I woke up this morning to unseasonably cold weather…walking the dog this morning involved jeans & a sweater rather than the sandals and shorts I’ve gotten used to over the last few weeks. And I should have included a jacket, mittens & socks as part of my ensemble.
What is about cold weather that immediately gets me thinking about comfort food?
I have spent all morning dreaming of rich, slowly cooked in the oven, delicious things that will fill the house with wonderful aromas…old standbys like lasagna, beef casserole, mac & cheese…you get the picture…
But my freezer is full and I am out for dinner for the next three nights, and by then, we should hopefully be back to the warm weather we’ve all been enjoying over a long winter. Sigh…
I did indulge this morning though in one of my favourite comfort breakfast dishes after coming in from a cold morning walk or run. For one person, throw 1/2 cup of quinoa in a small rice cooker along with 1 cup of almond milk.* By the time you’ve had your shower, it should be done and then toss some chopped up dried apricots or cranberries, fresh pomengranate seeds, or whatever appeals to you on top. I like to add a few dollops of natural yogurt as well. Quick way to warm the belly as well as the soul!
*You can follow the directions, usually on the quinoa package, to do this on the stove top.
Now I am curious… What’s your favourite go-to comfort food on a cold day?