30 Warm and Comforting Recipes for Cold Weather

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    Cold Weather Comfort Foods

    Cider Braised Country Style Pork Ribs
    Cider Braised Country Style Pork Ribs. Diana Rattray

    When I think of cold weather, I immediately think hearty chilis and stews, bean dishes, pasta meals, slow braises, and casseroles. 


    Almost all of these recipes are easy on the budget and family-friendly, and most of them are excellent choices for any night of the week.


    Plan ahead and incorporate some of these meals into your weekly dinner list.


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    Beef and Guinness Stew

    Beef and Guinness Stew
    Beef and Guinness Stew. Diana Rattray

     Guinness stout adds body to this hearty beef stew.  Serve it with these cheddar bacon scones or Irish soda bread.


    Beef and Guinness Stew


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    Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

    Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
    Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili. Diana Rattray

     Use chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs in this hearty chicken and pinto bean chili. 


    Hearty Slow Cooker Chicken Chili


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    Creole Jambalaya with Chicken or Ham

    Jambalaya with Chicken
    Creole Jambalaya with Chicken. Diana Rattray

     This versatile Creole jambalaya can be made with chicken, ham, diced leftover pork, or turkey. Add some shrimp near the end of the cooking time, if you like.


    Creole Jambalaya with Chicken or Ham


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    Oven Braised Country Style Pork Ribs with Apple Cider

    Cider Braised Country Style Pork Ribs
    Cider Braised Country Style Pork Ribs. Diana Rattray

     This dish is made with country-style pork ribs on the bone. A variety of chopped aromatic vegetables and apple cider add flavor to the wonderful broth.


    Oven Braised Country Style Pork Ribs with Apple Cider


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    Simple Meatloaf With Optional Topping

    simple everyday meatloaf
    A basic meatloaf with tangy topping. Diana Rattray

     This basic meatloaf is comforting and delicious. Serve it with mashed potatoes and corn or green beans. The ketchup or tangy barbecue sauce topping is optional.


    Simple Meatloaf With Optional Topping


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    Coconut Curry Braised Chicken

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    Coconut curry braised chicken with green beans. Diana Rattray

     These braised whole chicken legs are flavored with a combination of coconut milk and curry powder along with tomatoes and ginger.


    Coconut Curry Braised Chicken


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    Cheeseburger Soup

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    Creamy cheeseburger soup. dirkr/Getty Images

     This rich and delicious cheeseburger soup is made with lean ground beef, potatoes, milk, and cheese. Top it off with some crumbled cooked bacon. Serve the soup with biscuits or crusty bread.


    Cheeseburger Soup


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    Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks

    southern pinto beans with ham hock
    Southern Pinto Beans. Diana Rattray

     These basic Southern pinto beans are cooked to perfection in the slow cooker with ham hocks and seasonings.


    Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks


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    Savory Oven Braised Lamb Shanks

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    Oven braised lamb shanks. Diana Rattray

     These succulent lamb shanks are braised with aromatic vegetables and a tangy red wine sauce.


    Savory Oven Braised Lamb Shanks


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    Cabbage Rolls

    Cabbage Rolls
    Cabbage Rolls. Diana Rattray

     This dish is always a hit! Serve cabbage rolls with mashed potatoes. 


    Freeze your head of cabbage for several hours and the leaves will be ready to stuff - no boiling required!


    Cabbage Rolls with Ground Beef and Rice


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    Fast and Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Meal

    Fast and Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
    Fast and Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast. Diana Rattray

     What could be better on a cold winter's day than coming home to a fully cooked meal? This pot roast was made for long, slow braising, and the slow cooker does the job beautifully. You can prepare the meat and vegetables in the crockery insert the night before and refrigerate overnight. It's the perfect busy day meal.


    Fast and Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Meal


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    Garlic Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

    Garlic Roasted Chicken Legs
    Garlic Roasted Chicken Legs. Diana Rattray

    Whole chicken legs or chicken leg quarters are flavorful and juicy, and they're budget-friendly. The chicken legs are rubbed with a mixture of garlic and seasonings and then they're roasted to perfection. 


    Garlic Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters


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    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Pulled Pork Barbecue Slow Cooker
    Pulled Pork Barbecue Slow Cooker. Diana Rattray

     This is another fantastic slow cooker meal. Pulled pork is always a family favorite, and preparation so easy. Use your favorite barbecue sauce to make sandwiches with the pulled pork. Serve with coleslaw and beans.


    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue, Carolina Style


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    Simple Chili with Ground Beef

    Simple Ground Beef Chili
    Quick, Simple Ground Beef Chili. Diana Rattray

     This is a super easy stovetop chili made with ground beef and canned beans. Use a purchased chili seasoning mix or the homemade mix provided with the recipe.


    Use leftover chili to make these chili biscuit cups!


    Simple Chili with Ground Beef


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    Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Filling Two Ways

    Braised Chicken Taco Filling with Beer
    Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Filling. Diana Rattray

     Make this dish fast or make it slow, and then enjoy a tasty Tex-Mex meal. I used a pressure cooker to make the filling, but the dish can be cooked in the crock pot as well. 


    Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Filling Two Ways


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    Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice With Andouille Sausage

    Red Beans and Rice With Sausage
    Cajun red beans and rice with spicy sausage. Diana Rattray

     These homemade red beans are jazzed up with spicy andouille sausage. This is a traditional Cajun-style beans and rice dish.


    Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice With Andouille Sausage


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    Skillet Pork Chops and Braised Red Cabbage

    Skillet Pork Chops with Braised Red Cabbage
    Pork Chops with Braised Red Cabbage. Diana Rattray

     The spiced red cabbage makes an excellent side dish to go with these skillet pork chops.


    Skillet Pork Chops and Braised Red Cabbage


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    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Chicken tortilla soup with cheese. Diana Rattray

    This warm, inviting soup is loaded with flavor. Use fried corn tortilla strips or tortilla chips as a garnish for this soup.


    Chicken Tortilla Soup


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    Slow Cooker Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder

    Manhattan Style Clam Chowder
    Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder. Diana Rattray

     This tomato-based clam chowder gets extra flavor from the bacon and clam juice. If you prefer a New England clam chowder, try this creamy slow cooker clam chowder.


    Slow Cooker Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder


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    Oven Braised Chicken With Beer and Bacon

    Beer-Braised Chicken With Bacon
    Beer-Braised Chicken With Bacon. Diana Rattray

     Beer, bacon, and a generous amount of sliced onions add amazing flavor to this tender, juicy braised chicken. The onions and bacon complement the beer perfectly to make a rich and savory broth.


    Oven Braised Chicken With Beer and Bacon


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    Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
    Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork. Diana Rattray

    Shredded pulled pork in an hour and a half? Pulled pork normally takes hours to cook, but the pressure cooker shortens the cooking time significantly. 


    Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches


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    Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops Recipe

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    Braised lamb shoulder chops in a Dutch oven. Diana Rattray

     These shoulder chops are braised to succulent perfection with red wine and herbs.


    Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops


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    Baked Ziti Recipe With Ground Beef and Italian Sausage

    Ziti Bake Recipe with Ground Beef and Italian Sausage
    Meaty Ziti Casserole with Cheese Topping. Diana Rattray

    Your family will ask for this meaty ziti bake again and again. It's the perfect dish for a snowy winter evening. Serve it with crusty garlic bread and a simple tossed salad.


    Baked Ziti Recipe With Ground Beef and Italian Sausage


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    Roast Pork Rib Roast With Fingerling Potatoes

    Pork Rib Roast With Fingerling Potatoes
    Pork Rib Roast With Fingerling Potatoes. Diana Rattray

     This is an all-in-one meal that's perfect for a weekend or holiday dinner. Use fingerling potatoes or chunks of red-skinned potatoes.


    Roast Pork Rib Roast With Fingerling Potatoes


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    Roasted Potatoes With Ham

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    Roasted potatoes and ham with onions. Diana Rattray

     This rustic potato and ham dish is an excellent choice for a family dinner. Add a tossed salad or steamed vegetables to make it a meal.


    Roasted Potatoes With Ham


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    Andouille Sausage and Potato Hotpot

    andouille sausage and potato hotpot
    A spicy Cajun-style take on the Lancashire hotpot. Diana Rattray

    This casserole is my take on the British Lancashire hotpot. I used spicy Louisiana Cajun sausage in this version.


    Andouille Sausage and Potato Hotpot


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    Stuffed Peppers With Ground Beef and Rice

    Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef and Rice
    Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef. Diana Rattray

     These classic stuffed peppers are a family favorite. The blanched bell pepper shells are filled with a mixture of ground beef, rice, and tomato sauce. The stuffed peppers are finished with a cheese topping.


    Stuffed Peppers With Ground Beef and Rice


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    Janetta's Vegetarian 15-Bean Soup

    Janetta's 15-Bean Soup
    Janetta's Vegetarian 15-Bean Soup. Diana Rattray

     For those days you want to be meat-free, there's this soup. Use a "many-bean" soup mix and this recipe to make a satisfying lunch or dinner soup. Add crusty bread and you have a perfect meal. Add ham, sausage, chicken, or ground beef if you like.


    Janetta's Vegetarian 15-Bean Soup


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    Slow Cooker Beef and Chicken Stew With Vegetables

    Slow Cooker Beef and Chicken Stew
    Slow Cooker Beef and Chicken Stew. Diana Rattray

    This meaty stew is made with chicken thighs and stewing beef, along with potatoes and carrots. The secret to the great flavor is a few tablespoons of steak sauce.


    Slow Cooker Beef and Chicken Stew With Vegetables


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    Easy Brunswick Stew with Pork and Chicken

    Brunswick Stew with Pork and Chicken
    Easy Brunswick Stew with Pork and Chicken. Diana Rattray

     This Brunswick stew is made with cooked pork shoulder or leftover pulled pork, along with shredded or chopped cooked chicken thighs and vegetables. The meal takes about 1 hour start-to-finish if you cook the chicken and pork in advance. It's great with cornbread.


    Easy Brunswick Stew with Pork and Chicken