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A Week's Worth of Comfort Food Dinners

Cozy meals are winter staples. This menu, packed with comfort food, will get you through the week.

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Photography by: Lennart Weibull

Here are our suggestions for dinner for the next seven days. The weeknight recipes take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, many cook much quicker than that but may require constant stirring. On the weekends we like to try something different; recipes that cook long and slow, projects that get us using new ingredients and techniques, and menus to make entertaining a cinch. Join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.

 

Related: What We Made For Dinner Last Week

 

Monday: Taco Salad with Sweet Potatoes

Sure, you can make a dinner salad in the winter but don't try to replicate a summer favorite. Hold the (out-of-season) tomatoes and have your salad star cold-weather vegetables like the roasted sweet potatoes that anchor this tasty vegetarian take on the taco salad. The only cooking required for dinner tonight is to roast those sweet potatoes.

 

Get the Taco Salad with Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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Photography by: Romulo Yanes

Tuesday: Roasted Kielbasa with Apples and Cabbage

Here's a colorful, hearty one (sheet) pan dinner that requires just 10 minutes of prep. Have a glass of hot apple cider (or pilsner) while the oven does the work.

 

Get the Roasted Kielbasa with Apples and Cabbage Recipe

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Photography by: Sidney Bensimon

Wednesday: BLT Baked Potato

We're channeling Martha today. Well, sort of. She likes her baked potato minimal and for lunch, but the type of potato (always russet!) and the method are the same. For dinner, these are stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon then topped with a buttermilk mayo.

 

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Photography by: Joseph De Leo

Thursday: Broiled Striped Bass with Cauliflower and Capers

Use the broiler for a quick main that doesn't taste rushed. We adore striped bass; sometimes you need to switch it up when it comes to a fish dinner.

 

Get the Broiled Striped Bass with Cauliflower and Capers Recipe

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Photography by: Sharon Radisch

Friday: One-Pan Chicken and Mushrooms with Egg Noodles  

A one-pot chicken dinner with bacon and cream sauce? This recipe truly delivers on the comfort food promise.

 

Get the One-Pan Chicken and Mushrooms with Egg Noodles Recipe

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Photography by: Stephen Kent Johnson

Saturday: Slow-Cooker Ribollita

A healthy, hearty soup, ribollita means "reboiled" in Italian and this Tuscan classic is traditionally is prepared on one day, then reheated and eaten the next. With our slow-cooker version, you get same-day deliciousness, along with loads of healthy greens and a new use for stale bread. It's a truly comforting vegetarian dinner.

 

Get the Slow-Cooker Ribollita Recipe

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Photography by: John Dolan

Sunday: Colcannon Shepherd's Pie

Meat and potatoes, comfort food for many, come together in this hybrid pie. The mashed potato-and-cabbage dish known as colcannon tops a traditional shepherd's pie filling (ground lamb and plenty of peas and carrots!).

 

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