Easy and Hearty Comfort Food Family Dinners

From hearty chili to a new take on vegetarian lasagna, your family will request these meals again and again.


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Beef and Bean Chili

beef and bean chili with toppings

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Prep ahead:
Clean cilantro and wrap in a paper towel; drain and rinse kidney beans; chop onion and garlic. 

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Makes 6

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Soy-Glazed Chicken Thighs

chicken thighs and noodles with soy glaze

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Prep ahead:
Slice scallions; cook noodles; make dressing and store separately.

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Makes 4

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Chicken Marsala

chicken marsala and mushrooms

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Cleaning Mushrooms
So...you need to wash mushrooms, right? Or wrong? If they’re packaged pre-sliced button mushrooms or pre-mixed exotics, no—but everything else needs a quick cleaning. Here’s the proper approach for each type.

Exotic mushrooms (oyster, shiitake and enoki):
Wipe the tops with a damp paper towel.

White button and brown cremini (aka baby bella) mushrooms:
Trim stems and rinse in a colander under cool water. Pat dry.

Large stuffing mushrooms and portobellos:
Wipe the top of each cap with a damp paper towel or soft brush. Remove stems if you plan on grilling or stuffing. If not, just cut off any parts with visible soil.

Makes 4

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Shrimp and Sausage Skillet

shrimp skillet with sausage and rice

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Prep ahead the night before:
Chop celery, slice onion and garlic, and core and slice peppers. Combine in a large airtight container (they all cook for the same amount of time). 

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Makes 4

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Spinach-Ricotta Lasagna

spinach lasagna with ricotta

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Prep ahead:
Thaw spinach and combine marinara and diced tomatoes.

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Makes 8