Keep Cozy This Winter with These Decadent Recipes

Posted: January 18, 2022 12:52 pm

Wintertime is all about hearty and warm meals that will satisfy your hunger and feed your soul. Winter and the holiday season go hand in hand, so you can include some of your favorite comfort foods at your family table during celebrations as well. These winter recipes are packed with flavor and nutrition, and you may want to indulge in them even after the season is over.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

When you’ve been braving the winter cold all day, few things are better than coming home to a delicious stew. This slow cooker meal is easy to assemble and features hearty chunks of beef, onions, carrots, and peas in an herb-infused broth and makes all the ingredients tender and delicious. You can enjoy this tasty stew with your favorite artisan bread to make this cold-weather dish even tastier.

Sausage Manicotti

Your family will rush to the table once they smell the aroma of this easy and elegant Italian dish. Manicotti stuffed with flavorful Italian sausage and topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella will soon become a family favorite and a go-to dinner recipe you rely on.

Balsamic-Seasoned Steak


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Seasoning steak with balsamic vinegar brings out the flavor of the meat and adds a slightly bitter yet pronounced flavor. Side dishes like peas and mashed potatoes are a healthy addition to this enticing steak dinner. Top the steak with Swiss cheese for a delicious finishing touch.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

If you remember the easy-to-make pasta dishes you may have enjoyed as a kid, you can make a healthier version at home. Pasta that tastes like a bacon cheeseburger is a hit with kids, but you enjoy this tasty noodle dish as well.

Bucatini with Sausage and Kale

This fancy meal is simple to prepare, and it’s perfect for an in-home date night. Kale and sausage are the ultimate savory flavor combination and the pasta makes the dish even more decadent. Top the meal with fresh Parmesan and save some leftovers so you can enjoy it for lunch the next day.

Chicken Rice Skillet

Combining chicken and rice with a variety of vegetables makes a complete dinner that will satisfy your craving for a hearty winter feast. You can prepare this dinner in minutes, and include veggies like golden cherry tomatoes and green beans to make sure your loved ones are getting the vitamins and minerals they need.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

You can enjoy the goodness of Asian takeout by preparing this tasty chicken meal at home. This dinner only takes minutes to make and you’ll be getting a serving of vegetables as well. Serve the chicken and broccoli on a bed of fluffy rice to make the meal even more satisfying.

Chicken and Wild Rice Bake

If your family loves chicken and rice, this baked winter meal is sure to hit to spot. You can use a combination of long-grain, brown, and black rice to add more fiber to this dish, and the seasoned chicken provides protein and B vitamins that will fill you up. This dish is also ideal if you have a large family to feed.

Potato Soup

This potato chowder is a satisfying dinner that features lots of veggies and creamy potatoes. This cold-weather dinner will fill your belly, warm your soul, and is chock-full of vitamins and minerals. You can top the soup with fresh herbs to add a little more character to the dish.

Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken

Prepare your entire dinner on one sheet pan with this delicious winter recipe. Season the chicken with fresh lemon and garlic, and add small potatoes to the pan for a comforting meal. This dinner is high-protein but is low in carbs, so you can enjoy comfort food without the guilt.

Pressure Cooker Saucy Italian Chicken

This healthy winter meal is the perfect hearty dinner after a long day. The pressure cooker and Italian spices make the chicken especially tender, and you can serve the chicken with your favorite veggies or on a bed of pasta.

Turkey Biscuit Stew

If you’re craving pot pie but don’t have the time (or patience) to make the crust for this comfort food classic, try turkey biscuit stew. Top the hearty stew, filled with peas, carrots, and roasted turkey, with canned biscuits for a golden brown crust that will make you want to dig in.

Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken Sausage

Gnocchi is delightful little dumplings that can be eaten as pasta or in place of rice. Adding chicken sausage and spinach makes the dish more filling, and gives you a serving of protein and vitamin C that will make this winter meal tasty and nutritious.

Bavarian Apple Sausage Hash

This winter recipe is great for dinner and breakfast. Veggies, sausage, and potatoes make this hash hearty and tasty, and you may not even need a side dish! Of course, you can add a fried egg for more protein, along with fresh herbs to enhance the flavor.

Ravioli Lasagna

If you can’t decide whether you want lasagna or ravioli for dinner tonight, combine these two Italian dishes for a delicious winter meal. You can use store-bought ravioli for this easy four-ingredient casserole. Your family will likely ask for this fun and filling dinner again.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Craving a hearty, warm soup for dinner? Try this split pea soup recipe that you can make in the slow cooker. This high-iron meal is a delicious meat-free option the entire family will love. Enjoy the soup with your favorite gourmet bread to make this dinner even more filling.

Bavarian Meatball Hoagies

Having sandwiches for dinner is always fun, and these hoagies are so delicious they’ve won awards. The open-face sandwiches are topped with cheese, and you can enjoy these toasted savory treats with a radish salad for more vitamins and minerals.

Potato and Pepper Sausage Bake

Sausage and potatoes are a winning pair, and you can add pepper for even more savory flavor. You can place all these ingredients on a sheet pan to make sure your entire meal is ready at the same time. If you prefer a spicier dinner, you can use hot Italian sausage or sprinkle some red pepper flakes on the sausage and side dishes.

Mini Meatloaf Sheet Pan Meal

Meatloaf is one of the tastiest comfort foods, and you can make your meatloaf and all the side dishes you want on one sheet pan. Mini meatloaves ensure that everyone in your family has their own serving, and you can add diced potatoes and asparagus to the pan for a nutritious meal that you can prepare in minutes.

Quick Chicken Piccata

This flavorful chicken dish will make you feel like you’re dining at a fine Italian restaurant. The chicken is flavored with lemon and simmered in a white wine sauce, and you can serve it with egg noodles for a complete meal.

Skillet Lasagna

This recipe is great if you’re craving lasagna but don’t want to make the baked (and more time-consuming) version. This winter dinner is packed with tomato and herb flavor along with tender noodles to make the dish complete. You can even make a meat-free version of this entree if there are vegetarians in your family.

Thai Red Curry Chicken and Vegetables

If you’re a fan of Thai food, you can make this tasty curry dish at home without having to get takeout. Making this homemade entrée allows you to control the sodium in the dish, and the spicy curry gravy is a wonderful way to enjoy a combination of chicken and veggies on a bed of rice.

Spaghetti Squash and Sausage

This squash and sausage meal is a delicious and nutritious alternative to spaghetti and meatballs. Spaghetti squash adds a slightly sweet flavor to the dish and sausage gives this meal more protein and a distinctly savory taste.

Blue Cheese-Crusted Sirloin Steak

A steak dinner is one of the best ways to warm up on a cold winter’s day. This steak features a crust made from flavorful blue cheese and you can add sautéed onions for more savory flavor. Side dishes like mashed sweet potatoes and seasoned asparagus will make this steak dinner a winter favorite, but you can enjoy it any time of year.


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