These Easy, Cozy Dinners Feel Like a Hug

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Photo Credit: Love & Lemons

February 9, 2021

By Gretchen Lidicker

Sometimes a recipe is more than a recipe. That is the case with these easy, cozy dinners. They feel like a warm hug — and a reminder that self-care isn’t just a millennial buzz word.

1. Easy Butternut Squash Soup from Love and Lemons

With fresh sage, ginger, rosemary, and extra-virgin olive oil, it’s packed with healthy ingredients that taste amazing and smell amazing, too. It’s a lighter option that still feels really warming. I like to serve it with a side of sourdough bread and grass-fed butter.

Pro tip: To make this recipe even easier, buy pre-chopped or frozen butternut squash. It will save you time and the nerve-wracking experience that is trying to cut a squash without cutting a finger off in the process.

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Photo Credit: Maya Feller

2. Scallion Grits with Shrimp from Maya Feller Nutrition

Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of warm, savory grits? (If you’re from the south, you definitely know what I’m talking about.) Try this recipe from Maya Feller, R.D. M.S., registered dietitian and author of The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook. It features nutrient-rich seafood broth and offers the option to sub quinoa for grits for extra protein and fiber.

Pro Tip: If you do use grits, I highly recommend using Bob’s Red Mill non-GMO, gluten-free corn grits.

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Photo Credit: All the Healthy Things

3. Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole from All the Healthy Things

This sweet potato casserole is just what you’re craving on any given cold, dark evening. It’s salty, sweet, and filled with antioxidants — and it will also make your home smell amazing. In an hour or less, you can have a rich, decadent dinner without sacrificing your health.

Pro tip: To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute ghee or coconut oil; just make sure that it’s semi-solid (not melted) for the streusel topping.

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Photo Credit: In My Bowl

4. One Pan Green Thai Curry Rice from In My Bowl

When it comes to saving time, cleanup is just as important as prep. This one-pan recipe, which features a mix of seasonal produce, like cauliflower and kale, as well as canned beans and frozen veggies, succeeds at reducing both. All you need is a blender and a casserole dish, which means prep and cleanup are an absolute breeze. Pop it in the oven for 30 minutes and you have a flavor-packed dinner with all the cozy vibes.

Pro Tip: This is intended to be a full meal, but you can also add fried eggs, sliced avocado, or shredded rotisserie chicken for more oomph.