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A fortnight ago it was coronavirus keeping us indoors – now, it’s this biting cold weather! Stay cosy with these homey winter dishes. They’re the ultimate comfort food.

Lamb coconut curry, by Well Nourished

There’s nothing better than a warming curry on a cold winter’s night, and this lamb coconut beauty by Georgia Harding of Well Nourished is one of our all time favourites. Featuring a hint of chilli, lime and – of course – coconut, this winter staple is easy to make and even easier to convince the kids to eat. Perfect!


Southern-style baked macaroni and cheese, by The Hungry Bluebird

When it comes to comfort food, we can’t think of a better dish than macaroni and cheese. Wait – yes we can… baked macaroni and cheese! This recipe takes inspiration from southern USA ‘soul food’ and combines evaporated milk, sour cream and cheddar cheese (our equivalent to the USA’s Velveeta cheese) for the ultimate winter treat.


Creamy roasted pumpkin soup, by Hello Fresh

Is there anything better than a hearty soup with crunchy bread in winter? We think not. Pumpkin is our go-to for its subtle sweetness and creamy texture, which is why we love this recipe by Jacqueline Parisi for Hello Fresh. With thyme, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and and chipotle chilli powder, this pumpkin soup promises a bit of a kick and bucketloads of flavour.


Broccoli and chicken cheesy lasagne, by Kidgredients

Lasagne is a winter favourite among most kids and adults alike, but its many layers and elements mean it isn’t the simplest go-to dish. Luckily, this recipe allows you to have some of the elements – for example, the cooked chicken slices – pre-prepared and ready to go, and also packs veggies like broccoli into a dish that wouldn’t normally include greens.


Beef bourguignon, by The Cookie Rookie

Coming in last – but certainly not least – is this heart beef bourguignon recipe by The Cookie Rookie. With carrots, onions and mushrooms to tick the nutrition box, and cubed bacon and beef to satisfy the carnivores, this recipe has you covered from mid-week meals to weekend get-togethers. Our favourite part? You can serve it drizzled over a steaming heap of mashed potatoes – just in case it wasn’t ‘wintery’ enough before!

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