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10 Quick ‘n Hot Recipes to Warm You up After a Day in the Snow

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Sledding, building igloos, and creating snowmen are all wonderful (but chilly!) ways to enjoy a winter day. Here are ten easy meals that will warm you right up once you’ve made it back inside.

Soups, hot sandwiches, casseroles, and skillet meals all provide such soul-satisfying comfort. When the cold wind hurts your cheeks, these warm and easy recipes will help melt your icicle tears—no worries, they can all be done in under 40 minutes.

Soul-Satisfying Soup

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Nothing quite beats slurping down a hot soup after spending some quality time with Frosty the Snowman. Most people steer clear due to the time-consuming efforts that come with crafting an excellent soup, but here are two that can be made in no time at all.

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup: This velvety soup is so comforting and pairs perfectly with warm, crusty bread. The flavors of fresh and dried herbs come alive as they are swirled into this vegetable- and chicken-filled soup. Enjoy the earthy flavor and texture of thinly sliced cremini mushrooms in this cozy and heartening meal.

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Beef Barley Soup for Two: Here’s another soup that can be made in an incredibly short 30-minute timespan. The hearty vegetables and briny flavors of beef create a filling meal, and the quick-cooking barley helps bring this meal together in no time. Try this with a side salad or some crackers.

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Warm and Savory Sandwiches

A hot and delicious croque monsieur sandwich topped with béchamel sauce.
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Hot sandwiches are another fan favorite—they take very little time to prepare but nevertheless fill tummies with warm and filling goodness. Try either one of these out with a side of chips or with one of the soups from above.

Loaded Caprese Grilled Cheese:  A Caprese sandwich, if made right, carries an abundance of fresh and flavorful ingredients that taste so damn delicious. Pesto, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes create the perfect bite. This lovely sandwich will make ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches blush in embarrassment after a comparison is made. Enjoy this fabulous Caprese rendition with hot tomato soup.

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Croque Monsieur: A Croque monsieur is a traditional French grilled sandwich that is filled with ham and cheese and topped with béchamel sauce. This recipe takes you through the steps of making a white sauce and putting together each piece of this yummy sandwich. Voila—a delicious French meal that will make your taste buds sing—maybe even “en Français.”

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Bubbly Hot Casseroles

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Between preparing and baking them, Casseroles tend to take a lot of time to make, but we found two that taste delicious and can be made within a half-hour.

Cheese Chicken and Broccoli Casserole: This casserole tastes delicious all on its own but would taste even better on a bed of egg noodles or rice. As long as you have previously cooked chicken on hand, this recipe can be made in 30 minutes and can be devoured in under five.

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Healthy Taco Casserole: If your family is into tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, then we found a casserole that they will love. All the flavors of ground beef, salsa, cheese, and avocado come together to create a fantastic hot meal that will warm everyone up.

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Mouth-Watering Meaty Meals

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For all you meat-lovers out there, we found a few classics that you and your family will enjoy.

Beef Stroganoff: Beef stroganoff is one of those hearty meals that take you back to your childhood. Not only is this a fast recipe to throw together, but it’s budget-friendly as well. The ground beef and cremini mushrooms, along with the cream sauce smothered on top of egg noodles, make for the perfect one-pan meal.

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Meat Lover’s Pizza Pasta Bake: If you are a lover of all things pizza and pasta, then here’s a great baked casserole that brings both classics together. Beef, pepperoni, sausage, and bacon all make this hearty meal a meat lover’s dream. Each bite truly feels like a warm embrace.

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Easy Beef and Broccoli: This beef and broccoli recipe is perfect if you’re feeling takeout but would rather make your very own gourmet version at home. The flavor is excellent, and this meal comes together in an astounding 20 minutes.

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Buffalo Chicken and Rice Skillet: Chicken and rice meals always taste great, but when you add buffalo sauce and blue cheese, the flavors really come to life. Enjoy this quick and easy meal, and don’t forget to pack leftovers for the next day’s lunch.

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Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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