32 Winter Dinner Ideas To Warm You Up On Cold Nights
Okay, so the worst has happened: It's cold outside, AND you're hungrier than ever. You love a good turkey sandwich as much as the next person, but you're craving something more comforting. This is where a warm, cozy dinner comes in. Incorporate some new flavors into your meal rotation by checking out these mouth-watering winter meals. Make them for a crowd, or save the leftovers for a delicious lunch. Allow this guide to be your answer to cozy winter dinnersfor the season.
What should I make for dinner when it's cold?
When it comes to colder temperatures, you’ll want to prepare a warm, hearty meal for dinner. That will warm you up in no time.
What's a good lazy dinner?
Soups, pastas, sandwiches and tacos are all great options when you don’t really feel like cooking dinner.
What should you eat on winter days?
Soups, roasted vegetables, baked potatoes and stews are perfect for a winter meal. Ensuring you still get fruits and vegetables in your winter diet will make you feel invincible!
What should I make for dinner in January?
Make some of the tasty recipes we’ve listed! From chili, pot pie, and mac and cheese, to ramen, chicken, and stir fry, you won’t be left uninspired for any of your January mealtimes.
What not to eat in winter?
Cold dairy products, raw fruits and veggies, and fried foods may leave you feeling yucky this winter. Avoid these groups to combat sickness and feel your best!
This meat-free meal is perfect for a cold winter night. Add quinoa, black beans, bell pepper, onions, and crushed tomatoes for a flavorful base and warm spices and jalapeno for just the right amount of kick. (via Feel Good Foodie)
Let your slow cooker do all the hard work. This This Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping takes only a few minutes to put together and is the perfect meal to enjoy on a chill night. (via A Spicy Perspective)
These easy-to-make mashed potatoes will become your new go-to side dish for the winter. (via A Spicy Perspective)
Cook flank steak in a homemade teriyaki sauce, along with broccoli, onion, and sweet red bell pepper for the perfect winter meal. It only takes about 30 minutes! (via Feel Good Foodie)
Another 30-minute meal, this lemon ricotta pasta is super versatile. Add easy grilled chicken or salmon, red pepper flakes for a little more heat, and/or sundried tomatoes. (via Barley & Sage)
Creamy béchamel sauce makes this tender chicken and pasta dish with crumb topping so tasty and comforting. Make this casserole dish in under an hour or freeze for the week! (via Culinary Hill)
Apple Cider Braised Chicken Thighs
This dish is assembled in just one pot or skillet, so you don't have to worry about the dishes. Pair with mashed potatoes or roasted veggies for a complete dinner! (via Cozy Cravings)
Load up your slow cooker with pasta, cheeses, butter, milk, and spices, and a few hours later, you'll be in comfort-food heaven. (via Brit + Co)
These comforting, “cheesy" bread pockets will warm you right up, along with the spiced curry dip. (via Brit + Co)
Beer-drenched lamb is only improved by a tomatillo-apple salsa. (via Fiestas: Tidbits, Margaritas & More; photo via Isabella Martinez-Funcke)
A quick and easy dinner has never tasted better. Shepherd's Pie piles on all the veggies, potatoes and meat to warm you up. (via Salt & Lavender)
Instant Pot Paleo Beef Stew
Immerse yourself in the deep, warm flavors of this paleo pot roast stew. (via The Endless Meal)
Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie
Pot pie is the gift that keeps on giving. Prep this delicious comfort meal for leftovers you can enjoy all week. (via Cozy Cravings)
This dish looks impressive, but it's seriously simple to make for date night and casual weeknights alike. (via Damn Delicious)
The only thing better than chicken parmesan or baked ziti is not having to decide between the two. This is comfort food at its finest. (via Gimme Some Oven)
These potstickers provide a fun group activity. Gather up your friends and make it a DIY dumpling party. (via Damn Delicious)
It's a delicate balance to make a meatball that's both tender and holds together while cooking, but this recipe does it. Make sure you use extra-soft bread in your meat mixture — it's the secret ingredient! (via Recipe Tin Eats)
Vegan Potato Leek Soup
All you need is 10 ingredients and about 30 minutes to whip up this healthy, easy soup for a winter dinner that's sure to keep you satisfied. (via Two Spoons)
If you're looking for something to soothe that winter cold, this ramen is savory, spicy, and as comforting as a warm blanket. (via Pinch of Yum)
Garlic, sesame, and sriracha team up to make a powerful marinade and a zippy flavor profile. (via Rasa Malaysia)
After cooking lots of holiday fare, stepping back into the kitchen might feel a little daunting. Fortunately, this yummy, easy dinner comes together in about 30 minutes. (via Damn Delicious)
When you're looking for a little feel-good food, this vegan soup really hits the spot. It's comforting, hearty, and completely guilt-free. (via Cookie + Kate)
Make sure you have plenty of fresh naan on hand for this dish. You'll want to soak up every last drop of the creamy tomato sauce. It's that good. (via Averie Cooks)
Roasted veggies are a welcome change of pace when you've been indulging a little too much. This dish is definitely not lacking in the flavor department, and you'll love the garnish of fresh scallions and nuts for an added crunch. (via Show Me The Yummy)
There's nothing like a hearty soup on a cold winter night. A little cream cheese and puréed cannellini beans are the secret to this seriously creamy chili. (via Cooking Classy)
This stir-fry comes together in 20 minutes, and it's insanely tasty. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion, if you have those on hand. It doesn't get better (or easier) than that. (via Damn Delicious)
This meal is firing on all cylinders. It's sweet, savory and creamy — AND it all happens in one pan, so you can get through cleanup faster. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Mix things up with some Mexican fiesta influence. Enchiladas are classic comfort food. (via Gimme Some Oven)
This is the yummiest way to eat greens when you need a healthy boost. This version of the traditional Italian soup is filled with leeks, peas, kale, and zucchini. And then… it's topped off with a flavorful basil pesto. (via Half Baked Harvest)
This classic takeout favorite gets a healthy makeover with brown rice noodles, fresh veggies, and handfuls of fresh herbs. (via Pinch of Yum)
Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
This soup recipe is just a comfort meal in a bowl. You'll get a hearty bite full of curry spices, sweet squash and crunchy kale. (via Two Spoons)
It may be too cold to grill outdoors, but you can still get your fill of sweet-tangy-spicy barbecue with this flatbread pizza. (via Bowl of Delicious)
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