Cold Weather Comfort Food
As much as I love a delicious, fresh salad, there is nothing I want to eat LESS in the colder months.
Most of us crave warm comfort food in the cold weather. I would describe comfort food as 'a hug in a bowl'. It's usually something you ate a lot as a child, or a traditional family recipe you always eat at this time of year.
Comfort food can also be incredibly nourishing, wholesome and full of fresh produce that will make you feel great. So throw on your favourite cosy jumper, pour a hot cup of tea and get in the kitchen this Winter.
To give you some inspiration, here are some ideas (with recipe links where possible) of my favourite types of comfort food.
Mexican food is a staple in our house, and a big pan of chilli is always a people pleaser when friends are round. We often just wing it and taste as we go, adding veg, chopped tomatoes, spices and soy mince. However, if you're not a fan of mince this Quinoa & Black Bean Chilli from Cooking Classy is so yummy and has been a success every time I've made it. It's delicious and so easy to make - just be aware it's VERY hot so adjust spice levels to your taste, and enjoy with some avocado or homemade guacamole to cool it down.
- Stew & Curry
Stew is probably the main dish I like to throw together when I'm craving comfort food. Mainly because it takes minimal prep and doesn't require you to stand over it the whole time. I can prep it at around 5pm, finish off my work and an amazing healthy dinner is ready by 7 that required minimal effort.
Just fry off onions, add some garlic and spices, then throw in chopped tomatoes and some other liquid depending on how you want to flavour it - I love coconut milk but you can also use vegetable stock. Add some potatoes and any other veg you like, and leave to simmer for as long as possible (at least 30-45 minutes).
If you like the look of the curry pictured in this post, check out my latest video here to see the recipe. It's such a simple one to make!
And if you want some more coconut curry inspo, some of my favourite stew/curry recipes are:
Deliciously Ella's Sweet Potato & Chickpea Stew, and
One Ingredient Chef's Coconut Curried Sweet Potato & Chickpea Stew
(although they are very similar, the former is bulkier with more veg and the latter is a bit quicker to cook/make so depends on your taste and time preferences!)
- Thai Red Curry
Me and Adam LOVE to make this during the week. It's quick, healthy and delicious. You can throw as many veggies in as you want, we tend to use up whatever we have in the fridge. It's as simple as following the instructions on the packet - we often go for the pre-portioned kits as they have everything you need*,just add vegetables and whatever protein you want.
However, if you don't have a kit this is what we usually do:
- Fry off red curry paste in a tbsp of oil (this brings out the flavour in the spices)
- Add your vegetables and protein (Quorn and other mock meat can be thrown in frozen/chilled, any meat needs to be cooked beforehand)
- Stir fry them for around 5 minutes, then add coconut milk and simmer for 10-15 minutes
- Serve and enjoy with basmati rice (and enjoy it you will! Yum)
*FYI veggies/vegans always check the ingredient list as many brands use fish in their curry paste - I've found most supermarket own brand products don't so always look for those.
I'm writing this post at 9:40AM and I'm already starving for lunch after writing about these dishes! I hope you enjoy making them and I've given you some healthy comfort food ideas. Please share YOUR favourite healthy comfort food in the comments.