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Five comforting winter recipes to warm you up

Comfort Foods

I have some lovely new recipes to post including some vegan kofte, a vegetable hotpot, a cheesy topped pie and a few others, but the lack of good daylight means my photos leave a lot to be desired! So, today we will take a look back at some previous recipes. As the weather in the UK is still cold (it is currently 3c / 37f) here are some comforting and filling recipes perfect for much needed warming dinners. I have included the links for each recipe which will take you straight to that post.

Let’s start with a lovely hearty stew with soft fluffy dumplings.

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Vegan Stew & Dumplings

If you’d rather something a bit spicier. why not try a slow cooker chilli made with lentils.

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Slow Cooker Lentil Chilli

Prefer something a bit smokier rather than with chilli? Love using chickpeas in your recipes? Try this smoky lentil and bean casserole.

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Lentil & Bean Casserole

If you’re after something that you can throw together and leave to cook, try this flavoursome casserole, full of Moroccan flavours.

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Moroccan Veggie Casserole

Or, have a go making this luscious lentil and mushroom bolognese.

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Lentil & Mushroom Bolognese

What do I need?

Please click through on each recipe and see what is required. For general items if you are new to cooking or your kitchen needs a refresh, here are a few useful things for most recipes. I receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links (this is at no additional cost to you)!


I hope you make at least one of these winter warming dishes! I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos of any of these! Do you have any other ideas? What would you like to see me make next?

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  • tulips79 20th January 2022 at 18:50

    Hi Laurena, I’m drooling at these tempting, comforting stews😋❄️Very chilly over here too, made a chilli with soya mince and veggies tonight. You’ve reminded me I haven’t made mushroom and lentil Bolognese for a while☺️ I’ve been adding kohlrabi and/or radishes to my stews recently (they appear to be quite popular over here!) I do like eating these raw too x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 20th January 2022 at 18:56

      Hello Eva. Ooo, your chilli sounds great, I’m still planning dinner!!! Kohlrabi is a great addition to stews… I’ve not tried adding radishes though! I love raw kohlrabi – I’m going to add it to my allotment list!!! What shall I make next?

      • tulips79 20th January 2022 at 19:18

        I grew up eating kohlrabi raw (cut into thick slices) with salt and lemon (never cooked lol). These are grown in the vineyards over here believe it or not, between the vines- very resourceful use of space haha. I’ve been struggling to answer your question about what to make next😁 Whatever takes your fancy😚


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