Fennel Stew with Potatoes and Saffron

Saffron fennel potato stew in a bowl

Yes, saffron is a little expensive but every so often, it’s totally worth the splurge! Especially as the darker half of the year is here and we need a little something to brighten things up. When you hear saffron + stew, many immediately think of bouillabaisse or similar seafood dishes, and growing up, that was basically the epitome of a luxury meal in my (Sophia’s) family – or at least one that my dad would spend half a Saturday cooking! Now I’m not sure if it’s the saffron or what, but this stew definitely has that same “little extra” feeling. It qualifies as both a dinner party and weekend dish without question – but with one giant upside as opposed to other recipes in that category: it comes together quickly.

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Zucchini Chickpea Curry

Few things come together as smoothly and result in something as yummy as this dish right here. Yes, those are some bold claims but they’re 100% true! If you happen to grow your own zucchini, this is a perfect dish to cook with the fruits that might have grown a little too big – if you haven’t already used those towards these Crispy Zucchini Fritters, that is. When the chunks of zucchini have soaked up all the creamy, curry flavored deliciousness here, you can’t tell one bit those weren’t the most tender fruits to begin with.

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Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

Potato leek soup on a table with canola oil

One of our favorite soups all categories, and one we make sure to make often during the season of Swedish leeks. We like it blended as well as not, creamy as well as with a clear broth, and love to supplement a steaming bowl of it with a thick slice of homemade bread on the side.

When we had it most recently, we actually splurged and pulled out fall chanterelles from the freezer, and made mushroom toasts to go with. We both love how you can cook and enjoy food that feels like such a treat and makes such a beautiful scene at the dining table, yet keep costs and climate footprint so low. Potatoes, leeks, bread and foraged mushrooms – no obvious extravagance there – yet when you sit down to eat, you feel like the richest person in the world. That warms my heart endlessly.

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Our Top Warming Winter Recipes

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Winter means plenty of time to be cozy and warm inside – maybe curled up on the couch in front of a fireplace, reading a good book, or cooking away in the kitchen, trying out new recipes and old favorites alike. This is certainly the season to eat well, and not stress around the dining room table. No, winter is the time to rest, reflect and recover – and everyone knows good food can work wonders in all those regards. Here are our favorite winter recipes that we return to time and time again – they’re full of nutrients to fight off any colds or flus, brimming with energy to power you through winter runs and skiing adventures and – of course – tasting divine. Plant-based food at its best, be sure of it.

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Vegan Chorizo and Potato Stew

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This, here, will be a slightly unusual addition to our recipe archive. Itʼs more or less the first one relying on a meat substitute kind of product (vegan sausage in this case), and we typically neither cook nor post recipes featuring those types of ingredients. But if thereʼs one thing we can both miss, itʼs the concept of sausage. Plain and simple. So every so often, we get a pack of some sort of veggie-sausage and traditional hot dog buns, and eat them straight up with mustard (and ketchup, for me). Itʼs delicious, and also fun to try different brands and varieties. What makes it even better, I guess, is that we only do it a few times a year, so it feels special and like a true treat.

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Quick Butternut Squash Soup with Carrots, Apple and Crispy Chickpeas

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Winter squashes are incredible. They really are. From a storing perspective, they beat all other vegetables. As opposed to being picky about exact degrees and humidity levels, winter squashes can be stored at room temperature without complaining. And they won’t start to look sad and soggy come late winter – oh no, they’ll happily be stored for another 3 months, and another 3 after that. We’ve so far grown our own delicata and acorn squashes, and these are two of our absolute favorites. But the loyal butternut is of course not to be looked down upon – we just haven’t tried growing our yet, much due to the (wonderful) fact that we can buy Swedish-grown at the store for fairly cheap. Until we have unlimited growing space, we choose to grow other things in our garden. When there’s a good deal on butternut squash, we buy half a cart full and then store them in our little guest house/storage space for the winter. Then it almost feels as if we grew them ourselves, as that’s where we store a bunch of our own produce too 🙂

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Broccoli & Potato Soup with Thyme Croutons

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That colder weather equals soup season is established since forever. We make no exception. From no soups at all since May, we’re now having it for dinner at least a few nights every week. Some we cook from recipes we have here on this website, others from our cookbook selection and a good portion we make from whatever leftover stuff we find in the fridge. We lean towards blended soups in general – something so comforting about that creaminess – but won’t say no to other versions either (a non-blended favorite is our Onion Soup with Kale and Chickpeas).

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Pantry Lentil Tomato Soup with Spiced Sunflower Seeds

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We’ve been clearing out the cabinets lately, and when you do, you realize how many quick and easy meals you can whip up using mostly shelf stable items forgotten in the back of the pantry. This is an excellent example of such a dish – it comes together in 30 minutes start to finish, and really only requires ingredients most of us have at home. We like to make this for a warming lunch – perfect when you work from home – and of course we serve it with a thick slice of bread on the side. The spiced sunflower seeds both look and taste great, and are well worth the extra few minutes of prep work.

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Simple and Creamy Green Pea Soup

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This soup would most likely win the award for cheapest, most climate friendly meal ever – and it’s not lacking nutrients either. To top it all off, it also comes together in 20 min, start to finish, making it a weeknight savior extraordinaire. Green peas are great to have on hand in the freezer all throughout the winter for us – besides being versatile in dishes, they’re also very good as a stand alone vegetable side. A quick, filling meal we tend to turn to when time is limited (but hunger is real) is boiled potatoes, green peas and some sort of bean/veggie patty from the freezer. Some sort of dipping sauce added to the mix and we’re satisfied! This soup is a little more sophisticated looking than that, but in the end – the ingredients are about the same. Slow carbohydrates, protein and a whole range of micro nutrients make this a nutritious bowl for sure – and with a slice of bread with hummus on the side, it’s as complete as can be. And yummy. Enjoy!

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Onion Soup with Kale and Chickpeas

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Cheaper food than onion soup is hard to find – and more flavorful too, for that matter. Despite being such a cooking essential, onions rarely get the spotlight all to themselves. With the winter season (almost) coming to an end, we definitely have to dig deep into our pantry and really scratch our heads in order to come up with inventive, fun things to cook. It seemed a great opportunity to allow the good old yellow onion to shine, in other words. Onion soup is a classic, of course, but here’s a jazzed up version with both chickpeas and kale, for a nutritious as well as colorful winter soup. Enjoy!

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