26 Hearty & Healthy Winter Meals (That AREN’T Soup!)

February 14, 2017

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing more comforting than coming home and eating a hearty, healthy meal for dinner! But can I make a confession?

I don’t like soup!

I know, I’m crazy, right?? Soup can be a hearty, healthy winter meal (and cheap!), but it just doesn’t work in our house, so I’ve had to come up with some different meals to fill us up AND warm us up on those cold winter nights!

26 Of My Favorite Healthy Winter Meals (That AREN'T Soup!)

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My husband is hard-working man, so when he comes home at night, he needs a hearty meal! But we also lead a healthy lifestyle, and we shop on a budget, so I essentially perform a juggling act each night to get a hearty, healthy, budget-friendly dinner on the table!

I’ve cooked up some meals that we absolutely didn’t love (I’m looking at you, over-peppered pork chops), but thankfully, I’ve also found quite a few that we want to eat over and over again! I’m sharing the main dishes, which are healthy by themselves, but we also pair vegetables or a salad with each one of these.

(If the meal has a recipe online, I’ve linked up to the pin, so that you can save it for yourself on Pinterest!)

  1. Pizza: Start with a whole wheat crust, then add any meat and load it up with spinach and bell peppers! Or try a chicken alfredo pizza!
  2. Spinach & Bell Pepper Chicken Breasts: Guilt-free, easy to make, full of flavor, and super filling!
  3. Hamburgers: Using an indoor grill like this one gives your burgers awesome flavor, even in the dead of winter.
  4. Porcupine Meatballs: One of my favorites growing up! These are perfectly pairedΒ with potatoes and some green bean fries.
  5. Barbecue Sausage: Take a package of your favorite sausage, slice it up, and throw it in a saucepan with some good ole BBQ sauce (here’s my favorite)!
  6. Enchiladas: Fill them with whatever meat and veggies you like. I like to make my own enchilada sauce to make it a little healthier!
  7. Rice Bowl: Brown rice, chicken breasts, and roasted broccoli bring this dish together. Try topping it with soy sauce and honey; our favorite!

  8. Oven Fried Chicken: Surprisingly healthy, makes a ton, and much easier to clean up after. πŸ˜‰
  9. Tacos: Start with homemade tortillas, then make your own tacoΒ seasoning, and load ’em up with spinach and your favorite veggies!
  10. Chicken & Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo: Tasty, warm, filling, and Italian food always wins in our house. πŸ™‚
  11. Crock Pot Chicken: Season with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and place it on foil balls. Cook on low forΒ 4 to 6 hours; pair with salad or shred it and add to another dish.
  12. Parmesan Pork Chops: These are moist and delicious, and taste great with any vegetables and potatoes!
  13. Spaghetti: We go classic with noodles, sauce, and ground beef, then pair it with salad and breadsticks. πŸ™‚
  14. Skillet Meatballs &Β Rice: The rice is a little tricky, but this dish is SO flavorful!
  15. Baked Potatoes: I love to add butter, sour cream, cheese, and any kind of meat (ham is always my favorite)!
  16. Chicken Strips: For when you’re feeling young at heart, and want something easy and delicious. πŸ™‚
  17. Roasted Sausage &Β Veggies: Chop up broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and bell peppers, add slices of sausage, and roast at 425 for 30 to 45 minutes.
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  18. Pasta Bake: I like to add broccoli and mix up half tomato sauce with half Alfredo sauce.
  19. Crock Pot Pulled Pork: This one’s easy: throw in a pork tenderloin, add your favorite BBQ sauce (here’s my favorite) and 1/2 cup of water, and let it cook on high for 4 to 6 hours!
  20. Chicken Thighs: I like to roast potatoes with these and serve it up with roasted broccoli.
  21. Meatloaf: I make it simple: one pound of ground beef, one egg, one cup of breadcrumbs, and one can of tomato sauce. πŸ™‚
  22. Crock Pot Barbecue Pork Chops: These are my favorite to cook for Sunday lunch!
  23. Grilled Sausage: Grab your favorite sausage, slice it up, and throw it on the indoor grill for an easy, hearty dinner!
  24. Crock Pot Chicken Tacos: I like to serve these with corn tortillas, sour cream, cheese, and spinach. πŸ™‚
  25. Chicken Bacon Wraps: This is our go-to quick dinner!Β Tortillas, bacon, chicken breasts, cheese, and salad or spinach is all that you need.
  26. Breakfast For Dinner: Whip up some whole wheat waffles, cook your favorite meat, and scramble some eggs; everyone will be happy! πŸ™‚

If you’re following a particular diet, such as Whole 30 or low carb, you may not see some of these recipes as healthy. However, when they are paired with vegetables or salad and other healthy sides, you can feel confident that you’re serving your family hearty and healthy winter meals! πŸ™‚

Now it’s your turn.Β What healthy winter meals does your family enjoy? Which of these meals sounds the best?

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  • Abby @ WinsteadWandering

    February 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

    We LOVE chicken tacos (any tacos, really) and breakfast for dinner (my husband makes killer omelettes!). I’d love to try chicken bacon wraps!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

      We love tacos, too! You should definitely try chicken bacon wraps! Delicious!

  • Sarah Althouse

    February 14, 2017 at 11:39 am

    That rice bowl is my perfect idea of dinner!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

      It is SO GOOD!

  • colleen wool

    February 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    The rice bowl looks delicious. Wel ove having breakfast for dinner.

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

      It is so good! And breakfast for dinner is the best!

  • Clarissa

    February 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Hahaha, I NEEDED this round-up….if I see one more “hearty winter soups” posts I’m going to lose my mind lol. I need FOOD. Soup doesn’t cut it the entire winter!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Hahaha! I am SO WITH YOU, Clarissa!

  • Rose

    February 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I love recipe roundups! It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. You’ve shared a great range of meals. There’s something for everyone.

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Rose! I’m all about getting out of the rut!

  • Courtney Patterson

    February 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Oh my goodness these look so good! Pinning quite a few. I always love finding new winter recipes that aren’t soups or stews. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Wonderful, Courtney! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Kristy from Southern In Law

    February 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Oooh, it’s getting colder here in Sydney and all of these meals sound perfect!

    In winter time I always find myself going for baked dishes – casseroles and that kind of thing – because they warm up the house and my belly πŸ˜‰

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thanks, Kristy! I totally can agree with you there! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany Bergman

    February 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    These are great ideas! I love, love, love soup and stew, but by this time of year, I am craving a change. I’ll be adding several of these to next week’s meal rotation!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, Brittany! That’s great to hear! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle

    February 15, 2017 at 6:14 am

    What great ideas!! I do love soup and stew, but am always on the look out for something new. πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

      I totally understand that, Danielle!

  • Kelsie

    February 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Yum yum yum! I am a lover of all things crockpot! Those rice bowls also look delicious!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Crockpot, for the win! The rice bowls are so good! πŸ™‚

  • Ashley

    February 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Love these ideas!! I will definitely be trying some πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

      That’s great, Ashley! Thanks!

  • Laura

    February 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I have found another non-soup lover. We should be friends.

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Yes, yes we should. Power to the weirdos! πŸ˜‰

  • Aishwarya

    February 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    This list just made my day! I mean what would be better than to eat a pizza guilt-free!? Love this. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

      That’s great, Aishwarya! I hope you love it! πŸ™‚

  • Ayanna

    February 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    This is a great list to add to my meal rotation. I will definitely have to try your homemade enchilada sauce. Pinned!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

      It’s a delicious sauce, Ayanna! I hope you love it! πŸ™‚

  • Patty

    February 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I look forward to trying the oven fried chicken recipe. Looks delicious and sounds simple!

    God bless,

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

      It’s so good and SO EASY, Patty! I hope you like it! πŸ™‚

  • molly

    February 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    my stomach is now growling!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

      I understand, Molly! πŸ˜‰

  • Sophia

    February 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I love waffles, they look great. That is my fav recipe of them all.

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

      That’s a great one, Sophia! πŸ™‚

  • Aryn

    February 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Great recipes!! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Thanks, Aryn!

  • Anne Hockenberry

    February 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    This is a great list! I’m always looking for new meals that are healthy and on a budget, but I’m also a picky eater. Ahhh! I’m sure I’ll find some great delicious meals on this list.

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

      I totally understand that, Anne! I think you’ll find some that are awesome!

  • Marsha

    February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I haven’t made porcupine meatballs in a long time. I think I should. My guys would like that. We do like breakfast for dinner. That’s a good idea πŸ™‚ And the crockpot is just great for so many things!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

      My husband loves those meatballs, so that should be a winner in your house for sure! πŸ™‚

  • Alison @ Puppies & Pretties

    February 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    These sound delish! I’m not a fan of soup, so it is nice to see a winter-y list that isn’t all soup and chili!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I’m right there with ya, Alison! πŸ™‚

  • Barb

    February 15, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Great recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Thanks, Barb! πŸ™‚

  • Gennifer Rose

    February 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I normally don’t eat a lot of chicken but I recently discovered how delicious a warm rotisserie chicken is. I take all the meat off and add it to soups and salads. So yummy and healthy!

    Gennifer Rose | http://www.GenniferRose.com

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Mmm, yes, that’s a great idea, Gennifer!

  • Jennifer

    February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Thank you for this list of recipes, while I have grown to love soup, I am sick of eating it all the time! Have a blessed day!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

      It’s easy to get tired of something, even if you love it! Thanks, Jennifer! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie A Bills

    February 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Every single one of these sounds amazing! I love soup, don’t get me wrong. But you need a break during the winter!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Amen, Stephanie! Definitely give some of these a try!

  • Rhonda

    February 16, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Great list! I actually looooove soups. But by the middle of Jan I am sick of them and scratching my head at what hearty meal to fix in it’s place. Def trying some of these out!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      They can definitely get overdone! I hope you like these, Rhonda! πŸ™‚

  • Carrie Willard

    February 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Yum! Pinned it to save. Rice bowls are one of our absolute favorites. We are gluten-free around here, but we love tacos/burritos, so throwing everything on rice or lettuce in a bowl is an easy way to get those same flavors. πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      That’s so smart, Carrie! πŸ™‚

  • Kristine-Bites of Flavor

    February 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Great recipe round up! I love all the variety of meals to choose from. Great post!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you, Kristine! I like a variety of meals on the menu! πŸ™‚

  • Rebekah

    February 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    So many good options!! I’ll be sharing later today!
    My favorite meals that aren’t soup are Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Thighs over Rice, and one pan roasted meat and veggie meals. I LOVE them!

    1. Abbey

      February 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks, Rebekah! Those are great ideas! πŸ™‚

  • Colleen

    February 17, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I’m a little souped out too! I like your options…especially the oven fried chicken…I’m also always a sucker for any recipe using the crockpot for Crockpot Monday.

    1. Abbey

      February 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks, Colleen! You can’t go wrong with a crockpot! πŸ™‚

  • Divya

    February 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    We’ve been doing pizza and enchiladas a lot over here! Thanks for all these suggestions!! <3

    1. Abbey

      February 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      No problem, Divya! Those are always good options! πŸ™‚

  • Tianna

    February 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    thanks for these! Definitely gonna try the pork chops and chicken! πŸ˜€

    1. Abbey

      February 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      You’re welcome, Tianna! Those are great! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    March 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    You always have the BEST lists of things! Can’t wait to check some of these out!

    1. Abbey

      March 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thanks, Amanda! πŸ™‚ I hope you like them!

  • Angela

    March 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Oh boy do I hate soup!! And funnily I seem to make a lot of it!
    It’s coming up to winter in Australia, which I LOVE, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this list!
    My go to meal would be steamed chicken and veg with mashed sweet potato.
    And I love the idea of breakfast for dinner, Brilliant!!
    Thanks for sharing, love your blog

    xx Angela

    1. Abbey

      March 24, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you, Angela! I’m glad I’m not the only soup hater! I hope you find some of these that you love! πŸ™‚ Steamed chicken and veggies are always a winner!

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