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10 Best Home-Cooked Meals for Cold Weather


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Home-Cooked Meals

I love a home-cooked meal particularly something that is fresh and has a traditional background to it. I have cooked many types of traditional Malay cuisine before, but at the same time, I love trying new recipes. When I was growing up in Perak (a southern state in Malaysia), I was influenced a lot by Malay and Asian cuisine that is cooked by my mother. There is nothing that compares to a home-cooked meal, right? It always tastes better.

Cold Weather Makes Us Hungry

When the weather gets cold, as it has recently here in Utah, it's time to prepare meals that are warm and delicious. The cold weather also makes us feel hungry so easy. So what a perfect time to prepare something fully for the tummy! I have been cooking these dishes for a while, but, I adjusted the flavors and the ingredients so, it's coordinate with the seasonal delicacy. Winter is all about comfort food.

Comfort Food

For me, comfort food means comfort and simple preparation. However, it doesn't mean I will make it too easy. I like to make the food I cook tastier. Trust me, it looks more appetizing and your family would love it. For example, if I'm making fried rice, I will pair this dish with shrimp, eggs, or chicken. I will also add vegetables such as carrot, cabbage, broccoli, and much more. Be creative with the food that you're making. When I cook instant ramen, for instance, I like to make it merrier. So I add some protein such as eggs or chicken, and I also add vegetables (mushroom, green mustard, and tomatoes).

I thought of sharing my favorite home-cooked meals that I made for my family during cold weather.

1. Spicy Fried Noodles With Shrimp Tempura

I made this dish out of my curiosity about the tempura flour I bought at the Asian store. I thought what a quick way to cook shrimp tempura with the instant flour mix. I don't have to spend time making the batter than just add water to it, dump the shrimp, and fry. Voila! I would encourage working moms to get it (tempura flour) at the store, it's cheap and fast. You can pair the shrimp tempura with rice or ramen. I decided to have with spicy fried noodles.

For the full recipe of the spicy fried noodles go to this link.

2. Chicken Noodles

This is a must dish to cook for winter. The warm and delicious bone broth from the chicken is perfect to warm your stomach. I never thought that after I moved to the United States I'd be making this because, in Malaysia, chicken noodles or mi sup is famous and it's easy to find at the restaurant.

For the full recipe go to this link.

3. Fried Rice

In Malaysia and Indonesia, fried rice is known as nasi goreng, and it is one of my favorite comfort foods. It is very simple but delicious. I have to admit that it is so tempting when you're feeling hungry. The best thing about fried rice is it's quick and easy. All you need is cooked rice and some other ingredients that you already have in the fridge. Fried rice is a dish that is endlessly flexible; you can prepare it with your own style.

For the full recipe go to this link.

4. Malaysian Curry Noodles

One of my favorite comfort foods is curry noodles. In Malaysia, this dish is very popular, and you can find it at the local hawker stalls and restaurants. One of the best features of this dish is that it contains all of the important flavors and tastes: spicy, creamy, sweet, and sour. It's perfect for the cold weather. If you have a leftover broth, save it and have it the next day for lunch.

For the full recipe go to this link.

5. Instant Ramen

Yes, instant ramen noodles are one of my favorites to make during winter. It's cheap and fast. However, I like to improve the ramen rather than just have it plain and simple from the packet. Here's what I did. I saute sliced shallots and garlic with a little bit of oil in the pan. Then, I follow the instructions on the packet. I also like to add hard-boiled eggs, chicken, and vegetables to the ramen. It's perfect! I don't have a recipe for this but, I know you can make the ramen tastes delicious.

6. Pizza

Believe it or not, pizza is the most famous comfort food in the United States. Therefore, I had to put this to the list. Actually, I like to make a homemade pizza because it's cheaper and I can put extra toppings without extra charge. Ain't that great? To save time, I'd make the dough earlier and save it in the freezer. I love mushrooms, bell peppers, marinara sauce, and cheese on the top of the pizza.

For the full recipe go to this link.

7. Chicken Tikka Masala

To cook chicken tikka masala requires time and can be a little bit tedious to prepare, but, it is so worth it. I recommended cooking this dish on the weekend where you can prepare the ingredients earlier and have it ready for dinner. For a perfect chicken tikka masala, you must marinate the chicken so, the spices will absorb and you will get the authentic flavor from it. I like having chicken tikka with naan bread or basmati rice.

For the full recipe go to this link.

8. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

This is as easy as it gets. When you are too tired to even think about fixing dinner, this is what you should make. Spaghetti aglio e olio is one of my favorite classic Italian dishes. I love the simplicity and the freshness of it. It is a big plate of comfort food that is so simple and quick to prepare. Perfect for a family dinner.

For the full recipe go to this link

9. French Toast

My husband and I love French toast—it is one of our favorite breakfast meals to cook on weekends. However, we also think french toast can be perfect comfort food for dinner. It depends on our mood whenever we want to have it. As french toast lovers, we usually say not to this sweet and eggy bread. We often topped with sweet, luscious fruits and warm, thick maple syrup.

If you want to make the perfect French toast at home, give this recipe a try.

10. Malay-Style Rice Noodles Soup (Bihun Sup)

Bihun sup is one of my favorite dishes to make during the winter season. The flavorful blend from different spices is the main element of this dish. The broth is perfect to combat the cold. It can be prepared with meat or without. In the meantime, sambal kicap or spicy soy sauce is a great addition. It gives an extra kick to the broth.

For full recipe follow this link.

© 2019 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on October 07, 2020:

Thank you for your appreciation, Peggy. They are my favorite home-cooked meals for the cold weather. I'm sure I will be making them for this fall and winter.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2020:

Every one of your photos makes each dish look so delicious. I think that we will have to make spaghetti aglia e olio sometime soon with the added shrimp. That is a favorite around here, also.

Liza (author) from USA on December 15, 2019:

Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, Umesh. I really appreciated it :)

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 15, 2019:

A good combo of assorted recipes. Useful. Thanks.

Liza (author) from USA on November 15, 2019:

Thank you, Linda. I had a great time making this food and sharing the story with people. Some required a bit of time and patience, but, I really enjoyed it. Have a great weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on November 15, 2019:

I'm sure some are not familiar with the dishes I cooked and presented here. However, I'd be happy to share the authenticity and the delightful of Malaysian cuisine to everyone. Thank you for reading my hub and thanks for commenting Wesman :)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 2019:

The photos are lovely, Liza! They make the food look very appetizing. You've shared a great collection of dishes.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on November 15, 2019:

You created a great presentation. I'm unfamiliar with a lot of these dishes, but I'm not shy, and I would jump right into them given half a chance.

Liza (author) from USA on November 15, 2019:

Yay, do it! I'm sure he likes it. Chicken Tikka Masala is our favorite Indian food. I learned so much from the method and the ingredients. I hope you'll enjoy making this delicious dish. Thank you for reading my hubs.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 14, 2019:

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I like all of these dishes. And I think I will try making the Chicken Tikka Masala first. I think my husband will like it a lot. It's different than what I normally cook.

Liza (author) from USA on November 14, 2019:

Thank you for your lovely comment, Rachel. I really appreciated it.

Rachel Alba on November 14, 2019:

Hi Liza, Your pictures are amazing and look so appetizing.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Liza (author) from USA on November 14, 2019:

Thank you, Liz. It's cold in Utah but, it's not as bad as majority Midwest states in America. I'm a bit lucky here. Comfort food makes me calm and relaxes while embracing this cold weather. I hope you will get warm and comfort food as well, Liz.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 14, 2019:

Seeing these makes me feel hungry. It's cold and wet in the UK now. Thanks for the inspiration.

Liza (author) from USA on November 14, 2019:

Thank you for your lovely comment, Iqra. I appreciated it :)

Iqra from Pakistan on November 14, 2019:

yummy, an excellent collection of easy, homemade recipes!

thanks for sharing

Liza (author) from USA on November 14, 2019:

Thank you, Nella. I enjoy cooking comfort food for my family. They are perfect for cold weather. Have a nice day!

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on November 14, 2019:

These recipes all look delicious!

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