I love seeing what other families have in their Winter favourite meal plans so here are the top 10 family dinners that are perfect for warming up during the winter months when we asked you on Instagram.
- Homemade Chili: A hearty bowl of chili loaded with beans, mince (or meat substitute), tomatoes, and spices is a classic winter warmer. Serve it with rice, wraps or tacos and your choice of toppings like cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions.
- Chicken Pie: Creamy chicken and vegetable filling encased in a flaky pastry crust make for a comforting and filling winter dinner.
- Beef or Chicken Stew: Tender chunks of beef simmered with carrots, potatoes, onions, and herbs in a rich broth is a comforting and nourishing option.
- Lasagna: Layers of pasta, cheese, t0mato sauce, mince (or veggies for a vegetarian version), and plenty of melted cheese are a hit with both kids and adults.
- Vegetable Soup: A warm and nutritious bowl of vegetable soup, made with a variety of fresh or frozen vegetables, can be customized to suit your family’s tastes. We love butternut squash and carrot with a splash of honey in our house.
- Shepherd’s Pie: A layer of seasoned mince (traditionally lamb but beef works too) topped with mashed potatoes, baked until golden brown, is a filling and satisfying meal. Oh and cheese on top of course.
- Baked Pasta: This pasta dish, featuring whichever pasta you prefer, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan, is baked to perfection and great for a crowd. Add some chicken or meatballs to it for a variation.
- Chicken and Dumplings: Tender chicken and fluffy dumplings in a creamy broth is the epitome of comfort food. It’s perfect for a cozy family dinner.
- Spaghetti Carbonara: A simple yet flavorful pasta dish made with eggs, cheese, pancetta or bacon, and black pepper. It’s quick to prepare and always a hit.
- Homemade Pizza: Let each family member create their own personal pizza with their favorite toppings. It’s a fun and interactive way to enjoy dinner together.
Remember to adjust these recipes to your family’s dietary preferences and any food allergies or restrictions they may have. Enjoy these winter warmers as you gather around the table for quality family time during the colder months.