Hi friends! We're talking hygge recipes today because I'm #trendy. Hygge is the Danish term for all things comforting and cozy. Picture this: being curled up in a fluffy knit blanket next to a fire, holding hot chocolate, with holiday music piping through the air. That satisfied, snuggly feeling you've got now is hygge - and also, you're welcome. Now that we're into October, I thought it was high time for a recipe roundup to get you through fall and winter (and spring, if you live in Idaho like me and you're expecting snow until June #help). I asked for a little inspiration from my dietitian frands, and boy oh boy did they deliver. Let's dive into this warmth and deliciousness, shall we?
THE BEST HYGGE RECIPES FOR FALL AND WINTER
CARA HARBSTREET, MS, RD, LD | STREETSMART NUTRITION
Who doesn't love a dinner with huge fall flavor and minimal cleanup? This sheet pan honey mustard chicken from Cara Harbstreet is packed with butternut squash, red onion, and potatoes for a plant-y base, then topped with chicken thighs and brushed on honey mustard sauce.
Chrissy Carroll | Snacking in Sneakers
Guys. A fresh twist on ramen noodles, in a cozy coconut curry? Yes please. Oh, and with shrimp mixed in and a squeeze of fresh lime on top. Give me a million bowls of this, please! Plus, if you have frozen shrimp on hand, most of these ingredients are shelf stable (a can of coconut milk, chicken broth, ramen) so you can whip this up quickly at the last minute - my favorite kind of meal!
Shannon A Garcia, MDS, RD, LD | KISS in the Kitchen
This recipe for a simple beef vegetable soup also uses easy-to-get ingredients and comes together super quickly. Shannon suggests serving it with honey cornbread, which sounds like the perfect combo to me, and the best thing about soup like this is that it only gets better over time - the leftovers are usually better than the day before!
Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN | Bucket List Tummy
Crockpot recipes are my jammmm in the fall, guys. They're so easy to make and create the most delicious smell in the entire house. Oh, and of course there's tons of melty feta throughout. And bacon. So, basically the best recipe ever. Can't you just imagine this on the side of some grilled chicken or pot roast?
Dixya Bhattarai, MS, RD, LD | Food, Pleasure, and Health
Chili is one of my go-to fall meals - one pot, toss it together, and eat it hours later. Perfect. This chipotle turkey and sweet potato chili is pretty much the definition of hygge if you ask me - a spicy twist on an old classic. Plus, the sweet potato adds tons of texture along with the beans. Dixya also goes into an explanation of the difference between stew and chili in Texas - something I had no clue about. So make a big pot of this cozy chili and curl up to read about Texas food!
Amy Gorin, MS, RDN | Amy Gorin Nutrition
I couldn't let a whole roundup of recipes go by without a sweet breakfast one! This French toast puts a spin on an old favorite with the addition of butternut squash, plus you prep it the night before which is the gold standard of French toasts in my opinion. Veggies for breakfast? Yes please!
AMY HANNEKE, RDN, LD | SATISFY NUTRITION
And of course, I had to sneak in one of my own recipes because this stuffed squash is everything that is cozy and hygge. It's so easy to prep and perfect for a #MeatlessMonday dinner, although you could certain sub in some sausage or shredded chicken for some of the beans if you're more of a carnivore.
I've said it before and I'll say it again a million more times before December - happy fall, y'all!!