There are few things in life more satisfying than cuddling up on the couch on a frosty winters eve with a steaming bowl of something warming.

So, continues to stay low, we can’t help but look to comfort food. Eating the right kinds of comfort food (note: not junk) can even fight depression and help keep Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka the cold weather blues) at bay.

Cooking has been shown to have a positive effect on your mental health. Research suggests cooking has the therapeutic power to relax the mind. In addition, preparing food yourself means you are more aware of what you’re eating and allows you consider the nutritional value.

Despite their reputation, winter warmers need not be unhealthy, fiddly or take all day to prepare. Check out our selection of the best of the best meals to warm up (and cheer up!) your winter eve’s.

Zucchini and potato stew

Australian chef, Stephanie Alexander’s incredibly delicious and super simple zucchini and potato stew takes just four easy steps to prepare.

Who doesn't love a quick and easy meal after work?

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Cauliflower grilled cheese sandwich

Is there anything cauliflower can’t do?

This humble super food works not just in its own right, but also as a nutritious rice, a casserole and here as a carb and gluten free bread substitute. Now, introducing the mouth-watering cauliflower crusted, grilled cheese sandwich. 

Sounds delicious

Osso buco

This much-loved winter classic might be a little more time consuming to prepare… but it’s so delicious we couldn’t help but include it.

Stephanie Alexander’s (yes, her again!) osso bucco outdoes all imitators.

Buon appetito

Vegan laksa

Warm yourself up from the inside out.

Spicy, hot and aromatic, this vegan laksa isn’t just tasty; it’s packed full with nutrition and feel good vitamins.

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