4 Comfort Dishes to Make This Winter

Winter can feel like the longest, most intolerable season of all. For many people, it is the season they dread the most, and even thinking about those cold days and nights sends a shiver down your spine. But rather than suffer through the winter season, why not look for little ways to make it more cheerful, warm and enjoyable? That’s exactly what food can do for you, as it can uplift your spirits, make you feel satisfied, and transform the winter season into something you enjoy. Comfort dishes in particular.

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Here’s a look at four comfort dishes you can make this winter to chase away the cold-weather blues.

Soups and Stews – Hearty and Tasty

Is there anything that brings more warmth and satisfaction on a cold crisp winter day than a hearty soup or stew? These are fabulous meals that allow you to make use of simple ingredients you often have on hand. And for those on a budget, they can also be very cost-efficient dishes to make, especially since they make a large quantity at once. To ensure the soup or stew is hearty and filling, be sure to add protein such as meat or beans. Also, when you thicken up the broth, it gets much heartier and becomes a standalone meal.

Homemade Bread – Fill Your Home with Glorious Smells

What goes great with all those soups and stews you plan on making this winter? Homemade bread of course. Bread is perfect as a side item or for dunking in your stew and sopping up all that tasty goodness. Long gone are the days when you had to slave over making your loaf of bread yourself, thanks to the bread machines. These small appliances do all the work for you. Simply add the ingredients in the order listed, turn on the machine and that’s it. You’ll come back to fresh-tasting bread in no time. You can check out cooksboutique.com for more information on these devices.

Pasta Dishes with Substance

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Pasta is a go-to dish for many people and, frankly, it works any time of the year. When making pasta dishes for winter, think about how you can add more substance and flavour to them. Some of the ways you can do this are to add protein such as meat or seafood (shrimp, scallop and so forth), grilled vegetables, lentils, kidney beans and plenty of fresh herbs and spices. Top the pasta with a great sauce and you’ll have a meal worthy of any home chef.

Piping Hot Desserts that Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

You simply cannot think about winter meals without also mentioning dessert. Now is the perfect time to make all those warm desserts that require a bit more work and love. This will make them all the more enjoyable.

Some great recipes to try include:

Warm gingerbread cookies

Sticky toffee pudding

Salted caramel and apple pudding

Sponge pudding

Rum raisin pudding

Fruit cobbler

So, instead of dreading the winter weather, think of the great meals you’ll be able to enjoy that will chase away the winter chill.

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