The Heartiest French Meals to get you Through Winter
Winter is here with us and the heartiest French meals. Therefore, this is the time to consume as much carbohydrate as possible for the cold months that are coming. France is certainly the nation for it. However, a warning- your waistline may grow bigger. Where you think about France, you should not think about the rich hearty dishes.
Here, the cuisine is refined completely. However, the French are known for having a wide array of amazing meals for winter, with a number of the dishes borrowed from Switzerland.
This article will highlight some of the best French dishes to get you through winter:
This is one of the best stews that feature various kinds of meat, root vegetable and marrow bones. It is also easy to prepare the stew, you only need to cook them under low heat for some time. The vegetables, meat and broth come as separate meals. The food is also served with spicy Dijon mustard, horseradish as well as pickled gherkins. The bone marrow usually poured on toasted pieces of bread, but this may not be a great idea for everyone.
2. Onion soup
The onion soup is famous even beyond French borders and with a great reason. First of all, it is easy to prepare and it is a great stew to warm you up during the cold season. The recipe has a number variations to the recipe, but they are equally delicious. You can use the soup with a slice of bread. You can also go with the gratineed to make a layer of cheese.
If you love mashed potato, then you will definitely love this dish. It is a meal from the Aubrac region. What you need to do is to mash the potato with cream, butter, cheese and garlic until you get the best texture. Some of the cheese from the area that are normally preferred include Tomme de Laguiole or Tomme d’Auvergne. If you can’t manage to get these, then you can also use cheddar and mozzarella.
Alsace is a region in France that borders Germany and it is famously known for this dish. The Backoeffe is a kind of stew that features cubes of beef, mutton and pork. For best results, you need to marinate before you cook them under low heat with veggies in a casserole.
During this cold season, you cannot survive without the famous dish from Savoie. It is also simple make, tasty and the best to rejuvenate after a long day at work. Choose from a variety of cheese such as Gruyere or Appenzell.
6. Boeuf Bourguignon
This tasty meat meal is one of the most eaten recipes in Burgundy and it also famous in other areas outside of France. It is prepared with cuts from carrots, onions, beef, pancetta and celery. To enjoy the meal, you need to use the Burgundy red wine marinade as well as the source.
This is also one of the best French meals to consume during winter. The main ingredient in this meal is potato gratin with bacon and onions wrapped with melted reblochon cheese. In addition, you should ensure you sort out a proper appetite before you dig into this meal.
8. Cheesy Salsa Tilapia Fillets
A recipe for adding fish to your diet: Tiliapia – a great choice!
Fish is an excellent source of high quality, easily digestible protein. Some, but not all, fish are high in omega-3 essential oil – like salmon or sardines. Adding fish to your family’s diet is a healthy choice…if you make the right choice. There are many issues to consider when choosing which fish to consume, including:
- Mercury and polychlorinated Bbiphenyls (PCBs) levels (as well as other toxins) in the fish. While this is an important issue for all of us, it is an especially important consideration for pregnant or lactating women, women planning to become pregnant and small children.
- Sustainable harvesting and/or farming practices.
- Wild versus farm-raised fish.
- And, of course, coming back to your original concern…cost and taste!
All of these are important issues and I will address these in upcoming posts. Taking all of these into consideration, tilapia is a great choice. Tilapia is an inexpensive, mild white fish that is sustainably farmed in the United States. Tilapia from Central America is a good alternative while tilapia farm-raised in China should be avoided.
A client gave me permission to share her tilapia recipe with you. I tried it out yesterday evening… it was so delicious I made it again tonight! It is an incredibly easy (quick, quick, quick!), delicious dish with a beautiful presentation:
Cheesy Salsa Tilapia Fillets
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1 Tablespoon organic coconut oil
- 2 fillets tilapia (farm raised in the US)
- 1/2 cup of your favorite organic salsa
- 2 ounces organic cheese, shredded (mozarella or guyere are good choices)
- 1 large bunch of greens, cleaned, steamed
- Heat pan over medium heat. When pan is hot, add coconut oil.
- When oil is melted, add fillets, turning each fillet once briefly to coat with oil.
- Cover each fillet with 1/4 cup salsa, cover the pan and cook over low heat for about 7 minutes.
- Remove cover and sprinkle 1 ounce of shredded cheese on top of each fillet. Cover pan and cook just until cheese is melted.
Serve over a bed of steamed greens. Try different greens – a cup of cooked spinach or collard greens has more calcium than an ounce of cheese and nearly as much as a cup of milk!