Winter Dinner Ideas

These winter favorite recipes include all the best soups, salads, entrees, desserts, and more. There are so many choices that everyone will love including those with protein, fruits, nuts, grains, or squash. Some of the best comfort foods are craved and warming when the weather is cold outside.  There is something about baking or cooking in the oven when winter arrives to have a home-cooked meal.  Many seasonal produce favorites are in these winter ideas such as kale, butternut squash, beets, sweet potatoes, broccoli, apples, pears, cranberries, pomegranate seeds, nuts, and more. 

Combine any or some of these winter ingredients for a nutritious, healthy, and delicious meal.  These winter recipes offer it all; vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, protein-packed, or Whole30. They all showcase the best winter has to offer and homecooked cozy meals have never been easier. There are also light winter ideas, try these meals on a budget for some new recipes. 

 

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Winter Drinks, Appetizers & Soup Recipe Ideas

Shared here are some tasty cocktails, snacks, appetizers, small bites, and soups.  The recipes include wonderful ideas for something comforting or seasonal in winter. 

 

Best Pomegranate Moscow Mule
The best pomegranate Moscow mule recipe is easy, pretty, refreshing, and tastes yummy. A perfect combo of vodka, ginger beer, and juices.
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Salted Caramel Espresso Martini
Salted caramel espresso martinis are a perfectly rich, sweet, and creamy vodka cocktail recipe. Like a combination of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and a Kahlua White Russian.
Check out this recipe
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Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade deep-fried sweet potato fries are a quick and easy family favorite recipe. This fantastic method to deep fry & season them makes the best appetizer or side dish.
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Holiday Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread
Holiday appetizer with bright tangy cranberry sauce and a three-cheese spread.
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Keto Cream of Mushroom Soup
This restaurant-quality low-carb keto cream of mushroom soup is easy to make and simply delicious. The creamy texture with sherry creates a rich velvety mushroom soup that is so much better than any Campbell’s condensed version you can buy. 
Check out this recipe
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Instant Pot Cream of Celery Soup
For the best homemade cream of celery soup, make it in the Instant Pot. It is a creamy, rich, and comforting recipe. As a bonus, this cream of celery soup is keto, gluten-free, grain-free, & low-carb.   
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Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet, creamy, and rich butternut squash soup is comfort in a bowl.
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Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

 

Pot Pie Soup
Homemade creamy pot pie soup is an easy recipe that is tasty with any savory protein filling like chicken, turkey, beef, or a vegetarian option.
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Vegetarian Rice Soup
An easy vegetable rice soup that is vegetarian and full of flavor. This recipe uses vegetable broth, fresh vegetables, tomatoes, rice, and seasonings for a hearty vegan soup that everyone will love.
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Winter Side Dish & Salad Recipe Ideas

Winter produce is the star in these sides, vegetables, and salad recipes.  There is so much to love and enjoy when you serve one of these comfort food classics or something new to discover. 

 

Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Creamy macaroni and cheese with caramelized onions are made even more amazing with crispy bacon. The best homemade recipe for elevated mac and cheese that adults and kids will love.
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Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon in a casserole dish

 

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Acorn Squash
This sweet and savory acorn squash recipe is a fabulous side dish. The taste of fall is wonderful in this slow cooker brown sugar acorn squash that is stuffed with apple and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Check out this recipe
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Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes
For a quick and simple way to cook sweet potatoes, this Instant Pot recipe is the best. Cubed sweet potatoes steam perfectly in the pressure cooker in no time for a wonderful healthy side dish.
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Amazing Roasted Green Beans with Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning
These delicious but easy green beans will be a family favorite. The nutty sesame seasoning that includes garlic and onion adds so much flavor.
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Butternut Squash, Apple, and Kale Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
Butternut squash and kale make the perfect Fall salad. The crunchy pecans, crisp apples, sweet raisins, and roasted butternut squash make the most amazing Autumn harvest salad recipe.
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Butternut Squash, Apple, and Kale Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

 

Broccoli Apple Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing (no mayo)
This healthy broccoli salad with carrots, raisins, apples, and cheese is amazing. The creamy greek yogurt dressing is low-fat and made without mayo. It is tangy, crisp, fresh, and sweet in every bite. It holds up great for potlucks and barbecues. It is even great as a leftover, unlike other salads.
 
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Pomegranate Spinach Salad with Pears & Goat Cheese
Beautiful green spinach is dressed with tangy creamy goat cheese, tart crunchy pomegranates, and juicy pears.
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POMEGRANATE SPINACH SALAD WITH PEARS AND GOAT CHEESE

 

Winter Main Course Recipe Ideas

Comfort food in winter is often what we crave for good reason. As the temperatures drop we want to find warmth through food.  This often includes baked, sauces, gravies, cheesy, and hearty dishes.  You will discover all those types of entree recipes here that are perfect to make all fall and winter long. 

 

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
This slow cooker Salisbury steak recipe is easy, tasty, and simply the best. The creamy mushroom gravy is so rich and comforts the soul.  
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken cacciatore is an easy slow cooker recipe that is hearty, tasty, and perfect for a weeknight dinner. This Crockpot cacciatore recipe is so easy and results in a rich tomato sauce packed with vegetables, chicken, and flavor.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

 

Slow Cooker Beef & Bacon Chili
Velvety slow-cooked beef is simmered in spices and finished with crispy bacon for the ultimate keto comfort food.
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Zucchini, Chickpea, and Potato Curry
This vegan Indian curry recipe is full of zucchini (courgette), chickpeas (garbanzo beans), and potatoes. This coconut milk curry is medium spiced and has a rich savory flavor that is velvety and satisfying. 
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Instant Pot Italian Sausage & Peppers
Instant Pot Italian sausage and peppers is a quick & easy recipe. They are great for sandwiches or as is for the best keto, low-carb, or gluten-free meal. This Instant Pot sausage and pepper recipe is done in one pot and is complete in just 20-minutes. 
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Instant Pot Short Ribs with Gravy
Comforting short ribs braised until tender in the Instant Pot and then smothered in rich red wine gravy. An easy weeknight dinner with lots of protein, low-carb, and so delicious.
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Instant Pot Short Ribs with Gravy

 

Pasta al Forno (Baked Pasta)
Pasta al Forno is a baked pasta casserole everyone will love. This easy recipe for baked rigatoni has tomato sauce, cheese, and more for a great dinner.
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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti
Chicken spaghetti in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy recipe. This one-pot chicken and pasta recipe is comforting and delicious.  
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LOW CARB KETO LASAGNA WITH CREPINI
Lasagna that is as authentic as nonnie would make but only 4 net carbs each serving!
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Best Keto Chicken Enchiladas
The best chicken enchilada recipe is a low-carb and keto dream thanks to the Crepini egg thins. Stuffed with chicken, cheese, and sour cream to satisfy everyone.  
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Beautifully baked keto chicken enchiladas with Crepini egg thins

 

Winter Baked Goods & Dessert Recipe Ideas

When the cool weather arrives, it is a great time of year to get that oven going. For that time of year when you want to smell fresh-baked bread or cookies, try one of these recipes.  All of them are just the thing to warm up your chilly day. 

 

Ciabatta Bread
Homemade rustic Italian bread has a crispy crust and a tender chewy inside.
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Easy Homemade Soft Dinner Rolls
The best soft homemade dinner rolls baked using yeast are easy to make. These rolls are delicious and enjoyed best when warm straight out of the oven.
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Freshly baked easy homemade soft dinner rolls

 

Caramelized Apple Hand Pies
Delicious homemade caramelized apple hand pies are easy to make. These fried apple pies are flaky, sweet, and have the perfect hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Brown Sugar Caramel Apple Pie
Gooey rich caramel and sweet brown sugar crumbles elevate apple pie to a new level.
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Brown Sugar Caramel Apple Pie

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies without Brown Sugar
Chocolate chip cookies are easy to make without brown sugar. Using white sugar only in this recipe makes a wonderful cookie that is slightly crisp but soft and chewy even without the brown sugar.
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Nutter Butter & Jelly Cookie Bars
Nutter Butter bars are an amazing cookie for any peanut butter and jelly lover. This easy recipe is the ultimate PB&J cookie bar with a Nutter Butter base, a sweet strawberry preserves layer, and a crumbled topping.
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Gluten-Free Scoopable Cheesecake (no crust)
The perfect gluten-free cheesecake that is easy to bake and does not require a springform pan.
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Gluten-Free Scoopable Cheesecake (no crust)

 

 

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Winter Dinner Ideas

Angela
These winter favorite recipes include all the best soups, salads, entrees, desserts, and more. These winter recipes offer it all; vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, protein-packed, or Whole30. They all showcase the best winter has to offer and homecooked cozy meals have never been easier. 
Prep Time 0 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Soup
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

TRY ANY OF THE RECIPES TO HAVE A GREAT WINTER SUPPER

  • Salisbury Steak
  • Chicken Cacciatore
  • Keto Lasagna
  • Apple Pie
  • Short Ribs & Gravy
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Mushroom Soup
  • Acorn Squash
  • Pomegranate Mule

Instructions
 

  • Make one or more of these recipes.
  • Enjoy
Keyword Autumn, baked, comfort food, cozy, dinner, entree, fall, homemade, keto, paleo, side dishes, sides, Spring, vegetarian, pasta, healthy, sunday supper, warm, winter

 

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