What We’re Loving: Pick-Me-Up Comfort Foods


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It must be something about the holidays, or January, or the fact that we all had to leave warm, cozy kitchens for the real world, but everyone (including me!) seems to have something. Sniffles, colds, or just feeling a little under the weather… something. The sub-zero temperatures aren’t helping, I imagine.

But what can help is a generous serving of homemade goodness. Bring your friends a one-dish casserole, give your family a tureen of soup, or drop off a batch of chewy, nutty rolls, and make it all better. If you’re feeling particularly heroic, brighten everyone’s January with a comfort-food dinner party. We love these recipes because they’re comforting and nostalgic, but with a healthy twist. Just because the holidays are over does not mean the food gifts have to stop; in fact, right now is the perfect time to gift, because no one is expecting it, and it will feel all the more special!

A big crock of Beef Stew with Lemon Parsley Gremolata is the best kind of soup to give, because it tastes better and better with each reheating.  {from The Woks of Life}


Gooey but a little crispy and then pumpkin-y … bliss. And Baked Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese is all in one dish! {from Well Plated by Erin}


These Oatmeal Raisin Rolls have the flavors and toothsome bite of their cookie counterpart, but are savory enough for lunch and dinner. {from Averie Cooks}


Chicken Rice Soup with Wild Rice is a tad bit healthier and heartier than Chicken Noodle; more colorful, to boot! {from Some the Wiser}


Yummy, healthy snacks can be a real challenge, so whip up Healthy Nutella to make breakfast, snacktime, and dessert that much easier. {from Our Four Forks}


Denise’s Chai Hot Chocolate can be made up to 24 hours in advance, so bring a bottle over to an ailing friend, reheat for a few minutes, and then share together! {from Eat Boutique}

Photos courtesy of Ally and Isabel, Allison, Sarah, Erin, Averie, and Denise.

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