There’s a Chill in the Air But Not in the Kitchen

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It gets dark so early these days. Everyone just wants to curl up with a blanket and watch television. No one asks for sherbet. No one asks for a wedge salad. Nope, they want warming comfort foods this time of year.

Nothing fills the house better than the scent of baking!

It’s time to get out the cookbooks, try something new. Bread right out of the oven with some butter melting on it… is divine. So are a lot of other comfort foods. One of our favorites on a cool winter day is chicken and dumplings. It’s not as complicated as it sounds. The dumplings can be dropped (that’s the way we like them) or rolled and cut out into strips. You can even use canned biscuits instead of making the dough yourself although the dough is very simple to do.

chicken & dumplings
chicken & dumplings

An easy and cheap meal is to save all your leftover veggies in the freezer. Then when you have a cup (or more) of veggies get out the crockpot and make a vegetable soup. You can even add your own favorite meat. Ground beef is good! Add a bay leaf too. While a bay leaf really doesn’t impart much flavor to your dishes it has a health benefit. Bay leaves will convert triglycerides into monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat. That’s one reason to remove the bay leaf before serving. The other is that it has a hard stem…

bay leaves
bay leaves

Yes, when it’s chilly outside you naturally crave warmer foods.

Think oatmeal or cream of wheat for breakfast. Think casseroles and warm sandwiches or soup for lunches. Home baked breads and stews…

When you eat more food as we tend to do in winter it helps to generate more heat as your body metabolized the food. Any extra weight you gain just helps insulate you.

Incorporate more winter vegetables into your diet too. Sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, winter squashes, and other root crops. A diet rich in vegetables and good proteins will help keep you from craving the junk.

cocoa
cocoa

Now before you curl up in your comfy chair make some cocoa.. with little marshmallows and relish in the warmth.