Cozy & Comforting 30-Minute Meals
When it's cold, what comes to mind foodwise are cozy, comforting dishes. These 10 meals are designed to warm you up with a little fire and spice!
Spanish Stewed Chicken Thighs
"This dish puts some heat in your belly with smoky chorizo and spicy jalapeno slices," Rachael says.
Tingly Szechuan Pepper Beef Noodles
"I love the spicy bite of Szechuan pepper in this noodle dish. If you can't find the spice in your supermarket or Asian market, order it from Penzeys Spices (penzeys.com)," Rachael says.
Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili
Top this hearty chili with shredded cheese, pickled jalapeno chile peppers and crushed tortilla chips!
Penne with Bacon & Fennel Sauce
Toss pasta, bacon, fennel, onion and seasonings, then top with cheese for a dinner the whole family will love.
"One of my fave hot kickers? Chipotles in adobo sauce. These canned chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos in chile-vinegar paste" Rachael says.
Mole-Topped Sweet Potatoes
"Mole is the dark reddish-brown sauce that is a specialty of Mexican cooking -- a smooth blend of chiles, spices and, often, chocolate. It's so good, I could eat it with a spoon!" Rachael says.
Chicken Thighs with Apples, Onions & White Cheddar Polenta
White cheddar polenta is the perfect saucy side to serve with a big ole chicken thigh.
Curry Turkey Patties
Top this patty with hot giardiniera or pickled peppers, cucumber slices, lettuce leaves, tomato slices and chopped red onion.
Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Ragu
This is one meaty and mushroom-y sauce that'll have you licking the bowl clean!
Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles over Orzo
Orzo tossed with feta cheese is the perfect pair for this flavorful lamb and eggplant dish.
Whip up one of Rachael all-time favorite winter meals for dinner.