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Why does the shortest month of the year always feel so, well, long? February gets a bad rap for being dreary, elongating winter and causing way too much anxiety on the 14th. But look on the bright side: It’s also the best time to stay in and cook hearty, soul-warming dishes that will make you grateful for the colder season. Get your groceries delivered, stay in your sweats and cozy up to these dinners you can cook for yourself, your friends or your S.O. every night in February.  

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February 1: Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms and Bacon

It’s soft, it’s crisp, it’s hearty and it’s as comforting as can be. This polenta packed with umami toppers is the ideal winter dinner. 

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February 2: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Chicken meatballs are so much easier to master than wings, and you can triple the recipe if you have company over to watch the big game (or halftime show, we get it).

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February 3: Crock-Pot Corn Chowder

A winter Monday calls for a slow-cooker recipe, because you deserve a warm dinner with minimal effort. 

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February 4: Tomato and White Bean Stew on Toast

Toast adds a nice layer of crunch to this intentionally mushy meal, which, you guessed it, is even better the second day. 

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February 5: Cacio e Pepe

Once you’ve mastered cacio e pepe, it’s really hard to ever want to eat anything else in the world for dinner. 

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February 6: Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

This diner favorite, spread with a light yogurt-based dip, tastes rich but isn’t totally over the top. 

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February 7: Moules-Frites

Wait, is that your couch or a Parisian bistro? Either way, you’re about to get super cozy with this fabulously easy, fabulously chic meal. 

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February 8: Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes

Consider this a preview of the greens you’ll eat this spring, but it’s a dish that’s easy to make in any cold month. We dare you not to devour the entire thing in one sitting.

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February 9: Mac and Cheese with Crispy Parmesan-Phyllo Crust

We don’t know about you, but we’d way rather have these phyllo roses than a bouquet of real ones.

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February 10: Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Slide into your fuzziest socks and ladle yourself a bowl of the slow-cooker soup you threw together this morning. Best. Monday. Ever. 

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February 11: Creamy Beef and Shells

A classic macaroni-cheeseburger hybrid that is easy to whip up and will bring back major nostalgia. 

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February 12: Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey

Warm up with hot peppers and honey, the best pizza topping. Trust. 

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February 13: Lasagna Soup

Lasagna can be time-consuming to layer and bake. Skip the work but get all the goodness with this lasagna soup you can slurp from a bowl. 

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February 14: Lobster Risotto

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter who you’re cooking for or with, this indulgent lobster risotto is worth a Friday night in. 

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February 15: Roasted Squash Salad with White Beans, Bread Crumbs and Preserved Lemon

Who said salads can’t be cozy? This warm dish is packed with comforting seasonal ingredients.

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February 16: Sage Lemon Butter Chicken Piccata with Mashed Cauliflower

Unlike any chicken piccata you’ve had before, this herby version pairs fabulously with homemade (and low-carb, we might add) cauliflower mash. 

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February 17: Super Easy Vietnamese Chicken Curry

Tickle your tongue with this beginner-level chicken curry that anyone can master. 

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February 18: Mini Mason Jar Chicken Potpies

Portable enough for a potluck, but adorable enough to make any blustery night feel good. (You’ll want to start collecting jars for this special dinner early on in February.)

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February 19: Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea. Especially when it’s as decadent as these cheesy waffles topped with fried chicken. 

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February 20: Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This week is trending to be a lazy yet cozy one, and you can never have too many noodle soup leftovers. Ward off any pending winter sickness with this easy chicken soup recipe. 

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February 21: Korean Beef Bulgogi

Add a bowl of kimchi and some rice and you have a big, satisfying meal. Prep your steak the night before to get the most out of your bulgogi marinade. 

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February 22: Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Avocado Dressing

The best way to make a healthy dinner just a little bit cozier? Add bacon. 

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February 23: 30-Minute Thai Chicken Meatball Khao Soi

If you’re not obsessed with homemade khao soi yet, you’re about to be. This meatball version subs the traditional drumstick for ground chicken, so you do you, meatball lovers. 

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February 24: Seared Tofu Banh Mi

Anything sandwiched between a baguette is comfort food, but the veggie take on a Vietnamese banh mi feels extra cozy. 

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February 25: Slow-Cooker Chicken Korma with Sweet Potato

Coconut milk, sweet potatoes and dark meat make this luscious slow-cooked stew an ideal weeknight meal.

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February 26: Whole Roasted Chipotle Chicken

Winner, winner, it’s the coziest soul-warming chipotle seasoned chicken dinner. 

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February 27: Tomato Soup in Grilled Cheese Bread Bowls

It’s fast and casual, but you made it yourself. Oh, and the bread bowls have a little extra something. (Hint: It’s cheese!)

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February 28: Nikujaga: Japanese Beef Stew

Fact: This stew is amazing. It takes only 20 minutes to cook, but it tastes like it’s been simmering for hours.

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February 29: Rigatoni Pasta Pie

An extra day deserves a dinner that’s totally extra. Throw a Leap Day party starring this fabulous pasta cake.

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