May 29, 2024

5 Cozy Ways to Add Warmth to Cold-Weather Meals

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(Family Features) When the winds howl and the chill of changing seasons brings a crispness to the air, one way to warm up from the inside out is with favorite foods. Filling up on comforting recipes like hearty soups and stews can be the solution you need to fight off cold temperatures.

Consider quick and easy ingredients that add a little warmth to your plate as the cravings for comfort kick in.

Cheese - A family favorite in recipes year-round, ooey-gooey cheese is a hallmark of cool-weather recipes. Consider creamy mac and cheese mixed with your preferred protein, homemade Mexican cuisine topped with melted chile con queso or an appetizer plate with options like brie, Manchego, aged cheddar, Parmesan and more.

Rice - If you're craving a meal that's big on flavor but short on prep time, it's hard to top the classic comfort food combo of chicken and rice. This Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Spinach and Artichoke starts with the homestyle taste of fully cooked Minute Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice Cups with carrots, onion and garlic. The BPA-free cups offer a quick and flavorful option for an on-the-go power-up loaded with chicken, vegetables and herbs paired with hearty rice. Ready in only 1 minute, you can enjoy the flavored rice right out of the cup or prepare it as part of this 5-minute recipe on a busy weeknight.

Pasta - Whether you prefer spaghetti or penne, bowtie or stuffed shells, pasta provides a simple base for delicious meals loaded with comforting ingredients. For an easy weeknight meal, just choose a type of pasta, sauce and protein to put dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Curry Paste - Available in many varieties, curry paste is a common ingredient in South Asian dishes. It typically consists of ingredients like garlic, chiles or peppers, ginger and lemongrass. When you'd like to add some spice to your menu without bothering with takeout, this Thai Chicken and Rice Soup calls for green curry paste, which is generally spicier than red or yellow versions, but any can be substituted based on your heat tolerance. You can take the dish up a level with lightly seasoned Minute Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice for zesty flavor in a BPA-free, microwaveable cup for a simple solution when life gets hectic and preparing a time-consuming meal becomes challenging.

Cayenne - Serving up a touch of spice in a wide variety of favorite recipes can be as easy as adding ground cayenne. Made of dried cayenne peppers finely ground to a powder, it's commonly used in dishes ranging from deviled eggs and pastas to shrimp and barbecue as an easy way to add a warming kick to cold-weather meals.

Find more comfort food recipes at www.MinuteRice.com.

Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Spinach and Artichoke
Prep time: 5 minutes - Cook time: 5 minutes - Servings: 1

1 Minute Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice Cup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup spinach, stems removed
2 ounces chicken, cooked and shredded
1/4 cup canned artichokes, drained and quartered
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat rice according to package directions.

In medium saute pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add spinach and saute 1 minute.

Add chicken and artichokes; saute 2 minutes, or until heated through.

Add cheese and rice; stir to combine until heated through.

Thai Chicken and Rice Soup
Prep time: 2 minutes - Cook time: 5 minutes - Servings: 1

1 Minute Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice Cup
1/2 cup (3 ounces) cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon Thai green curry paste
3 small shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Heat rice according to package directions.

In medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken, broth, coconut milk, curry paste and mushrooms.

Microwave on high 3 minutes. Stir in rice and garnish with green onion.

Source: Minute Rice

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