Warm up from the inside out with these easy dinner ideas
When you’ve got tiny humans to keep happy and fed through the winter, it doesn’t get much better than comfort food—hearty soups, stews, and pasta dishes, yum! Fight off cabin fever by making one of these satisfying dishes that’ll warm you up from the inside out. Bonus points for most of these comfort food recipes being big portions; you’ll have plenty of leftovers too.
Cream of Tomato Soup
This soup from The Cake Chica is just what your grilled cheese needs! It uses the freshest ingredients and takes two—count ‘em, two steps. And if you have a blender or food processor, it's that much easier! Get the recipe here.
Creamy Winter Squash Soup
Make use of in-season squash to whip up this tasty soup from Veggies Don’t Bite. As an added bonus, it’s super healthy—the thickness comes from pureed walnuts and cashews rather than heavy cream. Click here to grab the recipe.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
If you’re having Thanksgiving cravings, you’ve got to make this delicious chicken and gravy by Sarah Olson. Since it’s made in the slow cooker, it tastes like your favorite Turkey Day food without hours of work. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
This delicious goulash from Slim Shoppin’ can be thrown together in less than half an hour using ingredients you probably already have in the pantry. Little ones will love the hearty pasta mix. To get the recipe, click here.
Revamped Spaghetti Carbonara
Gourmet Dough’s twist on spaghetti carbonara updates the classic dish with pancetta, cream and a splash of white wine (the alcohol burns off, of course!). Comfort food never tasted so good. To find out how it’s made, click here.
Asian Chicken Thighs
We love warming up with a big plate of Asian food, and these chicken thighs from The Midnight Baker totally fit the bill. Pair the soy sauce-coated chicken with a side of veggie fried rice, and you’ve got a meal that’ll please your whole crew. Snag the recipe by clicking here.
Slow Cooker Meatball Subs
This super easy take on meatball subs from Garnish with Lemon is perfect for a busy day. Just pop everything in the crockpot in the morning, then build the cheesy subs when it’s time for dinner. To see the recipe, click here.
Roast Chops with Apples, Spuds and Cider
Pork chops are super yummy when paired with apples, and the whole fam is sure to love this recipe from Kerry Altiero. With the addition of potatoes and kale, you’re set with a one-dish meal that couldn’t be more delicious. To grab the recipe, click here.
Roasted Poblano and Corn Soup
Warm up with a comforting bowl of poblano and corn soup from Veggies Don’t Bite. A great choice for Meatless Monday, it’s delicious topped with a drizzle of garlicky lemon crema. Get the recipe by clicking here.
One-Pot Skillet Ravioli & Spinach Lasagna
Lasagna that’s ready in 20 minutes? Sign us up! This recipe from Aberdeen’s Kitchen uses store-bought ravioli instead of the traditional lasagna noodles. Get all the details by clicking here.
Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo
This fettuccine alfredo from Frou Frou & Frills is sure to be an instant kid favorite. Sneak in some mushrooms and spinach to up the healthy factor. Get the recipe by clicking here.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Saucy pulled pork is one of our go-to comfort foods, and this recipe from Food Network is the ultimate BBQ dish. Your whole crew will love the perfectly tender, tangy pork. Click here to get the recipe.
Crock Pot Mushroom Chicken
This five-ingredient chicken dish from Easy Crock Pot Recipes will make dinnertime a breeze. It’s great served over pasta and rice, and little ones will love the creamy taste. Get the recipe by clicking here.
Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce
For a super comforting dish, you’ve got to try this pork recipe from Chef Mommy. The pan sauce keeps the meat super moist, and paired with potatoes and veggies, you’ve got a healthy meal for the whole family. Click here to see the recipe.
Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken
Cook up some tropical flavors to get you through the holidays with this sweet and sour chicken dish. Soy, honey and ginger are just some of the ingredients that go into creating a meal that keeps its flavor and works great for lunch and dinner. Head to Weelicious for the recipe.
Classic Chicken Stew
There's something about the word "stew" that invokes chilly autumn nights and full tummies. This classic chicken stew recipe will is definitely on the top of the comfort foods list. Get the full recipe here.
Crock Pot Seasoned Chicken with Peppers & Onions
This slow cooker recipe from The Seasoned Mom is sure to find a place in your meal rotation. There are lots of ways to remix it—serve it with pasta or rice, or make it into a cheesy sandwich. Plus, if you’re an Instant Pot fan, it can be put to use with this recipe.
Your littles will love this dairy-free butter chicken from One Lovely Life. The creamy, flavorful sauce, paired with rice or quinoa, is sure to have the whole fam asking for seconds. To snag the recipe, click here.