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Fighting the winter blues or a bad cold? From matzo ball soup (aka Jewish penicillin) to grilled cheese, these comforting homemade recipes will lift your spirits and make you feel better.
Homemade chicken soup is known as “Jewish Penicillin” because it always makes you feel better. Making it is a bit of a “potschke,” as my mother would say, but it’s not hard.
Infused with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, this chai-spiced banana bread is a lovely twist on basic banana bread. It’s the epitome of comfort food.
Made with a rotisserie chicken and pantry staples, this Thai-style chicken soup with rice noodles is almost instant gratification; it will leave you feeling cozy, happy, and all warmed up.
Oatmeal makes a soothing good-for-you breakfast. This recipe from Megan Gilmore’s cookbook is good for your tastebuds, too.
This 3-ingredient fruit salad with pomegranate, oranges, and grapefruit not only tastes delicious, it’s also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to help boost your immune system.
There is something dreamy and comforting about a bowl of warm, creamy polenta. This version is made with vitamin-rich butternut squash.
Gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are just what the doctor ordered when you’re feeling under the weather. This version, with sun-dried tomato pesto, tastes like hot, crispy pizza paninis.
This classic French beef stew is the ultimate cold weather comfort food. After a few hours in the oven, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich wine sauce.
Chockfull of French green lentils, vegetables and bacon, this soup is a hearty, healthy meal unto itself.
If the cold weather has you down, this classic French onion soup will cheer you up.
This is my all-time favorite homemade mac and cheese — ultra-creamy and topped with crispy panko and herbs.
This warm baked homemade applesauce is rich, tart and sweet — almost like apple pie filling (but without the guilt).