five late-winter warmers

March 4, 2011

The best thing happened this week. March arrived. March is one of my favourite months of the year for two main reasons:

1) It’s my birthday month.

2) Spring is on its way!

Except that you could have fooled Minnesota. We’ve had temperatures below zero this week as well as temperatures in the 30s with snow. Please, get it together universe.

If it’s still feeling like winter where you are then I have a gift for you. That gift is five of my very favourite recipes for late winter. Enjoy!

1. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

You know you want one. Yes, Starbucks makes a dang good one but you might get head spins and an overwhelming desire to eat five pizzas if you consume the sugar in one Starbuck’s latte. This one? Not exactly unhealthy on top of being pretty dang yum.

2. Caldo Verde

There’s not much more comforting than this simple, but elegant soup. Yes, I just called a soup elegant. And peasant soup at that! I’m such a rule breaker. This soup doesn’t need much to taste out of this world. It’s quick and easy too!

3. Slow-Baked Sausages

Mmmm….sausages. This is another way of making bangers and mash, that British pub classic and it’s one of my favourites. I like to mix the potato and gravy up with the peas and make one big tasty mush. But that’s because I am a six-year-old at heart.

4. Moroccan Carrot Soup

I can’t tell you enough good things about this soup. It surprised me so much when I first made it with it’s amazing flavour combination of mint and cumin seeds. It’s a complete delight – make it for friends this weekend if you’re looking for something a little bit different.

5. Vegan Three Bean Chili

Definitely a favourite throw-it-together-and-leave-it dish. It’s got heat, it’s packed full of veggies, it’s got beans to keep you full. Pretty much an all-rounder. Make a big batch this weekend to last you through the final days (or weeks (not complaining, promise)) of winter.

P.S. I also unwittingly published my 200th blog post on Wednesday! I’ll be celebrating with some of these. Have a great weekend!

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