The Best Cold Weather Comfort Foods
Sadly, the cold weather has finally decided to show its face and it looks like we’ll have to accept that winter is here to stay. On the bright side, this mean there’s all the more reason to cook up some of our faaavorite comfort meals. There’s nothing quite like devouring deliciously cheesy, heavy food while watching everybody else freeze outside, am I right? We’ve rounded up some of our choice recipes for just the occasion. Check ‘em out, and get cookin’!
Let’s be real--any type of soup is a great comfort food option for cold weather. But the cheesy soups add something extra special (besides the extra calories). The thick creaminess of soups like this Broccoli and Cheese recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything are a sure way to feel extra cozy this season. If you’re looking to add other soups to your winter repertoire, try your hand at butternut squash soup, minestrone, or even the classic chicken noodle (you can always add your own twist!).
Nothing quite leaves you feeling warm and full like a fresh bowl of homemade chili. With so many variations to try, there’s bound to be a dish that makes everyone happy! That said, you really can’t go wrong with a classic chicken chili like this recipe from Averie Cooks. If you want to mix things up a bit, try incorporating some different meats: turkey, meat, or even lamb would be some great options (or quinoa for vegetarians).
Now, let’s get one thing straight: when it comes to European treats like this delicious Polish pierogi recipe from Innocent Delight, you’ve GOT to make it from scratch. The frozen supermarket options will never quite live up to authentic European dishes, so go ahead and dig up that apron of yours--you’ll thank me once you take your first bite! Want to try more global treats this winter? Add paprikah, pelmeni, and latkes to your list to try!
There’s something about lapping up a hot bowl of pho, stir fry, or noodles like this Sriracha shrimp ramen from Baker by Nature that warms me right up. Maybe it’s the spices, the smell, or just the overall slurpiness, but what’s great about Asian soups or noodles is that you can make it as healthy (or unhealthy) as you want! For a more nutritious meal, toss in your favorite veggies and you’re good to go.
One of my favorite comfort foods is the All-American classic grilled cheese. Pair it with tomato soup and you’re instantly on your way to a happier place. What I love about grilled cheeses is all the glorious variations you can try out! Experimenting a little might just lead you to something wonderful, like this sloppy joe grilled cheese from The Recipe Rebel. Play around with different cheeses and meats, and maybe include avocado, mushrooms, herbs, and leafy greens.
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
I mean, any time is a good time for cooking up a meaty dish, but cold weather is perfect for really digging in. Shepherd’s pie, chicken wings, and short ribs are rather delectable options for the wintertime, as well as these smothered Salisbury steak meatballs from Mrs Happy Homemaker. Um, YUM. For all my vegetarians out there, I think you’ll find these vegan tofu meatballs from Healthier Steps quite mouthwatering too.
What other recipes do you have on hand as soon as the temperature drops low enough? Have any specials that are extra comforting? Don’t forget to share with us in the comments!