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10 Cozy Recipes to Keep You Warm All Winter 

There is nothing better than a warm, delicious meal at the end of a long winter day. Frustration, exhaustion, and the day-to-day worries of life all melt away when you’re eating a well-cooked meal, leaving you relaxed and recharged for the rest of the evening.  

Thinking of a great idea after you’re hungry can be difficult, so here are ten cozy recipes to keep you and your family warm this winter:  

1) Chicken Pot Pie 

Chicken pot pie is a cozy winter meal that combines many different nutrients into one delicious dish. Traditional chicken pot pie includes potatoes, peas, and carrots, but you can mix up the vegetables and seasonings for variety and to cater to your family’s tastes. This dish is also excellent with turkey instead of chicken, making it perfect for post-holiday meals.  

2) Meat and Bean Chili 

This meal is another traditional winter comfort food. Its ingredients are perfect for helping your body get through the winter – beans are a great source of fiber and protein, and the spices in this dish get your blood moving and help keep you warm. Enjoy this meal with cornbread, and top with your choice of yogurt, sour cream, avocado, or crackers.    

3) Beef Stew 

Beef stew is one of the most mouth-watering winter dishes imaginable. It combines the comfort of warm broth with solid nutrition and can be served on its own or with a side of bread. Searing your beef as a first step will increase the flavor of your stew. Play around with the vegetables you include, and don’t be afraid to try adding new root vegetables to see how they affect the overall flavor.  

4) One-Bake Chicken and Bacon 

One-bake meals are fast, nutritious, and only require you to wash one dish. What could be more perfect for satisfying winter cravings? This dish combines the savory flavors of chicken and bacon with peas, parmesan, and a hint of lemon. You can change the veggies and spices to taste. Serve this dinner with bread and butter or a side of steamed broccoli.  

5) Ramen with Teriyaki Chicken 

Although grocery store ramen is memorable for many people, it’s not the healthiest meal around. Take this comfort meal to the next level with healthy spices and a teriyaki sauce that’s both sweet and tangy. Bean sprouts and cooked eggs round out this dish and make it look beautiful when plated. This delicious meal is dairy and gluten-free, so it’s perfect for family members with dietary restrictions. 

6) Corn Chowder 

This winter dish is both sweet and filling and goes perfectly with a side of warm bread or crackers sprinkled over the top of each bowl. Once again, healthy vegetables and warming spices are the backbone for this meal. You can have this chowder recipe ready in 30 minutes, so it’s the perfect meal for a busy weeknight or a laid-back weekend. Your kids will be clamoring for more! 

7) Creamy Tuscan Salmon 

If you love eating fish, then this is the meal for you. Serving salmon is also a great way to introduce your children to fish for dinner – salmon has a milder flavor than many types of fish, and it blends nicely with the spiced sauce in this meal. Serve this salmon with bread and a side of vegetables, such as cooked sweet potatoes or asparagus.  

8) Chili Mac and Cheese 

This meal combines two favorites to create a dish that’s unimaginably good – that is, until you’ve eaten it. Its mix of soft and crunchy textures makes chewing a delight, and chili spices add warmth and flavor to the traditional cheesy taste of mac and cheese. This meal is freezer-friendly, but it’s questionable whether you’ll have enough cheesy goodness left after your meal to save any for later! 

9) Black-Eyed Pea Stew  

Black-eyed pea stew combines pork and black-eyed peas in a rich broth that will sustain and comfort you through the coldest days of winter. This dish is named after the black spot on its star legume, which is actually a bean and not a pea at all. Dried beans last a long time in the pantry and pack a high nutritional punch for a very lost cost at the grocery store. This dish takes a while to make but will fill your house with an enticing smell as it simmers on the stove.  

10) Gooey Chocolate Brownies 

This recipe roundup wouldn’t be complete without including a dessert. Although many different desserts are winter-worthy, warm brownies are unparalleled for late-night snacks and cozy movie nights. These brownies are a delicious peanut-butter-and-chocolate take on the original, and the recipe offers options for whatever kind of sugar you prefer to bake with. Enjoy! 

Warm for the Winter 

Food is a wonderful way to celebrate the winter season with your whole family. Soups, stew, and other wintery dishes will satisfy your cravings and help your kids shore up against the cold and stay cozy until summer warmth comes around again.  

Start with the recipes on this list, or use them as inspiration to dream up a delicious meal of your own. Whatever you do, don’t forget to follow up with a warm dessert.  

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