It’s all about comfort this week, as so many family members and friends are getting over colds and the flu. Soup, stew, and cheesy baked things are what the doctor ordered – and all of these recipes are easily doubled, if there’s someone sick you’d like to comfort with a warm pot of something homemade.


Free Meal Plan Potato & Parsnip SoupParsnips don’t get much love – they look like big, white carrots and have a unique sweet flavour – perfect for soup. Whiz up a batch to sip when it’s cold outside – pureed, the kids don’t have to know there are root veggies in there. A creamy bowlful of potato and parsnips is a perfect accompaniment to grilled cheese.

Potato & Parsnip Soup

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Free Meal Plan Turkey & Kale EnchiladasAlthough kale isn’t in season where we live, there are big, glorious bunches of it in the produce section right now, for about $1 each. These enchiladas are a great way to get your greens – of course cooking down the kale wilts it, so you can get more into every cheesy bite.

Turkey & Kale Enchiladas

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Free Meal Plan Lazy Day Beef StewBrooke’s lazy beef stew is a snap to make – it calls for onions, garlic, potatoes and carrots, but feel free to toss in other winter veggies as well, like turnips and parsnips.

Lazy Day Beef Stew

Photo credit: Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen


Free Meal Plan Sausage, Bean & Pasta Soup with SpinachOK, we need a little something green – and a bag of pre washed spinach is easy to use. The rest of the ingredients in this hearty soup come from the pantry, and a sausage or two goes a long way to flavour the entire pot. Serve with crusty bread for a perfect wintertime meal.

Sausage, Bean & Pasta Soup with Spinach

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Free Meal Plan Roasted Salmon with Lemon and RosemaryFresh salmon is a cinch to prepare – perfect for Friday nights after a long week, when you’re tired but want some real nourishment. Roasted salmon with lemon and rosemary takes less time than ordering a pizza. Serve with any accompaniments you like – mashed potatoes, rice or quinoa, roasted veggies, or atop a green salad.

Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Rosemary