We’ve reached February—I feel like it’s the mid-point of winter if you live in a frozen terrain, like I do in Southwestern, Ontario. However, there is still a ways to go when it comes to ice, snow, sleet, slush, and a fair share of gloomy days. However, that doesn’t mean your mood has to match the weather forecast.

Here are eight warming dishes to help you find new-found inspiration for cooking…even though it’s February…I know, ugh!

1. Persian Lamb Tagine

It’s typical to feel a bit under the weather during winter. And if you’ve been lucky enough to catch a case, or two, of the flu, you might feel more like burying your head in bed until April. However, the fragrant spices from this exotic Persian lamb tagine—filled with cumin, cinnamon spice…and everything nice (by that I mean sweet dates and apricots) will whisk your senses away to the “beau plage” of your dreams. Serve atop fluffy couscous and bon appetit!


Source: BBC Good Food

2.Udon Noodle Soup with Vegetables

I know, if I have to make another bean stew this month, I will just throw in the towel. It’s easy to get stuck in a cooking rut during the winter when the days are cold and gray, and the fresh produce supply is at a minimum. The good news is that you’ll already have most of the ingredients needed to make this comforting udon noodle soup with vegetable in your pantry. And trust me; it always does that trick to banish a cold and the winter blues.


Source: Bon Appetit

3. Beef, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Pie

Shepherd’s pie is a staple in our home during the winter months. However, after a pie a week, the table can become a bit bored with the same old ground beef and mashed potatoes. Thankfully, this recipe from the land down under offers a unique take on an age-old classic comfort food. The puff pastry base is baked golden and filled with a savory beef, browned mushroom and zucchini, and caramelized onion filling to perk up your mid-winter meals.

beef pie

Source: Taste.com.au

4. Chicken Casserole with Cheese Scones

This hearty chicken casserole is about to become famous in your household. Your table will be reverent when you serve up piping hot, savory bowls of this boneless chicken casserole—made with a juicy combination of garlic, leeks, spicy chorizo sausage, cute-as-a-button mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. Let the fluffy cheese scones sop up the lovely broth base. They’re ideal for dipping too!


Source: UKTV

5. Skillet Gnocchi

After a busy day battling traffic to and from work, one doesn’t feel like coming home to dirty a ton of dishes to make dinner. That’s why I’m thankful for convenient one-skillet meals, like this creamy single skillet gnocchi with chard and white beans. You’ll ensure your loved ones get a daily does of dark leafy greens, plus vitamin-C-rich diced tomatoes, fibrous white beans, and gooey mozzarella cheese.


Source: Eating Well

6. Spaghetti-With-Quick-Turkey-Chili

Even weeknight meals can be delectable—if you prepare them ahead of time. The crock pot (or slow cooker) is ideal for make-ahead dishes that can be re-purposed all week long as leftovers and lunches. Take this quick turkey chili—made with zesty tomato paste, spicy chili powder, chili powder, chicken broth, pinto beans, and ketchup, and served over spaghetti (or rice or quinoa).


Source: Food Network

7. Cowboy Hotpot

Take off those cowboy books and rest up those tired little doggies (your feet) for the evening. While you warm your toes, warm your belly with a cowboy-inspired campfire classic recipe that’s straight out of the Wild West. This one-casserole pan, comfort food recipe features savory Cumberland-style sausages, crisped potatoes, and baked beans. Mop it all up good with buttery biscuits or toast.


Source: Red Online

8. Heart-Warming Chicken Soup

The weather outside might be downright frightful, but you can find comfort in a heart-warming bowl of this classic chicken soup. This rustic, flavorful version will banish the cold or flu, ease a lonely night, erase an icy day, add light to the grayness, and nourish your body and soul.


Source: My Recipes


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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