May 31, 2022

Steph’s Favourite Winter Recipes

Melbourne is starting to get seriously cold and so my cravings for hearty winter dinners have kicked in. 

When it comes to fuelling my body during winter, I always love opting for those comforting, warm and hearty dishes that make me feel good. I love how many delicious options the KIC app has in the Recipe Hub (and our incredible team add new recipes each weekly which can sometimes make it super hard to choose!).

But this winter, here are the five recipes that I’ll be cooking on rotation to curb my cravings… 

1. Baked Gnocchi

Honestly this recipe is simply heaven – winter comfort food at its finest. I am a huge fan of gnocchi generally and when the team announced that this recipe was hitting the app, I was pumped and couldn’t wait to make it for Josh and I. 

I am honestly salivating just thinking about making this recipe again and again throughout winter. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare which makes it super easy to whip up during the week.

The thought of diving in with my fork and pulling out an ultra fluffy piece of gnocchi coated in a delicious tomato sauce and warm gooey mozzarella cheese has me doing my happy dance. 

If you’re keen to try this easy weeknight dinner, click here!

2. One Pot Moroccan Chicken

Please, please, please don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you. Yes it might look long, but 50% of the listed ingredients are herbs, spices or garnishes which without them would remove what is so special about this meal – it’s flavour!

I love making this recipe on a Monday night as it’s my day off, I then have an epic meal to kick off the week, but my lunch sorted for Tuesday. This recipe is PERFECT for meal prep. 

So, if you’re in need of another recipe that is perfect to meal prep for the week ahead, look no further that this epic one pot dish.

You can get the recipe here

3 Classic Beef Stew

The thing I love most about this dish is that it can be easily made in a slow cooker or pressure cooker which means you can prep it in the morning, set and forget! You’ll just have to fry up the beef in a pan before you pack it into your slow cooker or pressure cooker to stew alongside the other ingredients.  

If you don’t have those appliances, that’s not an issue either! You’ll just follow the directions of the recipe which you can find here and you’ll leave your stew to simmer over the stove. 

I find this recipe to be ideal for my WFH days. I’ll quickly prep the meat and veggies over my lunch break and very very gently let it simmer whilst I work throughout the afternoon. That way, all that’s left is to stir in the peas a few minutes before we’re ready to eat. 

4. Veggie Minestrone

This recipe is a big bowl of goodness. It’s packed with so many veggies and never fails to leave me feeling extra nourished and warm. I’ll always serve it up with a piece of ciabatta or sourdough bread because let’s be real, it’s a must with minestrone! 

I also love that this is a vegetarian friendly recipe as I try to always find a nice balance of meat-free meals. 

Personally, I love to cut my veggies nice and thick but if you’re wanting to speed up the cooking time a little, I recommend cutting your veggies a bit smaller to reduce how long they take to cook. 

When it comes to the pasta part, I usually opt for risoni or elbow pasta, but you can choose whatever type you prefer! 

You can get your hands on this recipe here.

5. Broccoli and Chicken Pasta Bake

In my opinion, this recipe takes the humble broccoli to the next level. The chicken, cheese and broccoli all pair so damn well in this baked pasta dish and it’s actually one of the most underrated combos in my opinion.

This dish is a labour of love as it does have a few steps to it but honestly it’s worth it, trust me! 

My favourite part of this recipe is when I get to sprinkle the cheese on top right before it goes into the oven to bake. Watching the cheese melt and slightly caramelise in the oven gets me salivating. 

So if you’re on the hunt for a comforting cheesy pasta that doesn’t skip out on the greens, I highly recommend you try this recipe.

Steph Claire Smith