Check out 10 delicious recipes for when the rain (or snow) outside won’t stop and all you can think of is a hot, feel-good meal. One of my favourite pastimes is reading not only cookbooks, but also literature on healthy diets. It’s very insightful and always sparks new ideas. Did you know food can have the same effects on your brain as drugs? If you fuel yourself up with healthy, delicious meals, you instantly get a better mood. There are times you especially should benefit from this!

When working in an office in winter, days can seem longer than normal sometimes. It’s dark when you leave the house and it’s dark when you head home again. If work doesn’t do the trick of lighten you up today, maybe you should opt for yummie food.

Even though this article is titled with “soul food”, I mainly won’t refer to the traditonal soul food, which is “an ethnic cuisine, food traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans of the Southern United States”. Instead, I use this term to describe food that treats your soul. However, you won’t find traditional barbecue rips, chips or pies in this list here, because I want to suggest you dishes that have many nutrients and by that are able to increase your mood and health at the same time! Isn’t that something? 😉

Enjoy cooking and eating!

Tray Baked Salmon with Vegetables

This on is simple, yet delicious! If you’re in for fish and love vegetables as much as I do, this is your dish to go with. To be honest, I probably eat this once a week or love to make this for visitors. No big preparation needed and it’s a big splash of colour on your plate and for your soul.Salmon with Vegetables

The salmon delivers good amounts of omega-3 fat, which supports your brain function, nervous system and reduces the risk of depression. That’s what I call the perfect soul food for the office!

I prepare this meal without recipe, but if you need some guidance, this recipe by the talented Charlotte Oates definitely helps! It offers wonderful photos and a step-by-step method. Change the vegetables mentioned in Charlotte’s recipe, if you like. Almost anything works. My favourites: Sweet potatoe and carrots.

Tomato and Basil Omelette

Who could say no to a hearty omelette on a rainy day? Go for it and try combining it with tomatoes and basil. Did you know Basil has properties that help fighting of viruses? That’s extremly helpful if some of your colleagues are ill (not super unlikely in winter or autumn!). Tomatoes help with digestion and eggs protect your bones. Dig in!

Wholeweat Sandwich with Avocado & Bacon

The bacon adds the feeling of comfort or soul food you need in winter, while avocado and salad bring in the nutrients. This might be a super simple meal, but I truly enjoy it every once in a while and it really fills you up, even though it’s “just” a sandwich. (Recipe here)avocado-picserver-org

Avocado has so many health benefits, I don’t even know where to start. Check them out here. Since you can buy them anywhere, you could make this meal a regular option for rainy days. You can prepare it at home in advance or just it together at work. Either way: Enjoy!

Creamy Pumpkin Soup (vegan option)

This is one of the main reasons I can’t wait for autumn and winter to arrive every year!

Pumpkin Soup from Erdbeerqueen
Pumpkin Soup by Erdbeerqueen

I love pumpkin soup! This recipe is my favourite so far: From Erdbeerqueen in Germany, who blogs about the delicious sweet and savoury stuff she creates.

In case you need a vegan option, simply replace the ‘normal’ cream with soy cream or else. The soup is really easy to make and perfect for beginners in the kitchen.

With loads of Vitamin A, Pumpkin helps your vision, which helps when you sit in front of your computer all day. And the included rosmary is a great memory booster!

Risotto with Kale and Mushrooms (vegan option)

Only a few ingredients and not much work needed: I recently found this risotto recipe on the blog Chocolate and Zucchini and instantly added it to my to-do-list (although I will try it with real parmesan). It looks creamy and like pure comfort food, but also comes with many benefits.

Kale helps to lower your cholesterol, which helps reducing the risk of a heart attack (for example when your boss wants last minute changes on a big project again 😉 ). The onions included in the recipe furthermore help to boost your mood and regulate your appetite.

Have you found a new lunch idea? Which one did you like the most?