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Cozy Flavors for Chilly Days

Winter is settling in and that means temperatures are dipping in Indiana. One of the best ways to fight back against the cold is with warm and hearty meals featuring the best seasonal flavors. Make your way to the kitchen to try out something new and make your season bright. At 82 Flats at the Crossing, our luxury apartments in Indianapolis feature gourmet kitchens perfect for cooking up something cozy. Get started with some of these tasty ideas!

#1:Farro Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables
If you need a vegetarian-friendly recipe or a salad perfect for pairing with your favorite protein, then check out this salad featuring some of the best winter vegetables. You’ll put together carrot, onion, celery root, and parsnip with plump, filling farro. Farro is a grain that cooks into a tender and chewy texture perfect for topping with the roasted flavor from the rest of the ingredients. It takes just 4 steps to master this creation, and it is also easy to make ahead and keep things extra simple.

#2: Mini Meatloaf Sheet-Pan Meal
No other meal has quite the staying power of meatloaf. Some consider it the height of old-fashioned and others consider it the perfect comfort food. No matter where you stand, this recipe is sure to bring you comfort and joy. The “mini” part is perfect for keeping the loafs super moist and helps create a more even cook. The addition of asparagus and potatoes means you can get one meal on one baking sheet. And that’s a win in any season!

#3: Creamy Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup
Move over, chicken and noodles! There’s a new soup in town, and it’s creamy, hearty, and cheesy. It’s another easy recipe, only 4 steps, and cooks up altogether in a Dutch oven. It includes seasonal favorites like Italian sausage and chicken broth. You’ll even sneak in some dark leafy greens with the addition of baby spinach. It’s also adaptable. You can swap out the Italian sausage for a different ground meat and simply add some more Italian seasonings to round out the flavor.

#4: Flaxseed-Crusted Salmon with a Grape and Walnut Salsa
Do you need a break from soups and casseroles? Change things up with this fish dish with a unique nut and fruit salsa. The grapes and red wine vinegar add some nice acidity, and the walnuts add earthy undertones. It’s sophisticated, modern, and filling. You can use it as a break for your palate from heavier dishes or you can break it out when you’re looking to impress some company.

#5: Classic Beef Stroganoff
You don’t always have to reimagine a classic. Winter is also a great time to return to some family favorites like this rich beef stroganoff. It’s like a hug for your empty stomach with pillowy egg noodles and tender beef tips. If you’re worried you don’t have the skills to take it on, think again. There are 4 steps, and one of them is to cook the noodles according to the directions on the box. You’ll have a skillet full of flavor in no time.

#6: Pecan Pie Cookies
Nothing says “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” quite like a fresh baked pie. But who has time to make a pie from scratch? Or eat the whole thing without wrecking their diet? Here’s the solution: pecan pie cookies! They are a bite-sized version of a seasonal favorite, and they do not involve the laborious task of creating pastry. You’ll make a simple cookie base and use typical ingredients to make the familiar, toasty caramel flavor.

Are you searching for Indianapolis luxury apartments that are ideal for cooking and hosting visitors to enjoy your latest creations? Come to 82 Flats at the Crossing where our luxury amenities include stainless steel appliances, scenic views, and more. Call for more information: (855) 566-1097