Healthy eating can be so much more than just salads and tofu. By showcasing plant-based foods as the main course, you can feel the comfort of a hearty meal while doing your body good.
Stocking the Right Stuff
Let’s scan the aisles for comforting pantry and fridge staples. Having a variety of beans, grains, nuts, seeds, spices, whole grain pastas, veggie stocks, potatoes, squashes, root vegetables and dark greens on hand sets you up for success in the kitchen when your goal is filling, comforting meals.
Reach for Beans and Greens
Beans are one of those great staple ingredients that will ‘hearty’ up any soup, stew, pasta, casserole or salad. Next time you’re making a favorite gravy or red sauce, add a cup of your favorite beans. Check out this little video to discover the versatility of the magical fruit. And any time you can incorporate dark greens into recipes, whether it be through soups, sauces, salads or pastas, the more nutrient kick you’ll get. Here’s a great blog and greens video showing the versatility of these dark leafy loves.
Now You’re Cookin’
When it comes to comfort-food cooking methods, slow cooking, roasting, poaching, dehydrating, reducing and braising are all delicious options because they caramelize and concentrate ingredients to boost flavor. Extra busy this winter? Tap the magic of the slow cooker! There’s nothing better after a long day than the smell of a home-cooked meal waiting for you. Try Lentil Chili and simple Black Bean Soup.Dreamy and Dairy-Free
Want something rich and warm on colder days? Try Creamy Cashew Risotto with Butternut Squash or Curried Tempeh with Sweet Potatoes. These recipes feature cashews and alternative milks to provide creaminess without dairy.
Next time you’re craving comfort food, think outside the macaroni box! Stock your kitchen with comforting staple ingredients and arm yourself with tasty recipes and these helpful videos, and you’ll discover how delicious plant foods can comfort your belly and feed your soul.
Tell me: what’s your go-to healthy comfort food?