The chill of winter is upon us, and our evening meals need to be headed toward the comfort category. We want something warm and filling. Our meals also need to be quick and easy to prepare as well as healthy and delicious.

You’re sure to find a new family favourite in the listings below. Just add a salad and bread to your one pot supper to enjoy a complete meal.

Crock Pot Meals: Working cooks love to prep the evening meal the night before, or the morning of. It’s a great feeling to place all the healthy ingredients into the pot, turn it to low and know you’ll come home to the aroma of a fully cooked meal ready to serve. Try one of these satisfying stews to fill hungry tummies.

Bowls: Serving a healthy dinner bowl is one way to spice up your menus. Think of a carbohydrate or salad green as the base. You might use cooked quinoa, brown rice, orzo, or fresh greens chopped well. On that layer, add a favourite protein plus small servings of brightly coloured veggies, beans, or fruits. Top with a favourite sauce or dressing. Here are some excellent bowl ideas: Twenty-one bowls

Insta Pot or Pressure Cooker Meals: If you are one of the millions of folks who now are the proud owner of an Insta pot, you’ll enjoy the quick cooking of your evening meals. Here are twenty-one recipes to make in your Insta pot. These delicious options include a recipe for salmon with chili/lime sauce that is fit or a king.

One Skillet Meals: Nothing is easier than to create your supper on the stove top in one pan. Quick cooking plus quick clean-up makes these choices winners. Pasta with tuna or chicken and fresh, sauteed vegetables, a rich stroganoff made with ground meat, fresh mushrooms, and creamed soup plus sour cream,  savoury pork chops browned and then cooked with your favourite root vegetables. Try one of these fifty one skillet meals for busy nights.

In the Oven Favourites: Sometimes a one dish meal prepared in your oven is the best option.  And don’t forget classics such as roast beef with roasted potatoes, ham and scalloped potatoes, pork tenderloin smothered in mushrooms and other fresh veggies.

Once you’ve prepared your entrée, simply add a salad and some bread. Vary your salad selections creating green salads, fruit salads, veggie trays with dips and your bread choices trying some interesting items such as Indian Naan or Italian bread sticks.

Winter evenings are wonderful family times. Gather around the table, eat a hearty meal, and share the day’s adventures.

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