Looking for comforting bites to get through the shortest month of the year? Here are the best recipes to make in February.
From warming meals to Valentine’s Day, you’ll find plenty of inspiration.
Eating the same thing can get old fast, especially when you’re trapped inside the house due to winter weather.
That’s why this collection features a whole month’s worth of recipes and then some. That’s one new dish a day!
There’s lobster risotto, butternut squash soup, cheesy nachos, and even hot chocolate.
From classic chili to decadent brownies, there are plenty of February recipes that will make you happy about cold weather.
1. Smoked Paprika Chicken with Creamed Spinach
Same chicken dinner getting you down? Revamp your poultry with this flavorful dish.
You sear smoked paprika-seasoned chicken thighs in butter. This gives the thighs a nice char on the outside.
Finish it off in the oven, then plate it with creamed spinach.
All these things combined are mouthwatering!
2. Pan-Seared Steak with Garlic Butter
Nothing is more disappointing than a poorly cooked steak.
So don’t leave the cooking to chance. Instead, follow this recipe.
The steak has the perfect sear, while the garlic butter enhances the flavor without distracting from the meat.
Perfection like this deserves to be a date night dinner.
3. No-Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake
This dessert couldn’t be more fitting for Valentine’s Day.
Cheesecake can be tricky. Luckily, this one doesn’t require baking.
You can whip this up for your special Valentine no matter your skill level.
Just keep in mind, it does need to chill for at least 4 hours.
4. Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
When the Super Bowl rolls around, it’s time to finalize a game plan for the menu.
While there are plenty of game day appetizers, chicken wings are a must.
They’re a crowd-pleaser that’s a guaranteed touchdown. Plus, these are super easy because you bake them.
5. Healthy Hot Chocolate
Stay warm all month long with this healthy hot chocolate.
Dairy-free and vegan, this hot chocolate has coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, and unsweetened cocoa powder.
It’s kid-tested and parent-approved.
So whip together a few mugs and enjoy building new family memories.
6. Spicy Lasagna Soup
Here’s a life hack for you: spicy lasagna soup. You get the lasagna you want without meticulous assembly.
Hearty and gratifying, it’s a mess of all the best ingredients.
It has spicy Italian sausage, ground beef, cheese, and more all in a tomato broth.
Add the lasagna noodles and let them soak up all that goddess.
Now, that’s my idea of spending a cozy night dining in.
7. Creamy Baked Brussel Sprouts
Trying to find new Brussels sprout recipes before they’re out of season? I hear you!
Here’s one that even fussy eaters will love.
This cozy skillet smothers Brussels sprouts in heavy cream and cheese.
The only other things you need are Italian seasoning and garlic.
Although, some garlic bread will go great.
Some avocado varieties are ripe in the winter.
Do you know what that means? It’s guacamole time!
From the texture to the flavor, this guacamole is delish. It has the right ratio of avocado to onion to tomato.
As for the spice level, you can use more or less hot sauce.
Grab the chips and let the dipping commence.
9. Tuna Casserole
Tuna casserole is a classic homestyle dish that’s like a warm sweater.
So if you crave comfort food, whip it up.
It’s packed with tuna, egg noodles, and veggies in a cheesy cream sauce.
There are also plenty of servings for seconds.
10. Classic Chili
Toss on a pot of this chili and you’ll warm right up.
The combination of beef, beans, tomato, diced green chilis, and spices is spot on.
Hearty, bold, and meaty, everyone can appreciate a classic chili.
11. Puff Pastry Apple Tart
This might sound blasphemous, but this tart is arguably better than apple pie.
The filling is oozing with tender apples coated in cinnamon and sugar. Then there’s the crust, which is flaky, buttery heaven.
Right before serving, give each slice a drizzle of maple syrup butter. It elevates the entire experience.
12. Roasted Root Vegetable Gratin
This picture-perfect gratin is a work of art.
Humble roots like sweet potatoes and beets get spiffed up with a lavish cream sauce.
Getting the slices equally thin can be a challenge. With a mandolin, it’s not a problem.
You simply slice, assemble, and bake.
13. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Grab some veggie sticks because you don’t want to miss this dip.
It tastes like something you’d order at the pub.
Yet, you can make it in the comfort of your own home in just 25 minutes!
When this hits the table, you better stand back.
This hot cheesy, savory dip is beckoning your guests to dig right in.
14. Dulce De Leche Cream Cheese Brownies
I don’t know how anyone could say no to extraordinary brownies like this.
They’re seriously to die for.
On the bottom, you have a fudgy brownie. On top, you have a layer of cheesecake.
Sure, they’re indulgent, but that’s what diet cheat days are for.
15. Cheesy Ground Beef Nachos
I’d say I was saving this for football Sunday. Really, though, I’m just craving nachos.
But can you blame me? This skillet is a meat and cheese lover’s feast.
The toppings include cheddar cheese, peppers, onions, jalapenos, Cajun seasoning, and a mound of beef.
Pile on the pico de gallo, add the sour cream, then dig in.
16. Lobster Risotto
Do you need a romantic dinner for two? I’ve got just the thing!
Lobster risotto is a surefire hit.
Two buttery lobster tails meld with a creamy white wine-infused risotto.
It’s decadent, elegant, and ready in 40 minutes.
All that’s missing from this dinner is two glasses of fine wine.
17. Pot Roast
When you want a hearty meal, go with this pot roast.
Chuck roast, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and onions simmer for hours in beef stock.
Give it a good glug of red wine and tomato paste to make it robust.
One bite, and you’ll feel content and cozy, no matter the weather outside.
18. Cauliflower Cheese
Cauliflower by itself is sort of blah. Prepare it right, and it’s spectacular.
Just take a hint from this dish. It smothers cauliflower in a buttery cream sauce and a mound of cheese.
It also tricks the family into eating their veggies.
19. Butternut Squash Soup
Warm up any night of the week with this 30-minute butternut squash soup.
This is one of my favorites, particularly in the dead of winter.
It’s so healthy and scrumptious. And I just adore creamy soups.
Especially when they manage to be thick and velvety without any cream.
This one is a blend of butternut squash, onions, garlic, veggie stock, nutmeg, and butter.
For a vegan version, use a non-dairy butter substitute.
20. Chicken Stew
When it’s cold out, and I mean really cold, don’t make chicken soup. Make chicken stew.
Hearty and gratifying, it’s far more filling.
It has big meaty pieces of chicken and chunks of veggies to match, all of which are swimming in a robust tomato broth.
The selling point, though, is everything gets piled in upon a layer of bacon grease. Yes, that means there’s bacon in it, too.
21. Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is a classic best enjoyed in February.
It’s part healthy, part comforting food, and completely delicious.
On the bottom, you have a savory layer of ground beef, veggies, and cheddar.
Meanwhile, the top is nothing but a thick layer of creamy mashed potatoes.
No need to call the family. They’re already at the dinner table, forks poised in hand.
22. Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta
Here’s a vegan pasta you’ll want all February long.
A crushed tomato sauce with sauteed alliums and Italian spices coats tender penne.
For a healthy element, add spinach to the mix.
If you want more cheese, add vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast.
What makes it creamy is the vegan cream cheese added to the sauce.
23. Love Potion # 9
Need a special Valentine’s Day cocktail? Then you want love potion #9.
This ravishing cocktail is a flirty creation with a deep red hue.
It’s a gin drink with pomegranate juice, egg white, lemon, and simple syrup. Dot the top with rose petals to garnish.
Whether you’re surprising a Valentine or having a gal pal night, it’s perfect for the holiday.
24. Pepperoni Pizza
Any month is a good month for pepperoni pizza. It’s a classic that kids and adults both love.
Rather than order out, make it a dine-in pizza night. It’s a fun culinary activity the family will love.
It’s also a nice break from the usual routine when it’s too snowy to even get delivery.
And it’s not our typical chain pizza, either. This is a gourmet experience that just so happens to use pepperoni.
Sink your teeth into the crust and you’ll see what I mean.
25. Chopped Winter Salad
With so many hearty dishes, you’ll need a leafy winter salad for the rotation.
This one is a blend of Romaine, radicchio, escarole, radishes, carrots, and apples. It also has a zippy dressing to match.
Enjoy it with a cozy winter dinner spread or as a light lunch. Either way, we can all use a healthy salad during the winter months.
26. Pepernoten Tangerine Tiramisu
Tiramisu may not be a quick dessert, but this one sure is. It’s an alcohol-free play on tiramisu that takes just 14 minutes.
There are layers of pepernoten and fluffy sweetened mascarpone with cream.
Pepernoten is a type of Dutch cookie that’s a fine substitute for ladyfingers.
27. Creamy Garlic Mushroom Pasta
Earthy mushrooms are at home in this linguine pasta.
It’s creamy, umami, and ready in 15 minutes.
You’ll adore the creamy sauce, bite of pecorino, and pine nuts that go with it.
For mushrooms, it’s all about nutty chestnuts.
28. Sweet Potato Fries
Munch healthily all February long with these curry sweet potato fries.
These baked fries are far healthier than fried, and the spice blend is sensational!
For the best texture, dip the fries in egg whites. It’s remarkable how crispy they turn out.
29. Glazed Lemon Cookies
Did you eat so many cookies in December that you didn’t want to look at another one until February?
Well, February is here, and that means cookies are back in the oven.
With the anticipation of spring, I like to keep things fresh with glazed lemon cookies.
They’re soft, bright, and sweet. After a big meal, it’s the perfect little nibble.
30. Winter Vegetable Soup
You’ll want this winter vegetable soup on repeat!
It’s a nutritious and scrumptious winter warmer.
It’s chock-full of veggies like parsnips, potatoes, carrots, and spinach. There are even cannellini beans hiding in the mix.
For the broth, you won’t need much. Just veggie stock, canned tomatoes, garlic, and thyme.
It’s simple, clean, and hits the spot!
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