Comforting soups. Hearty pastas. Satisfying sandwiches. Quick casseroles. Skip the takeout and whip up one of these winter weeknight dishes that goes from kitchen to table in 30 minutes or less.
Quick Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies
When you’re craving pot pie and don’t have the time to make a more traditional version, Rachael Ray’s stove-top recipe is ready in 30 minutes. Use shredded rotisserie chicken, frozen veggies and top each bowl with a golden, flaky piece of puff pastry.
Pegan “Tuna” Salad Sandwich
This paleo-meets-vegan take on the diner classic uses a flavour-packed “tuna” salad made with nuts and seeds, dairy-free cheese and mayo, and your choice of paleo or keto bread. It’s an ooey, gooey, satisfying sandwich that gets bonus points for creativity.
Get the recipe for Pegan “Tuna” Salad Sandwich
20-Minute Crispy Pierogies with Broccoli and Sausage
This kid-friendly take on an Italian classic combines broccoli and sausage with pan-fried cheese pierogies in a skillet meal that will become a regular star in your winter rotation.
30-Minute Cod with Lemony Braised Fennel
Simple yet elegant, this dish is ready in just 30 minutes. Cod is served on a bed of braised fennel and finished with freshly squeezed lemon juice and briny, sliced olives.
Chicken and Dumplings
Using chicken breast tenders, store-bought chicken stock, and biscuit mix, you can have chicken and dumplings on the table in 30 minutes. It’s a warm, comforting meal, and the weeknight leftovers are great for lunch the next day.
Portuguese Chourico and Kale Soup
Rachael makes this hearty soup with chickpeas, Portuguese chourico, diced potatoes and kale for a healthy meal in 30 minutes. Serve it along with warm, crusty bread to soak up every bit of the delicious broth.
Healthy Chicken-and-Cheese-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
If you’re not in the mood for eggs, this quick protein-packed dinner will satisfy your tastebuds and your tummy. Stuff a sweet potato with shredded chicken breast, Cheddar, salsa verde and avocado for a healthy meal that tastes oh-so indulgent.
Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic
Ree Drummond makes these T-bone pork chops in a skillet with lots of garlic, red wine and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Ready in just 20 minutes, serve them with lemon-scented green beans for a mouthwatering weeknight meal.
30-Minute Shepherd's Pie
With this recipe, you can have a shepherd’s pie on the table in 30 minutes. Everything is cooked on the stovetop, and once it’s assembled, it’s placed under the broiler for a few minutes until the top is golden.
Sure, you could make a grilled cheese for dinner, but try this elevated French sandwich instead, made with grated Gruyere and Parmesan, Dijon and slices of baked ham.
It’s time to bring back an oft-overlooked comfort classic: Beef Stroganoff. Made with strips of sirloin, cremini mushrooms, sour cream and egg noodles, it’s a delicious meal that the entire family will love.
20-Minute Chicken Noodle Soup
When you’re short on time but really want a bowl of comforting chicken soup, this recipe is ready in 20 minutes. The secret is to use top-quality store-bought chicken broth for the best flavour, and shredded rotisserie chicken if you don’t have any leftover chicken on hand.
5-Ingredient Instant Pot® Mac and Cheese
While the Instant Pot makes dinner prep easier all year round, it really shines in the colder months when your family is craving a rich and creamy mac and cheese. With only five ingredients, cleanup is a snap and you’ll have dinner on the table in 25 minutes.
Deviled Chicken Francese
The devil’s in the details, and in the case of this spicy chicken dish, it’s ingredients like Calabrian chili paste, Dijon mustard, and Pecorino Romano cheese. Serve it with charred bread so you don’t miss a drop of that zesty sauce.
Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs
Believe it or not, you can have pasta and meatballs for dinner in just 30 minutes. Make your mini chicken meatballs and sauce while your pasta is boiling, and toss with Parmesan once it’s all ready.
Super Sloppy Joes
Nothing is better than saucy ground beef piled high on a crusty roll, served with a side of oven fries or potato salad. Sloppy joes for dinner will satisfy the kids and the kid at heart.
Spicy Arrabiata Penne
Penne in a red chile-spiced tomato sauce is just what you need to warm up on those chilly winter days. Ready in a snap, you’ll want to top it with lots of freshly grated Parmigiano.