Contrary to popular belief, comfort foods do not need to mean quitting your healthy diet. There are many healthy comfort food recipes that are just as satisfying as a bowl of mac n' cheese. Here are three of our favorite healthy comfort food recipes that you're going to find yourself craving for the rest of the winter:
2 large 28oz cans of whole tomatoes and their juice (use your hands to roughly crush the tomatoes)
2 can of beans, drained and rinsed
2 cup of corn
3 stalks of celery, diced
2 peppers, diced (I used 1 red and 1 yellow pepper)
2 carrots, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons of cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1-3 tablespoons chili powder (more will be spicier)
¼-2 teaspoons of chili flakes (the more chili flakes the spicier it will be)
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
Optional: ¼ cup prawn stock (you won't taste it specifically but it will add richness to the dish)
Optional toppings: cilantro, diced avocados or green onion.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute more. Add spices and cook stirring for about 30 seconds.
Add peppers, carrots and celery and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they just start to soften. Add tomatoes and their juice and bring to a simmer. Once the chili begins to simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low. You want the chili to be at a low simmer with the lid off.
Continue to cook the chili, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add beans and corn and let the chili return to a simmer. Cook for 5 more minutes or until the corn and beans have heated through.
Generously salt to taste.
Serve on its own or topped with one (or all!) of the delicious toppings.
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup water
1 banana, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Combine oats and 1 cup water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 3 minutes.
2. Top with banana slices, walnuts, and cinnamon.
Courtesy of Health.com
3 (15 oz) cans black beans, with liquid
1 lb. (about 2.5 cups) good-quality salsa, homemade or store-bought
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until simmering. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve soup warm topped with additional fresh cilantro as garnish.