We missed out on the recent “Polar Vortex” here in San Antonio. I'm not gonna lie – I was hoping for at least a little bit of snow. The best we got was sightings of a little bit of sleet here and there throughout the city…we didn't see any of that out in here in the burbs. Even though we didn't get snow, it was quite a bit colder than what's typical for us. A day where the high doesn't reach 40 is positively glacial for us, and yes, if you live up north, I know you're laughing at us. No matter what cold is to you, we all want something warm and comforting when the temperature outside dips, which is why I've put together this list of meals to make when it's cold outside. I hope you enjoy these cold weather meals.
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Meals to make when it's cold outside
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This is a hearty, vegetarian dish that's great on a cold day. Nothing says “cold weather meals” like a bowl of hot soup.
As much as I'd like to take credit for this one, this recipe is all my husband. It makes a very generous amount of chili.
Macaroni and cheese is good any time of the year but especially in cold weather.
I love a warm breakfast on cold days and this loaded oatmeal gives you the fuel you need if you have to brave the cold weather outside.
5. Tuna Melt
A tuna melt is just good any old time, right? There's just something about comfort foods when it's cold outside for me. Plus, it's simple and you probably have most of the ingredients.
This is my go-to sports night dish. My kids play flag football in the fall, just when it is starting to get cold here (okay, so…Texas cold but cold to us) and this is their favorite after practice meal. Fine with me because it's crazy easy and like a lot of these recipes, uses common ingredients you probably have in your pantry. If you're looking for cold weather meals, this one is perfect.
This soup is inspired by my visit to the Homestead Cafe, just outside of Waco, Texas. They generously shared the recipe and it's one of our favorites. Go here to learn more about my visit to Waco.
This might sound like a weird combo but it just works. One of my kids is really picky and he loves it.
We make this all year 'round but something about soup and cold weather, right?
I make these in a slow cooker – I haven't tried them in the Instant Pot yet but that would be an easy adaptation. This is a good way to enjoy some flavor without adding a lot of heat. This makes a great taco night choice.
11. Spicy Meatloaf
There's nothing like the cold weather to make you want that comfort food, and meatloaf means comfort food to me. If you like some heat, you'll enjoy my twist on the traditional.
This is one from the wayback machine and I every time it pops up, I wonder why I don't make it more often. It's always on the table at Thanksgiving and most Christmases but you can definitely enjoy this every day. It's warm and creamy and indulgent – perfect for cold days.
This is the only dessert I included on this list…if you want something sweet and don't feel like braving the outdoors to go to the store, odds are, you'll have the three ingredients you need to make this cake on hand. Try it with a mug of steaming hot tea or spiced apple cider.
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I hope you enjoy this list of meals to make when its cold outside and that you find some new favorites. I think these are all perfect cold weather meals but you can enjoy them year 'round.
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