Take a look at two meat dishes that you could cook and serve as dinner meals for your family during the winter time.

With winter, having arrived in most parts of the world, it is time to look up recipes that have ingredients to keep you warm and provide the right nutrition as well. Protein is known to help provide energy and build the tissues and muscles and it keeps the metabolism active as the body needs to expend more energy in breaking down protein food sources. When meat is combined with fresh vegetables and stewed or cooked in the oven, the slow heat helps to preserve most of the goodness of the ingredients and provides filling dishes perfect for family dinners.


Chilly Chicken Casserole

The ingredients required are:

  • Chicken broth
  • Green chilies, chopped
  • Chopped onion
  • A cup of sour cream
  • Spices like cumin, black pepper, a garlic clove
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Cooked chicken breasts
  • Cheddar cheese, low fat
  • Corn tortillas

Cooking Method

The oven should be preheated to 350 degrees and a baking dish lined with cooking spray. To prepare the dish, the ingredients like onion, chilies, sour cream, cumin, pepper, salt and garlic as well as the chicken broth need to be mixed and stirred and brought to a boil. The first layer needs to be of soup mixture, after which the tortillas need to be lined up. The other layers need to comprise of the chicken breasts and then cheese. The dish should then be baked for thirty minutes or when the cheese starts to bubble.

A Quintessential Beef Stew

The dish might take time to cook, but the meat will do justice to the dish as it will imbibe the flavor of spices like thyme and garlic as well as allow the vegetables like carrots, potatoes and tomatoes add their thickness and flavor to the dish.


  • Cubed pieces of trimmed beef of 1 and half pounds
  • One fourth cup of flour
  • Salt, pepper, dried thyme, two garlic cloves
  • One fourth cup of tomato paste
  • A third cup of red wine and beef broth
  • Red potatoes, mushrooms and baby carrots


Cooking Method

The meat needs to be placed in a slow cooker after being combined with the mixture of pepper, thyme, salt and flour. The wine, garlic, broth and tomato paste should be combined and added to the cooker over the meat. Then the vegetables need to be added. Once all the ingredients are added one can cook on high hear for four hours or on slow heat for seven to eight hours.

Even though the stew dishes take more time to cook, the use of fresh ingredients and absence of soups and creams will make it a healthier dish for those who are trying to cut fat and carbs from their diet. The time to cook the dish might seem considerable, but it is a healthy way of cooking, especially the slow cooking method. Check out this link Delicious Meat Recipes to Keep the Fat off Your Belly for more meat based recipes. This will ensure that the meat cooks properly and all the spices lend their flavors to the meat and the vegetables. It is a healthy dish that would make a warm and nutritious dish with crusty bread on a cold winter evening and please everyone in the family as well.