The winter months provide a glut of spinach, beetroot, leafy greens, leeks and cruciferous veggies, which not only add life and colour to warming dishes but also beneficial vitamins and nutrients to help stave off winter coughs and colds. Discover our vivid dishes that make the most of these seasonal beauties, from hearty root veggie hotpots to a magnificent whole roast cauliflower centrepiece.


To keep the season bright, find out the healthiest winter foods, top winter dinner ideas and how to beat the winter blues. For more vegetarian inspiration, try our cheap vegetarian recipes, vegetarian air-fryer recipes and top high-protein vegetarian foods.

1. Make-ahead hearty hotpot

Make-ahead hearty hotpot in a large casserole dish

Thinly sliced rounds of potato, beetroot and sweet potato create an inspiring veggie centrepiece to impress family and friends alike. Beneath the delicate layers of root vegetables they'll uncover an umami-rich winter veggie stew. The best part? It can be made and frozen ahead of time, perfect for entertaining. Try more freezable vegetarian recipes.

2. Whole roasted cauliflower

whole roasted cauliflower

A whole roast cauliflower never fails to go down a storm, and this version pulls out all the stops. Sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and doused in a lemony yogurt with fresh parsley, it makes a great vegetarian-friendly Sunday roast option. Serve with our brussels sprouts winter salad with clementine dressing for more seasonal veggie goodness.

3. Cavolo nero orechiette

A serving of cavolo nero orecchiette

Leafy greens take centre stage at this time of the year and for good reason. Cavolo nero is rich in iron and makes a quick and nourishing addition to orecchiette pasta with creamy ricotta and toasted almonds. Try more cavolo nero recipes.

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4. Slow-roasted lemon & tomato butter Savoy with garlic & dill yogurt

Slow-roasted lemon & tomato butter Savoy served in a large pan with garlic & dill yogurt

Cabbages are really having their moment. This easy recipe is sure to hit the mark with its preserved lemon, cumin and chilli-spiced butter to smother on your cabbage before slow-roasting it to caramelised perfection. Serve with flaked almonds, Greek-style yogurt and cooked rice. Discover more ways with Savoy.

5. Roast squash & hummus winter salad

Roast squash & hummus winter salad on a sharing dish

Just because it's winter doesn't mean salads have to be dull and uninspiring. This bright and beautiful winter salad spotlights butternut squash, peppers and sweet potatoes alongside a homemade butter bean hummus for added protein and flavour. Now discover our favourite winter salads.

6. Spinach & ricotta ravioli

Two bowls of spinach & ricotta ravioli

Master the art of homemade pasta with our step-by-step guide. The creamy ricotta & spinach filling is brought to life with a crispy sage leaf-infused butter to drizzle on top – serve it up for that special someone. Try more pasta recipes this winter.

7. Charred cauliflower pasta with pumpkin seed pesto

Bowl of pasta pesto topped with charred cauliflower and lemon zest

A good jar of green pesto always helps to get through the long winter months, and this version brings in charred cauliflower for a seasonal twist. Pumpkin seeds add extra flavour and texture, as well as vital antioxidants. Discover more roasted cauliflower recipes.

8. Leek risotto

Two bowls of golden-coloured leek risotto

Make a silky risotto with meltingly soft leeks. Simple but a classic, don't underestimate the importance of good quality butter and sharp parmesan to elevate the dish. Try more vegetarian risotto recipes.

9. Parsnip rösti with harissa, feta & caramelised red onions

Parsnip rösti with harissa, feta & caramelised red onions

Parsnips need not be confined to the constraints of Christmas Day alone, let them shine all through the winter months. Finish this crisp rösti with caramelised red onions and a harissa-rippled yogurt. Find more parsnip inspiration.

10. Feel-good pasta soup

A bowl of feel-good pasta soup

Some dishes are made to nourish you from the inside out and this one does just that. Combining nutrient-rich kale with protein-packed tinned chickpeas and plenty of warming spices, it's sure to ward off any winter sniffles. Discover more healthy vegetable soups.


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