Cook Once, Eat All Week: 10 Big-Batch Winter Dinners

Cook Once, Eat All Week: 10 Big-Batch Winter Dinners

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Sheela Prakash
Dec 4, 2017
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The best meals of winter — the soups and stews and braises — are not only winning dishes because of how comforting they are, but also because they tend to get better as leftovers. That's why we love picking one to make at the start of the week and then dig into for easy lunches and dinners through the following days. Here are 10 of our most favorite recipes to turn to this season.

1. Quick Weeknight 5-Ingredient Chili

Chili is always a good thing to have a big pot of in the fridge to dig into all week. This one is particularly awesome because it requires just five ingredients — ground meat, an onion, diced tomatoes, chili powder, and a can of beans — and comes together in under 30 minutes.

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2. Vegetarian Kale and Cannellini Bean Stew

This stew is so hearty and flavorful you'll hardly miss the meat. The secret — besides the loads of veggies and beans — is a rich broth made from Parmesan rinds. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to five days.

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3. Braised Shredded Beef in Tomatoes & Red Wine

Make this when you have a few hours to spare over the weekend and then eat it for dinner throughout the week — first over creamy polenta and then as a ragù for pasta.

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4. One-Pot Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Bean Stew)

While the pasta will soften a bit after day one, this Italian stew is equally as comforting for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

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5. Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon

This wholesome vegan braise can be served a number of ways. It's wonderful on its own but can also be spooned over cooked grains or a roasted sweet potato for an extra-hearty dinner.

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6. Butternut Squash & Sausage Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those magical dishes that gets better after a day in the fridge, when its layers of goodness have time to meld.

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7. Chunky Pork and Apple Stew

This sweet and savory pork stew is served over creamy, tangy cauliflower rice. Both will keep well separately for up to four days.

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8. Chicken Lentil Soup

This recipe makes quite a lot of soup — eight to 10 servings! It's so delicious that it's hard to get sick of in the middle of winter, but if you do get sick of it, know that it freezes very well.

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9. Slow-Cooked Hoisin and Ginger Pork Wraps with Peanut Slaw

While this Asian-inspired pulled pork is awesome tucked into tortillas or wraps and eaten like a taco or burrito, it's also great served simply over cooked rice.

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10. Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder

To mimic a little of that creamy texture you usually get from dairy in most chowders, some of this vegan chowder's broth and cooked vegetables are puréed and added back to the pot before serving.

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