially when nutty and creamy flavors collide like they do here. This crumble topping also goes into the center of the cake, along with cream cheese, for an elevated morning (or afternoon) snack.

Hero Ingredient: Rolled oats are a lovely addition.

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Chewy Pumpkin Cookies

Why We Love It: Pumpkin season is never-ending as long as the temperatures are low. These are super simple with sweet and spicy flavors like mini pumpkin breads.

Hero Ingredient: The glaze for these cookies is Insta-worthy.

orange carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Orange Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Why We Love It: Carrot cake may not seem like a winter recipe, but these spiced wintery flavors are to die for. Cream cheese frosting is delicious on just about everything—this recipe is no exception.

Hero Ingredient: Orange zest helps bring out all of this cake’s beautiful flavors.

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Flourless Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cake

Why We Love It: Need a gorgeous centerpiece for a winter gathering (or on-a-whim snacking)? This flourless peppermint hot chocolate cake has you covered. At first glance, it might look intimidating, but it’s simple enough for any baker. It’s totally appropriate for winter as it has lots of delicious peppermint flavor throughout. Whether you’re making this for an impromptu dinner party or just to spice up weeknight dinner time, you’ll be glad to have this recipe in your back pocket.

Hero Ingredient: Because this cake is flourless, your gluten-free self or friends can enjoy it without hesitation.

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Pumpkin Snack Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

Why We Love It: In case you missed it, everyone on the Camille Styles team is a big fan of snacking cakes. Simply put, a snack cake is a cake that you can enjoy at any time of day. Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Cut yourself a slice to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Craving something sweet after dinner that won’t send you into a food coma? Here’s your answer. Any way you choose to enjoy it, this Pumpkin Snack Cake with Cinnamon Streusel is just the easy dessert you’ve been looking for.

Hero Ingredient: The cinnamon streusel really is the icing on the cake.

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Chocolate Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Why We Love It: Fun, festive, and winter-esque, these Chocolate Peppermint Snowball Cookies are the holiday dessert you’ve been looking for. The molten chocolate center is simply incredible and the little bits of crushed peppermint ties the whole cookie together. To make things extra easy, you can mix up the dough at any time and freeze it until you’re ready to bake.

Hero Ingredient: The gooey center, duh.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

Why We Love It: It doesn’t get much easier than no-bake recipes. These No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars are the easiest dessert you’ll serve—and enjoy—all season long. They feature a graham cracker crust, smooth pumpkin butter, and a cream cheese-accented filling that you’ll want to eat with a spoon. And if you’re intimidated by the pumpkin butter, fear not! Store-bought works just as well.

Hero Ingredient: I’m a sucker for a graham cracker crust.

This post was originally published on December 2nd, 2022, and has since been updated.

My 2023 Holiday Decor—Exactly How I Turned Our Home Into a Cozy Winter Haven

My goal for this holiday season? To fully soak it up, finding those little ways to mark the moments so it doesn’t fly by in a blur. For many of us, December is an incredibly busy month, and making those core holiday memories requires an intentional approach. And one of my favorite traditions to kick off the entire season is decorating the house for the holidays.

So, today we are decking out our home for Christmas—it’s always been one of my favorite days of the entire year, and as an adult, I love getting to share this experience with our kids and make it really special. Below, I’m spilling all the simple details that transform our entire house into a cozy, Christmas-y haven. I’m keeping it simple by focusing on just a few elements that will make an impact and add wow factor: candles and twinkling lights, evergreen branches, and layers of texture. And you also cannot overstate the power of Christmas music—just turning on some tunes changes the whole vibe of a space.

First, watch the video below where I deck out our house from top to bottom… then scroll on for details and links to everything I used.

Our Christmas Tree

I get questions about our tree every year—it’s really large (12 feet!) to account for our high ceilings in the living room, and though it’s faux, it does look super realistic. Before getting this tree, I was a diehard “real tree person,” but thanks to Adam’s allergies and our crazy high ceilings, we switched to faux about 10 years ago and have never looked back.

Fake Christmas trees can be really expensive, so it pays to price shop a bit here. Ours came from Frontgate, and it’s the Noble Fir Slim Profile Tree in the 12-foot size.

The Fireplace Mantel—and Our Casa Zuma Wreath

The mantel is the centerpiece of our living room, so I like to use this area as a way to play with decor and give our holiday decor a different vibe every year. My friend Elle has made our mantel garland and wreath the past several years. She owns a company called Gracious Garlands that makes beautiful live evergreen decor. This year, we’re teaming up with them to make our Casa Zuma Holiday Wreath made of fraser fir, cedar and seeded eucalyptus. We wanted to do something natural and California-inspired, and I’m so excited for you guys to be able to experience it in your own homes this year. It’s on sale now.

For this year’s mantel, I’m going with an earthy, natural aesthetic with lots of evergreen. The focal point is this gorgeous evergreen garland that Elle created using different types of greens which give it so much texture and warmth. I love using asymmetry here—it makes it feel a little more artistic and looks visually pleasing when you hang the stockings.

We secured the garland to the mantle by sticking a few command hooks onto the mantle itself and then fastened it to the mantel at several points to support the garland’s weight. Then I wove some fairy lights and around the front branches to add sparkle.

The Cozy Details

I use our open shelving next to the fireplace as a continually rotating space to display my favorite things. During the holidays, I start by removing a few items to open up the space, then I add just a few holiday touches to make the shelves feel festive. I try to keep it in a neutral color palette that feels aligned with the room during the rest of the year, because I always want this space to feel calm and grounding.

The Front Porch

If you know me then you know I love creating a festive front door that welcomes guests into the coziness of the season right when they pull in the driveway. Last year’s Christmas front door decor was decked out with red berries, and the year before was inspired by a woodland fantasy.

Our front door opening is quite large, and it takes a lot to make an impact. I’ve found that streamlining to just a few elements but going BIG with them is the key; it’s really all about scale. So here, Elle used evergreen garlands and tucked pinecones into them using some floral wire—and she used lots of it. Then she (and her awesome husband Regan) used floral wire to attach the garland at each point where we wanted it to drape using command hooks that we stuck to my house.

To attach the Casa Zuma Holiday Wreath to the front door, we used a couple large suction cups, wove in a few wired pinecones and added a big velvet bow at the bottom for the finishing touch.

And THAT is how we transform our house for the holidays. The goal? To turn it into a cozy haven where we just want to stay in and drink hot chocolate by the fire all season long. Decorating the tree, reading the Polar Express with my kids, curling up in front of the Christmas tree lights to drink my coffee in the morning—those are things that awaken the spirit in me and add up to an unforgettable holiday.

I hope that you guys are having a beautiful start to the season! Savor it, enjoy those simple moments with the people you love, and have a very happy holiday.

Your Ultimate Guide to Winter Squash—Plus the Best Recipes to Use Them In

“Winter squash” is a bit of a misnomer. In truth, these veggies really come into season at the end of summer and early fall. As the temps start to drop, I find myself looking for the best winter squash recipes and ways to use all of the beautiful picks piling up at grocery stores, markets, and farm stands. Lucky for all of us, too, their buttery flavors are the perfect addition to soups, salads, and pastas, and they even stand up as the hero in many of the meatless main dishes I’ll be eating all throughout the season.

Perhaps you’re already familiar with a few of the vegetables that fall into this family. Butternut and spaghetti squash have become fan favorites in recent years, but I’d also recommend trying your hand at a recipe that includes delicata or red kuri squash this fall. Keep scrolling for tips on how to identify the seven most popular varieties of winter squash, plus some must-try recipes below.

Featured image by Suruchi Avasthi.

Image by Suruchi Avasthi

How To Tell if a Squash Is Ripe

To tell if a squash is ripe, you’ll need to check out the exterior. The skin should be a matte color (if it’s glossy, it’s not ripe yet) and should have a hard exterior.

Throughout the season, I’m apt to pick up kabocha squash, delicata squash, a sugar pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and red kuri squash for experimenting with my favorite winter squash recipes. Of course, when I’m in full-on fall mode, I can’t help but grab some mini gourds and pumpkins, too! These are mainly used for decoration but can be found in some recipes as well.

Image by Suruchi Avasthi

How to Identify the Seven Most Popular Winter Squash

  • Kabocha: squat, green squash with faint white lines running up and down the surface
  • Delicata: yellow cylindrical squash with green and orange stripes along the ridges
  • Sugar Pumpkin: small, almost perfectly spherical pumpkin in bright orange
  • Acorn: dark green squash with thick ridges all the way around
  • Butternut: bell-shaped squash with a light peachy yellow exterior
  • Spaghetti: round cylindrical squash with a bright yellow exterior
  • Red Kuri: warm orange squash with a lopsided shape

18 Winter Squash Recipes to Satisfy Your Seasonal Cravings

This is your sign to pick up a squash you haven’t tried next time you’re at the grocery store or farmer’s market. For me, the hardest part of trying new foods is finding ways to incorporate them into recipes. Below I’ve listed out 18 delicious recipes using my favorite varieties of winter squash.

Butternut Squash and Ricotta Tart

Why We Love It: This butternut squash is a major stunner that looks way more complicated than it really is. With a flaky crust and creamy ricotta, layers of seasonal root veggies come together to make the ultimate cold-weather appetizer.

Hero Ingredient: A pinch of red pepper flakes adds the perfect heat.

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon & Crispy Sage

Why We Love It: Both savory and sweet, this pasta is everything warm and cozy in a bowl. It can sometimes prove a challenge to create a creamy and decadent dish that’s dairy-free, but this pasta does just that (and some more!).

Hero Ingredient: Raw cashews are the secret weapon.

Roasted Delicata Squash With Feta, Almonds, and Herbs

Why We Love It: If you’re unfamiliar with it, delicata squash is slightly sweet, caramelizes perfectly, and is the ideal canvas for all of fall’s flavors. This specific recipe serves it with a simple dressing and lots of toppings to make the squash a complete meal. The crunch from the almonds and the creaminess from the feta is just the icing on top of the already delicious cake.

Hero Ingredient: Cumin brings a rich, hearty, and warming bite to this quintessential fall side.

Butternut Squash Pizza With Arugula & Almond Ricotta

Why We Love It: As seasons come and go, one thing stays the same: my love for pizza. This butternut squash pizza shot its way up to the top of my favorite winter squash recipes because it’s seasonal, dairy-free (although you wouldn’t know it), and downright delicious. The sweet squash and almond ricotta combined with the savory bacon will have you going back for third and fourth slices. 

Hero Ingredient: If you haven’t yet dabbled in the art of making your own (plant-based) ricotta, now’s the time to try! It’s wayyy easier than it seems and is the perfect cheesy, slightly sweet base for this fall pizza.

Whole Roasted Butternut Squash

Why We Love It: When it comes to winter squash recipes, roasting these roots is always my go-to method of prep. For this go-to roasted butternut squash recipe, all you need is two hours in the oven to create a delicious, filling, and hassle-free appetizer.

Hero Ingredient: A little bit of hot sauce and fresh herbs take this squash up a notch.

Rosemary Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Butter and Hazelnuts

Why We Love It: I was lucky enough to try this recipe when Tieghan Gerard came to visit Camille last year, and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. I’d never tried acorn squash before, but it quickly became one of my favorite winter squash sides. The brown butter and hazelnuts, with the hint of spice from the chili flakes, create the flavor combo you didn’t know you needed. 

Hero Ingredient: Just a tablespoon of brown sugar is all the added sweetness this recipe needs.

“Creamy” Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger & Coconut Milk

Why We Love It: This soup is my favorite way to dive into squash season. It’s one of the coziest soups I’ve ever had while still tasting clean and healthy. Thanks to the coconut milk, it’s ultra creamy without any cream at all. I highly recommend doubling this recipe and saving it for lunch or keeping it in the freezer for a rainy day. 

Hero Ingredient: Peeled and chopped ginger adds just the right amount of warming spice to this perfect-for-fall soup.

Turmeric Roasted Kabocha Squash Salad

Why We Love It: To celebrate everything we love most about fall in a lighter, plant-packed form, this turmeric squash salad throws together plenty of nutrients and a wide variety of flavors. Pumpkin seeds and cranberries add a bit of texture and tanginess to complement your sweet autumn star.

Hero Ingredient: Honey is a natural sweetener essential for this salad.

Delicata Squash Salad with Pistachios and Marinated Lentils

Why We Love It: One of my favorite meal-prep winter squash recipes is this delicata squash salad. Add your favorite greens and complement them with crunchy pistachios and creamy feta cheese for the most mouthwatering fall bowl.

Hero Ingredient: Cinnamon gives these squash slices a warm spiced flavor.

Roasted Butternut Squash Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Figs, and Pesto

Why We Love It: Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. Butternut squash, goat cheese, and pesto are three of my favorite foods and thrown together—they can’t be beat. This is an excellent affordable, healthy, vegetarian meal to add to your fall meal rotation. 

Hero Ingredient: Pesto adds a bright, fresh flavor to this comforting side dish.

Pita Tostadas with Butternut Squash, Black Beans, & Avocado

Why We Love It: As much as I love squash recipes, sometimes they can all start to taste the same. These tostadas, however, are the perfect way to shake things up while still eating with the season. Camille took the genius approach of swapping tortillas for pita bread in this recipe, which makes the perfect chewy, golden-brown crust for this Tex-mex spin on squash.

Hero Ingredient: Adding a few creamy slices of avocado to anything is the answer for… everything.

Warm Roasted Delicata Squash and Kale Salad

Why We Love It: This colorful and seasonal salad is the perfect addition to all of your fall dinner parties. It comes from Sheela Prakash’s cookbook Mediterranean Every Day and is just as healthy as it is comforting. I like making a big batch of this on Sunday to have on hand all week since it’s full of veggies that won’t get soggy from the dressing. 

Hero Ingredient: I love the vinaigrette’s peppery, pungent bite of Dijon.

Wild Grain & Winter Squash Salad

Why We Love It: Salads that don’t feel like salads are trending on TikTok and this wild grain and winter squash salad should be going viral. With no leafy greens to be seen, it’s a great recipe for when you want something a little more comforting but still healthy. The delicata and dumpling squash rest on a bed of rice and are topped with almonds, feta, and plenty of herbs to satisfy every single taste bud. 

Hero Ingredient: Wild purple rice isn’t simply a good source of protein. It’s also a delightfully chewy, nutty, and slightly sweet grain that’s perfect for any fall salad or bowl.

Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Why We Love It: My roommate and I have started a new tradition this fall: Soup Mondays. I know you’re thinking that Soup Sundays makes more sense, but we coincidentally had soup two Mondays in a row, and it stuck. On tap for this week is this comforting curry butternut squash soup. The curry adds even more flavor than traditional butternut squash soup, which is already a favorite of mine. It’s also freezer-friendly and one of the best winter squash recipes for meal prep.

Hero Ingredient: The chopped Granny Smith apple adds a complex sweetness that deepens this soup’s cozy fall flavors.

Crispy Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa with Currant Vinaigrette

Why We Love It: This simple yet delicious fall meal will be your new weeknight hero. The butternut squash is golden and crispy on the outside and creamy and warm on the inside—just how I like it. The currant vinaigrette perfectly brightens the dish, complements the fall flavors, and brings it all together. Plus, you’ll want to bookmark this genius tip for cooking quinoa. 

Hero Ingredient: I love the chickpeas’ creamy, hearty bite. It plays perfectly with crispy butternut squash and nutty quinoa.

Butternut Squash, Spinach, & Goat Cheese Pasta

Why We Love It: I’m a sucker for a good fall pasta, and this is one of the easiest and best recipes I’ve tried. The short list of ingredients comes together in just one bowl and is perfect for a cozy weeknight or a wine night with friends. Take it from me: the optional sage leaves should most definitely not be optional.

Hero Ingredient: A garnish of toasted pine nuts is the perfect texture play. They deliver just the right amount of crunch.

Curried Roasted Winter Squash Soup From Brooklyn Delhi’s Chitra Agrawal

Why We Love It: This delicious winter soup is Chitra Agrawal’s go-to weeknight meal, and I can’t blame her. I love that you can make it with any winter squash—butternut, acorn, kabocha, or delicata—so you’ll never grow tired of it. Plus, if you roast the squash ahead of time, this recipe comes together in one pot.

Hero Ingredient: Leaning on your favorite simmer sauce not only makes this recipe a breeze but it also ensures you’re packing in tons of flavor despite a minimal ingredients list.

Slow Roasted Cod with Broccolini, Winter Squash, And Mint

Why We Love It: I love a recipe that feels ultra elegant, yet comes together in a matter of minutes. (Bonus: it’s baked in one pan.) This roasted cod with broccolini, squash, and mint does exactly that, giving you a restaurant-grade meal with minimal effort. You can make this recipe with any firm white fish or winter squash, and the formula will turn out just as delicious every time. 

Hero Ingredient: Is it me, or is cod a super underrated fish? It’s a low-fat source of protein, sure, but it also has a light, flaky texture and neutral flavor that holds up well against any seasonings you add.

This post was originally published on October 26, 2017, and has since been updated.