What is it about Comfort Food that makes us feel loved, nurtured and cared for? Does it remind us of home? Of weekends spent with Grandma? Rainy days? or just something that makes us feel better after a bad breakup, or some other emotional upset? Do you have a favorite Comfort Food that you like to have at special times?
I found a few interesting definitions of comfort food that will help us understand the meaning behind it.
Wikipedia: Comfort Food – “characterized by it’s high caloric nature high carbohydrate level” high sugar content, soft textures, rich flavors. Can you relate?
Comfort Food can be found in all cultures, and each one has their favorite dishes, but they all have certain traits in common. A good example is bread, cakes soups, meat dishes and desserts. What’s your cultures go-to comfort food?
Comfort Food makes you feel good!
Comfort food helps us emotionally to feel better, regain our balance, and to reconnect with our Roots, our family connections, our Anscestors.
The Cambridge English Dictionary describes Comfort Food as ; The type of food that people eat when they are sad or worried, often sweet food or food that people ate as children.
Do you have a favorite childhood food?
Let’s see if you can relate to how Comfort Food is different from other food.
Preparation ~ Soft, creamy textures, melted cheeses, sauces, crispy, crunchy salty, or sweet and fragrant titillating all of the senses.
Love ~ made with the intention of sharing, giving others comfort and a way of showing love and affection. The food is blessed by the intention of love.
Presentation ~ Contrasting colors, garnishes of fresh fruit slices, or herbs makes it appealing to the eye and invites you in.
Comfort Food… Homestyle food, simply prepared and associated with a sense of home or contentment.
But Wait!!! You may be thinking this is all so unhealthy and fattening! Well, it doesn’t have to be. Read on.
“The gift of enjoying food prepared for the true joy of eating creates joy from the inside out. It’s always interesting to me the variety of ways everyone chooses to eat. We eat for health, weight management, calming anxious feelings, etc.
After returning from France I bring back with me the simplicity of enjoying food for the gift of flavor and grounding it offers. What we consider comfort food is truly a gift. Whatever the ingredients are, it doesn’t matter, because the effect we are wanting is different…we are seeking comfort.
Isn’t that the ultimate feeling?
There’s something magical in allowing one to enjoy the blessings of such a meal. I think comfort food in ones regimen is a bonus as it too brings health and well being by bringing a sense of joy that is grounding to our being in creating balance from joy vs. restrictive/control.
I am grateful for the ability to enjoy the blessings of meals prepared with love and ingredients that bring joy to my soul.” Denise Drake
Are we being too resistrictive to comfort food because of our fear? When you think of comfort food, do you immediately think that you are going to get fat?
Too much restrictive eating cancels out the pleasure of comfort food. Here is what the Urban Dictionary says about it:
“Comfort Food – a term coined by starving millennial vegans to describe any traditional dish that would not be found in say, a rabbit’s diet. The chicken sandwich is so just comfort food – you’re going to need to detox with an arugula salad with nutritional yeast.”
Yes, I recommend using Organic food whenever possible due to the harm that has been caused by genetic engineering and carcinogenic pesticides. But, it’s also important that food is enjoyed, prepared with the best intentions and shared with love.
The Holidays are closing in on us, where the comfort foods come out from all directions. I am sure that you even have a few of your own that you like to make for special occasions.
But like Denise Drake mentions above, adding some comfort food to your weekly meals can be a “bonus”, bringing health and well being, a sense of joy and grounding us by creating balance and security in our daily lives.
Here are some tips to keep your comfort foods nutritious:
Use Fresh Fruits and Vegetables whenever possible
Try experimenting with flours that aren’t made with wheat
Olive oil , avocado oil, and coconut oil
Pasteur raised meats
Read ingredient labels and go for the product that has the least additives
almond milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk
Cottage Mavens ~ I know that you want the best health and well being for your family. Food is such a traditional way of bringing people together. We can take what we’ve learned from the past and make it better, and healthier, with a little creativity.
I have been making this Hamburger Stroganoff since the early 70’s. It has always been a winner with my family and I am hoping that your family will love it as well. It is pretty easy to whip it up. The ingredients are also easy to find. You might even have some of them in your cupboard. You can use the Flat Egg Noodles that are typical with this kind of dish, or try the Spinach noodles that I suggest to make it just a little bit more nutritious. And it tastes great as a leftover if you have any left after the first meal.
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Notes: The Wok makes it easier to mix all of the ingredients. The Daisy sour cream only has one ingredient – cultured cream. The Campbell’s soup is a classic. I love this garlic press for mincing garlic but you have to clean it immediately after each use. The mushroom brush keeps your mushrooms from getting soggy with water ( use it dry). The Lea and Perrin Worchestershire sauce is the “secret sauce” that takes this Stroganoff recipe up a few notches.