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4 Easy Healthy Winter Recipes

Cold weather often brings a serious craving for comfort food. Here are 4 savory recipes that will provide the taste of home without the extra calories!

When winter rolls around, I like to warm up by making hearty meals. Although it's tempting to use heavy cream, lots of butter, and all the pasta I can, it's just not conducive to my healthy lifestyle or fitness goals. So, I came up with these healthier versions of yummy winter dishes to satisfy my need for comfort food without also delivering a giant dose of calories.

If you're hankering for something hearty and homey, try these four healthy winter meals! Your taste buds, waistline, and muscles will thank you.

Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese and Bacon Zucchini

Looking for a low-carb, low-calorie recipe that tastes amazing and will keep you satisfied? This quick, five-ingredient recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and can be easily doubled or tripled if you need to feed more people.

It's a tasty, healthy meal that will provide lots of protein from the shrimp, plus micronutrients like folate from the zucchini.

  1. Slice thin strips of zucchini with a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to make "noodles."
  2. Heat a nonstick saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add bacon and cook until desired texture is reached.
  4. Remove bacon and add zucchini to pan.
  5. While zucchini is cooking, chop bacon into small bits.
  6. After 2-3 minutes, add bacon and shrimp to zucchini.
  7. Cook 2 minutes.
  8. Mix in goat cheese and stir until melted.
  9. Serve in bowl and top with parmesan.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe Yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 268
Total Fat 15 g
Total Carbs 11 g
Protein 27 g

Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese and Bacon Zucchini "Pasta" PDF (27.1 KB)

Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon Apples

Sometimes your tastes buds crave sweet and savory satisfaction at the same time. With this delicious twist on pork tenderloin, you can satisfy that urge! Pair this dish with a side of steamed broccoli and you can enjoy a low-carb, high-protein meal.

  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 2 medium apples, diced
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Spreads Cinnamon Roll CocoNutter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cook pork tenderloin in the oven or on the grill.
  2. In a medium nonstick pan, add onion and apple.
  3. Sauté until tender.
  4. Mix Sweet Spreads CocoNutter with apples and onions.
  5. Serve pork tenderloin topped with cinnamon apple mixture.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe Yields: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 300
Total Fat 14 g
Total Carbs 21 g
Protein 25 g

Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon Apples PDF (26.7 KB)

Cherry, Pistachio, and Salmon Quinoa Salad

This quick dish is packed with protein. Because it has more calories and carbs than you may want in a regular meal, it makes for a perfect post-workout snack. It's delicious warm or cold, so you can pack it with you anywhere!

  • 4 oz cooked salmon, flaked
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1-2 tbsp dried cherries, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp lightly salted pistachios
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Warm quinoa in a bowl.
  2. Add flaked fish to quinoa.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together vinegar and mustard.
  4. Dress quinoa and salmon with mixture.
  5. Stir in cherries and pistachios.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe Yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 419
Total Fat 11 g
Total Carbs 38 g
Protein 31 g

Cherry, Pistachio, and Salmon Quinoa Salad< PDF (26.8 KB)

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Seared Scallops

One of the most comforting meals during the cold months is a big ol' bowl of soup! With only a few ingredients, you can make a healthy, high-protein version that tastes great and fits your macros. Make a big batch for a crowd or enjoy it by yourself.

  1. Heat soup on stove or in microwave.
  2. Mix in 2 tbsp applesauce.
  3. Stir in fresh spinach.
  4. Pour soup in bowl.
  5. Top with seared scallops.
  6. Drizzle with SweetSpreads Cinnamon Roll CocoNutter.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe Yields: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 260
Total Fat 8 g
Total Carbs 28 g
Protein 22 g

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Seared Scallops PDF (38.3 KB)

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