Comfort foods shouldn't be expensive or difficult to make—try these five easy recipes and get cozy.
Cost per serving: $3.50
To make a more well-rounded meal, offer a green vegetable on the side, such as sauteed string beans or steamed broccoli, or toss a simple salad.
See recipe: Meatball Calzones
Cost per serving: $1.14
Take advantage of the season's plentiful gourd selection and quickly transform butternut squash into this rich, creamy soup.
See recipe: Squash Soup with Whole-Grain Croutons
Cost per serving: $3.08
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are equally delicious in this dish, and they're even more economical.
See recipe: Chicken Breasts with Orange Sauce
Cost per serving: $3.38
This nutritious salad is a great way to use leftover turkey, but chopped chicken and ham are equally delicious.
See recipe: Cobb Salad with Cranberries
Cost per serving: $1.31
This is a warming vegetarian meal, but you can please meat eaters by cooking a few slices of bacon until crisp and crumbling them into the slow cooker with the beans before warming.
See recipe: Easy Mexican Black Bean Casserole
Cost per serving: 28¢
Gumdrops are out of the ordinary and give the cookies a colorful twist, but feel free to use raisins or chocolate chips instead for a more traditional batch. A handful of coconut or chopped toasted nuts are also great additions. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a small bit of nutmeg if you like a hint of spice.
See recipe: Oatmeal-Spice Drop Cookies