When it’s cold outside in the winter, most people start searching for food recipes that will warm them up.
Spring is right around the corner, and many people in the Midwest are starting to catch cabin fever. As we all know, though, the weather in the spring months is fickle. One day, it could be fifty degrees outside, but the next day, we may get a foot of snow. As we get through the last trickling weeks of chill in the midwest, check out our favorite cold-weather recipes.
- Wild Winter Rice with Pecans, Cranberries and Sweet Potato
This hearty recipe is very high in protein. The best part is you can use fresh or dried cranberries depending on which you like better.
- Balsamic Roasted Squash and Wild Rice Salad
This recipe is a nice mix of squash and rice. Squash can absorb the rich, acidic flavor of balsamic vinegar. This recipe is especially good for the fall and winter. Be sure to remember to cook the wild rice until it begins to splay or you won’t be able to get the full flavor of the grains.
- Winter Wild Rice with Walnut Burger
This is a very comforting recipe when it’s chilly. When you combine the walnut burger with the wild rice, you will end up a very happy camper. You’ll get a delightful, savory taste in this unique burger.
- Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad
A salad with wild rice is always tasty. The whole grain nuttiness combined with the crunch of the lettuce creates a great recipe. Combine apples, oranges, dried cranberries, cherries, baby kale, celery and green onion and you might think you’re in heaven. This is a very healthy option since it’s both vegan and gluten-free. You can always add feta or goat cheese to jazz up the taste a little. A lot of people think it ends up being the perfect side dish for family gatherings.
- Wild Rice and Squash Pilaf
This wholesome pilaf carries the smell of wild rice all over the house. Butternut squash and red bell peppers provide sweet nuances and beautiful colors. You can serve it as a side dish next to roasted chicken or fish. Add in a 15-ounce can of red kidney beans or chickpeas to make this recipe really sing.