Warming Winter Meals For Those Not Fattening Up To Hibernate
When the days grow short and cold, the sky gray and dripping, the nights bitter and dark, our thoughts turn to warming, comforting winter dishes.
At least, chez moi they do. Out come the cream sauces on fat pasta, slow-cooked meats in glossy reductions, thick spoon-standing chowders, crusty (gluten-free) meat pies, buttery mashed potatoes and sweet roasted yams.
I don't have a hard and fast definition for a warming winter meal, but I think that, like pornography, we'd all know it if we see it. And eat it.
And, trotting close after, out comes the pooch. Not a cute little puppy like those barnmom keeps showing us. Pooch as in fold, flab, poofy, puffy, and belly.
Here we are, not even officially in winter, still weeks from Thanksgiving, and I'm already getting padded up and ready for hibernation. Grump.
I'm reverting back to packing my lunches of fresh fruit, egg whites, lean meat, pickled beets and raw fish. Going to the gym for indoor spinning classes. Will start lifting weights again, if I can find a small enough dumbbell, like a paper weight - yeah, its been awhile.
But at home, for dinner, I still want to make proper winter meals. My poor family shouldn't have to eat air every night just because daddy is the Michelin Man.
Here, then, is my question. Can you please suggest a traditional - or non-traditional - "warming winter meal" that is also low calorie and dietetic? It needn't be a standard American type meal, I'm down with skinny world cuisine. Gluten-free would be very helpful too.
I'm hoping that if we all come up with one or two such dishes, then I'll be able to click open this thread over and over, and eat from it all winter, or at least for the next minus ten pounds of winter. You all can eat from it too, I'll share!