Recipes collected and written by Apreetha Silva Das and Emily Jarayseh.
Let’s face it, winter blows. You never realise just how much you missed the sun and that daily dose of vitamin D in the summer months until the wind comes around to turn your umbrella inside-out. Luckily for you, we’ve got a few winter recipes for you to whip up. We guarantee they will leave your insides feeling nice and toasty on those chilly nights.
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small cubes
1 cup white rice short to medium grain
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups raw, peeled, diced pumpkin sugar or pie variety pumpkin or butternut squash.
½ medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic pressed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
Salt, black pepper, sweet paprika
Preheat oven to 180ºC
Season chicken with salt, pepper and sweet paprika
In a skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil and cook chicken pieces until no longer pink. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Add additional olive oil and cook onions for about 2 minutes then add garlic, grated ginger, thyme and pumpkin. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add rice. Stir to combine then add stock.
Transfer skillet to the oven. Cook for approximately 30 minutes.
Remove skillet from the oven and add in chicken pieces. Cook for another 10 minutes then check for rice doneness. Add additional water or stock, if rice is too dry or uncooked.
So there you go – five recipes that you can try on a cosy winter night in! Remember, taking care of yourself also means eating food that is good for you. To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. Happy cooking and bon appetit!