Comfort Foods for Cold Nights

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Do cold nights have you longing for all things comfy and cozy? Warm blankets? Fleece pajamas? Fuzzy slippers?

How about comfort foods? Do you want to eat a warm and hearty meal when you get home on a cold night? There’s something about the colder weather that seems to bring on the cravings for dishes that are going to warm you up, and it’s a good thing that there are lots of great recipes that will hit the mark.

  • Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings: If you are a fan of chicken noodle soup, you are going to love its cousin, Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings. There’s lots of flavor from the chicken, carrots, onions, and celery and the homemade dumplings are definitely comforting. If you’ve never made homemade dumplings before – give it a try! It’s not hard at all.
  • Cheesy Sausage and Beef Lasagna: A big slice of lasagna is perfect for a cold night. This recipe uses both sausage and lean hamburger, so the meat lovers in your house are going to go crazy for it. And who doesn’t love all the cheese that a great lasagna has? With ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and mozzarella – this lasagna does not skimp on the cheese either!
  • The Best Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese: What is it about something creamy and gooey on a cold night? It’s just so satisfying! And this homemade macaroni and cheese will have you reaching for a second helping. It’s not low in calories with butter, whole milk, cream, and lots of cheese, but it sure is tasty!
  • Shrimp and Grits: If you have never tried this Southern classic comfort food – you need to! The grits are flavored with heavy cream and cheddar cheese, and you’ll love the bacon and green onion sautéed with your shrimp. There’s a reason you find this dish on so many menus in the South – from diners to fancy restaurants – it’s because it’s delicious! 
  • Chicken Divan: Chicken Divan was created at a French hotel in the 1930s and continues to be popular today. It’s a chicken and broccoli casserole in a creamy sauce that kids and adults will love. This recipe has you using fresh broccoli and making your own sauce – and don’t forget the panko topping! You’ll also appreciate the crispy crumbs – which add some great texture!
  • Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup: All the taste of a baked potato in a soup is what this recipe has to offer. Top it with cheddar cheese, bacon, and scallions to get that fully loaded baked potato flavor! And you can put it in your slow cooker, so it’s ready when you get home from work. 
  • Pierogi Casserole: Pierogies are a staple in Polish households, and these little dumplings are great for a cold night. This casserole is simple to throw together with your favorite frozen pierogies and a few other store-bought items. 
  • Slow Cooker Pot Roast: Pot roast may conjure up memories of Sunday dinner, but this recipe that you prepare in your slow cooker is great for any night of the week. Do all of your preparation before you head out the door in the morning and come home to a tender pot roast, lots of vegetables, and some perfectly flavored pan juices.
  • Italian Meatloaf: Meatloaf is a comfort food, but this recipe takes meatloaf to a new level. It’s almost like eating a giant meatball! Lots of great Italian flavor! Serve it with a slice of garlic bread and a salad, and you have a delicious dinner!
  • Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever!: There’s no need to head to your favorite Mexican restaurant when you can make these chicken enchiladas at home. Be sure to try making your own enchilada sauce. You’ll love the flavor it brings!

What dish will you be making this winter when you need something warm and cozy? A casserole? Lasagna? Mac and cheese? No matter what you make – enjoy! 

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