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Comfort Foods. What are You Favs?

Winter weather and white crystal precipitation sounds like a request for stillness. Winter is a time for hibernation and snow may very well be heaven speaking to us. Seeing as snow only comes during the winter months when everything is dying off and preparing us for spring, perhaps it can be appreciated as a reflection of transformation and new beginnings. I have never been fond of cold weather and would rather it be 70 and above and would only like to experience snow in a log cabin (far away from home), by a fireplace, sipping, in good company while watching my dog play in it and eat it.


So rather than sitting relegated to my home with a full refrigerator that could produce extra and unnecessary pounds, I decided to find and share some of my favorite healthy comfort foods


Spaghetti is one of my favorite comfort foods and it is quick nd easy to make. Below is my recipe from last night.

Ingredients

one pack of plant based beef

2tbs of olive oil

3 garlic cloves

1/2 onion

red peppers

sweet peppers

can of diced tomatoes. Last night I used basil and garlic diced tomatoes. (of course you can use fresh tomatoes)

One jar of tomatoes sauce


Herbs...fresh basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and sage. Of course you can use dry herbs. Most of my herbs were from my garden this summer that I dried at the end of the season. I never measure herbs in spaghetti. I simply go by taste.


Directions

Saute garlic in olive oil, add onions and peppers. Saute for 3 minutes then add the plant based beef. Break meat apart with spatula and cook until brown.


Add diced tomato and herbs, cook for another 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce. Mix and let it simmer on light heat for another 1 minutes to allow the herbs to marinate. Also guaranteed it will be even more favorable the second day.


Boil vegetarian pasta...edamame, black bean or brown rice pasta. Enjoy!


Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa

Prep time 10 mins

cook time 45 mins

Yeilds 8 servings


INGREDIENTS

1tbs olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

5 tsp minced garlic

2 cups uncooked quinoa (I like to use red or mix quinoa)

1tsp chili powder (divided)

4 cups of vegetable broth

6 tablespoons of butter (I use coconut oil) divided

1 pound raw tail-on shrimp

salt and pepper to taste