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Winters are here and there’s so much to look forward to. Christmas and New Year celebrations with your friends, playing catch-up on your favourite Netflix series, dancing to good music, and devouring good food – it’s what brings joy to the world and brings good tidings. That being said, it doesn’t take hours to whip up delicious, gourmet dishes. Try our top five picks that are healthy, scrumptious, and easy-to-make.

Cherry tomatoes with goat cheese

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It’s that time of the day when you want to put your legs up and binge-watch all your favourite Netflix shows. Except this time, you trade a tub full of buttered popcorn for a gourmet dish of cherry tomatoes with goat cheese. Here’s how: Scoop out the seeds from the tomato, and spoon in cheese. Top it with pepper, oregano or chopped olives. When you have wholesome goodness with fantastic flavours such as this, watching your weight or Breaking Bad won’t be a problem.

Creamy sweet potato soup

Creamy sweet potato soup

If you think soups are only for your grandmother or for when you’re down with the flu, then you haven’t had a taste of creamy sweet potato soup yet. Simply puree baked or roasted sweet potatoes and sauté it with a drizzle of olive oil followed by a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and chopped garlic. Garnish with low-fat crème, and voila! Sweet potatoes are extremely nutritious and well, sweet, which makes them an absolute favourite among children and adults alike.

Lemon and garlic roast chicken

Lemon and garlic roast chicken

Think comfort food, think chicken. And if you want to ditch the traditional butter chicken for exotic flavours, there’s always roast chicken. Unlike popular opinion, this dish is quite easy to make. Cut the chicken into six or eight portions. Sauté finely-chopped bell peppers, cilantro, spring onions, lemon, and the chicken in a pan. Season with cayenne pepper, salt, oregano, thyme, and basil, and cook for 40 minutes. Once tender and juicy, serve the dish in bowls along with garlic bread. This is comfort food at its best.

Fruit-kissed French toast

Fruit-kissed French toast

When you’re craving a sugar rush but you know you’ve cheated on your diet; that’s when a French toast comes to your rescue. This age-old recipe needs no detailed introduction. To maintain the health factor, trade regular bread for whole wheat or oatmeal slices, and sugar for honey. Once you get these golden-brown pieces out, whip over some hung curd and top it off with strawberries and cinnamon dust. It’s a great dish and can double as an all-day breakfast that your kids and the weighing scale will love you for.

Apple cinnamon tea

Apple cinnamon tea

Indians are suckers for tea; especially during the winters when there’s Silent Night playing in the backdrop. This recipe is healthy and delicious. Bring diced apples, a stick of cinnamon, and cloves to a boil. Reduce the mixture until half, add tea leaves, and let it simmer for another minute or two. Pour into a mug and sweeten with dollops of honey. Grab your favourite book and enjoy this with a side of crackers or apples.

 

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