Stay warm this winter with easy and delicious comfort foods for homemade meals your whole family will love
Cost per serving: $2.74
Use a coleslaw dressed lightly with a vinaigrette instead of the creamy kind. Make sandwiches open-faced, using only the bottom of the bun-or forgo the bread altogether, searving meat atop greens.
See Recipe: Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
Cost per serving: $.27
Make these fries even more special with a zesty condiment. Mix 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard into ½ cup ketchup.
See Recipe: Baked Garlic Fries
Cost per serving: Beef Stew $2.16; Cornbread $.36
Make it a beef and vegetable stew. Cut the amount of beef to 1 lb. and fill in with more vegetables. Use more of the ones listed or add others—butternut squash, green beans, pearl onions or mushrooms would all make good additions.
See Recipe: Beef Stew
Cost per serving: $2.25
Swap in 2 percent milk for the whole milk in the filling. Instead of pastry crust, use phyllo (available in the freezer case at the supermarket). Mist cookin spray between each layer.
See Recipe: Classic Chicken Potpie
Cost per serving: $.68
Why settle for the boxed stuff when this cheesy, easy-to-make dish is much more satisfying?
See recipe: Baked Mac and Cheese
Cost per serving: $1.40
Add comfort to any main dish with this rich and gooey side.
See recipe: Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
Cost per serving: $3.12
This Italian classic that's easy to make and easy on your budget.
See Recipe: Easy Chicken Parmesan
Cost per serving: $2.19
Whip up this cheese-filled comfort dish in half an hour.
See recipe: Spinach-Ricotta Skillet Lasagna
Cost per serving: $2.29
This easy, 6-ingredient chicken taco casserole makes a great choice for your family's Mexican night.
See recipe: Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole
Cost per serving: $2.01
A twist on a family favorite, this dish provides the comfort of a taco in “pie” form.
See recipe: Tortilla Pie
Cost per serving: $2.02
Nothing adds to a main course like this salty, and slightly sweet, side dish.
See recipe: Stuffed Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Cost per serving: $2.03
Moist turkey and creamy sauces make this dish perfect for winter nights.
See recipe: Turkey Lasagna
Cost per serving: $2.82
Too cold to grill? This meal makes a great substitute for burgers and fries.
See recipe: Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole
Cost per serving: $.16
Add a little extra comfort to brunch or dinner with these biscuits.
See recipe: Cheddar and Chive Biscuits
Cost per serving: $.69
Two comfort foods in one dish. Does it get any better?
See recipe: Mashed Potato Gratin
Cost per serving: $2.68
Toss some chopped basil or oregano into the sauce and mix gently.
See recipe: Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs
Cost per serving: $1.96
A great take on traditional chicken and dumplings, this dish uses chopped fresh herbs to add a burst of flavor.
See recipe: Chicken with Herbed Dumplings
Cost per serving: $1.38
Serve up a steamy bowl of this hearty soup for a warm dish on those chilly nights.
See recipe: Black Bean Soup with Shredded Pork
Cost per serving: $2.59
Thought finger-licking good fried chicken was only served in a bucket? Not if you have this recipe! You can make it even more homemade by using fresh breadcrumbs instead of panko. Just remove the crusts from 4 slices of bread and grind the centers in a food processor for about one minute.
See recipe: Oven-Fried Chicken
Cost per serving: $1.30
Calling for ground turkey and whole-wheat hamburger buns, this delicious recipe updates a classic by making it healthier without sacrificing the taste.
See recipe: Turkey Sloppy Joes
Cost per serving: $1.04
With its individual portions, this dinner is fun and kid-friendly. For variety, you can swap cheeses and substitute Swiss or Gruyere for the Cheddar.
See recipe: Individual Spinach Mac and Cheese Gratins
Cost per serving: $1.96
A whole chicken works well in this simple recipe, and it costs less than precut pieces. If you prefer the convenience of chicken parts, try leg quarters, which are easy to handle and less expensive than breasts.
See recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Chicken
Cost per serving: $2.40
This brisket recipe is best served with a simple side potato and healthy green beans.
See recipe: Mediterranean Brisket
Cost per serving: $2.02
This juicy flank steak recipe will keep tummies and your wallet full.
See recipe: Balsamic-Marinated Flank Steak
Cost per serving: $2.18
These savory pork chops are a great option when you want to break out of the chicken rut.
See recipe: Soy-Marinated Pork Chop
Cost per serving: $2.15
Swap in a meat, chicken or veggie variety of ravioli if you like. Pumpkin ravioli adds an extra shot of flavor, color and nutrients.
See recipe: Weeknight Ravioli Lasagna
This family-favorite ground beef casserole features cooked rotini pasta combined with canned tomatoes, breadcrumbs, Cheddar
cheese and Parmesan and is perfect for a busy weeknight.
See recipe: Beef-and-Pasta Casserole
Cost per serving: 67¢
Get creative with your burger night recipes and serve these tasty black bean burgers as a healthy option.
See recipe: Black Bean Burgers
Cost per serving: 90¢
This affordable Pork Carnitas recipe has a short ingredient list, but still manages to pack in a lot of flavor. Offer warmed corn tortillas and bowls of diced avocado, salsa and sour cream to make this a meal.
See recipe: Pork Carnitas
Cost per serving: $1.01
Make this American favorite with an Italian twist.
See recipe: Italian-Style Meatloaf
This easy recipe doesn't take long to make and has less than five ingredients.
See recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Creamy Spinach Topping
Make this warm dish with true new potatoes, which are freshly dug and may be as small as marbles or as large as full-size
potatoes. Since the sugars in new potatoes haven't converted to starch, they have a crispy texture and thin skin, which means
they cook quickly.
See recipe: Potato-Mushroom Gratin
Beef Chili Bake delivers all the flavors of a simmering pot of chili but in a casserole--complete with a cornbread topping.
See recipe: Beef Chili Bake
It doesn't get more delicious than black beans, avocados, sour cream and Monterey Jack cheese.
See recipe: Southwestern Smothered Fries
Whip up these Mini Meat Loaves with salsa and potato slices in less than an hour.
See recipe: Mini Meat Loaves and Potato Slices
Classic Chicken Divan is the perfect one-dish meal for those busy weeknights. This version gets lightened up but still retains
its savory flavor.
See recipe: Chicken Divan
Cost per serving: $1.15
Don’t wait till Thanksgiving to whip up this warm, fruit-filled dessert.
See recipe: Deep-Dished Apple Pie
Cost per serving: $.34
This moist treat is perfect for chocoholics.
See recipe: Fudgy Brownies