A Radical Idea: Making Comfort Food ~ Healthy Food

A cooking magazine

What comes to mind when you think of comfort food?

For me it’s Pot Roast, Chicken & Dumplings, and Lasagna.

You know, the kinds of foods that are high in fat, packed with sodium, and deliciously loaded with carbs.  The perfect combination of Yum & Yuck.  Yum because they taste great.  Please don’t embarrass yourself by saying they don’t ;).  But, Yuck because we can’t eat that way anymore.  We can’t teach our kids to eat that way!

My parents and grandparents got away with it because they worked, physically worked all day.  They didn’t drink soda or eat large portions.  They also didn’t eat compound word foods like takeout or drivethru.

But we sit more and cook less.
So, things have to change for me and for you and for our kids and grandkids.
I want to change the way I eat and that means changing the way I cook.
But how?

I was in the checkout line at Lowe’s yesterday when Fine Cooking magazine caught my eye.
It sang to me an anthem of hope.
“Delicious and Healthy” it crooned.
“They go together like love and marriage”.
“You can have it all after all!”
“But, you’re gonna have to step outside your old Comfort Zone Foods.”

New Concept ~ All food should be Comfort Food!  

I want to take comfort in knowing that what I’m eating is really good for me and my family.
Food should contribute to health not diminish it!
That’s the first priority, but beyond that, foods should have tantalizing aroma, visual appeal, and be deliciously satisfying.
I’m done settling for less.

So as I stood there in Lowe’s salivating over the scrumptious photos, I decided to make it my mission in 2015 to master some new recipes for healthy foods that smell great, look amazing, and taste wonderful.

Here’s the first thing I learned from scanning my new Fine Cooking magazine:  basmati rice has a fairly low Glycemic Index and it can be lowered even more by washing the rice 3-4 times until the water runs clear not cloudy.
After reducing the starch you amp up the flavor with cumin, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, bay leaf, onion, mint, and saffron.
Also—just FYI, pilaf is a cooking method.
I did not know that 😉
Here’s the recipe so you can try it yourself.
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/basmati-rice-pilaf-whole-spices-saffron-mint.aspx

 

I know it’s the Christmas Season, but I’ve given up visions of sugar plums.
Pan grilled salmon and basmati rice pilaf are currently the stuff of my dreams.

Bon Appetit

4 Comments on “A Radical Idea: Making Comfort Food ~ Healthy Food

  1. This is a really good article Kelly. So very proud of you to make the change to cook and eat healthier.

    I’m trying hard myself, the big thing is to take small steps.

    Running has helped me a lot to think eating healthy. I really notice the difference in how well I run and my recovery, by what I put in my body.

    You will do great. Want to encourage you on your 2015 mission! 🙂

    • I’ve heard that a 5 minute sprint every day cuts the risk of heart attack by 30%. As a runner what do you think of that? Thanks for the encouragement TOFGR!

  2. I have heard this Kelly, and I definitely would not discredit it. A sprint is very hard work, and depending on the runners stamina, he or she will run anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile in those 5 minutes. It pushes the heart muscle to the max, and even after the 5 minutes is up, the heart is still beating hard for several minutes, as it slowly regulates the body down to a resting rate.

    My dad actually died of a heart attack at 47, the reason why I took up running. (am now 56) He was a farmer and worked extremely hard, but he did really enjoy his fatty foods. We were cream producers, and dad actually put real cream on his porridge every day.

    I prefer long distance running myself (wouldn’t say it is better than sprinting, just my preference) 🙂 Gives me opportunity to talk with God and enjoy His creation. Am a lay pastor, have also rehashed many Sunday messages in my head during these runs. And I will come back physically and spiritually rejuvenated.

    Hope this helps,

    Blessings 🙂

    Carl

  3. At sixty I made my mind up to stay in shape. I took a challenge from
    Cody Bobayhttp://www.codybobay.com. It was a church challenge to get fit for God. This would help me to become a more effective testimony for Jesus and to have a better attitude. Not to mention I am back in thirty six inch pants after twenty years. You go Kelly and my prayers go with you. Check Cody out.

    Merry Christmas and much love Tom

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