Cold-Weather Meals to Keep You Warm This Winter

By Brittany Loeffler on December 1, 2019

When the weather gets cold and snow starts to fall, you do everything you can to stay warm inside your home. One of the best ways to stay warm is by making yourself some delicious cold-weather meals. Not only does cooking at home save you money and help you maintain a healthier diet, but turning on the oven you may have left unattended for weeks will help warm up your apartment. From soups to casseroles to the classic comfort food dishes, these cold-weather meals will keep you warm throughout this long, cold winter.

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Baked Mac ’n Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food recipe. It is full of cheesy gooeyness that will warm you up instantly. Not to mention, Mac ’n cheese is one of the most delicious meals you can make! Make sure to go with the homemade baked recipe, though. The cheese is so much thicker and you get so much more of it compared to making it straight from the box.

You find a delicious classic baked recipe here.

Crockpot Chili

There is nothing better than a warm bowl of chili on a cold winter day. There are so many different flavors that can be put in chili. You can make it mild or super spicy to really make sure you’re warmed up. The beauty of making chili is that you can cook it in a crockpot, which means you can throw all of your ingredients in the pot that morning and come home to a fully cooked meal waiting for you to enjoy. To top off this cold-weather meal, whip up a fresh batch of homemade cornbread to eat with it.

You can find a hearty crockpot chili recipe here.


If you’re looking for some spice in your life during the cold weather, throw together a quick pot of jambalaya. This Cajun rice dish is full of hearty meats such as chicken, sausage, and you can even add shrimp. Jambalaya is also super easy to throw together and has a quick clean up afterward. You’ll find yourself wanting to make a large pot of it to keep in the fridge and heat up during the week.

You can find a one-pot recipe here.

Vegetable Soup

To make sure you are getting your daily serving of vegetables, have a bowl of some hearty vegetable soup. It is one of the most iconic cold-weather meals and one of the easiest to make. You can literally find any vegetables your fridge, some vegetable or chicken stock, and tomato paste, throw it in a pot and boil it until it’s cooked. Voila! You have a hearty and delicious vegetable soup to keep you warm on those cold winter nights. Feel free to add rice or pasta noddles to the soup to give it even more substance.

You can find a quick and easy soup recipe here.

Indian Butter Chicken

One of the best things about cooking cold weather meals is that they make your apartment smell so good that it will make your neighbors jealous. This Indian Butter Chicken recipe will definitely make your home smell delicious, especially with the creamy-based tomato sauce. You’re definitely going to want to pick up some naan to wipe your plate clean with this incredible dish. On top of being delicious, you’ll only need one pot to cook it making for incredibly easy cleanup.

You can find an easy, aromatic recipe here.

Stir Fry

Stir fry is one of the easiest, most delicious cold-weather meals to make. It’s full of nutritious vegetables and protein that will be sure to warm you up while also providing rich flavors that you can enjoy. There are so many varieties of stir fry that you can make, so you won’t get tired of eating stir fry throughout the winter months. You can also switch up the type of meat you add or choose to make a vegetarian version.

You can find an easy chicken stir fry recipe here.


For those days that you are feeling lazy and very hungry, you can’t go wrong with a hearty meat and cheese-filled lasagna. While it can be a lot of work to make, the meal itself is completely worth the hard work. Not only will you be eating lasagna until next week, but it tastes better the longer it sits in the fridge because all of the layers really sink into each other.

You can find a classic Italian recipe here.

Cold Weather Meals You Need to Make

Eating at home means saving money, getting some practice with cooking, and eating healthier meals. The best time to stay in and cook for yourself is during the winter with these cold-weather meals. Try some out this winter so you stay full and warm.

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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