Comfort Food Recipes: Cooking For Your Soul
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For many of us, food plays a significant role in our emotional and spiritual lives. What we eat not only nourishes our bodies but speaks to our inner selves as well. In today’s hectic world, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life. However, by focusing on small things like cooking a healthy homemade meal, we can then make time for other activities that are more important to us. And cooking, both for yourself and others, can be extremely rewarding and comforting.
So, whether you’re looking for inspiration for date night or to give your family a special treat, the following ideas should heal your soul!
Casseroles are a win-win comfort food for the whole family. They are filling and great for leftovers,
which makes them an excellent choice for your busier days. For some extra flavor and nutrition, try adding some chopped veggies such as carrots or onions. Or, if you are feeling ambitious, why not try to make your own sauce? To do this, you can really use any herbs and spices of your choosing. But if you want it to be creamy, don’t forget to add cheese!
The best ingredients for a casserole include chicken or beef, green beans, garlic, and thyme, which are all guaranteed to make your kitchen smell amazing!
Shepherd’s pie is a comfort food classic that always goes down a treat. This savory dish of ground beef, carrots, peas, and, mashed potatoes is an excellent choice for a family dinner or a potluck. While it is best when made fresh, Shepard’s Pie can be reheated if you are in a pinch. The veggies and mashed potatoes will stay fresh for several days in the fridge, and the ground beef should be reheated within 2 to 3 days.
Shepherd’s pie is easy to make and doesn’t need many ingredients, making it a great option for those on a low-carb diet. And, you can even freeze this dish for later!
Roast dinners are always a great choice for a regular family dinner or even a special occasion. There are so many variations of this classic comfort meal that you can choose from, some involving turkey, lamb, chicken, pork, or even a vegetarian version with nuts.
Most roasts typically involve lots of veggies, stuffing, and gravy, making them packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. To make the gravy more flavorful, why not add ingredients like herbs, mushrooms, or onions? Or, if you’re feeling even more adventurous, why not make your own homemade stuffing? It may sound daunting, but making stuffing is actually pretty simple and takes less than an hour!
There is no need to be wary of eating lasagna if you are on a low-carb diet. If made with plenty of vegetables and lean protein, this healthy comfort meal can keep you full and satisfied. Plus, lasagna is perfect for those cold winter nights when you want to curl up and get warm. For a slightly different variation, why not try a recipe that uses lasagna sheets made from veggies like zucchini, squash, and butternut? Hmm…delicious!