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Summer tends to get all the hype, but I think winter cooking is just as exciting. Winter products are plentiful with options from root vegetables and chicory to citrus fruits and sweet and sour fruits. Plus, the cold weather brings an endless supply of cozy, comforting meals.
These winter recipes (one for each day of the week!) Are just a few of my favorites to cook during the season – maybe some of them will find their way into your dinner rotation as you prepare for the coming week. Speaking of preparation: I keep Albertsons Companies’ free Deals & Delivery app on hand for stress-free shopping. I use it to make a shopping list so I can keep track of what I need and easily find the items I have in my local supermarket. As part of their U ™ membership program, I also get special savings on all kinds of products (from raw materials to prepared foods) along with offers on personal items.
1. Beans & Vegetable Soup
Start the week right with this hearty soup. There are only 10 ingredients, many of which you may already have, and it all comes together in 30 minutes. The joy of this recipe is that you can adjust it to suit your palate – and pantry. The recipe calls for pre-cooked beans, but you can use canned beans in a pinch.
Ingredients to order: olive oil, red onion, garlic, chicken stock, sherry vinegar, chickpeas or lentils, greens (such as kale, spinach, chard, bok choy, napa cabbage, watercress, amaranth or broccoli raab), dried chili, salt, pepper, bread
2. Weeknight Ragu
There is basically nothing I find more comforting than a large bowl of smoking hot stew on a cold winter night. While ragu can evoke images of standing over the stove all day, this recipe is perfect for an evening meal. Thanks to a host of aromatics, it only takes 20 minutes for this dish to get the taste of a long simmering. Serve it over pasta, bread, groats or even squash.
Ingredients to order: vegetable oil, minced meat (such as beef, pork or lamb), salt, pepper, onion, garlic, red wine, canned plum tomatoes, fresh herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, sage or bay leaves), flakes of red pepper
3. Winter Panzanella
Panzanella is traditionally an Italian chopped salad that uses bread as a base (yum). The bread exhales the salad so that the dish is filling enough to eat alone, making it ideal for a weekday evening. These days, there are variations for all seasons – this version is packed with seasonal ingredients like beets, pomegranates and evergreens. I especially love this recipe because it does double work by satisfying my need for a good dose of greens while making a weekday evening feel exciting (thanks, feta!).
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Ingredients to order: bread, olive oil, beetroot, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, garlic, oranges, green leaves (like romaine, escarole or butter salad), arugula, parsley, herbs (like coriander, chives and dill), celery, capers, feta cheese, pomegranate seeds
4. Weeknight Winter Pasta
Towards the end of the week, I usually lose a bit of steam when it comes to finding inspiration in the kitchen. Enter this weekly pasta, which could not be easier to make and which is the perfect dish to cure cold weather blues. The sausage, cauliflower and red onion are fried in a pan while the pasta is cooking, and all that is needed is to mix everything together to get dinner on the table.
Ingredients to order: sweet or spicy Italian sausage, cauliflower, red onion, fennel seeds, olive oil, salt, pepper, fusilli, parmesan, parsley
5. Chicken Tofu Laksa
Do not be intimidated by the slightly longer shopping list – this spicy, sour soup in Southeast Asian style is easier than it looks. Filled with tofu and chicken, it is perfect for evenings where you are in the mood for something satisfying and soul-warming.
Ingredients to order: solid tofu, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, cumin, cloves, crushed turmeric, chiles de árbol, vegetable oil, shallots, chicken thighs or breast, shrimp paste, coconut milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon sticks, lemongrass, chicken broth, chicken broth, rice noodles, rice noodles coriander, limes
6. Risotto in shrimp and groats style
Inspired by the classic southern combo, this recipe replaces grits with a beautiful risotto filled with umami (with permission from mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes and fish stock).
Ingredients to order: shrimp, lemons, thyme, olive oil, red pepper flakes, bacon, garlic, parsley, white wine, onion, plum tomatoes, fish stock, half and half, mushrooms, arborio, Tabasco, scallion
7. White Lasagne
A cheesy, freshly baked tray of lasagna is the ultimate in winter comfort. It’s also the perfect thing to do on a lazy Sunday when you have a few hours to spare. This vegetarian riff replaces the classic ragu with caramelized leeks and chard and puts noodles in layers with extra cheesy bechamel.
Ingredients to order: butter, flour, milk, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, Gruyère, Parmigiano-Reggiano, olive oil, leeks, garlic, flakes of red pepper, chard, uncooked lasagna, mozzarella, basil
What are your favorite cozy winter meals? Tell us in the comments below!
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