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23 Winter Comfort Foods That Are Almost As Cozy As Staying in Bed

Would still recommend eating them in bed, but you get the idea.

by Munchies Staff
Dec 11 2018, 8:30pm

Photo by Heami Lee. 

Did you have a five-minute internal pep talk with yourself to find the motivation to get out from under the warm, cozy blankets this morning? “If you get out of bed now, your slippers are right there and your feet never even have to touch the Arctic ice-cold floor!” “It’s just a quick jaunt to the bathroom, then you can be under the nice, steamy hot water!” “If you just sludge through this eight-hour work day as quickly as possible, you can be right back here by 6!” Winter is one long, tedious cost-benefits analysis over leaving the toasty cocoon that is your bed after your alarm goes off. We feel you. For when you finally find the motivation to pull yourself out of there, we’ve got some winter comfort food recipes that will make the out-of-bed hours worthwhile and equally cozy.

Both the flavors and the process of making cassoulet evoke serious rustic French countryside cozy vibes. Have a crusty baguette handy for sopping up all of the good braising liquid from the bottom of this pot.

You can watch a step-by-step guide for how to make this spicy, melt-in-your-mouth braised pork with our friend Kimchi Pete over on VICE Video.

This easy but classic beef stew braises slowly with a full bottle of wine, and gets topped with crispy bacon because why the hell not? Grab a bowl and settle into the coziest spot on the couch.

This homemade pho takes some time, but the from-scratch broth is better than anything you'll get from a carton. Let it simmer for several hours and you've got the best way to soothe any sniffles.

Chef Ashley Eddie, executive chef at Santina in Manhattan, showed us how to make this delicious spice-rubbed roast chicken, and we think you’ll want to keep this recipe around for the winter.

For peak enjoyment of this soup, prepare a simple grilled cheese sandwich for dipping and consume on the next day it snows so hard you “simply can’t leave the house, sorry boss.”

With fermented soybean paste, anchovies, kelp, and shimeji mushrooms, this beef stew has more layers of umami than we even know what to do with.

Let this chili simmer on the stovetop for as long as your patience can hold out—or at least a half hour.

This broth recipe from the authors of Sri Lanka: The Cookbook will warm you to your bones.

Plenty of cheese and butter make this southern staple feel like a big, warming hug that you can tuck into for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

If you want to get the cozy vibes of braising without actually committing to, like, several hours of braising a whole lamb shank, start with braised collards with some smoky, spicy kielbasa. Serve over mashed potatoes for maximum comfort levels.

This vegan chickpea stew, from none other than Natalie Portman herself, is super easy to throw together, and when served over white rice, makes for a full, hearty meal.

Chef Benjamin Sukle might have built his culinary reputation in New England, but this “junk food” casserole—made with frozen hashbrowns, cram of chicken soup, and Kellog’s Cornflakes—is pure Pennsylvania suburbs.

Shepherd’s pie without, erm, any of the proteins that shepherds actually herd. Here, our filling base starts with vegan meat crumbles, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, onions, and peas.

Puff pastry and pie doughs are a pain in the ass! Skip it entirely and top your pot pie with fluffy, flaky biscuits.

Per our pal Matty Matheson, “If you don’t like lasagna, you’re probably an idiot.”

We will abide no disagreement over this—the best macaroni and cheese has a crunchy, toasty top layer and a gooey, heart-attack inducing interior just like this one, and that is final.

The best part about this cauliflower casserole? Even with all of its heartiness and winter vibes, it’s totally vegan.

Sometimes when you don’t want to leave your bed/house, the vibe you’re going for is less carbo-loading and more sugar coma. In that case, may we present: our culinary director Farideh Sadeghin’s signature chocolate chip cookies.

Who needs a scented candle burning to make your walk-up apartment feel like a rustic woodland cottage when you can have a real, edible apple pie in the oven instead?

Two of the best, most labor-intensive winter treats, rolled (or, um, twisted?) into one glorious pastry that's totally worth spending your whole Saturday in the comfort of your warm kitchen.

This is the kind of thing you wake up early on a Saturday morning to bake for your significant other or roommates to wake them up gently with the glorious smells of brown sugar, cinnamon and butter all melting together.

You certainly don’t have to make this hot chocolate with cannabis, but if you’re not planning on leaving your mass of blankets and pillows all weekend long, why not? Plus—totally vegan!

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