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4 Recipes to Keep You Warm This Winter

It’s cold. I realize that this, depending on where you live, is extremely obvious but really – it is cold. So cold that multiple sweaters do not just seem like a good option but an absolute must, ventures outside are kept to a minimum and the most attractive way to spend your time is on your couch with lots of blankets and some comfort food. Said comfort food would be even better if it was homemade, hearty, and can help to cozy you up a bit. I’ve collected 4 of my very favorite recipes to make during the winter months to share today. All four are very easy, have ingredients that are readily available and most importantly are very delicious. Hope you enjoy!

Vegetarian Lentil Chili by Two Peas & Their Pod

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This is a healthier, meatless, but still satisfying chili option if you either do not eat meat at all or do not feel like eating meat at the moment. If you’re new to lentils (like myself) and maybe a little scared of them (also like myself) this is the perfect recipe to start. It’s very easy to put together, makes your home smell so delicious, and is very filling. I’m not a vegetarian myself and this chili really filled me, so I can speak to how warming it really is. Add a bag or two of spinach to make it even tastier and help get your veggies in for the day!

Perfect Pancakes by The Pioneer Woman

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This might be a bit out of the ordinary for a Winter Recipe round up but what is more warming and comforting than delicious little cakes, preferably with maple syrup and lots of butter? Not much. These are perfect for a weekend breakfast or one of those breakfast-for-dinner nights, which is actually my personal favorite way to eat them. Boxed pancakes are easy and taste great in their own right but these pancakes are no harder to put together and are a completely different pancake experience. They’re fluffy, light, and downright amazing.

Skinny Chicken Taco Chili by SkinnyTaste

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Of the four recipes on this list, this is my favorite. Do not be wary of the word “skinny” in the title – this chili tastes nothing of the sort – while being healthy for you. It’s somewhat spicy, contains ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, and it very addicting. It is an absolute staple for me in the winter but truth be told, I make it year round. This essentially is a taco in a bowl, and if you’re missing the tortilla, there’s nothing wrong with having some chips on the side of your chili. The best part about this is that you throw a bunch of ingredients into your slow cooker, set it, and 6-8 hours later you have dinner ready for you. Using chicken instead of the traditional ground beef lightens this up somewhat but still keeps it filling, and you can count on the extra kick of spice from the seasonings warming you up!

Tuscan White Bean Soup by The Pioneer Woman

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Now, I couldn’t make a recipe round up post without the quintessential Winter dinner: soup! This is not any ‘ole soup, though, this is tomato-y, bean-y, kale-y comfort in a bowl with lots of flavor. Despite it’s popularity, soup gets a bit of a bad rep. I mean – how many times have you uttered the phrase, “All I’m craving right now is SOUP” ? Probably close to never. But if there is a soup to change your mind, it’s this one.  There’s nothing boring or one note about this bean soup, so you don’t have to worry about craving something in addition to your soup.  It also comes together really quickly, making it the perfect weeknight meal. Ree includes shrimp in the original recipe but when I make this, I leave it out. I’m sure it’s delicious with shrimp but that little animal is very expensive, and the soup does not miss it.

There you go–four delicious Winter recipes that are sure to warm you up!  We are suppose to get a good amount of snow where I live tomorrow so I’ll have to make one of these recipes myself to stay warm.  If you have any of your own, please share them in the comments!

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