When the weather outside is frightful staying inside is so delightful. Whether the change in season brings rain, wind, snow, or all the of the above, it’s a perfect time to cozy up inside your home and enjoy some of your favorite comfort foods. Resist the temptation to order take-out and choose the healthier and cost-effective route by making them yourself. With these 6 simple recipes you’re only a few steps and ingredients away from warming up your belly and charming your taste buds.
Breakfast: French Toast
Blend together milk (or non-dairy alternative), bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to taste. Dip bread into the mix, coating both sides. Fry in well-oiled skillet until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup and fruit.
Snack/Appetizer: Miso Soup
Dissolve miso paste in hot water. Mix in chopped green onions, chopped garlic clove, some small cubes of tofu, and a few pieces of your choice of seaweed (such as wakame, nori, or dulse). Add in some leafy greens for some extra nutritional satisfaction.
Side dish: Roasted Vegetables
Choose your favorite veggie(s), such as squash, yams, beets, and broccoli. Slice up vegetable(s), coat with oil, season with salt and pepper to taste, and put in single layer on baking sheet. Bake at 400℉ for 20-30 minutes, checking towards the end to see if they’ve browned. If you want some extra flavor, experiment by adding your choice of spices, and/or toss in some nuts and dried fruit after cooking.
Entrée: Lentil Stew
Sauté 1 onion in a pot until soft and clear (about 5 minutes). Add 2 carrots (chopped) and 2 potatoes(cubed),and continue to cook for a 3-4 minutes. Add in 1 cup of lentils, 3 cups of veggie broth, and 1 cup each of other vegetables of choice (such as tomatoes, spinach, or kale). Simmer until lentils are soft (20-30 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
Dessert: Baked Apples
Core large apples and place in a baking dish with 1/2 cup of water on the bottom. Fill apples with: chopped walnuts, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg (to taste). Bake at 350℉ until apples are tender (approximately 30 minutes).
Treat: Hot Chocolate
Heat milk (or non-dairy alternative) in a small pot on low heat and remove from heat before it boils. Whisk in cocoa powder, vanilla, and maple syrup to taste.
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