When temperatures begin to dip below (or even remotely near) freezing, there’s nothing I love more than settling in with a hot cup of coffee and preparing rich, healthy foods I know my husband and I will enjoy.
In our area, seasonable fall weather only lasts a maximum of two to three weeks before tumbling into wintry territory. With highs in the upper-30s to mid-40s in mid-November, I couldn’t help but break out some of my favorite cold-weather recipes a month or so early.
If you’re interested in learning more or just want to add some new recipes to your own collection, keep reading below!
Crock-Pot Chicken & Dumplings
If you’re anything like me, you love comfort food that’s easy to make, especially during the winter months (you know, because functioning when the sun starts setting at 4 PM is hard). That’s exactly why I love this crock-pot chicken & dumplings recipe by Spend with Pennies. With minimal prep time involved and a short, customizable list of ingredients, this delicious meal is beyond easy to put together.
Pro tip: I like subbing the can of cream of chicken soup for a second can of cream of celery, adding corn, and using fresh carrots!
One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of traditional pot roasts (that is, unless I’m really craving it). So, I’m constantly looking for ways of creating similar meals that yield enough leftovers to get my husband and me through part, if not most, of the workweek. When I stumbled upon this roasted chicken and veggies recipe, I knew I’d found a new staple.
Because I like to put my own spin on nearly every recipe I make, I typically make this dish in a one-pan style, using a roasting pan with two cups of chicken broth, a halved quantity of onion, and a variety of purple, red, and yellow potatoes. Additionally, I tend to forego adding the spinach to this dish, as it holds truer to the traditional pot roast vibe.
Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash Sauce
This simple, straightforward recipe is actually one of my own design. All you’ll need is your favorite kind of ravioli (I’m partial to the Priano Four-Cheese Ravioli from Aldi, but any variety or brand will do), some butternut squash soup (we love the Imagine Organic version, which comes in a black carton), and a handful of spices.
From there, simply boil the ravioli per the instructions provided (or make your own if you’re feeling adventurous), heat the soup in a saucepan, and combine.
Personally, I liked topping my serving with some fresh pepper and a light dusting of garlic powder, while my husband enjoyed it with just pepper. Season to your liking and enjoy!
Finally, the last dish on my list is minestrone soup. Although nothing quite beats a homemade soup, my husband and I have been erring on the side of convenience, what with our due date being just around the corner. So, we’ve been particularly big fans of Bear Creek’s Minestrone Soup Mix, as it still features healthier ingredients, lower sodium content, and serves as a solid base if we decide to get more creative.
Personally, we love adding halved baby potatoes and even meatballs when we make this mix, but there’s room for even more flexibility if you’d like it!
Hopefully, this post helped you find a few new recipes and/or products to add to your list of wintertime favorites. Have a dish of your own to share? Feel free to drop it in the comments below!