At the risk of graduating into full-on rant mode, I'll just say this: If you—like me—want your foods to be approximately 40 degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature when it’s cold out, we’ve rounded up a few warming winter vegetable recipes to help you prioritize coziness above all else.
Ahead, you'll find the very best plant-forward dishes from Well+Good's YouTube series, Cook With Us. Whether you're in the mood for a stew, stuffed squash, or just a nutrient-rich side dish—we've got you. All of these dinner (or lunch) recipes will be ready in 30 minutes or less—so you can return to your blanket fort, ASAP.
6 warming winter vegetable recipes to keep on rotation this winter
1. Doenjang-jjigae Stew
This recipe—created by Mina Park, co-owner and chef of Baroo in Los Angeles—is fit to thaw any frozen heart. While the stew' s beautiful aesthetic appearance makes it seem difficult, it actually comes together super quickly, and offers tons of nutrients. You'll get calcium and folate from the daikon radish (a superfood Traditional Chinese Medicine), protein from the tofu, and immune system-supporting shiitake mushrooms.
Check out the full recipe here.
2. Vegan Beet Bourguignon
"There’s a lot of popular vegetarian versions of [Beef Bourguignon] using mushrooms. Here, we’re using mushrooms because they have that wonderful flavor, but we’re also going to make beets be the stand-in for the beef," says Cook With Us chef and Start Simple author Lukas Volger. This unique take on Julia Child's most famous dish also includes celery, carrots, onions, and plenty of thickeners—think: tomato paste and little bit of flour—so every bite of this dish really feels stew-like.
Snag the full recipe here.
3. Sheet Pan Veggie Hash
If you're looking for a simple side dish to serve with your choice of protein, this is it. In this recipe, chef Nyesha Arrington combines sprouted lentils, beets, delicata squash, and heirloom tomatoes—but you can mix and match plants as you see fit. "With hashes, I think it's important when you're choosing your vegetables to choose ones that have different flavor profiles and textures," she says. Also, remember that adding something like chickpeas or lentils is an easy way to infuse a little extra protein into any meal.
Check out the full recipe here.
4. Vegan Lentil and Walnut Tacos
Tuesday or not, these tacos will satisfy. Substitute meat for an unexpected, but delicious, mix of lentils, mushrooms, cauliflower, and walnuts. Add avocados, shredded red cabbage, and a squeeze of lime—and bam!—you're ready to enjoy the best flavors finger food has to offer.
Find the full list of ingredients at minute 7:44 of the video.
5. Maple Roasted Acorn Squash
This naturally sweet side is an easy addition to a warm winter grain bowl. Simply slice up a fiber-rich acorn squash, season it, and throw it in the oven. While it's baking, you can prepare the rest of dinner, or—you know—relax. And when you come back, you'll have perfectly-cooked veg wedges that are ready to eat.
Find the full list of ingredients at the 3:28 time stamp.
6. Smoky Carrot Soup
You know the deal: Carrots are extremely high in vitamin A, which makes them great for your sense of sight and your skin. Every smoky, BBQ-esque spoonful of this simple recipe if chock full of the nutrient. Top the whole thing off with greek yogurt or sour cream for a surprising hot-and-cold finish.
Here's the full recipe.
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