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Winter is coming, and that means it’s time for bulky sweaters, blanket scarves, long johns, and comfort food. I love summer, but as soon as the weather starts to turn, I’m always more than ready to switch up our go-to recipes and start eating more soups, chilis and stick to your bones classics. Sound like your jam? Well, keep reading. I’ve got a two-week comfort food meal plan that will warm you up and keep you from ordering takeout.

Delicious and budget savvy. Is there anything more comforting than that?!

EASY OVEN FAJITAS

In the summer, we grill fajitas on the BBQ, but you can get the same delicious flavour by roasting everything in the oven. The recipe is simple enough to make during the week, and it’s hands-off while you let the oven do its thing.

SLOW COOKER TURKEY QUINOA CHILI WITH SWEET POTATOES AND BLACK BEANS

I’ll be honest; chili is not my favourite. The bf loves it though. Our compromise is this turkey based version. Swapping out ground beef for turkey makes it lighter, and the addition of quinoa and sweet potatoes give it a unique texture and a hint of sweetness. I like mine topped with avocado, tortilla chips, and cilantro.

ONE PAN CHICKEN WITH LEMON GARLIC POTATOES & BRUSSELS SPROUTS

If you’ve read my prior meal planning posts, then you’ll know how much I love sheet pan dinners. This recipe is no exception. Oven-roasted veggies and chicken are a perfect combo, and who doesn’t like a lemon garlic kick? Plus, minimal cleanup. Yes please!

I prefer chicken breast over thighs and drumsticks, so we usually do a mix of thighs and breast when making this recipe.

THE BEST HOMEMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Fall means cooler weather, but it also means cold and flu season. Be prepared by having a chicken noodle soup recipe in your arsenal. This recipe is from scratch but also includes a shortcut. And cooking the noodles separately means you can freeze portions, so you always have some at the ready.

EASY BALSAMIC GLAZED STEAK TIPS AND MUSHROOMS

Steak and mushrooms are a match made in heaven, but one I usually only get if we splurge on a fancy dinner out. That doesn’t have to be the case with this recipe. It uses steak tips which are much more affordable but still get tasty and delicious by marinating and searing. And that sauce…so good! Definitely serve this up with some mashed potatoes or crusty bread to soak up all that juicy goodness.

SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATLOAF

Meatloaf is a classic. I’m sure we all grew up on mom’s meatloaf, some of us happily and others not so much. This recipe is healthier because of the turkey and veggies and also super convenient because you make it in the slow cooker.

SHEPHERD’S PIE

Another classic comfort food that many of us grew up with. This recipe is a great basic with a sauce made from scratch. There’s no ketchup in this one folks. I’ve also done the sweet potato change-up, and it’s also delicious.

THAI CURRY VEGETABLE SOUP

One part soup, one part curry, all parts delicious. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights because it will be on the table in thirty minutes.  If you live with a meatatarian, then you can easily add chicken or shrimp to pump up the protein. I love Thai food, and this is an easy way to get your fix without having to pay for dinner out.

BEST CLAM CHOWDER RECIPE

The bf loves clam chowder. He takes a can of the Chunky soup clam chowder to work once a week. Gross, I know. He might not be that picky when it comes to clam chowder, but I am. And this recipe gets high marks from both of us.

CREAMY CROCKPOT WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

Remember how I said I wasn’t a big chili fan? Well, I lied, kind of. I’m not a big fan of tomato-based chili, but white chili, that’s an entirely different story. If something has cream cheese in it, then it’s almost always a sure win with this girl. I also recommend making the skillet cornbread that’s linked in the recipe. Match made in heaven.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH BLACK BEAN ENCHILADAS

This is one of my favourite recipes ever. The butternut squash gives them a unique flavour and the enchilada sauce is so rich. The original recipe is vegan, but I like to top mine with a bit of crumbled feta cheese.

SALISBURY STEAK MEATBALLS

You’ll notice a recurring theme of mashed potatoes on this list, and that’s not by accident. Mashed potatoes are my number one comfort food. Using meatballs in this recipe makes it affordable and easy. I’ve used both homemade and frozen meatballs, and both turn out well. And frozen really save time if you’re in a rush.

INSTANT POT BROCCOLI CHEDDAR AND ZUCCHINI SOUP

Broccoli cheddar soup is one of my favourites, but with all the cheese and cream it’s not exactly healthy. The recipe adds zucchini, which helps get the creaminess when you blend it up. And don’t worry, you still get the cheesy factor.

SPLIT PEA, BACON & POTATO SOUP

And one more soup to wrap things up. Usually we only get split pea soup if we roast a ham during the holidays. That’s pretty rare though, since I prefer turkey. This soup subs bacon for ham, making it much easier to make at any time. If you live with someone who complains about soup not filling them up, then feed them this. It is HEARTY.

That’s it, that’s all. Fourteen comfort food recipes to meal plan your way right into winter. I’d love for you to share your favourite recipe in the comments so I can try them out.

The ultimate comfort food meal plan with two full weeks of recipes for when the weather starts to turn cold.

Image Credit: Julian Hochgesang

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