5 Recipes to Fight Winter Blues

Keep the Winter Blues Away! Experiment with new recipes that warm the body and the soul.

Millions of people living in the United States suffer from winter depression, brought on by long cold nights and gray days. The rest of us just hope for more sunshine. To combat the weather, try superfoods known to fuel the brain and boost the immune system. Here are five recipes to try for a healthier and happier winter.

Credit to Original: Mother Nature Network

Ginger-Curry Yam Soup
A silky soup with a fiery finish that’s packed with antioxidants believed to be effective against heart disease and cancer.
Ginger-Curry Yam Soup
  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds yams, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 ounces golden raisins
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 11 ½ ounce cans vegetable broth
  • 1 13 ½ ounce can coconut milk
  • Red chili flakes, garnish (optional)
Time estimates
Prep time: 30 min  
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes  
  1. Heat olive oil in large cooking pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions, celery and garlic. Sauté until soft, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Stir until ingredients are well blended and aromatic, about two minutes.
  3. Add yams and raisins. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Cook until yams are tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Pour contents in blender and puree until smooth. Can be done in two batches if necessary.
  5. Return to heat. Add coconut milk and cayenne pepper. Stir and simmer until ready to serve.
Serves 4

Mushroom Asparagus Frittata
Woodland delicacies, mushrooms and asparagus are a winning combination, containing antiviral and anticancer properties.
Mushroom Asparagus Frittata
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 medium button mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 8 medium crimini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 8 stalks asparagus, chopped into 1-inch sections
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • eggs, beaten
  • 2 ounces whole milk
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Dried thyme, basil and dill
Time estimates
Prep time: 15 minutes  
Total time: 30 minutes  
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large frying pan. Add mushrooms. Cook until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add asparagus. Cook until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Season veggies with thyme and basil. Reduce heat.
  3. Beat eggs in mixing bowl. Add half of the Parmesan cheese. Add Cajun spice. Pour mixture over vegetables.
  4. Raise heat. Turn eggs to prevent veggies from browning on bottom. When eggs begin to set, pour contents into oiled 9-inch or 12-inch pie pan.
  5. Place on top rack of oven. When crust turns golden brown, turn off oven. Sprinkle frittata with remaining Parmesan and dill. Return to oven about 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Serves 4 to 6

Flax Pancakes and Blueberry Compote
Berries for the immune system, eggs for the protein, and flax for everything else.
Flax Pancakes and Blueberry Compote
  • 2 ½ cups blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • eggs
  • 16 ounces pancake mix
  • 12 ounces milk
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ stick butter (optional)
Time estimates
Prep time: 15 minutes 
Total time: 40 minutes  
  1. To make compote: Combine blueberries, sugar and lemon juice in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook until blueberries begin to crack. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.
  2. To make pancakes: Combine eggs, vegetable oil, milk and flax seed in mixing bowl. Stir until lumps are gone, about 2 minutes.
  3. Lightly coat large frying pan with oil and apply heat. Pour about quarter cup of batter into pan. When batter bubbles up, flip pancake and cook an additional minute or two. Repeat process until batter is gone.
  4. Spoon blueberry compote over pancakes. Add butter.
Serves 4 to 6

Superfood Parfait
A deceptively healthy snack that’s as simple to make as pouring milk into a tall glass.
Superfood Parfait
  • 6 ounces vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 1 ounce granola cereal
  • 4 ounces blueberry compote
  • 4 ounces trail mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax
Time estimates
Prep time: 2 minutes  
Total time: 2 minutes  
  1. Layer ingredients in parfait cup according to preference. Stir before eating.

Roasted Red Peppers With Vinaigrette
A ripe red pepper roasted over an open flame or cooked in the oven offers a host of nutrients reported to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Roasted Red Peppers With Vinaigrette
  • 2 large red bell peppers, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Dash ground black pepper
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1 loaf rustic multigrain bread, sliced
Time estimates
Prep time: 5 minutes  
Total time: 30 minutes  
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice off top and bottom of pepper, so you have a cylinder. Remove seeds. Cut lengthwise so pepper lies flat.
  3. Place peppers on lightly oiled baking sheet on top rack of oven. Cook until pepper begins to blacken and crack, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow peppers to cool.
  4. Combine olive oil, vinegar, pepper and salt in mixing bowl. Season to taste.
  5. Cut peppers into bite-sized pieces. Drizzle vinaigrette over peppers. Serve on toasted multigrain bread with capers, pitted olives or roasted garlic.
Serves 2 as an appetizer