One of the most challenging things about cooking for yourself and eating well is knowing what to cook. During the wintertime, the opportunity for meats, stewed veggies, and warm, yummy comfort food is top of mind. To help get you through the winter, here are a few easy and delicious—and mainly healthy!—comfort food recipes to turn to. While some of the recipes require more time to prepare, many are quick and easy and are perfect for the busy parent.
One of the easiest and most classic wintertime recipes is a beef stew (or lamb stew). There are dozens of recipe versions out there, so take your time looking through a few if you want. One beef stew recipe that we love is this easy Instant Pot one that features all of the classic stew ingredients like onions, garlic, carrots, and potatoes but can be prepared and cooked in just over an hour. Here’s a slow cooker version of another stew if you have the time or don’t have a pressure cooker.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
For many, nothing sounds tastier on a cold winter day than chicken and dumplings. While this recipe requires a slow cooker and therefore demands some preparation, the recipe itself is very easy and straightforward. In fact, prep time is only 10 minutes! Just be sure to give yourself the full five hours of cook time. Note: while this recipe is delicious, it is made with canned soup and refrigerated biscuit dough, neither of which are the healthiest choices. It’s always best to cook using fresh, non-processed ingredients when possible.
If you want something that’s super delicious, easy to prepare, and fast, Kalua pork is a great option. Chef Michelle Tam of NomNom Paleo has created an Instant Pot Kalua pork recipe that is Whole30-approved and requires a mere 10 minutes of prep time. Served alongside mashed sweet potatoes or the recommended cooked cabbage, this dish is sure to be a hit in your home and is great for serving guests.
Most people eat more meat in the wintertime in keeping with the seasons, as fruits and vegetables that are fresh aren’t in abundance. While ribs notoriously take hours to prepare and perfect, The Castaway Kitchen has a recipe that requires only 15 minutes of prep time. These tasty, flavorful ribs use garlic, apple cider vinegar, ginger, peach, and coffee grounds to bring out bold, savory flavors. Cook time is 3.5 hours.
One of the yummiest and easiest wintertime meals is a rotisserie chicken, which you can pick up prepared and ready to eat from Nick’s of Calvert on your way home from work any day. If you want to prepare your own, this rotisserie-style chicken (that’s actually cooked in an oven) has great reviews and is simple to make, requiring 15 minutes of prep time and under 1.5 hours of cooking time. This is a super easy and healthy chicken recipe that can be served alongside veggies, a salad, or mashed potatoes for a hearty yet healthy meal.
Creamy, savory, and packed with nutrient-rich mushrooms, a great mushroom risotto really hits the spot. This vegetarian recipe is also gluten-free. Loaded with butter, cream, and freshly grated parmesan, you won’t find anyone who doesn’t love this dish. While the ingredients are straightforward, note that this dish does require constant stirring, so make sure you have about a full hour to commit to this meal before you start making it. You can serve this alongside another dish, such as a salad or chicken, but it’s also hearty enough to be eaten alone as the main course without any sides.
Find All of Your Wintertime Recipe Ingredients at Nick’s of Calvert
Whether you’re looking for fresh mushrooms, the prime cuts of meat, spices, or a great wine to sip on while preparing all of your wintertime meals, Nick’s of Calvert has you covered. For years we have been carrying the highest quality meats, produce, and other food products and providing customers with the attentive customer service they deserve. And while we have all of the ingredients that you might need to prepare a yummy wintertime meal, we also sell premade comfort food options for those nights when you just don’t have the time or energy to cook. To learn more about what we carry or to ask a question, feel free to call us at (410) 414-7105. We open at 9:00 a.m. on the weekends and 10:00 a.m. on the weekdays.