my 5 go-to recipes to get me through the winter

my 5 go-to recipes to get me through the winter

I love to meal plan, and I often find myself struggling to figure out what to eat for dinner when it’s 90º + outside. But when it’s cold and a little gross, I have enough winter recipes to keep a lot of variety on our table.

Of course, I have a few winter recipes that are my go-tos for dinner. I’ve rounded up five of my favorite winter recipes here.

Some things to know:

  • I’m almost always cooking for two.
  • I’m picky about certain vegetables, so sometimes I leave entire ingredients out.
  • I like things hot and always add extra garlic.
  • We almost exclusively eat chicken and turkey in this household, and we’re picky about our chicken cuts, too. So, you might prefer a different protein or cut than we would.
  • We eat a lot of carbs for dinner, but I very rarely eat carbs for breakfast or lunch.

5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I call this soup my cold killer. Why? Because I add 4-5 minced cloves of garlic, or two heaping tablespoons of pre-minced garlic. Heh.

I recommend adding extra cheese and a little bit less milk, if you’d like it to be a little thicker consistency. Evaporated milk is sold in 12.5 oz cans in my grocery store, so I just use one of those and a little extra cheese.

One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Honestly, you could probably use any vegetables you wanted with this; we follow the recipe pretty true to it, except we skip the broccoli. Neither of us care for it.

(I just realized while reading over the recipe for this blog post that I forgot to add bell peppers to this when I made it last night! It did taste different!)

You could also use whatever seasoning you wanted, if Italian seasoning and/or paprika aren’t your jam.

Pro tip: If you can find them, get fresh chicken tenders instead of breasts. They’re easier to cut into small, bite-sized pieces and make a big difference in this recipe.

5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili

This is in the crockpot as I type!

I love this easy, cheap white chicken chili. We don’t eat a lot of ground beef and I don’t like just beans, so this is perfect. It’s definitely thinner than a traditional sturdy chili, if you care about that.

We top ours with cheese and sour cream, and it is divine.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

This one is so easy, the recipe is in an Instagram caption.

I made this chicken for the first time last week and OH. MY. GOSH. It’s delicious, and so comforting! If you’re doing keto, this is also keto-friendly. I am not, but as I said above, I aim to eat less carbs during the day so I don’t get tired during the workday. I serve this delicious chicken with brown rice for dinner or by itself for a protein and healthy fat-packed lunch.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Pesto Chicken Pasta

This is easily the least healthy thing I cook for dinner. But oh, how I love it. This is total comfort food, and it’s so easy. Plus, if it’s cold out, this will warm you right up.

I’ve used a few different types of pasta when I’m out of rotini, but I don’t really recommend any pasta but rotini. It works perfectly for this buttery pesto sauce.