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Comfort food recipes to make at home this winter

When the cold weather takes hold, it’s time to get cozy and get cooking. This year may require more comforting home-cooked meals than any other year. Here are a few soothing comfort food recipes to make at home this winter. 

Cornbread-Chili Casserole

Come in from the cold and help yourself to a bowl of this Cornbread-Chili Casserole. It’s easy to make, perfectly spiced and sure to warm you up from the inside out. Dinner time does not have to be difficult. This recipe calls for store-bought cornbread muffin mix. It’s cold out, it’s time to cut some corners! Once it’s baked to a golden brown, serve this dish hot and top it with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Plan on 20 minutes of prep time and 75 minutes until it is ready to eat. Serves up to 6 people. 

Vegan French Toast

Just because you’ve eliminated dairy and eggs from your diet doesn’t mean you have to go without one of the most comforting breakfasts imaginable. This Vegan French Toast uses ground Chia seeds as an egg replacer and thickening agent. Chia seeds are also a source of omega-3’s, protein, calcium and fibre. While maple syrup and cinnamon may be a classic french toast topping, there’s no need to limit yourself. What about peanut butter and jam? Or coconut whipped cream and strawberries? How about all of it combined?!

Creamy Vegetable Risotto (vegan)

Warm up with plant-based comfort food that is certain to satisfy your hunger. This Creamy Vegetable Risotto is hearty and healthy. It contains no oil or butter, is loaded with vegetables and calls for vegan parmesan cheese. This simple, 8-ingredient dish can be ready to eat in only 30 minutes. Make it a meal or a super satisfying side. 

Salmon with Root Vegetables

There is something so simple and satisfying about eating this Salmon with Root Vegetables recipe at this time of year. The root vegetables –including sweet potatoes, red potatoes, turnips and carrots– have just been harvested and salmon are swimming upstream. It’s so seasonal that it feels fitting to fill up on it – even if you’re not planning on hibernating through the winter. Salmon is high in protein and a good source of healthy omega fats. It’s easy to make, too. You’ll only need 25 minutes of cooking time before dinner is served. 

Skillet Lasagna

This simple Skillet Lasagna means you can be sitting down to eat exceptional comfort food in only 35 minutes, from start to finish. Start by sauteing the onions with olive oil and garlic, add marinara sauce as the noodles cook in a pot of boiling water. Add butter and parmesan to the sauce before tossing in the cooked noodles. Add in fresh mozzarella and stir until softened. Serve topped with a few dollops of ricotta and basil leaves. Makes 4 to 6 servings. 

Ham & Spinach Casserole

This Ham & Spinach Casserole is pure comfort food gold. A warm and crisp lattice crust, made from refrigerated crescent rolls, blankets the ham and veggies. The creamy sauce will transport you to comfort food heaven. All you need is 25 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes in the oven. Makes 4 servings. 

Chicken Pot Pie

If there’s a more perfect example of home-cooked comfort food than Chicken Pot Pie, we haven’t heard of it! This hearty recipe makes 4 individual pies – making it perfect for a comfort food family dinner. 

Eggplant Parmesan

If you’re looking for a vegetarian meal that’s savoury, satisfying and comforting, you need to take a look at this Eggplant Parmesan recipe. It’s stacked high with warm and gooey, cheesy, eggplant goodness that is sure to satisfy the deepest hunger. 

Buffalo Cauliflower Baked Mac and Cheese

Sometimes only mac and cheese will do. If you’re in the mood for more than what you can get out of a box, it’s time to up your mac and cheese game with this Buffalo Cauliflower Baked Mac and Cheese. This vegetarian version infuses the usually mild-mannered cauliflower with the spicy flavour of buffalo wings. The comfort food quotient is baked right in, along with loads of gooey cheeses. The recipe calls for cheddar, pepper jack and blue, but you can experiment with whatever your favourites are. Dig into dinner!

Classic Beef Stew

When you think of comfort food, chances are you think of Beef Stew. This recipe should certainly make it into your winter menu rotation. The best thing about this recipe is the leftovers! The stew can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Panoramic Properties hopes that these winter comfort foods are the recipe for a warm and cozy winter!

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