TBY’S Favorite Winter Recipes

I was born and raised a child of the snow. Being a capricorn, living in a mountain town, and being taught to ski as a three year old set me up for an infatuation with snow. The first flakes fell just over of a month ago, so I’ve been eagerly wanting to post this roundup. This winter is weird, because I’m living in a valley where leaves are still falling off the trees and turning colors (no complaining there!), whilst the mountains are lightly dusted with the beautiful white stuff. A bit of a confusing situation, but I guess it’s not technically winter, so I’ll give Mother Nature a break.

I’m not sure if winter is my favorite time of year, because I love to watch all of the seasons meld into one another. Trees turning into skeletons then getting blanketed in puffs of snow is an utterly fascinating sight to watch. But so is snow melting and being slurped up by the ground, then turning into the lifeblood for stunning cherry blossoms in the spring. Seasons are great, you guys. To me, they are the breaths of Earth, reminding us that change is the only constant. I think that’s lovely and amazing and enchanting.

I would like to accompany this breath of Mother Nature with five of my favorite wintertime recipes. They will warm the soul and get you out playing in the snow (or whatever the biome you live in has to offer). There’s sweet, there’s savory, spiced, and more! So read on and get making some of my faves!

If you make any of the following (or any!) recipes take a pic and tag #thebakingyogini or @thebakingyogini on Instagram!

  1. Chai Rooibos Almond Cookies

The cookies are a little bit spiced by the chai, but the almond extract adds a earthy, sweet overtone. They are buttery and a bit like shortbread. You can keep the rolled dough in the freezer and cut off as many cookies as you want to bake in one day, or bake them all for a bunch of people to enjoy!

2. Sweet Potato & Yellow Pepper Soup

gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free

This soup made my grandma tell me I am becoming a real woman because knowing how to cook is what a young woman should know how do do(!). Although I don’t agree with women being expected to be domestic homemakers, I know the compliment came straight from her beautiful heart. If it has her approval, it must be tasty! Don’t skimp on the toasted pepitas on top because they make the soup.

3. Spritz Waffles

Spritz, or Spritzgebäck, is a pastry that originated in Germany (I thought Sweden before reading the Wiki page). They are basically sugar cookies with almond extract. They dough is supposed to be pushed out of a pastry bag, and they are traditionally shaped into the letter “S”. Although these waffles are not squirted out of anything (ew), they taste a whole lot like the cookie!

4. Cracked Wheat Rosemary Bread

vegan, refined sugar free

This is my favorite yeast bread recipe on my blog. The perfect combo of crunchy outside and chewy, soft, flavorful inside. Dip in olive oil or coat with butter and you’ve got yourself a hard-to-stop-eating match.

5. Pumpkin Ginger Mug

gluten free, vegan

This mug of love is just that: love on a cold winter’s day. It is not cloyingly sweet and has a bit of a ginger spice. Add a shot of espresso (or two!) if you need an extra kick.

Greek Salad Spring Rolls

The 4th has come and gone and I’m feeling like summer is slipping out of my palms. So many fun adventures are to be had before I go back to school…even though I’m super stoked to go to school this fall!  I’m finally coming to the realization that, hey, I’m actually going to have a really difficult time making food and blogging.  I will try my absolute best because I have friends with kitchens, but my blog may turn into more of food experiences and life rather than recipes I make. I guess we will see where the wind takes me.

I was at orientation the last couple of days and although much of the information was monotonous and repetitive, I learned about some amazing programs! For one: I can volunteer at the vegetable gardens and the farmers’ market and get free produce for doing it. I mean, yes please!  The University even offers gardening and outdoor adventure classes for credit.  I am ecstatic to be immersed with things I enjoy and surrounded by people who have passions similar to mine.

And you know what else I’m ecstatic about? These spring rolls. When I eat spring rolls they are usually the traditional kind filled with rice noodles, thinly sliced veggies, and a side of peanut dipping sauce.   The other day I needed something more hearty than a greek salad but not as much as a pita sandwich. These spring rolls were the brain child of the conundrum.

The falafel is crispy and really flavorful and along with the crunch of the veggies all wrapped up in a rice paper wrapper=pretty much the perfect lunch.

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Pear & Goaty Grilled Cheeses

serves 4

Crunchy.  Toasty.  Creamy.  All the things that are inside and out of these lovely little grilled beauties.  I made these a while ago and just haven’t put the recipe up.  But, since I’m SO SUPER craving them today, I’ll share.

I ran 8.5 miles on trail today, you guys and I am so tired/sore/stoked that I ran that far, but please can someone make me these sandwiches?!  Ahh they sound so great!

Let’s get to it.

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Whole Wheat Bagels 3 Ways

makes 12 bagels

I love gluten and the whole gluten-free trend has been starting to get me.  Yes, I completely understand that some people are very allergic to gluten and gluten-free recipes are so awesome to have around for them.  But honestly, I don’t understand why so many people are completely eradicating gluten from their lives.  Why deprive yourself of something that can make food so great?  Ugh…people sometimes!

Amongst the gluten haters, I know there are many gluten lovers (like me!).  Where I work, I make gluten-free and “regular” coffee cakes.  We were out of the regular the other day so I brought out a fresh one.  A man waiting in line looked at me and said, “Is that gluten-free?”.  I’m rolled my eyes saying, “No, sir…this one has gluten, but the one above is gluten-free,”.  To my surprise, he looked relieved and asked for “extra gluten”.  Now that, my friends, made my entire day.

So, to my gluten-lovers, what says “give me the gluten” more than bagels?  I took most of the actual bagel recipe from CHOW because I’d never made bagels before and didn’t want to ruin them.  Honestly, they are the best bagels I’ve ever ingested.  They are: chewy, crunchy, soft, and GLUTENOUS!

Btw I went to a $5 LAURYN HILL CONCERT LAST NIGHT.  Be jealous.

Let’s do it!

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Greek Quinoa Salad

serves 2 with lots of leftover quinoa

As I’ve said many times before and will probably say again in the future: I loooove lemon + basil.  So, here’s another recipe that incorporates the two!

I do believe Greek/mediterranean food is some of the most refreshing cuisine out there.  It is perfect for summer because the flavors are cooling.  Even though this salad has warm quinoa, do not be weary to eat it on a hot summer day!  The lemon and all the toppings cool off the pallet.

This is definitely a make-again.  Take my word for it and make this salad now!

Let’s get to it.

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Thai Curry Enchiladas with Coconut Wild Rice

serves 4-5

I have some exciting news.  Last week, before I took my ACT I woke up around 5:30 due to nerves.  Tests like these make me over-the-top stressed…I even get nauseous.  Anyway, I really need to calm down so I decided to do about 40 minute’s worth of yoga.  Since that day (last Tuesday) I have been practicing each and every day.

I think yoga is something I desperately need.  I am the type of person who can’t let go of things, thinks everything is my fault, and gets extremely anxious and stressed at the stupidest things.  Ehemm a cake, which I was making for my best friend fell in the oven and I cried over it (not like she’d care!).  So, I guess my personality is one that needs a bit of help on the stress-management side of life.


A week into this journey of mine I have accomplished two headstands and an arm balance called Bakasana.  I’m so happy with my progress and doing this beautiful, soul-cleansing practice is teaching me that I need to let go and find peace with myself.

To be honest, I’ve been looking forward to my yoga practice each day when I’m at school and every night, thinking about what I will try to accomplish each night.  Yoga is all about progress, not perfection and I’ve been doing some research into this.  It is about the journey, not the destination as Ralph Waldo Emerson would put it.  This make me happy because like us all, I feel the pressure to be perfect a lot of the time.  School, my body, being in a good mood, etc…we can’t be perfect at it all, and if we try too we will spend our lives feeling incomplete and insignificant.  So I want everyone reading this to look at themselves and say “Today, and always, I am enough,”.  Don’t strive for perfection, just for progress.

I’m thinking of changing my URL to something that includes a reference to yoga, but I can’t think of the perfect one, so stay tuned.  I hope you don’t mind this story of mine because I’m so excited, but yes, there is a recipe that goes along with this post ;).

I made these super yummy thai-inspired enchiladas last night and that is really all that needs to be said.  The only con: the color is sort of nasty, but I promise they are tasty.  Trust me on this one!

The verdict: my new staple dinner.

 Namasté

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Kale & Mango Burrito Bowl

serves 2

It seems as if I don’t have enough savory dishes on the blog right now.  In the winter, I just love to bake.  Warm, hearty, baked goods are my thing.  Also, I just absolutely love experimenting with baking.

Anyway, the other day I was feeling like something sweet yet savory for lunching.  Mango is my absolute favorite fruit.  When it is ripe, it is heaven on Earth I swear.Another thing I love is dried edamame.  They are healthy croutons in my opinion.  They add such a lovely crunch but they don’t fill you to the brim like croutons do.  I feel like this salad is the perfect lunch.  If cures a sweet tooth, but is filled with colorful, and nutrient rich ingredients.

Think of this salad as a healthier Café Rio salad with out all the creaminess and without the tortilla.  Although, if you’re feeling like a more filling lunch, add a tortilla because that would be bomb!

Let’s do this:

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Cinnamon & Ginger Squash Salad

makes one salad

If I had to eat one thing for lunch every day for the rest of my life, it would be squash.  I don’t even care what variety of squash, any kind will please me.  Squash is luscious and so SO versatile.  I mean, you can make it super savory or super sweet and it’s absolutely great both ways.

The other day, I was so motivated to make myself a tasty lunch.  Initially, I wasn’t going to put anything on my squash, but (as I usually do) I wanted something unique.  Cinnamon and ginger are two of my favorite flavors and they always add a warm, winter feel to any dish.

I know many people are opposed to microwaves, but my microwave is my savior.  It cuts out tons of cooking time, which helps when you need to be somewhere but have a craving for squash(hmm does that sound like a personal experience?).  So, here’s my tip: whenever cooking squash, potatoes, yams, etc., pop them in the microwave for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.

This salad is rich in antioxidants and “good” fats.  The best part?  I felt full after eating it.  Not many people can say that after eating a salad!

I served my salad with a piece of toasted sourdough and goat cheese, which is obviously not crucial but it is strongly recommended.

Let’s do this!

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Roasted Carrot & Cauliflower Soup with Thyme

serves 6

I’ve found my new favorite website.  It’s called Food 52.  It is literally a conglomerate of amazing cooks who share their recipes with all of the world in one location!  Oh, the joy.  I created my idea for this soup from two recipes on this website…and oh, it worked.

I rarely roast vegetables but it really does bring out all their lovely flavors.  I will definitely be roasting more of my veggies in the future!

This soup is pretty mindless to make and it’s super tasty.  It is the perfect soup to warm you up on a cold winter’s day.  I also feel like it’s pretty cleansing.  So many vegetables.  So much garlic.  And, if you add cayenne, so much spice!The texture of this soup is also really nice.  I think the cauliflower keeps it sort of chunky and it makes it more satisfying in my opinion.

Alrighty, it’s time.

Let’s do this!

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Foolproof Tomato Soup

makes 4 moderate servings

This post is a bit ironic.  I got the idea to create a recipe for tomato soup from Food 52’s “How to Make Tomato Soup Without a Recipe” article.  I know this article was created so people can go on their own creative tomato soup journeys, but guys, the recipe I came up with is bomb.

For one thing, I put coconut milk in it.  I usually try to avoid cow’s milk because it makes me (1) mucous-y and (2) gives me zits.  I have a lot of “paleo” friends who tell me they are absolutely sick of anything to do with coconut.  Even though I’m not paleo(and I’m actually quite against it), I see where they’re coming from.  Coconut milk and coconut oil can do great things, but they usually end up making all food taste like coconut.  It gets obnoxious.  I was surprised when I tasted this soup to find out that it didn’t taste one bit like coconut, but it did have a creamier texture.  Win!I have to admit that I make most of my recipes really spicy.  I don’t do it intentionally, I just have a spicy-tooth.  Therefore, if you aren’t too keen about spice, don’t put as many pepper flakes in this soup.

I think the best part of this soup is how foolproof it is(it’s even in the title)!  Honestly, it’s so easy and requires such little attention to make it perfect.

 

Ready.

Set.

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