There’s something so wonderful and comforting about a warm, healthy dinner in the winter when it’s freezing cold outside. For the past couple of months I’ve been trying to cook dinner (almost) every weeknight, and in the process I’ve discovered some really amazing, healthy recipes. There have been some recipes we’ve fallen in love with (and some we haven’t), but today I thought I’d share mine and my boyfriend’s top three meals. My boyfriend Chris is a typical guy and loves any recipe with lots of meat and lots of flavor – so all three of these have his stamp of approval. And the best part is – all three are very easy to make and very healthy!
Let’s get started…
The first recipe is mine and Chris’s favorite of all time. The thing that makes this meal so easy is that you basically put all of the ingredients on a sheet pan (even the raw chicken) and it all bakes together. I cook everything on aluminum foil so I don’t even dirty the pan. The chicken is SO FLAVORFUL I can’t even put it into words! It hardly needs any toppings. We both add Greek yogurt to ours, but you don’t even need cheese – they’re so flavorful on their own. This recipe makes enough for two people, so if you’re cooking for an entire family you’ll want to double the recipe. Chris asks me to make this almost every single week – it’s his favorite!
Skinny Baked Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
This next recipe is another Winter favorite – slow cooker turkey chili! I like using turkey because it’s a little leaner and healthier – and Chris can’t taste the difference at all (the first time I made this for him, I didn’t tell him it was turkey and he never knew!). You can literally throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and then forget about it all day – and then at dinnertime, voila! It’s ready. I love making this on cold or rainy days because it’s extra comforting and delicious. AND it makes tons of leftovers! I freeze half the leftovers and put the rest in the fridge for lunches.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili via Allrecipes
This next one I discovered through my mom. She made it for dinner a few weeks ago when I was visiting Charlotte, and I knew I had to make it for me and Chris! This recipe is another slow cooker one, you put all the ingredients in and then let it simmer all day. It’s incredibly healthy and filling, and also reheats really well for leftovers. It has 10 grams of fiber and 29 grams of protein per serving – that’s incredible. The only “complaint” that both Chris and I had was that we thought it could use a few more spices, even some jalapeños (both Chris and I like spicy foods). I’m putting the original recipe down below, so feel free to experiment by adding more spices or some diced jalapeños on top.
Slow Cooker Fajita & Quinoa Soup via Eat Yourself Skinny
If you have any other easy dinner meals for Winter, let me know in the comments! 🙂