There's nothing like a chilly winter day to conjure up happy memories of comfort foods that mom used to serve up, warming our tummies and our hearts.
The tradition of stewing and stirring healthy ingredients into one single pot is worth passing along to the next generation of cooks in our families. And, best of all, it's ridiculously simple. Follow this easy winter meal tips for celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin:
Is it soup yet?
It can be in minutes! Cut up some fresh veggies and toss into a soup or crock pot with organic chicken broth, whole grain noodles or canned beans, and add cooked, cubed chicken. That's it -- and you're good to go. You can make this super easy by using last night's leftovers, or picking up a roasted chicken at your local grocer. Follow the rainbow and sneak in as many colors as you can, keeping the chunks small enough so your diners can enjoy a mouthful of flavors with every bite.
Warm, fuzzy feelings
Warm winter fruit compote makes a great dessert and allows you to enjoy ingredients that aren't currently in season. Simply mix 4 cups of frozen fruit: organic black cherries, berry mix, and other family favorites with 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon in a pot. Heat through, and top with raw sliced almonds.
Hot chocolate is a great winter treat because you can drink it slowly, savoring every drop. Either heat up some organic chocolate milk or make your own blend by combining organic milk, unsweetened cocoa powder and sweeten with xylitol. Just follow the directions on the cocoa powder label, and adjust to taste.