Cozy Meals You'll Want to Make All Winter

Plus they are quick enough to make even during the busy holiday season.  


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Pasta with Butternut Squash and Kale

Pasta with Butternut Squash and Kale on blue plate

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Make-aheads, shortcuts and swaps
Skip the spiralizing and go for packaged butternut squash noodles. If you don’t want to chop the kale, swap in a box of baby kale.

Makes 5

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Instant Pot Shepherd’s Pie

Instant Pot Shepherd’s Pie in baking dish on wooden board

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Spin it
If your family likes our Instant Pot Shepherd’s Pie, try it again with tweaks: Swap in ground turkey or lamb, switch to mashed sweet potatoes or stir in other frozen veggies.

Make-aheads, shortcuts and swaps
Prep beef up to 2 days ahead; reheat and continue recipe. Use individual ramekins if you want to store completed servings.

Makes 6

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chorizo in stove pot with ladle

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Soup storage
Both the soup and the cooked sausage will keep up to 5 days in the fridge. Store them separately and just heat servings as needed. This recipe makes a big batch. Let soup cool, then freeze a portion for up to 6 months.

Makes 8

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Tuna with Roasted Niçoise Vegetables

Tuna with Roasted Niçoise Vegetables on plate with fork

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Make-aheads, shortcuts and swaps
Swap in Yukon gold or red-skinned potatoes you’ve cut into 11/2-inch pieces. 

Makes 4

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Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with Polenta

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with Polenta on plate and pan

Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Make-aheads, shortcuts and swaps
Opt for boneless, skinless breasts, and adjust total roasting time to 18 to 20 min. Mix it up with sun-dried-tomato pesto.

Makes 4