Healthy Cooking on the Cheap: Cozy Comfort Foods for Chilly Spring Nights

After a week where nothing seems to go right—you’re majorly stressed about work, you haven’t done laundry in so long that you’re out of clean underwear, and the weather feels like anything but spring—the best medicine is undeniably some delicious comfort food.
I love making a big batch of my Springtime Turkey Chili because it freezes exceptionally well and tastes even better by the second or third day. When I was growing up, my mom used to serve this chili over a big pile of steaming hot macaroni noodles and sprinkle cheddar cheese over the whole thing. My brother and I would scrape our bowls clean and go for seconds every time. Looking for something equally comforting and fancy? Try my friend Rocky’s Chicken Marsala. It’s perfect for a Friday night dinner with friends and comes together in only about 20 minutes, leaving you more time to enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the week and some downtime out of the kitchen.

Grocery list:
Whole-wheat spiral pasta (if you don’t like 100% whole-wheat varieties, try Barilla Whole Grain, which is 51% whole wheat)
Two 6-oz. cans tuna packed in water
Feta cheese crumbles
Kalamata olives
1 lb. lean ground turkey
Two 28-oz. cans chopped tomatoes in juice
3 tbsp tomato paste
Two 15-oz. cans small red beans
1 large onion
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb. sliced mushrooms
Fresh rosemary
Marsala wine
Sherry wine
10 cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper
1 jalapeño
1 bottle red wine, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon
1 bag baby spinach

Next page: Let’s get cooking!


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