As winter sets in there's nothing quite like enjoying a delicious, hearty meal to warm you up from the inside out. Cold winter nights call out for comforting dinners that the whole family will love. From classic favourites to new twists on old recipes, here are five delightful dinner ideas.
1. Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
When it comes to comfort food, lasagna is a perennial favourite. For a winter twist, try a roasted vegetable lasagna. Layered with roasted seasonal vegetables, creamy ricotta cheese, tangy tomato sauce, and gooey melted cheese, this vegetarian delight is packed with flavours and warmth.
The roasted vegetables add a deep, caramelised taste that perfectly complements the creamy cheese and sauce. Serve it alongside a fresh green salad and garlic bread, and you have a satisfying and nourishing meal that will keep you fulfilled all night long.
2. Chunky Steak Pie
When the weather is cold and gloomy, nothing beats a warm pie. One of our favourites is Garlo's Pies Chunky Steak Pie which includes tender chunks of steak and flaky pastry.
It's easy to prepare and serve, and it will fill you with comfort and satisfaction. Plus, the pies come in different flavours to suit your preferences.
This dish can be easily customised by adding your favourite roasted veggies alongside the pie. So don't wait any longer, order a Garlo's pie today and enjoy a delicious treat that will make you forget the chill outside. Garlo's Pies are available in selected Coles stores across QLD, NSW and now, VIC.
3. Fish Curry
When it comes to winter dinner options, fish curry stands out as a 10/10 choice that brings both warmth and exotic flavours to the table.
This aromatic and comforting dish not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides a healthy and nourishing meal during the cooler months. When done right, Fish curry offers a perfect blend of tender fish, rich spices, and a sauce full of flavour.
The combination of fresh fish, such as salmon or cod, with a medley of spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, and chilli, creates a tantalising flavour profile that awakens the senses.
The curry sauce, usually made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and coconut milk, adds a creamy and velvety texture to the dish. Pair it with fragrant basmati rice or warm naan bread to soak up the flavoursome sauce.
Fish is an excellent source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to support heart health and boost the immune system. The warming spices in the curry, such as turmeric and ginger, are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash soup is a velvety and creamy delight that embodies the essence of winter. Made with roasted butternut squash, aromatic herbs, and a hint of cream, this soup is both nourishing and comforting.
The natural sweetness of the squash balances perfectly with the savoury notes, creating a harmonious flavour profile.
The silky texture and vibrant colour will surely lift your spirits on a cold winter night. Serve it with a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds or a drizzle of balsamic reduction for an extra touch of elegance.
5. Hearty Beef Stew
A steaming bowl of stew is a quintessential winter comfort food that will warm your soul. This timeless dish combines tender chunks of beef, aromatic vegetables, and savoury herbs, simmered slowly in a rich broth.
The slow-cooking process allows the flavours to meld together, creating a comforting and satisfying meal.
Pair it with crusty bread or fluffy mashed potatoes for a complete experience. The aroma that fills your home while it cooks is an added bonus, making you feel instantly cosy and content.
6. Chili Con Carne
Spice up your evenings with a bowl of hearty and spicy chilli con carne. This Tex-Mex classic features ground beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, and a blend of spices that create a mouthwatering combination of flavours.
The warmth and spiciness of the chilli will not only satisfy your taste buds but also help ward off the winter chill. Top it off with shredded cheese, sour cream, and a sprinkle of fresh coriander for added plant power.
Serve with warm bread for a complete meal that will leave you feeling content and warmed from the inside out.