It’s comfort food season, my friends, when the blistering temperatures might tempt you to break into the Ben & Jerry's.
Before the temptations of comfort food get the best of you, consider these hacks to (metaphorically) "have your cake and it too" - without sabotaging your efforts.
I make creamy soups with pureed root vegetables, spiked with a bit of curry, nutmeg, or rosemary for that warm, earthy flavor we crave during breezy, cool evenings.
I’m partial to multi-ethnic foods, so in our household the favorites are spanikopita (greek spinach pie) and palaak paneer (Indian-style creamed spinach with cheese).
Some thought starters:
a. Red lentils are creamy and a little sweet. If you’re used to cooking with brown lentils, note that these cook much faster and their texture will be similar to mashed potatoes when cooked.
b. Want the simplest meal ever? Put some diced potatoes and chickpeas into a casserole pan, season with salt and pepper, cover with your favorite tomato sauce and throw in the oven.
Try it in your next dip, or do a dollop on a baked potato.
It’s eaten as finger food. Just dip, eat, and enjoy fewer eating utensils to wash after the fact!