Double Down On Delicious: Easy Winter Meals For Kiwis

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The crisp air and cozy nights of winter in New Zealand call for hearty, soul-warming meals. Ditch the delivery menus and explore these delicious and easy recipes that are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a relaxed weekend lunch.

The Classics with a Twist:

Best Winter Dinner Recipes - Easy Dinner Ideas For Winter
Best Winter Dinner Recipes – Easy Dinner Ideas For Winter
  • Hearty Lamb Shank Stew: This ultimate comfort food gets a New Zealand twist with the addition of juicy lamb shanks and locally sourced root vegetables.
  • Ingredients:

    2 tbsp olive oil

  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 parsnips, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper. Sear on all sides until golden brown.
    2. Remove lamb shanks from the pot. Add onion, carrots, parsnips, and celery to the pot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
    4. Add red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Cook until the wine has reduced by half.
    5. Pour in beef broth, bay leaves, and rosemary. Return lamb shanks to the pot. Bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat to low.
    6. Cook for 2-2.5 hours, or until the lamb shanks are tender and falling off the bone.
    7. Remove bay leaves and rosemary before serving. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

  • Creamy Pumpkin Soup with a Feta Swirl: This New Zealand favorite gets a touch of sophistication with a dollop of creamy feta cheese.
  • Ingredients:

    1 kg butternut pumpkin, peeled and chopped

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
    2. Add cumin and ginger, and cook for an additional minute.
    3. Add pumpkin and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender.
    4. Purée the soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender until smooth.
    5. Stir in coconut milk and heat through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Serve hot, with a dollop of crumbled feta cheese on top.

    Modern Takes on Comfort Food:

  • Spicy Sausage and Veggie Stir-Fry with Kumara Noodles: Replace traditional noodles with spiralized kumara (sweet potato) for a healthy and filling twist on a classic stir-fry.
  • Ingredients:

    1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 400g sausage links, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large kumara, spiralized
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sriracha (adjust to preference)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) for garnish

  • Directions:

    1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    2. Add onion, bell peppers, and kumara noodles to the pan. Stir-fry for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened slightly.
    3. Add broccoli and snow peas, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, sriracha, rice vinegar, and cornstarch.
    5. Pour the sauce into the pan with the vegetables and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens.
    6. Return sausage to the pan and heat through.
    7. Serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander.

    Nutrition Facts: (Note: This will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use)