12/09/2014 12:05 pm ET Updated Feb 08, 2015

Comfort Food Classics

Shutterstock / Joshua Resnick

Whether it's built into our brains or something we've created all on our own, comfort food cravings grow stronger and stronger as the daylight and temperature outside decrease.

Click Here to see the Complete List of Comfort Food Classics

While there are plenty of naturally warming foods, winter weather makes us crave all things cheesy, gooey, warm, and hearty, which makes comfort food the perfect choice for this week's SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).

We put the Culinary Content Network to the test to come up with a few of their favorite comfort food recipes, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Christine Carlisle of Chew Nibble Nosh pops everything she needs for her Cajun beans and rice in the slow cooker in the morning to come home to the perfect, budget-friendly comfort food.
  • Lauri Yates of Foxes Love Lemons brings us a Mexican pasta bake. It's cheesy and gooey, and everything you want in a winter casserole to help you forget that it's going to be gross outside for the next few months.
  • This week's winner comes from Becky Winkler of A Calculated Whisk. Add sweet potatoes and kale to three-meat chili for a well-rounded, one-bowl meal.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Click Here to see the Original Story on The Daily Meal
-Julie Ruggirello, The Daily Meal

More Content from The Daily Meal:
Easy and Festive Make Ahead Holiday Menu

Cold? Warm Up With These Hot Drinks for Winter Days

How to Avoid Over-Indulging During The Holidays

Healthy Holiday Eating Swaps

Holiday Dining Favorites and What to Drink with Them