02/28/2015 07:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Soul-Satisfying Comfort Foods to Chase Away the Chill

Lift your family's spirit on a cold winter day with one of these delicious and satisfying comfort foods.

1. Broccoli & Gruyère Soup with Homemade Croutons


Topped with crisp homemade croutons, this rich and creamy broccoli soup is a hearty meal unto itself. It's perfect to ward off winter's chill, and ready in under an hour. GET THE RECIPE

2. Roast Chicken with Herb Butter


What better than a succulent roast chicken to create cozy moments around the dinner table with your family? This delicious recipe is adapted from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David and Kirsten Uhrenholdt. GET THE RECIPE

3. Potatoes Au Gratin


The ultimate French comfort food, this simple yet indulgent dish involves layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream and grated cheese. The calories are worth every delicious bite. GET THE RECIPE

4. Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls


Is there anything more comforting than homemade chicken matzo ball soup? It's not hard -- just throw everything into a pot and forget it, and the matzo balls are made from a mix. GET THE RECIPE

5. BBQ Turkey Meatloaf


Comfort food doesn't have to be unhealthy. This BBQ turkey meatloaf is hearty, flavorful and -- bonus -- low in fat. GET THE RECIPE

6. Cauliflower Purée with Fresh Thyme


This cauliflower purée is creamy and comforting, and just happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes. It also has the benefit of being easier to make, healthier and lower in carbs. But don't make it just for that reason -- it's delicious in its own right. GET THE RECIPE

7. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders


Comfort food is often the food of our childhood -- but these chicken tenders, marinated in seasoned buttermilk and pan-fried to crispy perfection, aren't just for kids. Dip them, put them on a salad, or eat them on their own. GET THE RECIPE

8. Texas Beef Chili


With meltingly tender chunks of beef enveloped in a deep, spicy and smoky sauce, Texas beef chili (or Chili con Carne) is essentially a chili-flavored beef stew. Try it, and you may never go back to that ground beef and bean chili again. GET THE RECIPE