February Favorites: Winter Recipes For Long Days

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The holidays have come and gone, and with them, the cozy feelings and the magic of winter have fled. We begin to prepare for the shortest month yet seemingly longest stretch of Winter in Ohio: February. Maybe you have been tucking away ideas for games, activities, and crafts for your family to use on those cold windy days, but have you been filing away ideas for winter recipes as well? After all, cooking can become another way to engage the whole family on those stuck-inside blustery days and meals are a great way to bond. Here are a few links to easy and cozy favorites from our home!

Flatlander Chili

This recipe makes enough when hosting a gathering or to plan on leftovers! This recipe is not complicated, can be made in one-pot or adjusted and made in a slow cooker, and the ingredient list is manageable. Bonus: Depending on your child(ren)’s skill level and your desire to supervise, kids can be included in chopping vegetables and measuring spices.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

We like to adapt recipes to our own liking. Sometimes we will make our own breadcrumbs, use an egg instead of butter, or add a few additional spices into the called-for breadcrumb mixture. Include your kids in this meal preparation for added sensory experiences! Just remember to wash hands well before and after breading the chicken.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

This easy slow-cooker recipe is great served over rice and with a side of roasted brussels sprouts, asparagus, or broccoli. We’ve also passed on the rice to pair the chicken with sweet potatoes and a veggie or two.

Lentil Soup with Beef

This recipe, much like the Flatlander Chili, makes enough when hosting a gathering or to plan on leftovers. We’ve adapted this to whatever cut of beef we have available. Most recently, we made this recipe using ground beef instead of beef chuck cubes and it remained delicious. Again, depending on your child(ren)’s skill level and your desire to supervise, kids can be included in chopping vegetables and measuring spices.

A sweet addition:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars have 5 simple ingredients and have gone over very well with friends, family, book groups, and more! Match a slice with a cup of hot chocolate for a sweet winter treat.

What winter recipes would you add to the list? Comment below!

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Laura G
Laura Ginikos has called Columbus home since 2015 and works full-time as the director of youth and young adult ministries for a church in Dublin, OH. Laura met her husband in a freshman English class at the University of Dayton. After graduating from the University of Dayton with a degree in early childhood education, Laura headed to Michigan for a brief stint to earn her master’s degree in Family Life Education. Columbus is central to both Laura and her husband’s extended families and felt like a natural place for them to call home. Married in 2017, Laura and her husband welcomed their daughter into the world in the summer of 2019. Their hearts and laundry baskets have never been so full. Lately, Laura is more likely to be found on walks rather than out running, but she has always loved running and is slowly getting back into it. Laura enjoys a good conversation, Panera Bread’s hazelnut coffee, puzzles and board games, a good novel, and all things autumn.

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