I’ve collected my favorite recipes for this chilly season and picked the top five that I’ve been making and enjoying over the last few weeks. Now that we’ve plowed through every last cookie in our house, I’m looking for hearty and filling main course options that are easy to prepare and enjoy throughout the week.
One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes from Smitten Kitchen
This is a mandatory recipe for me to include any time of year. It’s quick, simple, and delicious. Plus, it packs up great for leftovers. I first tried this recipe when my aunt included it in my bridal shower cookbook, now I’ve made it enough times I don’t even need the recipe.
Homemade Italian Meatballs from Josie and Nina
One of my very first pregnancy cravings was a meatball sub (couldn’t explain that one to you). My friend Lori of Josie and Nina published this recipe at the perfect time, and I don’t plan to ever make any other Italian Meatballs again. The flavor is magnificent and it’s easy to make a few weeknight shortcuts like using a premade sauce or making a big batch to save some for later.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
This is my go-to recipe for the busiest days. Throw everything in the slow cooker and let the magic happen. My immersion blender makes this recipe extra simple, and I’ve even made extra batches to have a stash in the freezer, ready at a moment’s notice.
Shredded Chicken Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing from Bon Appetit
This dressing is everything. I have quite literally eaten it with a spoon. This recipe is a favorite at any time of year. My favorite shortcut? Instead of making a homemade aioli, use mayonnaise as the base and add the flavorings. Also, always add some extra bacon.
Sage Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the easiest ingredients to find locally throughout the winter because they can withstand cooler temperatures and are easy to store. This recipe adds tons of flavor from garlic and sage in an irresistible sauce.