Top 10 Winter Comfort Foods

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Comfort food is something that everyone loves, and for good reason! Although this is not a typical New York winter, here are some classic, fan favorite staples of comfort food for you to enjoy while the season is still here. 

  1. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

A toasty, crispy, warm sandwich and some hot and tasty soup to dip it in — what’s not to love? Another benefit of this stellar meal is that it hits quite a few different food groups, so you get your carbs, dairy, protein and veggies all at once! Many people crave this scrumptious meal when it’s chilly outside, therefore you can resort to something yummy to warm you up. It’s certainly a must-have!

  1. Baked Mac and Cheese

This is a food that everyone can definitely agree on. Whether you try and bake it yourself, or a loved one whips it up for you, this meal is nothing but pure, cheesy goodness! The creamy, melty cheese and the crunchy, seasoned bread crumbs work together perfectly to create an awesome fusion. Another commonly loved meal around the cold seasons, this is certainly something to try and create this winter if you’re in the mood for a pick-me-up meal.

  1. Chicken Pot Pie

Whether you are skilled in the kitchen and can create this dish yourself, or if you prefer a pre-made one, chicken pot pie is definitely one of the most deliciously comforting meals to have. It provides all the nourishment of a warm, filling meal, while also fulfilling your need for vegetables and protein. This is also a good dinner to share with someone. You should definitely put this yummy dinner on your grocery list before this winter is over.

  1. Mashed Potatoes

This may be just a side dish, but it provides more than enough comfort within itself! This is a food that will definitely fill you up easily, which is where the comfort comes into play. Another great thing is that you can even add toppings or other additions to it, such as: butter, green onions, cheese, bacon or any other fun toppings to make it even more delectable. Everyone loves a creamy mashed potato dish with fun toppings!

  1. Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is a hearty, classic Italian meal full of different ingredients and flavors. With the twirl of a fork, you’ll have all kinds of tastes, all in one nifty bite. Meatballs are the best when you season them well and stuff them with cheese or any other preferred fillings for that extra oomph. Additionally, the sauce is crucial to the overall meal as well. Whether you decide on a tomato sauce or a meat sauce, you’ve got to have the perfect ratio of pasta and meat!

  1. Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken in general is already a protein that is often loved and craved within a comfort dish — but when you add dumplings into the factor, it becomes even more delectable. The warmth that emanates from this cozy, soup-like dish will have you head-over-heels before you even take a bite! This is a classic in the comfort cookbook. Be sure to try this when you’re looking for something to alleviate the cold of winter.

  1. Rice and Beans

Another type of commonly loved side, this food combination allows for many flavors packed in such a seemingly simple food dish. This is a quick and easy thing to whip up in the kitchen when you’re in need of a little sustenance. Pigeon beans and flavor-packed rice ensures you will have a happy tummy. Another perk of this dish is that you can add anything else you want, or you can leave it alone — either way, it’s going to be good!

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Most people love this common, chocolatey dessert, especially when they are homemade. However, premade cookies or dough can also be just as tasty, especially when warmed up. Chocolate is a must-have when you’re looking for a pick-me-up. You also have the option to add other toppings, or switch out between semi-sweet, dark or milk chocolate chips to your heart’s desire!

  1. Pancakes

This is another fun yet consoling food to pick up this winter, whether for breakfast or any other time of day. What’s fun about these is that you can have them plain, with blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas or any other toppings you love. There are also so many different types of syrups and butters you can choose from to make it even better! A little sugar can go a long way when you’re in need of some fun food to go to.

  1. Meatloaf

This dinner idea is definitely a guilty pleasure. I think it tastes its best when you melt shredded cheddar cheese on top to give it that extra crunchy goodness. It’s also great with ketchup! This is a hearty meal that will warm you up in seconds! You can also have some mixed vegetables on the side if you’re feeling up to it.