Healthy Winter Dinner Recipes: Winter 2016 Week 8

Every Monday I post veggie-filled and colorful healthy dinner recipes in a weekly meal plan with a free printable color-coded grocery shopping as part of my Meal Plan Monday Series. This week’s healthy winter dinner recipes are inspired by the rainbow, encouraging you to eat the unique nutrients available from a colorful menu. I’ve been doing this since 2012 and I enjoy sharing tried and true recipes with you!

I seriously loved each and every one of the healthy dinner recipes in this week’s meal plan. We have an amazing citrus and sweet potato salad, butternut squash enchiladas, a lemony pasta, a mushroom pasta and a hearty bean chili. As always, I made some minor changes to most of the recipes so keep reading to see what those are and click here for this week’s free printable grocery shopping list.

Healthy Winter Dinner Recipes: Meal plan

Healthy Winter Dinner Recipes: Winter 2016 Week 8

Healthy Winter Dinner Recipes: black bean and chickpea veggie chili + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter healthy dinner recipes meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Easy Black Bean and Chickpea Chili from Love and Lemons

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients: olive oil, white onion, garlic, green pepper, fire roasted tomatoes, water, black beans, chickpeas, adobo sauce from chipotles in adobo, frozen corn, lime, salt and pepper.

Instead of adding adobo sauce from chipotles in adobo I substituted 1 1/2 T of chili powder and 1/2 T coriander. I actually really loved the flavor of this. This chili tastes great served with avocado, sour cream, cilantro and cheese.

Healthy winter dinner recipes: butternut squash and black bean enchiladas + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter healthy dinner recipes meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchiladas from Ambitious Kitchen

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 3o minutes Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients: enchilada sauce (tomato sauce, chipotle peppers in adobo, greek yogurt, garlic, chili powder), olive oil, yellow onion, garlic, butternut squash, black beans, corn, salt and pepper, colby jack cheese, corn tortillas. For serving- greek yogurt, cilantro, avocado, green onions.

I made this for a family dinner this week and it was a hit. I am sure the homemade enchilada sauce would be pretty spectacular but I didn’t want to be stressed so I just bought some pre made enchilada sauce from Trader Joe’s. I used flour tortillas and didn’t put any sauce in with the filling and reserved it all for on top. Sour cream, avocado and cilantro were great toppings on this dish.

Healthy winter dinner recipes: meyer lemon fettucine + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter healthy dinner recipes meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Meyer Lemon and Pine Nut Fettuccine from Floating Kitchen

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: pine nuts, shallot, lemons, fettuccine, heavy cream, parmesan, salt, pepper, fresh thyme.

This pasta is so lemony and delicious! I ended up adding a little extra cream and definitely used some of the pasta water. I served with lots of extra parmesan and really enjoyed this dish. Beware though if you don’t love lemons you may not love this dish… like my husband, Rick.

Healthy Winter Dinner Recipes: mushroom pasta with goat cheese + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter healthy dinner recipes meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese from Pinch of Yum

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: whole wheat farfalle pasta, butter, oil, mushrooms, garlic, shallots, white wine, cream, salt, broth, parmesan, spinach, goat cheese.

I am the only person in my little family who likes mushrooms, but wow I love them and don’t know why I don’t cook with them more often. This dish was simple to prepare and I thought it tasted great. I just used regular pasta (not whole what and not faralle) and I threw a little truffle salt in with it. It tastes great with lots of freshly cracked pepper.

Healthy Winter Dinner Recipes: winter chopped salad with sweet potato and blood orange viniagrette + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter healthy dinner recipes meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Winter Chopped Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Blood Orange Vinaigrette from How Sweet It Is

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients: sweet potato, olive oil, maple, paprika, garlic powder, romaine, blood oranges, pomegranate, feta, blood orange juice, white balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper.

This salad was seriously so amazing. I loved the dressing and I used white balsamic vinegar instead of golden. I love how vibrant this salad looks and in my opinion it is filling enough as a light dinner, but it could make a great side or lunch as well. If this salad looks delicious to you, then you might also enjoy this persimmon, pear and pomegranate salad or this black bean, radish, jicama avocado salad.

Other meal plans you might be interested in if you like this healthy winter dinner recipes meal plan:

Fall Dinner Recipes featuring Salt & Lavender

Whole Food Meal Plan from Seasonal Cravings

One-Pot Wonder Pastas Meal Plan

Whole30 + Paleo Meal Plan

If you make any healthy winter dinner recipes from Rainbow Delicious meal plans or site or would like to share a recipe idea you recommend for an upcoming meal plan please share on instagram using hashtag #rainbowdelicious & #healthywinterdinnerrecipes and tag me @rainbowdelicious, I’d love to see what you are up to in your kitchen!

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