Warm, Cozy, and Tasty Meals for Our Independent Living Communities

Add in some of these delicious recipes to your meal prep routine!


We still have a little while longer in the colder weather, especially in the evenings when the temperatures start to dip. And when the weather is a little rainy, a spring snow comes in, or it’s simply blustery out, there’s nothing like curling up with some cozy comfort food.

While our Sunshine Retirement Living independent living communities offer 24/7 meals prepared by our incredible chefs, we also know that sometimes cooking the actual meal is an important part of the experience. When you want to try something new on a cold evening, check out some of our favorite, warming comfort recipes below!

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Chock full of delicious and nutritious broccoli, this crispy cheesy broccoli soup is like a hug in a bowl. Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties, it offers a ton of health benefits. With super simple ingredients and instructions, this soup is an easy favorite to add to your list. We love to pair it with crispy bread, fluffy focaccia, or even some simple crackers to dip in the cheesy goodness!


Truly the most classic comfort food, goulash is a Hungarian dish that includes meat, veggies, and starch, which creates a super balanced meal. It’s easy to cook in bulk too, meaning it’s an excellent choice for meal prep for the week. We love that this recipe from Delish offers a couple of variations including swapping out the beef for ground chicken or turkey, or the elbow macaroni for penne or rigatoni, and reminds the home-chef to adjust cooking times for the variations. With many kinds of tomatoes offering a vast flavor profile, this goulash is definitely one to add to your meal plan rotation.

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

Sometimes a side dish is the thing that really hits the spot, and this loaded mash is absolutely delicious and a wonderful way to get in some extra veggies while still feeling totally decadent. Made with a little bacon, ghee, and cheddar, this side dish truly tastes like a heaping spoonful of heaven! Rich with flavor from the dill weed, garlic, parsley, onion powder, and chives, you’ll never know these weren’t mashed potatoes. Serve them alongside any one of the other recipes on this list, or even have them on their own as a delicious snack. We know these will become a quick favorite.

Butternut Squash Soup and Grilled Cheese

On nights when you need a quick meal, consider changing up the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo by swapping out the tomato soup for butternut squash soup. Buttery and smooth, butternut squash is also packed with nutrients. This recipe by Love and Lemons is super flavorful with sage, rosemary, and ginger. It pairs really well with a grilled cheese sandwich made from sourdough bread, fontina and cheddar cheese, as well as crisped sage and roasted garlic straight in the sandwich. Consider adding a little ham or bacon for extra decadence, or a couple slices of tomato for a little added kick. We’re sure you’re going to love this combination!

When the kitchen is calling and the nights are a little chilly, we think these recipes will absolutely hit the spot. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

If you are interested in learning more about our amazing Sunshine Retirement Living independent living communities, give our friendly team a call today!

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