With record snowfalls, brutally cold temperatures and a flu season that won’t quit, there’s no shortage on reasons to be craving a bit of comfort food this winter. Indulging your desire for comfort food can bring a lot of guilt, especially as the winter drags on and your choices and reduced options for exercising start to stack. These recipes are designed to bring more nutrition to variations on popular comfort foods without losing any of the flavor to help you meet your comfort food craving without losing sight of your nutrition goals.
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Classic pea soup doesn’t really need much in the way of modifications to make it a nutritious comfort food. This version begins with a classic French mirepoix and adds a bit of garlic for good measure. Bay leaf and parsley are suggested, but do change the flavor profile of a typical pea soup, so you may wish to omit them if your favor recipe doesn’t already call for them. Much of the salt in the recipe comes from slow cooking the peas with ham or a ham bone, so if modifying the recipe into a vegetarian option, you may wish to adjust the salt to taste.
Rainbow carrots aren’t necessary to enjoy this cozy chicken soup – any carrot will do! Swap in your favorite veggies or whatever you need to use up before they go by. The flavors are simple and delicious. Serve with rolls made from our Secret Weapon Bread Dough for a cozy meal that’s perfect for warming up from a day in the snow or for anyone recovering from a cold.
While a recent study suggests that eating comfort food isn’t actually more comforting than just plain eating, we all have moments where eating our favorite sometimes foods just hits the spot…especially in the bleak midwinter. If chocolate cake is your treat of choice, consider giving these Chocolate Beet Cupcakes a try. Yeah, we know. We’ve all tried those “healthier” desserts, and more of them are letdowns than not. This one has been made and eaten twice by our food photographer and his wife, though, and they promise: it’s actually quite the tasty cupcake recipe! They’re moist and richly chocolate, and the balance of sugar to artificial sweetener makes them sweet enough to satisfy even a picky sweet tooth.
Whether you’re getting together to watch the Big Game or just looking for a heart, spicy meal for a family dinner, these recipes will warm you up. Serve up any one of these diverse chilis with a side of guacamole and veggie chips or a pile of steaming cornbread for a perfect winter meal.
Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are an awesome recipe to include in your lineup for Game Day. They’re delicious, simple to prep, and versatile. You can either prepared them as instructed for a fancier presentation or you can serve up the filling as a hot option in a DIY nacho bar. Consider pairing them with Roasted Chile Salsa and Chunky Guacamole for a nutritious, filling, flavorful team that’s sure to score a touchdown with your friends and family.
Nothing warms you up like a bowl of spicy chili, and no chili will spark with your passion for amazing food like this Poblano Chili with Avocado Cream. The mild concoction of yogurt and avocado balances with zippy pizzazz of the chili and the salty flavors of the chili round out the simple cream for a match made in heaven. Looking for an excellent cornbread to match? Try our 1 Guiding Star Pumpkin Cornbread.