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Delicious Winter Recipes & Local Grab-and-Go Meals

There’s nothing like a satisfying meal that warms you up in winter. Whether you’re craving comfort food or something a bit more fancy, we’ve gathered a range of delicious winter recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. We also have many tasty grab-and-go meal options in Kitsap County, so we’ve included some of those as well.

Winter Weeknight Dinners

Baked Mac and Cheese: Macaroni and cheese is always a classic. And let’s be honest, it’s the ultimate comfort food! This recipe is easy to follow and elevates your elbow pasta to another level with two cheeses. The Gruyere gives this dish amazing flavor, and the mozzarella makes it extra cheesy. This dish is perfect for a winter weeknight dinner. It takes approximately 10 minutes to prep and 1 hour to cook. If you’re avoiding flour, try this delectable gluten-free option.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole: Chicken Cordon Bleu is another classic dish, but Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole tastes just as good and it’s easier to make. Instead of tediously breading and stuffing each chicken breast, you layer the ingredients in one dish and bake it together. To top it off, this is a low-carb, gluten-free meal. It takes only 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook.

Gourmet Winter Meals

Spicy Pot Roast: This recipe enhances traditional pot roast with oranges, sweet potatoes, and a Calabrian chile gremolata. With whole orange segments and fresh squeezed orange juice, this pot roast has a zesty citrus flavor. Add in smooth sweet potatoes, celery root, and tender beef for an extra hearty meal.

Mushroom Risotto with Scallops: Risotto is always creamy and delicious, but this recipe raises the flavor factor with seared scallops marinated in garlic and fresh herbs. The recipe also has detailed step-by-step instructions to aid in your culinary success. When you’re shopping, keep in mind that farmed scallops are considered sustainable and rated a “best choice” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. Also, the scallops can be served on the side to keep the risotto vegetarian for guests.

Grab-and-Go Meals in North Kitsap

Winter recipes are great, but sometimes you simply want a scrumptious meal without all the prep work and cleanup. Try one of these local grab-and-go meal options right here in North Kitsap. Our area is home to many great local businesses, so this is a brief list just to get you started.

  • The Saucy Sailor in Kingston features British fusion fare that is made fresh every day. Their “gourmet to take away” is served in seconds and includes a great variety of comfort foods such as meatball stroganoff, cottage pie, and bangers and mash. The restaurant also sells convenient “take and bake”’ frozen meals for heating up at home to enjoy.
  • Borrowed Kitchen Bakery in Kingston makes everything from scratch on a daily basis to ensure the freshest baked goods are available for customers. This includes great bread and prepared frozen meals that serve either two to three or four to six people.
  • Ono Poke Too in Kingston has tasty Hawaiian-style poke, always prepared fresh and with a smile. You can order by phone and pick it up. Their winter hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Oxalis Kitchen in Poulsbo has yummy frozen soups to go and a variety of locally sourced, and thoughtfully prepared foods available for dine-in or take-out.
  • Jake’s Pickup on Bainbridge Island offers a great selection of grab-and-go options. Try their turkey taco soup or their smoked pulled BBQ pork shoulder. If you’ve never been to Jake’s, don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s inside a gas station. This place has delicious food that’s mostly organic, made fresh, and has been a local favorite since 2014.
  • Via Rosa 11 on Bainbridge Island offers authentic Italian pasta, sauces, and lasagna in their market. These are great to keep stocked in your kitchen so you always have something on hand for a fresh, quick, and easy dinner.