25 Winter recipes to make before February is over

Feb 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Now that Valentine's Day has passed, we can turn our attention back to foods that are not pink, red or heart-shaped. Rejoice!

These scrumptious dishes from our February recipe collection will ease you back into the kitchen where red velvet is no longer king. Pin your favorites to make later — there are too many good ones here to try before the month is over.

Main dishes

1. Cherry-sage flank steak recipe

Cherry-sage flank steak recipe

You can have this steak dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat. There goes that excuse for takeout.

2. Cabbage rolls with soy-honey chicken and rice recipe

Cabbage rolls with soy-honey chicken and rice recipe

Cabbage rolls have never looked sexier.

3. One-dish Italian chicken and rice casserole recipe

asy one-dish Italian chicken and rice casserole recipe

There's something about a chicken and rice casserole with cream of mushroom soup that just makes my mouth water. Comfort food at its finest.

4. Steak-stuffed crescent rolls with horseradish sauce recipe

Steak-stuffed crescent rolls with horseradish sauce recipe

This fancy version of pigs in a blanket could be a snack or an appetizer, but eating the whole batch for dinner works for me.

5. Cheesy asparagus chowder recipe

Cheesy asparagus chowder recipe

Proof that Meatless Monday can leave you with a full, happy belly.

6. Chili spaghetti recipe

Chili spaghetti recipe

When you have leftover chili, you make chili spaghetti.

7. Lentil and mushroom empanadas with creamy roasted red pepper sauce recipe

Lentil and mushroom empanadas with creamy roasted red pepper sauce recipe

Pro tip: When you use premade pie crusts, empanadas are way easier.

8. Slow cooker green chili and shredded chicken tortilla soup recipe

Slow cooker green chili and shredded chicken tortilla soup recipe

Is there anything better than coming home to the smell of slow cooker soup, ready and waiting for you?

9. Coronation chicken salad with toasted almonds recipe

Coronation chicken salad with toasted almonds recipe

You can literally eat like a queen with this upgraded chicken salad.

10. Pineapple chicken meatballs with mashed cauliflower recipe

pineapple chicken meatballs with mashed cauliflower recipe

It's like meatballs and mashed potatoes, but way healthier.

11. Slow cooker chicken and sausage cassoulet recipe

Slow cooker chicken and sausage cassoulet recipe

The more approachable cassoulet... no duck required.

12. Red wine-braised short ribs recipe

Red wine-braised short ribs recipe

Only 10 minutes of prep, and three hours later, you're sitting down to this luscious bowl of short ribs.

13. Cauliflower "mac" and cheese with spinach and bacon recipe

Cauliflower mac and cheese with spinach and bacon recipe

This is how you turn cauliflower haters into cauliflower lovers.

14. Loaded, beefy, beer cheese nachos recipe

Loaded, beefy, beer cheese nachos recipe

Every once in a while, a ginormous plate of nachos is the best idea for dinner.

15. Quick cashew chicken and broccoli skillet recipe

Quick cashew chicken and broccoli skillet recipe

Everything you love about Chinese takeout in one quick skillet.

16. Cheesy cheddar, broccoli and bacon pull-apart rolls recipe

Chessy cheddar, broccoli and bacon pull-apart rolls recipe

Take your dinner and stuff it into biscuit dough, and you get these glorious rolls.

17. One-pot Italian sausage pasta with ricotta cheese recipe

One-skillet Italian sausage pasta with ricotta cheese recipe

For those nights when you're not counting calories, make it worth it. Pasta, cheese, sausage, more cheese. Yes.

18. Spicy slow cooker pineapple chicken meatballs recipe

Spicy slow cooker pineapple chicken meatballs recipe

Make these meatballs a meal by serving them with rice or veggies. Or just use a toothpick and eat them directly from the slow cooker. (Not that I know anything about that.)

19. Fried chicken nuggets and garlic mashed potatoes flatbread pizza recipe

Fried chicken nuggets and garlic mashed potatoes flatbread pizza recipe

Every child's (and most adults', if we're being honest) dream pizza.

Desserts

20. Raspberry cordial vegan cupcake recipe

Raspberry cordial vegan cupcake recipe

I don't particularly need another excuse to eat dessert, but if I did: booze.

21. Sweet jam-filled gnocchi recipe

Sweet jam-filled gnocchi recipe

Yep, they're still made with potatoes, but gnocchi for dessert will blow your mind.

22. Super-easy grapefruit-rosemary cake recipe

Super-easy grapefruit-rosemary cake recipe

Nobody needs to know this ridiculously easy citrus-herb cake starts with a boxed mix.

23. Fudge thumbprints with strawberry-amaretto jam recipe

Fudge thumbprints with strawberry-amaretto jam recipe

You'd never guess these divine treats are made with black beans.

24. Girl Scout cookie-inspired "Thin Mint" energy bites recipe

Thin Mint cookie energy bites

It tastes like a Thin Mint, but it's actually a healthy energy bite. Winner.

25. Cookies-and-cream hot chocolate recipe

cookies and cream hot chocolate

This hot chocolate could be breakfast or dessert. Or both. I won't judge.

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