6 Winter Inspired Recipes from local Well + Full Blogger

When it came to putting together a roundup of the best Winter-Inspired recipes to celebrate the…. (dun, dun, dun….) First Day of Winter, I knew just who to reach out to; Sarah Aldrich, a West End Dweller, and extremely talented blogger and chef.

Sarah is the owner of the blog, Well and Full, which features “Vibrant Vegetarian Eats.” Just two years ago, she created this platform to document her adventures in the kitchen. But since then, it’s evolved into not only a passion project but her very own full-time business.

I’ve always loved food – I first got into cooking when I became vegetarian over 10 years ago. At this point in my life, I don’t attach any labels to my diet, but 99% of what I eat is vegan.”

While she grew up in Bolton, CT, Sarah now calls the Historic West End of Hartford home. Her love for the state of CT is just as strong as it is for good, quality, feel-good food.

“Connecticut’s great because we’re right at the intersection between New York and Boston, with all the amenities, but still a hometown feel.”

Sarah finds a true bliss when blogging, as she feels it merges both creativity and entrepreneurialism. She loves the process of cooking something interesting, styling it in an appealing way (which she does WAY too well) and taking a brightly colored photo. As for the social media aspect of running a blog, she thanks her success from her Business Management studies in college.

“But ultimately, I put my heart and soul into everything I cook and write for Well and Full, and that’s what keeps me going!”

And when Sarah’s not cooking or blogging? You can find her spending time with her rescue dog, Ivy, reading, playing piano, ice skating or doing yoga.

OR perhaps you’ll even find her at Ichiro in West Hartford, one of her go-to restaurants in the area.

So if you’re looking for a perfect recipe to warm up from this 10-degree weather, prepare for a holiday party, or just treat yourself – check out these delicious Winter-Inspired Recipes.

Vegan French Onion Soup

What’s better than a hot cup of soup on a cold winter’s day? You’d never tell that this French Onion soup is vegan – it’s packed with savory, umami flavor!

Winter Beet Hummus

An appetizer that will surely dazzle – just look at that color! Earthy beets and chickpeas comprise this lovely spread.

Winter Panzanella Salad

For the times when you’re craving something lighter, this panzanella salad combines raw and roasted vegetables for a healthy bite.

Almond Banana Bread

Sometimes a cozy morning with a slice of banana bread and a cup of coffee is all you need to start a peaceful and productive day.

Moroccan Lentil Stew

A tantalizing Moroccan spice blend will warm up your kitchen and your taste buds in this flavorful stew. It’s hearty, delicious, and packed with plant-based protein.

Kale Salad with Carrot Top Pesto

This recipe is a Well and Full fan favorite, with brown rice, kale, and roasted vegetables topped with a simple carrot top pesto. It’ll turn veggie-doubters into believers!


You can check out more of Sarah’s recipes here. And when you end up making one of the delicious recipes, don’t be shy to comment your thoughts! Even though she’s been blogging for over two years, she admits to still getting a thrill when she hears someone likes her recipes – “it never stops putting a smile on my face!!”

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