When it’s cold, snowing and blah outside, turn to these 15 recipes that will not only put a smile on your face but help you fight those pesky winter blues!
Oh how I love winter and the snow…on tv.
I mean it’s beautiful and magical but after a day of it, I’m over the cold, frigid temps and gray days we have here in Pittsburgh.
Do you get the winter blues? I’m not too bad with it but I have many friends that really are hit hard by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The days are shorter, less sun and just overall depressing out.
Well, I’m here to help put a smile on your face and some deliciousness in your tummy to help you fight those nasty winter blues!
Nonna Approved Italian Wedding Soup
Nonna knows best and knows what you need to cheer you up!
It’s like a bowl of pure comfort and a hug from an Italian Nonna! Mini meatballs, escarole, carrots, and acini di pepe pasta make this the best anytime soup!
Mexican Veggie Rice Bowls
These Mexican Veggie Rice Bowls are flavor-packed with seasoned rice, roasted corn, black beans, garden-fresh salsa fresca, Cotija and a kiss of lime.
It’s just summer in a bowl!
The Best Soft & Chewy Hoagie Roll
Bread is just comforting and sometimes when those winter blues hit your hard, a warm freshly baked roll slathered with butter can instantly cheer you up! I mean it does that to me!
French Radishes with Salted Buttered Toast
The brightly colored radishes, the creaminess of the butter and that zing of the fleur de sel really hits all the right notes when you want a delicious and easy meal.
Fresh fruits and veggies make us think of summer. While you’re enjoying this, plan out what you want to get done this spring and summer!
Thai Shrimp Lettuce Cups with Peanut Sauce
These Thai-Style Chilled Shrimp Lettuce Cups are healthy, easy and delicious! Shrimp is high in Omega 3 which is a great mood booster! Plus it helps that this recipe is absolutely delicious!
Slow Cooker Mocha Beef & Mushrooms
So not only is this all done in the crock pot AND absolutely delicious but mushrooms also contain Vitamin D!
Whether it’s 10 below or 110F, you can’t help but want to salsa dance in the kitchen while eating this Salsa Fresca! And who cares if you do it fuzzy slippers and sweatpants!
Triple Lemon Sunshine Cookies
These Triple Lemon Sunshine Cookies are light, bright and perfect for your spring and summer gatherings. Perfect for snacking while dreaming of sitting on the porch sipping ice-cold lemonade!
Turkey Gobbler Meatball Bowls
Ground turkey blended with stuffing seasonings, milk bread, sauteed onions, and celery plus cranberry relish! It’s like turkey and stuffing as a meatball!
Some days you just need a hug, right?! Well, this recipe in a bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy is like a hug for your soul!
Roasted Shrimp Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
This Roasted Shrimp Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Honey Dijon Vinaigrette is loaded with quinoa, roasted peppers, crispy bacon, and the best dressing! From the leafy greens to the omega 3s in the shrimp and HELLO… BACON you can’t help but be in a better mood!
Bacon Cheeseburger Smiles Sliders
These Bacon Cheeseburger Smiles Sliders are a great one-pan meal that the kids can help make! And c’mon, you can’t help but smile when you make these!
Creamy No-Bake Cheesecake Strawberry Tart
Oh, Summer how I love you! The sun on my cheeks, riding with the windows down with the radio blaring (80’s metal naturally), backyard cookouts and chilling out with friends around a fire-pit drinking a few cold ones.
Even though you may not be able to do that right now, you can still pretend by sitting in a brightly lit room (maybe with the fireplace running) and eating this cheesecake!
Italian Tuna Crostini
Whether it’s for your weekly meal prep or a night with friends, this Italian Tuna Crostini is sophisticated, packed with flavor, high in protein and requires no cooking. Plus foods high in B12 and omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease depression and improve mood!
The Ultimate Charcuterie
A dish full of bright colored foods makes you happier so whip up a charcuterie board for 1 or 10 and get your happiness on!
Smashed Avocado Dippy Egg Breakfast Toast
Eggs have vitamin D and that helps boost your morale and mood. Plus eggs visually remind people of the sun. And the fact that this has smashed avocado on it.. WIN!