5 November, 2014

Our Favourite Comfort Foods

There’s now decidedly a chill in the air. We were pretty lucky the last two weeks of October with some unseasonably sunny and warm weather. But the colors of the leaves, and the fact that I now have to wear socks indoors, indicate that it’s comfort foods time!

5 Favourite Comfort Foods - Callaloo Soup Creative Living

As Marc David writes in Nourishing Wisdom

Seasonal cycles exert a profound influence on the needs of the body….metabolism decreases in the wintertime as body temperatures are challenged by cold. Appetite naturally increases at this time as the body yearns for greater caloric intake to help keep its temperature within a normal range. Most people recognise this as a desire for hot foods and soups in the wintertime and an attraction to high-fat and high-protein foods such as meats cheeses, casseroles and fried foods.

Yes! We’re actually supposed to feel this way. Nom nom. These five recipes will help.

 1. Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili at Perry’s Plate

Chili is a no-brainer during this time, and this vegetarian chili is a winner with everyone here. The combination of sweet potatoes, red beans, chick peas and spices is tasty and warming and just oh so good. The recipe calls for stove top cooking but I have also made this in the CrockPot. I cook it on low for about 5 to 6 hours. The recipe is very forgiving, and you can toss in just about any vegetable you have on hand.

2. Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken With Couscous

This one is super simple and oh so tasty. And there are absolutely no complaints from the five year old. Chicken and couscous? One of his favourite combinations! The recipe also has instructions for oven cooking if you don’t have a slow cooker. I usually double the amount of garlic. We love garlic in this house

3. Warm Lentil and Potato Salad

Salad as a comfort food? Yes! This combination of warm lentils and potatoes will make so feel so happy! Kieran always cleans his bowl whenever we have this, he even eats the onions! The combination of flavours will make you think you’re eating this in France. I definitely recommend trying to find actual French lentils for this one. I’ll be back in a minute, I just need to note this down for next week’s meal plan…….

4. Butternut Squash Soup

Speaking of clean bowls, this one is another big hit with Kieran. So much so, that when I made a cauliflower soup once, he complained that he didn’t want my brown soup, he wanted “Papa’s Orange Soup”! I have no idea how my husband makes his soup (except I know he doesn’t use chicken broth), but this recipe I am linking to looks pretty good. We add roasted chestnuts to ours. To.die.for.

5. Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork

This family favourite has been out of the rotation for a while, mainly because once I happened upon it, we had it so often we got a bit sick of it. But I think I’m ready to have it again. That balsamic sauce is so good, you’ll want to just eat it with a spoon. Works really well served with couscous too.

I’ve been feeling a bit blah about our meal planning