Our favorite winter recipes are rich, delicious, and hearty that stick to your ribs and help keep your warm on those brutal winter nights. The only problem? They may not be the healthiest.
While salads are great and all, when it is single-digit temperatures outside it isn’t exactly what you may be craving. Just because you are craving something warm and hearty doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice a healthy meal just to do so.
To help encourage healthy yet satisfying eating during the winter, we gathered up some of our favorite recipes that will keep you warm and full without having you worry about just how healthy it is. This is a collection of original Randall Bean recipes as well as a few fantastic dishes from some of our favorite food bloggers.
Sausage & Kidney Bean Stew
Loaded with beans, kale, and rich brothy goodness, this soup is perfect for warming up and filling up without loading on tons of calories and carbs. Quite the opposite, the nutrient-rich beans, squash, and kale make this a great recipe for those fighting off a cold. Want to make it vegan-friendly? Just make a few changes like leaving out the sausage, substitute vegetable broth, and doubling down on the beans and veggies!
Nourishing White Bean & Lemon Soup
This fabulous recipe from Dishing Out Health is the perfect healthy winter warmer recipe. Not only is gluten-free, it is packed to the rafters with hearty beans and delicious veggies, making it vegetarian-friendly too. Both great northern beans and garbanzo beans are used in this dish making it loaded with healthy protein. She uses escarole, but if you can’t find any you can easily sub in chard or kale. Definitely give this recipe a try!
Vegan White Bean Chili
Perfect for the cold weather, this recipe puts a great (and healthy) twist to our famous traditional white chicken chili! The twist? We took out the chicken! This chili recipe is totally vegan-friendly, using our plump, creamy, and delicious great northern beans as the protein of choice. Beans are, of course, a much leaner protein option than beef or chicken that are usually used in chili. For those craving a healthier chili recipe, look no further!
Easy 30-Minute Kale, White Bean, & Chicken Soup
Averie Cooks brings us this mouth-watering chicken soup that is so simple to make you won’t believe something so easy can be so healthy! Chicken and great northern beans are joined by a heap of different veggies that each bring their own great flavors and textures from onion, kale, cabbage, and zucchini. Using low-sodium broth can also help add another health-centric dimension to the recipe. Be sure to have some nice crusty bread on hand for dipping in its delicious broth.
Black Bean Sweet Potato Chicken Stew
This black bean stew is comprised of very simple ingredients (many of which you may already have around the house) that all come together to create something with deep and wonderful flavors. The pairing of black beans and sweet potatoes is one you see in many healthy recipes. There’s a good reason for it: it is amazing! Ready in just under 1 hour, everyone will guess from the smell that this is a stew you have been working on all day long.
Find more keep your body warm and your stomach full this winter with more great Randall Beans recipes! Be sure to grab your own copy of our free Crock Pot Classics cookbook. This recipe collection features a variety of Randall Beans original recipes that can all be easily made to feed your friends and family on chilly nights.