Delicious Quick & Easy Winter Warmers for December Meals

Monday 13 December 2021


Quick and Easy Winter Warmers

We are now into the two busiest weeks of December. Those couple of weeks right before Christmas when we have more things to do than we can possibly cope with!  (Unless you are really a super-organized person, and I am not!) Its down-to-the-crunch time!!

I thought it would be fun to share with you today some quick and easy Winter Warmer meals guaranteed to get you in and out of the kitchen quickly.  There is no need to have to resort to a takeaway for supper (unless you feel like a real treat)!

There is a bit of something here for everyone to enjoy, even the vegetarians in the group! Whatever your leanings, your family is sure to enjoy all of these fabulously tasty, belly-warming options!

Herbed Tomato and White Cheddar Soup 

HERBED TOMATO AND WHITE CHEDDAR SOUP. This delicious tomato soup is simple and easy enough to enjoy as a lovely light supper, but at the same time rich and flavorful enough to be used as a first course party dish. 

Topped with crunchy cheddar croutons it is very easily made for a light family supper, but at the same time it is elegant enough that you wouldn't mind serving it to company.

Chicken, Bacon & Leek Casserole

CHICKEN, BACON & LEEK CASSEROLE  Exactly what the title states, this may look a bit like a mess, but it's delicious! It's one of those warming meals that pretty much cooks themselves! 

 I like to serve it with some mash or rice. With the exception of a few small prep details, this delicious dish pretty much cooks itself.  

Skillet Brats & Spuds

SKILLET BRATS & SPUDS   This is a deliciously easy pan fry that includes spicy bratwurst, cabbage and potatoes. 

Cooked all in a skillet, there is a delicious touch of  cream and cheese that tip these simple ingredients over the top into something very special indeed! 

Welsh Rarebit

PROPER WELSH RAREBIT  This very popular supper dish is a lot easier to make than one would suppose! Its surprisingly hearty and quite delicious! 

Spooned on slices of bread and grilled to perfection it makes a really tasty supper that works well with a salad on the side or even chips. (French Fries)  

You can even make the rarebit mixture ahead of time, spreading it onto the bread and grilling when its time to eat.  
Traditional Cottage Pie

TRADITIONAL COTTAGE PIE  Whether you make this with leftover roast beef from the Sunday lunch or brown ground beef specially to use, this one is a real family pleaser.

Meat and gravy, plus vegetables baked beneath a lush potato thatch. You can also make this ahead of time, ready to pop into the oven when you are ready to eat. 


OVEN BARBEQUED CHICKEN This is so easy to make that I almost hesitate in posting the recipe, but  someone might benefit from my posting it.  Its always been a family favorite.

 Easy. Delicious. Simple. Your family will love it. This chicken basically cooks itself leaving your hands free to do other things.    And we all know how busy our December days can get!! 

Shredded Beef Tacos

SHREDDED BEEF TACOS For this recipe the slow cooker does most of the work so you don't have to!

Fork tender beef that works very well in tacos, and would indeed also be great in burritos or quesadillas.  Just throw it into the slow cooker in the morning and let it do all the work. 

Take the meat out and shred it, warm some tortillas, put out the taco toppings and you are good to go!

Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing

CROCK POT CHICKEN & STUFFING  No fuss, no muss and totally delicious. Chicken breasts get layered in the crock pot with a few other bits, the end result being something the whole family will love.

Your sides can be a simple or as complicated as you choose. I like to have some vegetables and potato with this, but its great even on its own with nothing else!  Its just plain delicious! 

Chili Dog Sauce

CHILI DOG SAUCE  This fabulously tasty sauce can be made well ahead, ready to warm up when you are ready to eat! It does make quite a bit, but freezes really well.

You can also warm up the leftovers with some cut up hotdogs and ladle them over oven chips for a stress-free mid-week Chili Dog Poutine that everyone will love! 


SCRAMBLED EGGS BENEDICT  Why not have breakfast for supper!!! If you use convenience ingredients like a ready made hollandaise sauce, this goes together very quickly.

Toasty muffins, topped with back bacon, scrambled eggs and that lush benedict sauce.

 It tastes and looks like you spent all day, but is so easy.  Who knew elegant could be so simple to do!    

Fajita Chicken Bake

FAJITA CHICKEN BAKE  Simple, quick to make, and a fairly delicious way to get in some of your five a day.  I like to serve it with rice. Its a bit spicy so adjust accordingly.  

If you can layer things in a casserole, then you can make this simple, family friendly dish!

Vegetable Stew with Cheese Puff Dumplings

VEGETABLE STEW WITH CHEESE PUFF DUMPLINGS  Not a scrap of meat in site but I promise you that you will not miss it.  This will have everyone scrambling for seconds! 

Comforting, rib sticking, tasty and hearty.  What more could you ask for.  Dumplings!  Oh yeah!!

Fusilli and Peas, with Bacon and Cheese

FUSILLI AND PEAS WITH BACON AND CHEESE  This is a basic stove top mac and cheese filled with lovely bits of crisp bacon and sweet English petit pois! 

A bit of crusty bread on the side and Bob's your Uncle. The fact that it's quick and simple and family pleasing just means that this is the perfect weeknight super!  

Layered Ravioli Bake

Quick, simple and quite delicious.  You will love this easy casserole.

Fresh Ravioli pasta layered in a baking dish with a simple meat sauce and cheese. What's not to love about the easy of this one!  A salad and some garlic bread  on the side and you're in like Flynn!!

Crock Pot Sauerkraut Soup

CROCK POT SAUERKRAUT SOUP  I've saved the best for last!  This is so simple to make.  If you can bang everything into a pot, then you can make this, because . . .  that's all it really involves! 

This is a delicious soup which is easy to make and leaves your hands free and available to get on with other things.  It makes a perfect supper when served with some crusty rolls.  

So there you have it!  A delicious round up of tasty possibilities designed to get you in and out of the kitchen quickly without a lot of fuss over these next few weeks!  Enjoy! (I know I will!!)

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  1. I'm bookmarking thiso ne to return to when things calm down! Lots of yum here!


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