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Winter dinner ideas are hearty, comforting, and warm the soul. With the chill outside, it’s nice to come in to something toasty.

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Best Loved Winter Dinner Ideas

With shorter daylight hours, it can make the evenings feel like there is even less time to get a nutritious hot meal on the table.

My biggest tip is to plan a weekly menu and purchase all the needed ingredients. Even if you need to rearrange the plan you’ll have everything you need for those busy weeknights.

Why we love them:

  • Healthy. Winter meals can still be healthy (to keep you on track) and don’t always need to take up a lot of time.
  • Feeds a crowd. With this round up, I have plenty for you to choose from that will fit you and your family’s needs!
  • Easy! These winter dinner ideas will make meal planning a breeze!
A blue bowl filled with chicken noodle soup.

Favorite Seasonal Produce

Many recipes have ingredients that can be adjusted easily without affecting the end result. Substituting or adding seasonal produce is not only cost-effective, but fresh, and helps the dish take on the “taste” of winter.

  • FRUITS: apples, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, pears
  • VEGGIES: broccoli, beets, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, fennel, garlic, ginger, leek, onions, parsnip, pumpkin, potato, spinach, and turnip
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Proteins

Meats are often served as a stand-alone dish like Pot Roast or within a dish like Mac and Cheese with Ham, Meatball Soup, or Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake.

  • Popular cuts of beef come from eight main areas of the cow- chuck, rib, loin, round, flank steak, short plate, brisket, and shank. These main cuts are then used to create sub-cuts like roasts, steaks, stew meat, and ground beef.
  • Popular poultry includes the breast, wing, thigh, and drumstick. Recipes can also call for boneless and skinless, bone and skin on, the bird whole, or ground chicken.
  • Popular cuts of pork include short ribs, chops, roast, tenderloin, and shoulder. Bacon, sausage, and ham are also great choices of pork.

Meatless protein. Some favorites include tofu, edamame, lentils beans, wild rice, quinoa, oats, nuts, and seeds. Eggs, milk, and cheese are also a source of protein and are often used in winter recipes.

Pot roast and potatoes and carrots in a white bowl.

What to Eat in the Winter

Soup is my favorite winter dish. There’s something that warms the soul on a chilly winter eve. I also like to serve comfort food like a hot and hearty casserole or warm pasta full of protein and vegetables.

I love the crock pot because the aroma fills my home with the promise of the family sitting down together to enjoy a warm delicious weeknight dinner. 

Some other winter cooking methods include:

  • Simmering on the stove top: This method is typically used for soups and stews, but can also include gravies like stroganoff and sauces such as spaghetti sauce.
  • Roasting vegetables or meats. It’s a great alternative to frying because it uses very little oil and creates a nice caramelization. 

Our fav winter dinner recipes

We’ve rounded up several of our coziest dinner options that are perfect for winter! They are best loved by the entire family.

1 Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Main Course Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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5 from 38 votes
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2 Crock Pot Pot Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pot Roast
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

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4.99 from 119 votes
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3 Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 30 votes
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4 Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Beef Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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5 Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Main Course Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 1073 votes
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6 Goulash Recipe

Main Course Goulash Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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4.97 from 593 votes
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7 Best Pork Chop Recipe

Main Course Best Pork Chop Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 593 votes
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8 Chicken Stuffing Casserole Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stuffing Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 569 votes
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9 Fettuccine Alfredo

Main Course Fettuccine Alfredo
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 305 votes

10 Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Main Course Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 19 votes
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Healthy Winter Dinner Recipes

Whether you opt for a bowl of soup or chili, or some meat and veggies, we have some healthy options you are sure to love!

11 Turkey Chili Recipe

Soup Turkey Chili Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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12 Navy Bean Soup Recipe

Main Course Navy Bean Soup Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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13 Steak and Potatoes Recipe

Main Course Steak and Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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14 Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Main Course Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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15 Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Main Course Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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16 Zucchini Boats Recipe

Main Course Zucchini Boats Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.97 from 51 votes
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Minestrone Soup Recipe
This Minestrone Soup is not only delicious and comforting, but it's also really nutritious! It makes a hearty meal or side.
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 10 votes
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17 Baked Chicken Recipe

Main Course Baked Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 33 votes
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18 Italian Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Italian Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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19 Albondigas

Soup Albondigas
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 346 votes
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More Winter Dinner Ideas

For even more tasty savory winter dishes that will warm the belly and soul check out these easy dinner recipes!

20 White Chicken Chili Recipe

Soup White Chicken Chili Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 160 votes
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21 Best Chili Recipe

Soup Best Chili Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 79 votes
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22 Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 81 votes
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23 Swiss Chicken Bake Recipe

Main Course Swiss Chicken Bake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

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4.94 from 443 votes
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24 Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Main Course Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 320 votes
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25 Easy Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Easy Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 203 votes
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26 Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

Main Course Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 18 votes
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27 Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Main Course Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 30 votes
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28 Easy Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Easy Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.88 from 88 votes
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29 Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Homemade Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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30 Baked Ravioli Recipe

Main Course Baked Ravioli Recipe
Total Time: 21 minutes

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5 from 43 votes
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31 Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Main Course Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 23 votes
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32 French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe

Main Course French Onion Chicken Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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4.95 from 146 votes
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33 Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Main Course Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 171 votes
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34 Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Main Course Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 10 votes
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35 Chicken and Dumpling Casserole Recipe

Main Course Chicken and Dumpling Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.84 from 30 votes
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36 Crockpot Ham Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Ham Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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5 from 41 votes
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37 Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

Main Course Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 27 votes
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38 Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Soup Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 97 votes
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39 Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 17 votes
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40 Beef Stew Recipe

Main Course Beef Stew Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 1 vote
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Warm and Cozy Winter Meals

Whether it’s a hearty, easy, or healthy meal you are looking for you’re sure to find the perfect recipes for those cold winter nights!

More Collections: Crock Pot Dinner Ideas, Easy Soup Recipes, Easy Pasta Recipes

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