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Often, when I don’t feel like cooking, I’ll make a dinner salad, a plate of scrambled eggs and toast, or a quick beans-and-greens sauté and call it a night. But come winter I crave dinners that are way more cozy and comforting than that. When I’m looking for something to warm me from the inside out — something that is just as saucy, cheesy, and hearty as they come — and I don’t want to make a big fuss over dinner, I turn to these winter dinner ideas. They’re quick and easy to get on the table, and keep the prep work to a minimum. From dump dinners to simple sheet pan solutions, these 40 recipes answer the call.
Healthy Winter Dinner Ideas
Take your pick between using your Dutch oven, casserole dish, slow cooker, or sheet pan. These wholesome winter dinners are equal parts easy and comforting.
Family-Friendly Winter Meals
This line up of cozy dinner ideas makes enough to feed the whole table and will be adored by big and little eaters alike.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Posole
Cook up a giant batch of posole in your slow cooker, and after an all-day simmer you’re in for a dinner packed with warm spices, rich flavors, and meaty shredded chicken. Go to Recipe
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Slow Cooker Shredded Balsamic Beef
The beauty of this super-savory shredded beef is its versatility. Pile it onto a roll with extra sauce from the slow cooker and maybe some cheese, similar to a French dip. Or spoon it over egg noodles or cauliflower rice, or turn it into a rice bowl with some leftover veggies.Go to Recipe
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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Slow cooker baked ziti is just like the traditional casserole with tender noodles swimming in marinara & mixed with a double dose of gooey, melted cheese.Go to Recipe
Vegetarian Winter Dinner Ideas
From soup to chili to pasta to pot pie, you’ll want to bookmark every single one of these super comforting recipes.
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5-Ingredient No-Boil Baked Ziti
Meet the absolute easiest baked ziti you will ever make. Stir together dried pasta, marinara sauce, and lots of cheese in a baking dish, cover it tightly, and let it do its thing in the oven. Go to Recipe
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Loaded Black Bean Nachos
This hearty and wholesome take on nachos leans on smashed black beans, tangy Greek yogurt, and guac to make it satisfying enough for dinner time.Go to Recipe