There are many ways we can define comfort food: treats for special occasions, food to fuel you up when you’re not having the best day or even as a reward after an achievement.
Famous cook Jamie Oliver once described comfort food as food that put a smile on your face and make you feel happy, loved, safe and secure. Indeed it does, but feeling guilty afterwards is also part and parcel of this.
A tub of rich chocolate ice-cream, a plate of gooey, cheesy mac & cheese, greasy French fries – whatever your choice of comfort food, it’s not wrong to begrudge yourself of a treat every now and then.
But what if we could indulge in comfort food guilt free so it doesn’t have to be an ‘every now and then’ kind of treat?
Search healthy comfort food recipes on the internet and you’ll find a myriad of recipes that is not only good for the soul, but good for the heart.
Many healthy recipes have redefined comfort food as something that can be not only good for the soul, but good for the heart.
Here are some recipe ideas for guilt-free comfort food recipes for you!
Mac & Cheese
450 grams of pasta (regular or wholemeal if you prefer)
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup milk of your choice (dairy or non dairy)
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons cornstarch or potato starch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garlic puree
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoons tahini
black pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the packaging.
Put the rest of the ingredients (including 1 + 1/4 cup water) into the food processor or blender and blend for 30-60 seconds.
Drain pasta, add sauce into sauce pan with pasta and simmer over low-medium heat stirring frequently.
Sauce will thicken in a few minutes.
Get creative and toss in some grilled vegetables or whatever you desire!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper (optional if you like the heat)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Rinse and dry a small head of cauliflower. Cut off the florets and pulse in your food processor/blender for about 30 seconds. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower “snow”.
Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave for 4 minutes.
Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel squeeze out as much water as possible. This is an important step to get a chewy crust instead of a crumbly one!
Add the rest of the ingredients except for the egg. Give it a good mix. Lastly, add the egg and mix together.
Use your hand to form the dough into a crust on an oiled parchment paper. Don’t make it too thick or too thin.
Bake for 8 – 11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown.
Remove from oven, add what ever toppings you desire and slide the pizza back into the hot over for another 5 – 7 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.
Let it cool slightly and enjoy!
Chocolate Chia Coconut Pudding:
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
Fresh coconut meat from 2 whole coconuts
Put everything (chia seeds last because they gelatinise very fast) in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Photo credit: Syahirah Mokhtazar