January heralds the start of true winter weather, and damn it is cold. For some of us, below freezing cold. Even if you’re lucky enough to be basking in the SoCal sunshine, the season still calls for comforting, warm-you-inside-and-out food. So when all you want to do is curl up into a ball and stay under the covers, try these foods to keep you happy and warm.


1. Spicy Pumpkin Soup


Photo by Kendra Valkema

Did you think pumpkin was only for the fall? Think again. Try this recipe for a hearty, vegetarian soup full of good-for-you vitamins.

2. 10 Minute Prep Beef Stew


Photo by Tiare Brown

For those of us meat eaters, there’s nothing better than a bowl of beef stew on cold winter nights. This recipe uses a slow-cooker, which means you can just throw a couple of ingredients into your Crock-Pot and come home to a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs stew at the end of the day.

3. Coconut and Black Bean Stew


Photo by Keah Hansen

Coconut and black beans combine to form an unexpectedly delicious combo that takes you back to summer (ah, good times). Quinoa adds additional texture and protein. Get the recipe here.

4. Ginger Curry Egg Drop Soup

Photo by Julia Maguire

Photo by Julia Maguire

Chinese people have been eating egg drop soup for years, and for a good reason. It’s simple and quick to make, and is very light on the stomach, making it ideal for those who have caught a cold. This recipe takes the classic soup to the next level by adding ginger and curry, both of which help boost your immunity.

5. Broccoli Cheddar Soup


Photo by Parisa Soraya

You don’t even have to go to Panera to get this much-loved soup. This recipe only has 5 ingredients, is lower in sodium and far cheaper to make than Panera’s version.


1. Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili


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Hearty and spicy, this slow-cooker chili is guaranteed to fill you right up. The recipe calls for 6-8 servings so freeze the leftovers and simply re-heat them on the stove for a last-minute weeknight dinner.

2. Pizza Mac ‘n Cheese

mac n cheese

Photo by Tiare Brown

The ultimate love child of two college staples. Words are unnecessary.

3. French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese


Photo by Amanda Shulman

Cue foodporn — just look at that gooey cheese, that buttery, golden brown crust, those beautiful caramelized onions. Who wouldn’t want french onion soup in grilled cheese form?


1. Baked Banana S’mores


Photo by Gabby Phi

No, s’mores aren’t just a summertime treat. You can make your own baked s’mores —  no campfire needed.

2. Microwave Chia and Flaxseed Oatmeal


Photo by Becky Hughes

This oatmeal can be customized any way you want it. Add vanilla or almond extract for extra sweetness or use bananas and strawberries instead of blueberries. All you really need is a microwave to enjoy this recipe for a nutritious breakfast, snack or even dessert.

3. Molten Chocolate Cake


Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Ooey, gooey chocolate-y goodness. Perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. It’s easier to make than it looks with this recipe.


1. (Boozy) Mulled Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate

Photo by Emma Danbury

Mulled wine is good, there’s no doubt about it, but like most things, it can be made better with chocolate. Try this recipe for a hot chocolate-mulled wine variation.

2. Mulled Wine


Photo by Daniel Schuleman

Just as sangria is a necessary staple in the summer, mulled wine is essential for the winter. Try this classy recipe.

3. Hot Toddy

hot toddy

Photo by flickr user WarmSleepy

Feeling under the weather? Don’t worry, you can still drink alcohol. In fact, it might even make you feel better. Try this recipe.

4. Ginger Tea


Photo courtesy of wisegeekhealth.com

Boost your immunity by sipping on this warming drink. If you’ve already caught a cold, this tea will soothe your throat and help you recover quickly.

And there you go! Stay warm. And if you want some winter fun, take this quiz: Which Winter Drink Are You?