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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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5 Perfect Winter Dinners

It probably sounds weird, but I think there are summer dinners and winter dinners. Not that you would never have a summer dinner in winter or a winter dinner in summer, but some foods definitely taste better if the weather is right for them.

That's why soup is really good when it's cold and hot-dogs on the grill are really good when it's warm. Unless I'm just overthinking it. I mean it doesn't matter that much, it's just fun to categorize food by season. And it tastes better that way.

So here's 5 dinners perfect for when it's a little (or a lot) chilly. They're super comforting, fill the house with amazing smells and just warm your whole body inside and out. 

1. Laura in the Kitchen's Red Chicken Enchiladas.
She makes them with a lot of sauce (that's warm and bubbly when it comes out of the oven), plus it's a little spicy too, so even the inside of your mouth will get warmed up!

2. Gimme Some Oven's Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops.
They smell amazing when they're cooking, and go great with any type of rice.

3. Everyday Reading's Baked Meatballs in Tomato Cream Sauce.

4. Stromboli & Tomato Soup.

I just take a Pillsbury dough roll and wrap ham, turkey, cheese and pepperoni or salami if we have it, and bake it at 400 for about 30 minutes. Then I brush the top with garlic butter and sprinkle it with oregano. (Lessons from my Bloomingdale Pizza days.) The tomato soup is just canned, and sprinkled with Italian seasoning. Although sometimes we resort to homemade tomato soup because of mom's (Trim Healthy Mama) diet. But it's actually really good (if you go way lighter on the seasonings).

5. Laura in the Kitchen's Biscuit-Topped Chicken & Root Vegetable Casserole.

This recipe can only be found in her new cookbook, but here's a similar chicken and dumplings recipe of hers that's probably almost the same. If you haven't noticed, she's one of my very favorite cooks ever. I love her personality that comes out in her Youtube demos, and her recipes are awesome and made with really simple ingredients.

My goal is to cook more in 2016. I did pretty good in 2015 and I don't think I'll have a problem, but right now it's harder for me to make time, and whenever we don't cook, my family is perfectly fine with having smoothies for dinner (no matter the season), or skipping it altogether and just snacking. We do that a lot. But I think it's way nicer to have structured meals. Especially when they're catered to the weather like these.

Do you agree? Any other suggestions for perfect winter meals?

1 comment :

  1. i will make the next saturday the number 2. "Gimme Some Oven's Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops."



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