Cold Weather Meals

by Leigh Good

    When the weather outside is chilly, a hearty, warm meal can do wonders when it comes to warming up your family. Prepare meals packed with protein to give your family members plenty of energy to ward off the winter chills. Focus on making satisfying, hot, meaty dishes for a main course. Offer whole grains and seasonal vegetables on the side to keep your family eating the essential vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy.

    Step 1

    Use your slow-cooker to create a hearty cold-weather stew. Cook beef or chicken all day in broth with added vegetables. Let the mixture simmer throughout the day to create a thick and flavorful stew. Serve the stew alone, over rice or spooned on top of toasted hamburger buns.

    Step 2

    Heat up fondue for a fun and filling dinner on a cold night. Melt Swiss cheese and place the melted cheese on the dinner table. Let your family members dip bread, vegetables and cooked meat right into the cheese, making their own tasty combinations.

    Step 3

    Make pasta for a cold-weather meal that is hearty and comforting. Toss pasta noodles with ground beef and tomato sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Make carbonara by warming cooked pasta in a hot pan with a couple of eggs and some chopped, precooked bacon. Serve up a hearty one-dish meal by layering lasagna noodles and ground meat in a pan. Pour tomato sauce over the top, sprinkle with cheese and bake until bubbly.

    Step 4

    Prepare a homemade fish chowder by simmering any variety of seafood, such as white fish or shrimp, in a mixture of chicken broth and milk. Add some potatoes to give more heft to the meal, and stir in any fresh herbs your family enjoys. Serve the soup with a healthy salad with the family's favorite dressings and a warm, crusty loaf of French bread.

    Tip

    • Focus on serving seasonal vegetables during the winter, such as Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, kale and collard greens, and sweet potatoes, to make sure you get the freshest produce at the best price.

    About the Author

    Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University.

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