For many parts of the country, winter seemed to arrive a little late this year. Whether you rejoiced over the delay or wished for cooler temps, now that it’s here, it’s time to start embracing the comfort of favorite winter dishes.
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Winter suppers are the epitome of comfort food. Casseroles, soups and crockpot meals are all great options because they’re easy to make, reheat well and can be made ahead of time and frozen until you’re ready to pop them in the oven.
Here are our favorite ways to warm up with winter dishes:
- Use frozen vegetables. In most areas, there aren’t a ton of vegetables in season during the winter months. Frozen vegetables are a great way to add nutrients to your recipes.
- Double the recipe. Many recipes for soups, casseroles etc can easily be doubled. You can eat some now and freeze some for later.
- Use the crockpot. Dinner can cook low and slow all day and be ready and waiting when you get home.
- Customize! Use casserole and soup recipes as a guide. Most can easily be adjusted to fit your taste preferences. Sub in your favorite vegetables, type of pasta, etc to put your own spin on it.
- Repurpose your leftovers. Adding leftover meats to a casserole or soup is a great way to turn them into a completely new meal without a lot of effort.
- Get inspired by others. One of our favorite weekly recipe inspirations is the #SundaySupper movement, which focuses on getting families back to the dinner table. The bloggers who participate each week share family friendly recipe ideas that will help refresh and renew your commitment toward comforting meals at home.
Ready to find some new winter recipes to add to your collection? Try these:
These Cheddar Cream Biscuits are perfect alongside your favorite stew or soups – use leftover biscuits for breakfast sandwiches the next morning.
Pump up your traditional mac and cheese with some extra veggies. This Quick Stovetop Mac n Cheese is the perfect side dish for some baked chicken or fish.
Use your favorite veggies and beans in this Chili.
Try this easy twist on enchiladas by making them in a bowl!
These Chicken Enchiladas are sure to be a family favorite! Feel free to add some extra veggies!
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.