Here are a few suggestions for wintertime meals. I haven’t included specific recipes, because I usually wing it on these. It is really pretty easy to look up a few recipes online to get a general idea of how to approach the preparation. My suggestion is,whatever recipe you find to use, add a few more veggies to make it a hearty meal.

  1. Chicken soup– who doesn’t want a hot bowl of soup after shoveling the sidewalk? Use plenty of potatoes, carrots, onion and celeriac. You can also add some garlic if you’d like. Make the soup from scratch using a locally grown chicken and freeze the leftovers.
  2. Chicken pot pie– pretty much the same ingredients as the chicken soup, but the flaky crust and creamy gravy with a splash of white wine are incredibly satisfying. Serve it with a side of roasted brussels sprouts.
  3. Squash casserole– cook up a butternut or sibley squash. Mix in sauteed onions, garlic and corn and red peppers (if you have some in the freezer). Add some herbs such as sage and thyme, or spices like cumin and chili powder. Top with a little mozzarella cheese and bake until hot and crispy. Also tasty with a little Italian sausage mixed in.
  4. Pork Shoulder Roast– a favorite of mine now that I have pigs. I start by cutting up a whole cabbage and putting it in the bottom of my slow cooker. Throw in some carrots, onions and potatoes. Brown the roast, put it on top and turn it on. Easy as pie. Serve as is or over a bowl of mashed potatoes. Don’t forget to liberally salt and pepper the roast before you brown in.