Winter Recipes – Lunchbox Lucy

Burrr….I can already feel the coldness creeping into my house. I can really use something that will warm up my house and my body. In my opinion — the best way to warm up the body and the house is by cooking! Let’s heat up the cold front with some delicious winter recipes.

Thai Pork and Noodle Soup 


Real Simple
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger (from a 1-inch piece)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 4oz wonton wrappers (about 10), sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • Sliced red chili peppers and cilantro leaves, for serving


Summer-in-Winter Chicken




  • 1 tbsp  olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 7 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tsp pesto sauce
  • 3 tbsp creme fraiche (half fat is fine)
  • Fresh basil, if you have it


All in One Chunky Winter Broth
BBC Good Food


  • 2 – 14oz cans chopped tomatoes
  • 3½ pints vegetable stock
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 – 15oz cans mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 175g spinach
  • 1 tbsp roasted red pepper pesto

Not that we have some entrees on the menu, how can we forget about one of the most famous Christmas drink — eggnog! You can always spice up your holidays with some delicious eggnog, no matter what age you are.

Martha Stewart


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 12 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup bourbon, (optional)
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • Grated nutmeg, (optional)

I love the holiday season — shining candle lights, beautiful Christmas trees, and all of the delicious Christmas themed food! Eating and enjoying food is part of everyday life, but foods and beverages are even tastier during the holidays with family and friends.

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