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Comforting Winter Meals

Winter nights call for hearty, warming, homemade meals.  Fortunately, you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen or the grocery store to serve up a plate full of comfort.
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These seven nutrient-packed recipes are easy on the wallet and easy to prepare using just a handful of ingredients, so you can keep your family full and cozy all season long.  

Italian Wedding Soup 
This riff on a cold weather classic is a complete meal in one loaded with protein and vitamins. Warm up with a bowl anytime—chicken sausage, frozen chopped kale, and frozen mixed veggies shortcut prep time to just 10 minutes.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Braised Chicken 
Add some (unbelievably easy) Asian inspiration to your midweek menu. Slow-cooked, shredded teriyaki chicken over Jasmine rice is delicious paired with tender, microwave-steamed baby bok choy. 

Creamed Spinach Gnocchi Bake 
Five ingredients are all it takes to make this comforting spinach gnocchi bake thanks to frozen gnocchi and spinach. Cream cheese and mozzarella make this creamy and melty for a dinner sure to warm the tummies of even the pickiest eaters.

Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Pan Sauce 
Turn up the flavor volume on budget-friendly pork tenderloin with a luscious pan sauce made from cremini mushrooms, white wine, and heavy cream. Just add a side of steam-in-bag green beans or Brussels sprouts for an easy, elegant 30-minute meal that’s special occasion-worthy.

Pasta with Chickpeas 
Pantry staples like canned chickpeas and tomatoes are the key to this quick and easy vegetarian pasta. Hearty shells are the perfect vehicle for a thick, protein-packed sauce accented with green onions and Parmesan.

Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs Over Caramelized Brussels Sprouts 

Peak season Brussels sprouts become tender, sweet, and crispy in this simple sheet pan recipe. Paired with golden-brown roasted chicken thighs with rosemary and lemon, it’s a complete meal that’s as easy to cook as it is to clean up. 

Instant Pot Greek-style Meatballs with Feta 
Craving meatballs? Go Greek! Tender balls of beef with feta and oregano cooked in the Instant Pot are equally delicious with a side of crusty French bread or piled onto sandwich rolls for Mediterranean meatball subs.

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