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67 kid-friendly meals for cold weather (Winter Family Meal Ideas!)

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It can be difficult to cook when you have children at home, but today we are sharing a variety of kid-friendly meal ideas and recipes that are quick, easy, and delicious, and perfect for cold winter weather.

It’s time to break out the winter clothes, pull out the snow boots and bundle up with your family for some delicious cold-weather comfort food. From soups to casseroles to taco pockets we’ve got you covered for at least a portion of the winter!

One of the best parts about the winter season is all of the cozy time spent with family. It’s that time of year, where we bundle up during the day and cozy down with our kids to watch family-friendly movies and eat some delicious meals together at night. Getting to spend quality time together during these cold winter months is a perk of the season, but it can also be… trying to say the least. Especially when you’re a parent with kids at home.

Winter means less outside time and more inside time for your kiddos, which often involves lots of chaos, noise, and added mess to clean up. On top of the extra work, you also have to contend with icky runny noses and sore throats.

That’s why it’s important to find ways to keep everyone happy and entertained! One way that you can do this is by cooking up some delicious kid-friendly meals that will take the cold out and bring the warmth in with your kids. (Come spring you’ll be handing off dinner duty after they’ve developed pro-level chef skills cooking with you all winter!)

While we already have a post that has over 45 recipes perfect for cold winter weather, we wanted to expand on it and do one that focuses on kid-friendly meals. Why? Because we know it can be difficult to get your children to eat at times, but with these deliciously quick, and easy family dinner recipes, that were handpicked just for families with kids we know that even the pickiest eaters will struggle to say no at dinner time. Are you still not convinced? Look through this list and choose one to try. We are sure your children will beg for seconds! The best part is that these kid-friendly cold-weather recipes are also simple and quick to make; some dishes take only 10 to 15 minutes to prepare! We have classic favorites as well as new, kid-friendly pasta and casseroles.

With 67 winter family dinner ideas to choose from you’re bound to find something, your child will love!

What is the best winter food for kids?

There is a long list of kid-friendly recipes for this cold weather but some of the favorite ones are:
1. Soups and Casseroles
2. Oven friendly meals such as pasta and lasagnas
3. Meals that include some delicious vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower, and broccoli

67 Kid-Friendly Meals For Cold Weather (Winter Family Meal Ideas!)

Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe

1. Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe

Pizza, pasta, and kids? What could go better? This Pizza Pasta Casserole Recipe is an easy way to get your kids to eat and enjoy their meals. It’s also warming and filling, making it perfect for cold weather!
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Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

2. Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

This potato cheese soup recipe is simple to make, very indulgent, and tastes exactly like the restaurant version. If you enjoy making recipes at home, you must try this soup and enjoy a winter family dinner.
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Stovetop Mac and Cheese

3. Stovetop Mac and Cheese

This traditional Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is a quick 30-minute meal that everyone in the family will enjoy! It’s the best winter family dinner recipe for a hectic week, and it’s simple to adapt with different cheeses.
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Skillet Butter Bean Recipe with Pizza Cheese & Spinach

4. Skillet Butter Bean Recipe with Pizza Cheese & Spinach

This simple butter bean recipe is full of protein and made to mimic pizza! It’s cheesy and has baby spinach, tomato, and garlic. It is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Serve with garlic bread and salad on the side.
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

5. Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

Discover how to make super crispy chicken wings in an air fryer! This simple recipe for kid-friendly chicken wings includes tips for extra crispy skin, seasoning ideas, and even instructions for air-frying frozen wings. Sometimes the most comforting winter foods are those you tend to eat in the summer months.
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Tagliolini au gratin with ham and cream.

6. Tagliolini au gratin with ham and cream.

Based on a dish from Cipriani in Venice, this tagliolini au gratin recipe is a real gem. All you need is pasta, eggs, ham, cheese, and cream. Easy, quick, and delicious kid-friendly meal perfect for cold winter nights.
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The Best Kid Friendly Chili Recipe

7. The Best Kid Friendly Chili Recipe

A kid-friendly chili recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious for a cold-weather meal! Real families tried and tested it. This chili is a favorite for children. 
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Chili Cheese Fries

8. Chili Cheese Fries

Do you enjoy french fries? Crispy french fries are topped with homemade beef chili and cheese before being baked until melted. Even better, on these cold days at home, this meal is definitely kid-friendly.
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Vegan Red Panda Carrot Soup

9. Vegan Red Panda Carrot Soup

Organic vegan carrot miso soup decorated to look like a cute red panda it’s sure to become a favorite for your kids and will warm them during the cold season. Try it today!
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Microwave Sweet Potato Gratin

10. Microwave Sweet Potato Gratin

While technically this is a side, we couldn’t leave it off! This microwave sweet potato gratin is amazing and truly embodies what comfort food is! Pair it with a simple baked chicken breast and your child’s favorite veggie!
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Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe

11. Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe

Copycat Panda Express Orange Chicken Recipe Is the best oragne chicken dinner recipe you’ve ever had. You’ll never waste money on takeout again, and it’ll be a favorite for a winter family meal at home.
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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

11. Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

This recipe for chicken spaghetti in the Instant Pot is quick and simple. This creamy pasta and cheese dish is a family favorite for dinner, and kids love it!
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Taco Pockets

12. Taco Pockets

Taco Tuesday is fun, but have you ever tried taco pockets instead of the traditional tortillas or shells? These Taco Pockets are filled with the same meat and veggie mixture you’ve been making for years, but they’re presented in the most carb-a-licious way possible, so you and your family will be hooked! This is a cozy winter meal to enjoy at home during the cold weather.
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Easy Baked Homemade Chicken Nuggets

13. Easy Baked Homemade Chicken Nuggets

For a kid, what more comforting food is there than chicken nuggets. No matter the season, they are always a hit! These Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets taste like you spent hours in the kitchen, but they’re ready in minutes. They’re grain and egg-free, and they make a great family meal. This winter dinner is a crowd-pleaser and a must-try.
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Healthy Turkey Enchiladas

14. Healthy Turkey Enchiladas

Healthy Turkey Enchiladas are packed with vegetables and make an excellent family meal. Make them for dinner tonight or as meal prep for the week!
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Homemade Sloppy Joes

15. Homemade Sloppy Joes

You’ll never use a can of sloppy joe seasoning again after trying these Homemade Sloppy Joes! The tomato sauce is the ideal combination of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors. This 30-minute meal will be requested by your family every week!
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Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup

16. Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup

So, what exactly is grilled cheese tomato soup? Everyone will love this new twist on a classic tomato soup, topped with crunchy croutons and molten gooey cheese. This soup is kid-friendly and a great idea to try during soup season!
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Chicken and Ham Pie

17. Chicken and Ham Pie

This easy creamy chicken and ham pie recipe with crispy golden pastry is a family favorite and the ultimate in comfort food! Talk about belly warming!
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Tater Tot Casserole

18. Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole is traditional comfort food. It has a layer of ground beef mixed with a creamy veggie sauce and is topped with potato chips and cheddar cheese. The ideal winter family meal – I’ve yet to hear of a kid that didn’t love tater tot casserole!
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Fish Sticks with Sweet Mayo

19. Fish Sticks with Sweet Mayo

If you want to make fish sticks at home without the additives, we have a fantastic kid-friendly recipe for you. There’s even a tangy dipping sauce to go with it!
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Creamy Burrito Casserole

20. Creamy Burrito Casserole

This warm meal and this creamy burrito casserole, with its mild peppers, cheese, and ground beef, are exactly what your family needs for tonight’s dinner.
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kid-friendly Mini Pot Pies

21. Mini Pot Pies

These mini pot pies are adorable and, more importantly, delicious! Cubed tofu replaces the chicken, and the dish is topped with a rich vegan gravy. Ideal for a light dinner at home.
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Best Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

22. Best Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

In just over an hour, lasagna roll-ups are baked and ready. Individual portions make for easy serving and use the same traditional ingredients as a traditional lasagna! On cold days, your kids will enjoy this new way of eating delicious lasagna.
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Pasta Skillet with Meatballs

23. Easy Pasta Skillet with Meatballs

This kid-friendly Pasta Skillet with Meatballs is a quick dinner that comes together in 30 minutes. You only need the ingredients, a pan, and a stove!
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Cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake

25. Cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake

Who doesn’t enjoy pizza? This cheesy Pizza Pasta Casserole is a quick and hearty weeknight dinner that is sure to please the whole family! Ready to serve and enjoy as a winter family dinner in 30 minutes (or less!).
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Sopa de Letras

26. Sopa de Letras

Sopa de Letras (Mexican Alphabet Soup) is a popular dish among children. This Mexican food classic is comforting and delicious for a family dinner at home during the cold weather. Toddlers and younger elementary aged children are sure to love this soup!
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Slow Cooker Taco Soup

27. Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Are you looking for a kid-friendly winter recipe? Slow Cooker Taco Soup is a hearty and comforting Taco Tuesday favorite. It’s ideal for quick weeknight dinners with the family.
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Mini Meatloaves: Vegan Meatloaf Muffins

28. Mini Meatloaves: Vegan Meatloaf Muffins (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)

Mini Meatloaves! These gluten-free, allergy-free Vegan Meatloaf Muffins make an excellent kid-friendly dinner! Individual lentil loaves that are healthy and meatless!
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Creamy Gnocchi Soup Recipe

29. Creamy Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Vegetable Creamy Gnocchi Soup is a velvety creamy broth with soft pillowy gnocchi, colorful vegetables, and a velvety creamy broth. This filling one-pot dinner soup is vegan.
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Simple Shepherd’s Pie

30. Simple Shepherd’s Pie

This easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe is not only delicious, but it’s also traditional British comfort food. Try it; it’s a crowd pleaser as well as a kid-friendly meal.
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31. Braided Calzone Pizza with Pillsbury Pizza Dough

31. Braided Calzone Pizza with Pillsbury Pizza Dough

Make this simple braided calzone pizza with Pillsbury Pizza Dough. This is a simple recipe that kids can make on their own, as well as a meal that everyone will enjoy on a cold day.
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Cheesy Potato Soup

32. Cheesy Potato Soup

This simple Cheesy Potato Soup recipe is full of delicious flavor combinations like caramelized onions, creamy mashed potatoes, and a three-cheese blend! It’s simple to make and the perfect family winter meal idea to enjoy at home.
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Air Fryer Pizza Fries

33. Air Fryer Pizza Fries

Pizza Fries Cooked in the Air Fryer If you like loaded fries, try our air-fried pizza fries. Delicious air fryer French fries with cheese, chorizo, and oregano. Try it today and enjoy a new way to eat pizza + fries.
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Soup with Potatoes and Sausages

34. Kid-Friendly Soup with Potatoes and Sausages

Simple kid-friendly soup, perfect for cold winter weather. With potato, carrots, and sausage, you can’t go wrong serving this up for dinner! Serve with a crusty hunk of bread for soaking up the broth!
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Air Fryer English Muffin Pizzas

35. Air Fryer English Muffin Pizzas

If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal, try these Air Fryer English Muffin Pizzas. Picky eaters will love it, and it only has four ingredients!
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Sausage Stroganoff

36. Sausage Stroganoff

Here’s another quick and easy dinner recipe that’s a big hit with my family. If you’re looking for a winter family meal idea, try this one. It’s something different yet familiar at the same time!
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Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie

37. Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie

This easy Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie uses canned biscuits, frozen mixed vegetables, and cooked chicken to make classic comfort food. This is also a kid-friendly meal that they will enjoy during the winter season.
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Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

38. Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

The ultimate comfort food is Instant Pot Lasagna Soup. This mouthwatering soup, made with ground beef or turkey and three different types of cheese, is a crowd pleaser!
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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

39. Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe

A creamy, delicious, and comforting vegan mushroom stroganoff recipe! It’s an ideal weeknight winter dinner at home, ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for sharing with the family.
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Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

40. Easy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

This is a tried-and-true recipe that everyone will love. Tender vegetables, juicy chicken, and white (or brown) rice make up this easy chicken and rice soup. A simple, hearty soup recipe that the whole family will enjoy.
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Chicken Chow Mein

41. Chicken Chow Mein

With this simple Chinese fakeaway recipe, you can make chicken chow mein that tastes as it came from a restaurant. Everyone in the family enjoys this flavor.
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Fiesta Instant Pot Nacho Soup Recipe

42. Fiesta Instant Pot Nacho Soup Recipe!

This spicy and flavorful Instant Pot nacho soup with beef recipe is quick and easy to make! If you like nachos, this pressure cooker cheesy soup is a must-try for dinner.
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Mexican Noodle Soup

43. Sopa de Fideo | Mexican Noodle Soup

Here’s a quick and simple recipe for Sopa de fideo, it’s a noodle based soup with veggies thrown in and makes for a great kid-friendly winter meal. Have them help cut up the veggies to get them excited to eat it!
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Crockpot Chicken Potato Chowder

44. Crockpot Chicken Potato Chowder

Do you want to prepare a winter meal for your family? This crockpot chicken potato chowder is a quick weeknight meal that transforms leftover rotisserie chicken into hearty comfort food.
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One-Pot Potato and Cream Cheese Soup

45. One-Pot Potato and Cream Cheese Soup

Combine potatoes and cream cheese with seasonings and broth to make a delicious soup that’s ideal for a kid-friendly cold-weather meal. This soup may seem simple, but it is packed with flavor!
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Peanut Sauce Baked Chicken

46. Easy Peanut Sauce Baked Chicken

A fantastic meal to share with your family! It couldn’t be easier to make this quick and delicious peanut sauce-baked chicken. Make the quick and delicious sauce, then pour it over the chicken, bake it, and serve!
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Cabbage Roll Casserole

47. Easy Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

This quick and easy lazy cabbage roll casserole recipe without rice is made with common ingredients. Cauliflower rice makes it nutritious, low-carb, and delicious. It’s the best cabbage roll casserole you’ve ever had!
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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

48. Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

This slow cooker minestrone soup recipe is full of pasta, beans, and zucchini for a delicious winter family dinner idea. Canned minestrone soup can’t hold a torch to this!
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Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas

49. Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas

These low-carb chicken zucchini enchiladas are a delicious low-carb take on a Mexican cuisine classic. Wrapped in thin zucchini strips, a seasoned ground chicken filling is topped with enchilada sauce and cheese and baked until melty and bubbly.
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Crock Pot Tortellini Chicken Soup

50. Crock Pot Tortellini Chicken Soup

This crock pot tortellini soup recipe is a winter family favorite! Slow cooker Tortellini Chicken Soup made with simple, easy ingredients. Dinner idea for a busy weeknight.
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Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel

51. Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel (Keto, Low Carb)

Is it possible to air fry chicken schnitzel? Yes! This keto, low carb, and gluten-free air fryer chicken schnitzel recipe use pork panko! Ideal for a cozy winter meal that kids and keto Moms will both love!
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Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce

52. Easy Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce

Cheese ravioli is tossed with smoked sausage, pasta sauce, and cream before simmering in a skillet and being topped with fresh Parmesan cheese! This is a delicious kid-friendly meal for the cold weather.
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Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe in Slow Cooker

53. Easy Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe in Slow Cooker

Do you want something hearty, warming, and quick to make? Learn how to make this simple vegetable beef soup from a Filipino recipe. Perfect for a weeknight family dinner at home in the winter.
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Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Sausage

54. Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Sausage

This is a kid-friendly, healthy, and delicious meal that you can prepare at home for your children. This broccoli cauliflower cheese soup is loaded with chunky add-ins and uses a few different types of sausage as well as bacon, which amps up the flavor!
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Chicken Fajita Casserole

55. Easy Chicken Fajita Casserole

This Chicken Fajita Casserole is a cozy winter meal that combines seasoned chicken, peppers, onions, and cheese into a delicious prep-ahead dish in less than 30 minutes.
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Bisquick Chicken Alfredo Casserole

56. Bisquick Chicken Alfredo Casserole

This Bisquick Chicken Alfredo Casserole with tomatoes and spinach is the ideal weeknight family meal! It’s made with simple ingredients and takes less than an hour to prepare. This is a favorite quick, kid-friendly meal for the cold weather.
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Creamy Sausage and Potatoes

57. Creamy Sausage and Potatoes

Looking for a kid-friendly dinner idea? You can have this Creamy Sausage and Potatoes on the table in 30 minutes! It’s the ideal quick dinner recipe!
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Southwest Beef Skillet

58. Easy 30 Minute Southwest Beef Skillet

One-pot Southwest skillet that’s so good you may end up hogging all the leftovers for yourself. It’s perfect for when you’re craving Mexican but want something heartier.
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Kidney beans soup with vegetables

59. Easy Kidney beans soup with vegetables

Make this simple yet nutritious vegan kidney bean soup for dinner. You can make this healthy soup at home with just a few ingredients that your kids will enjoy.
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Creamy Tomato, Chicken & Rice Soup

60. Creamy Tomato, Chicken & Rice Soup

This Creamy Tomato, Chicken, and Rice Soup is one of the most versatile recipes you can keep on hand. It’s made with leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or chicken from your own kitchen, and it’s especially kid-friendly for these cold days.
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Creamy Pesto Gnocchi

61. Creamy Pesto Gnocchi

This creamy pesto gnocchi is a simple solution to the question, “What’s for dinner?” In only 15 minutes, you can have a kid-friendly meal ready! On these cold days, it’s ideal for a winter family dinner at home.
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

62. Baked Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

These baked teriyaki chicken meatballs are packed full of flavor with carrots, green onion, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and honey. A winter family meal that everyone will enjoy.
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Slow Cooker Applesauce Chicken

63. Slow Cooker Applesauce Chicken

This quick and easy recipe uses only two simple ingredients that are infused together with the help and convenience of a slow cooker. This applesauce chicken is savory and sweet, and it will quickly become a family favorite for cold days.
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Gluten-Free Vegan Baked Ziti

64. Gluten-Free Vegan Baked Ziti

This famous comfort food recipe, remade, will become a favorite for a winter family dinner at home! This Gluten-Free Vegan Baked Ziti, made without dairy but with only 5 ingredients, is a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy.
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Brunswick Stew Recipe

65. Brunswick Stew Recipe

This is a classic Brunswick stew recipe made with leftover pulled pork and shredded chicken. This recipe is perfect for a cozy family dinner at home to warm up on these cold days. Try it today!
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Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

66. Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Do you have a craving for some homemade soup? If you enjoy soups as much as you enjoy winter, this recipe is a winning combination of the two. This soup is a great kid-friendly meal to make at home. This Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a must-try!
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Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

67. Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti

This recipe for instant pot chicken spaghetti is simple and delicious. The creamy wine and cream cheese sauce makes this pasta dish irresistible. It’s a great dinner for busy families, and it’s also great for kids; everyone will enjoy it!
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