Have you ever had a terrible day? A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Don’t worry – everyone has those. That’s why it’s so nice to come home and head straight to the kitchen. You can forget about all of the crazy stuff in your life by making yourself your favorite comfort food!
After a weary weekend, I went around the myWebRoom office to ask all of my roommates what their favorite dishes were. They inspired me to find out what some of our favorite food bloggers like to eat when they’re feeling the mid-week blues. These recipes were too good to keep to myself, so I’m going to share them with all of you!
1 – Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! That’s what I grew up reading on my cereal box and that’s the motto I’m going to live by. Normally, I don’t crave comfort foods in the morning – unless I’ve had that dream with the singing aliens and the robot ballet. Really weird stress dreams lead to comfort
I love waffles – they’re one of the only sweet desserts that are considered breakfast. Julie from a Table For Two gives her Belgian waffles a summery twist by topping them with a delicious blackberry lemon jam.
I don’t always have time for an elaborate breakfast, but that’s where toast comes in. Wonderful, reliable french toast sticks. Add some eggs, butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, some maple syrup, and you have a simple but comforting breakfast for the road.
2 – Lunch
Here’s the amazing thing about comfort food – it’ll bring up your happy history. Every time that I bite into a quesadilla, I see the shadows of my siblings’ hands reaching towards a shared platter of the food. I’m feel warm because there are good memories associated with it.
Despite the fact that everything has personal meaning, there are some foods that can thaw out anyone’s heart. When I asked around the office, almost all of my roomies mentioned the following!
Mac and Cheese
One of the more popular dishes in America is Mac and Cheese, which is why I was so excited that Chungah of Damn Delicious shared this dish with a healthy Southwestern spin! Her Chili Mac and Cheese recipe combines all of the things that I love into one steaming pot of joy.
If you’re like my brother, you’ll prefer a more traditional take of the stuff. Luckily for me, most of my fellow office roommates enthusiastically mentioned mac and cheese as their fav, so we went out and looked for different versions of the stuff. This stovetop version combines five different types of cheeses in one delicious skillet.
What better way to get through the summer then with our favorite comfort food transformed into a finger food with these savory Fried Mac and Cheese bites. What you think is a tater tot will pleasantly surprise you with perfectly melted cheese and noodles.
I never tried a grilled cheese until I moved to college, which means that I’ll always associate the taste of buttery cheese with late night study session and close friends. That feeling of camaraderie is why I love this recipe – the bite-sized pieces make this the perfect food to share with friends.
Like the majority of America, I grew up with corn – grilled corn, corn tortillas, corn tamales. But the universal food has to be corn bread. From sweet to savory or salty to spicy, there is a different version out there for anyone. Here’s a really simple recipe for corn bread that you can whip up in half an hour!
3 – Soup
I remember the second week of kindergarten. I don’t remember the first week or why I was so upset on this day, but I do remember my mother playing with my hair before she went into the kitchen. She came back out with this steamy bowl of chicken soup loaded with veggies. It was still hot outdoors, but I slurped up every last drop because that simple bowl of soup is one of my favorite things to eat!
Whether is hot or cold outside, nothing will warm your soul like a serving of chicken broth with the hint of lemon. Liz from the Lemon Bowl shares her mom’s veggie loaded Lemony Chicken Soup with us!
As equally yummy and heartwarming is Heidi’s Lemon Chicken Stew, which you can find on her blog, Foodie Crush. The subtle hint of lemon is exactly what I look for in the summer.
One the quirkier things you can eat is goulash. This hefty stew of beef and veggies is thick and rich enough to set in your belly like a warm hug.
Just because something is vegetarian doesn’t mean that it can’t be bursting with flavors. Protein-rich lentil soup is thick and savory enough to fill you up with lots of energy and warmth.
Here was another college first for me – I never tried tomato soup before my freshman year. I’m glad I ate it. The creamy blend of tomatoes, broth, and cheese makes this bowl of soup one of my go-to’s whenever I’m ill.
4 – Dinner
Breakfast and lunch are way faster and easier to cook than dinner. Despite that, I have a huge soft spot for all of the elaborate meals that my mother made. Which is why I get so excited whenever I stumble across fast and easy versions of my favorite foods.
It’s great when one of your favorite bloggers loves the same meals you do. Ali from Gimme Some Oven happens to love Mexican food and shared her super easy, gluten-free Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Since some of my office roommates have severe reactions to gluten, I’ll be happy to share this meal with them!
My mom didn’t cook pasta until I was in high school, but the year she learned how to cook lasagna was delicious! Kate from Cookie and Kate was awesome enough to share this amazing vegetarian-friendly Spinach Artichoke Lasagna.
I love chicken, it goes great with waffles, in stews, and alone. So when Chef Dennis shared this amazing slow cooker version of Chicken Merlot, I was excited about the combination of chicken and wine. Just prep this in the morning and come home to a savory dish with a French Twist.
Here’s a shocker – I am really fond of summer. My parents make a huge deal of cooking big meals when the entire family is together. With the summer, my mom had an excuse to feed us her favorite seafood dishes.. I love this version of Key West Penne because it blends rich tomatoes with my mama’s love of fresh shrimp and scallops.
Here’s where things get weird. I love beans and rice – it was my go-to meal when I was a kid. So I was ridiculously excited to run into an office roommate who loves rice and chili. Together, we found this recipe for for a rice, black bean, and avocado bowl.
5 – Dessert and Drinks
I love baking and I love cookies. There is one problem – I can’t bake cookies. Mine always come out cake-like, so I was happy to find this chocolate chip cookie skillet. The cookie dough spreads out to make one giant pizookie – a giant pizza made of cookie dough and topped with your favorite ice cream!
Like so many things, I fell in love with hot cocoa when I was little. My mother would sprinkle cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper as soon as the nights got chilly. I won’t do that to your tongue, but there is one rich mug of French-inspired hot chocolate that I love to make whenever my sweet tooth rears up.
If chocolate’s not your cup of tea, there’s another warm drink to sip on during those brisk, winter nights. This hot mug of spiced cider is a wonderful aromatic blend of apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
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