10 Vegetarian Dinners for Winter Months

If you’re looking for inspiration for vegetarian dinners for the winter months, you’ll love this recipe round-up of simple and nourishing meatless main dishes.

Happy New Year!

There’s been a subtle shift in the Simple Bites kitchen. I always make gradual changes to our diet after the holidays and find that’s a more realistic approach to healthy eating.

The cookie cutters are put away and the hand-cranked pasta machine hauled out. After all, we love our carbs in January, and fresh noodles are a fun way to get kids in the kitchen.

We’ve eaten up all the holiday treats and I’ve re-stocked the pantry with the whole food essentials. The slow cooker is out and I’m revisiting our favourite winter recipes.

There’s a focus on vegetables, particularly meatless mains for winter family dinner. That’s where today’s recipe round-up of vegetarian dinners comes in handy.

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Dinner Uncomplicated: Glazed Ginger Chicken Meatballs

A simple and delicious recipe for baked chicken meatballs – the perfect make-ahead meal or quick weeknight fix.

If there ever was a year for an uncomplicated dinner strategy, it is this one. Today I’m sharing both a recipe and a cookbook recommendation to help you with that never ending question: What’s for dinner?

Our family of five consists of two active adults, one teen, one tween and one kiddo with the appetite of a teen. My crew comes to the table ravenous at the end of the day and I alway need fresh inspiration for easy meals.

Read on for a Glazed Ginger Chicken Meatballs recipe and your do-ahead dinnertime plan.

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Creamy Bacon, Leek and Mushroom Fettuccine


Featuring new leeks, wild mushrooms and fresh garden thyme, this Creamy Bacon, Leek and Mushroom Fettuccine is simple, seasonal comfort food.

With winter just around the corner, I’m looking for more excuses to slow down and savour time around the table.

Today’s recipe is so delicious, your family won’t want to be anywhere else except where you are dishing up this creamy pasta.

Might I suggest you bookmark this recipe for one of those first cool nights of fall. Then light a few candles, pour a glass of wine and twirl a bowl of mushroom fettuccine.

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Springtime Penne with Asparagus Stem Pesto

A low-waste, vegetarian dish that highlights seasonal Mediterranean ingredients.

A craving for pasta and a well-stocked pantry inspired this weeknight dinner of Springtime Penne with Asparagus Stem Pesto.

This recipe combines wholesome Mediterranean ingredients, like artichokes and olives, with durum wheat pasta and a vibrant pesto.

It’s nourishing comfort food with big, bright flavours and all comes together in under thirty minutes.

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How to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Two recipes for creamy homemade macaroni and cheese – classic and deluxe – made from scratch. Essential comfort food for all.

A friend recently asked me for my homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, after a meal we shared together. Our combined six children had made short work of the baked casserole – no surprise there!

It was then I realized that I never use a recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese. I always cook by instinct – béchamel + pasta + cheese – each time adapting the recipe to use what I have on hand.

Well, it’s high time I share my method for homemade macaroni and cheese here on the blog. This has felt like the longest March absolutely ever and comfort food has seldom been so necessary.

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