10 healthy recipes for autumn and winter

healthy recipes for winter and autumn

In colder months many of us crave different types of food such as stews, curries, soups and anything really that would warm us up. But you don’t have to resort to unhealthy creamy meals – there are so many alternative, healthy recipes out there, all brimming with seasonal ingredients such as butternut squash, pumpkin, parsnip and cauliflower. Why not give them a try?

I had a good browse on Internet to find the very latest healthy recipes containing seasonal ingredients. My top picks are all vegetarian recipes which are full of flavour and many of them are quite easy to make. I’ve picked quite a few soups just because, who doesn’t love having soups in winter?? Check the recipes below and let me know which one is your favourite and which one is the one you would attempt to make first?

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

spicy butternut squash soup
© Becky Stafferton / Art of Healthy Living

Butternut squash soup is really easy to make as proven by Becky from Art of Healthy Living. Just add some chillies for some heat and sprinkle with some pumpkin seeds for that lovely crunch. You can make this soup in a slow cooker if you have it, otherwise just use your normal saucepan and cook until soft. 

For a full recipe go to this page.

Cumin Spiced Parsnip Soup

cumin spiced parsnip soup
© Ella Mills / Deliciously Ella

You will find some amazing recipes on Deliciously Ella website and most recently Ella published a recipe for her Cumin Spiced Parsnip Soup. I really love the sound of it. It’s easy to make and contains simple ingredients. To serve, just sprinkle some pine nuts on top, add some cilantro and chilli flakes, if desired. 

For a full recipe go to this page.

Crunchy Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad

Crunchy Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad - vegan
© Annabelle Randles / The Flexitarian

Cauliflower is in season now and on The Flexitarian website I managed to find an interesting cauliflower recipe with an Asian twist. Crunchy Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad is bursting with the wonderful flavours of ginger, cumin, coriander and lime – this salad is raw but all the spices will no doubt warm you up. Cashew nuts are added for some extra crunch and red chilli can be added for an extra kick. This cauliflower rice salad is not only vegetarian, but vegan as well. Have it for lunch at work or as a light dinner.

For a full recipe go to this page.

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke & Parsnip Soup

jerusalem artichoke parsnip soup
© Kate Ford / The Veg Space

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke & Parsnip Soup is quite easy to make – just roast some veg, then quickly cook them with dairy-free milk and vegetable stock. Serve scattered with walnut pieces and chopped parsley. The roasted veg create a luxurious and really tasty winter soup, perfect for lunch! This is a vegan recipe.

For a full recipe go to this page.

Mushroom Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage

Spaghetti Mushrooms Squash pasta
© Kate Hackworthy / Veggie Desserts

Ready in 15 minutes, mushroom pasta with butternut squash and sage is a flavourful and fragrant dish that’s perfect for the cooler months. It’s easy, packed with vegetables and easily vegan and gluten-free.

For a full recipe go to this page.

Spicy butternut squash and carrot soup

spicy butternut squash soup
© Dr. Hazel Wallace / The Food Medic

This is another butternut squash soup, but slightly different. Butternut squash and carrots are roasted first before turned into a soup. This just intensifies the flavour and makes it tastier. In this soup you will find a variety of warming spices which no doubt create even more flavour. Make a big batch of this soup at the weekend to enjoy throughout the week.

For a full recipe go to this page.

Roast Squash with Mint Yoghurt

Roast Pumpkin with Mint Yoghurt
© Indy Power / The Little Green Spoon

Roast Squash with Mint Yoghurt is a lovely winter starter or a side dish. You can use either a pumpkin or squash, both will do. The dish is quite simple to make and with lovely combination of spices this will no doubt impress guests.

For a full recipe go to this page.

Pumpkin Garlic Pasta with Rocket

pumpkin pasta with rocket

This Pumpkin Garlic Pasta with Arugula (Rucola/Rocket Leaves) is a simple seasonal recipe that’s easy to prepare, light, healthy and ready in about 20 minutes – including peeling the pumpkin and cooking the pasta. So, if you need a quick and easy mid-week meal, there you go…

For a full recipe, go to this page.

Cauliflower curry

Cauliflower Curry

This cauliflower curry has been created by Candida Diet Foods and makes a healthy vegetarian dinner full of healing anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric and ginger. Serve this curry with brown rice and side salad to create extra nutritious meal.
Full recipe here

Quinoa with Sauteed Leeks, Peas & Avocado

Quinoa with Leeks, Peas and avocado

This quinoa recipe by Lisa Roukin is gluten-free and makes a lovely nutritious lunch which you can prepare in advance. Leeks are in season now and this is just one of the ways you can cook them to use them up. Full recipe here.

So there you have it, my top picks of vegetarian autumn and winter dishes from across the web!

What are your favourite winter dishes?


  1. Hi, first time commenter on your lovely blog! Just to say thanks for these suggestions – I’ve been stuck in a food rut recently, and these recipes are really inspiring. The cumin parsnip soup in particular just looks amazing.
    One of my fav winter dishes is African stew, which is a veggie stew with sweet potatoes and spinach in a spicy peanut and tomato sauce. It’s rich, delicious and comforting 🙂

    1. Hi Elaine, I am glad to hear you are finding these recipes useful, I will definitely be referring to them regularly throughout the colder months. Your stew sounds really interesting, do you have a recipe for it?

  2. Hi, Petra, of course, more than happy to share the recipe – it’s a bit long to reproduce here in the comments, so I will email it to you!

  3. Thanks so much for putting up the list. The Cauliflower curry looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try it out, I bet my family will love it.

    1. I am glad you found inspiration in this post Diane. I am yet to try all of these recipes with soups being first ticked off the list.