21 comfort foods to get you through the rest of winter

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21 Comfort Foods to Get You Through the Rest of Winter
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21 comfort foods to get you through the rest of winter

1.) Meatballs with Red-Wine Tomato Sauce

This recipe is a favorite of Rach's mom and hubby -- and for good reason. The meatballs alone are filled with a one-two-three punch of beef, pork and proscuitto, mixed in with with flavors like ricotta, parsley, grated cheese and EVOO. Roll them into the sauce, and you'll be saying "Bellisimo" in no time.

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2.) Sweet Pepper Riggies

What better way to beat the cold than by making a spicy pasta? This recipe smells as good as it tastes, and is packed with so much love and comfort, you'll totally forget it's absolutely freezing outside.

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3.) Mac 'n Cheese with Leeks and Ham

Nothing says comfort food like a classic mac 'n cheese, and Rach takes this one to the next level of happy goodness by adding a meat-and-vegetable combo that is equal parts delicious and, well, delicious.

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4.) Nutty Turkey Meatloaf with Cracked Cranberry and Orange Sauce

Who says you can only enjoy turkey and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving?! The cranberry dressing is especially comforting, as it has the brightness of the citrus flavor; the tanginess of the cranberry; and it's a little less sweet because we cut way back on the sugar recommended on the package. Yum!

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5.) Turkey Croque Monsieurs or Madames with Cranberry-Rosemary Relish

Take a trip to France by making this hearty, comforting twist on a French classic. Rach also adds a dash of Italy by adding in some Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and it's pretty much the best thing, ever.

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6.) Curtis Stone's Baked Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

Sure, you could bake any ol' potato. Or, you could try this upgrade from our good buddy, chef Curtis Stone, who adds ingredients like pancetta, mascarpone and Parmesan cheese to make a baked potato dish worthy of a 5-star restaurant. Seriously, this is the one time you'll be wishing winter lasted a little longer.

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7.) Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Chicken Thighs

This recipe is so good, so hearty, you'll be wondering why you avoided eating brussels sprouts as a kid. The butternut squash gives this recipe an extra seasonal flavor; and the chicken, well, that's your home run right there.

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8.) Curtis Stone’s Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli and Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

Since it's hit well below zero degrees in a lot of places, odds are, your kids have spent a lot of time indoors this week. So, why not keep 'em happy with this family-friendly dish? Not only is it delicious, it's a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables.

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9.) Chef Ludo's Hot Chocolate Galettes 

A hot chocolate dessert on a cold winter's day. Seriously, this is good. (If you stopped reading our list to go make these, we totally, totally understand.

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10.) Dana’s Favorite Savory Chicken Scaloppine

Since it's so cold outside, it's pretty hard to get motivated to get out and exercise. At the very least, keep things healthy by making this savory chicken from our good pal Dr. Ian? It's another crowd-favorite dish your entire family is sure to love.

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11.) French Onion Croque Madame

Another great French dish is this French Onion Croque Madame, which you can serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or brunch, if we're talking weekends). Rach and her hubby, John, especially love to make this on a cold, rainy day. It's perfect for cuddling up in front of the television.

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12.) Zesty Green Bean Stew

The key to having healthy, fulfilling cooking is adding lots of flavor, and this one has all of that and then some. Lots of fresh thyme, garlic, onion, celery -- need we go on?

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13.) Wintertime Italian Wedding Soup

This recipe -- which is basically chicken noodle soup with little baby meatballs -- is a real crowd-pleaser around wintertime. In fact, it's so good, by the time you're done, you'll be ready to pop the question (the question being, "Can I have seconds?", that is).

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14.) Buffalo Turkey Chili-Stuffed Baked Potato Skins

These oven-baked, twice baked potato skins are, believe it or not, a pretty healthy wintertime dish. You can even serve them as an entree, as they're filled with a boatload of hearty, good protein.

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15.) Roasted Pork Chops with Green Beans and Potatoes

This is the type of meal that people often approach Rach at the grocery store about, because it's every bit as time-saving as it is delicious to eat. One-pan pork chops -- who could ask for anything more?

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16.) Potato Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Escarole

This recipe, which is a pasta-free lasagna, really proves how much fun you can have in the kitchen with potatoes. Here, we layer potatoes with butternut squash and escarole for a comforting, mouth-wateringly-good taste you'll be raving about for weeks (okay, maybe months).

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17.) Ryan Scott's Brownie in a Mug

A brownie ... in a coffee mug!? It's hard to think of a better foodie way to spend time indoors this winter, especially if you have a sweet tooth. It's also a great way to keep your kids active -- not to mention totally and utterly happy.

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18.) Trisha Yearwood's Cheese Boat

Throwing a party this winter? Why not go the extra mile by making this incredibly delicious -- not to mention time-saving -- cheese boat? Your guests will eat it up in the amount of time it took you to make it (hint: mere minutes), then spend the rest of the party asking how they can make it themselves.

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19.) Katie Lee's Pumpkin Monkey Bread

Anyone who grew up on Monkey Bread will love this fake-out. Chop up your store-bought biscuit bread like you normally do. But instead of cinnamon, add in some pupmkin pie spice. Then, mix some pumpkin purée and brown sugar into your melted butter mixture and you've got your kids' next favorite wintertime tradition.

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20.) One-Pot Chicken Alfredo

This one-pot supper will keep both you and your entire family happy all winter long. They'll love the great taste; you'll love the easy clean-up.

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21.) Roasted Vegetable and Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese and Caramelized Onion Croutons

Did you really think we could end a comfort foods listicle without grilled cheese and tomato soup?! This classic dish gets a legitimate upgrade thanks to Rach, who adds roasted vegetables and probably the best carmelized onion croutines you'll ever had. Go ahead and dig in!

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