Healthy Winter Flavors from 55+ Communities in Oregon

Get out of the weeknight meal rut with these healthy winter meals


It’s so easy to get into a cycle of repeating the same recipes, especially in the winter when it’s cold, the sun sets early, and the pull of comfort food sucks us in. But with the right set of new recipes in your arsenal, healthy winter meals can be whipped up in a jiffy!

From our senior apartments in Oregon, here are some incredibly delicious, easy, and flavorful seasonal recipes based on classic (and healthy) winter flavors. We’ve even given a couple of options for some healthier substitutes that you can make!

Steel Cut Oats

Nothing says winter like a nice hot bowl of oatmeal. But if we’re being honest, there’s only so much oatmeal we can eat. We’ve all tried oatmeal cookies, bars, overnight oats and more. But switching it up with steel cut oats makes all the difference. That’s where this incredible one-pan savory steel cut oats recipe that’s perfect for a cold winter’s night. With rich nutty oats, juicy chicken sausage, and fragrant mushrooms and tomatoes, this risotto from Bev Cooks offers a fresh take on the breakfast staple by giving it a twist that makes it appropriate for any meal.

Chicken and Pomegranate Khoresh

With cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cumin, and turmeric, this Persian recipe is chock full of warm and cozy winter spices. A khoresh is a general Iranian term for stew that is typically made vegetarian, and is served with rice. This particular stew is a chicken and pomegranate khoresh that also features pistachios and is served with saffron rice. The addition of ginger and turmeric, as mentioned above, give the dish a bit of a health boost. Turmeric is a fantastic antioxidant and while ginger is mostly known as a tummy soother, it also has great benefits for mental health, and can provide benefits for both anxiety and depression! A unique dish that is sure to make anyone’s taste buds do a happy dance, we highly recommend trying out this tasty recipe!

Wild Rice and Butternut Squash Bake

Tender butternut squash and nutty wild rice come together in this wonderful winter casserole with mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and cream. While a little heavier than some of these other dishes, it is an excellent high fiber side dish. Butternut squash is a favorite flavor for winter, and it is also rich in antioxidants and low-calorie. Try swapping out the heavy cream for coconut cream, cashew cream, or even milk and cornstarch for a healthier alternative.

Salmon with Fennel & Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous

Last, but certainly not least, we love fennel in the winter time. This anise flavored root vegetable isn’t for everyone, but for fennel-fans, we know you will love this recipe. With heart-healthy salmon, high-fiber whole wheat couscous, and yummy toasted pine nuts, this recipe is packed with flavor and health benefits. Topped with zesty lemon, this flavorful meal is also quick and easy to make. Using one pan and taking only 40 minutes from start to finish, it’s the perfect dish for any winter weeknight!

Whether sharing with family at home, or family and loved ones in our retirement communities in Oregon, these amazing healthy winter flavors are sure to please everyone who tastes them. Consider rotating one of these new recipes into your weekly meal plan, and see if you can make it a new family favorite!

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