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7 Perfect Post-Holiday Comfort Food Recipes

You’ve pulled off a festive holiday feast, the tree, the decorations, the presents, and beyond. Now comes the coziest week of the year, when Santa’s helper deserves a menu that’s easy like Christmas vacation. Slip on your jammies (or stay in them all day), plug in that slow cooker or Instant Pot, and tuck into these seven comforting winter recipes with minimal prep and cleanup that practically cook themselves.
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Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

In the comfort food hall of fame, one dish reigns supreme: belly-warming baked ziti. Our fast-tracked, five-ingredient version cooks to gooey perfection in the crockpot with just 10 minutes of easy prep.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Enjoy a favorite Indian restaurant meal at home without the cost and calories of takeout. Creamy coconut milk replaces heavy cream in this lighter take on chicken tikka masala full of rich, authentic flavor and the added nutrients of frozen spinach. 

Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo

This twist on creamy linguine alfredo is full of lean protein from the sea. Peeled and deveined shrimp go directly from the freezer to the Instant Pot for a luscious, lightning-fast pasta with garlic and the pop of fresh lemon. 

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

A stick-to-your-ribs meat and potatoes dinner has never been easier than this zippy pot roast from Mississippi. A combo of whole pepperoncini and the brine gives serious kick to fall-apart beef roast served over mashed potatoes (with plenty of leftovers for sandwiches).

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

This endlessly adaptable Mexican-style chicken works in burritos, tacos, salads, or alone as a one-bowl meal. Chicken breasts become fall-apart tender and ultra-moist braised in the crockpot with cumin-spiced salsa, while black beans and saucy rice cook together effortlessly in the microwave.

Instant Pot Greek-style Meatballs with Feta

A warm and inviting meal from the Greek isles has never been easier than these boldly flavored meatballs from the Instant Pot. Crumbles of tangy feta add authentic flavor to balls of seasoned beef with garlic cooked in savory tomato sauce.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Braised Chicken

Lighten up after a month of rich holiday meals and desserts with this 5-ingredient lean protein powerhouse. Shreddy, fork-tender chicken breast from the slow cooker pairs perfectly with a no-fuss side of microwave-steamed bok choy and fluffy jasmine rice.

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