I know, it sounds like an oxymoron. However, today, we can all have our cake and eat it too! Even though the weather is (finally) warming up here in the Northeast, we're still craving some of these classic comfort foods - "healthified."
With all the delicious pasta alternatives out there, it's not a challenge to find a truly delicious one that fills that craving. Banza is always a really wonderful choice. Pairing it with a homemade cashew cheese sauce just screams "comfort"
To make cashew cheese sauce, simply blend together 1 cup of soaked cashews with 1/4 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and garlic salt to taste. Pour over warm pasta and enjoy!
Cauliflower/Broccoli Fried Rice
One of my favorite foods to make is a cauliflower fried rice. Pairing riced cauliflower or broccoli with a scrambled egg, some chopped scallions, frozen peas, and bean sprouts all sauteed in sesame oil makes a truly authentic tasting fried rice, sans rice.
It makes for a delicious, ketogenic and gluten free dinner.
Brown Rice Risotto
This is a healthier take on traditional risotto, and this recipe is so, so delicious. The nutty brown rice pairs so beautifully with the warming butternut squash. Check out this post for the recipe for this brown rice risotto - it's honestly SUCH a crowd pleaser!
Is there anything more classically comforting than a big bowl of chicken soup? Plus, it's so, so easy to make. In a large soup pot, bring 1 whole chicken, water, and salt to a boil. Then, add in chopped onions, garlic, and celery (however much you'd like!) and simmer for 30 minutes. At that point in time, the chicken breast will be done cooking, so remove it from the broth. Add in carrots and simmer for 40 minutes. At that point, the entire chicken will be cooked through. Remove the chicken and shred the desired meat and add back into the stock! Voila, you're done!
What are some of your favorite healthy comfort foods?