You’ve been working hard. You answer endless phone calls at the office, and you make several trips to the grocery within a week. And over the weekends, you find yourself dealing with your kids and helping them with their homework. Every day can be stressful.
However, you always have the choice to reward yourself (and your family) after a hard day’s work. And that comes in the form of comfort food. Just enjoying a warm bowl of goodness or heart and tasty dishes can fill your soul once more. If you are looking for some ideas, below are some of the recipes that are perfect after hours of talking to a toxic client or spending your Saturday painting your home exteriors.
French Onion Soup
Nothing beats a bowl or cup of warm creamy soup. Just one sip or slurp of it and everything seems fine. French onion soup is among your best bets, and it is pretty easy to make. Just mix your beef broth with caramelized onions and some spices and voila – a magical concoction that warms your soul. And since creamy soups are being talked about, you can go for alternatives, such as clam chowder, squash soup, and even tomato soup. Pair them up with toast, and you’re good to go.
Baked Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese will always have a space in the hearts of people, as it is super tasty and easy to make (grab an instant pack from the supermarket). But if you want to make yours much more special, start from the ground up. Once the elbow macaroni pasta is cooked, mix it up with cheeses (you can try using three varieties!) and your favorite meats, such as bacon or salami. Bake the mix and enjoy the warm, cheesy, and gooey goodness of the finished product.
Chicken Tikka Masala
If you want to try something different, take some inspiration from India. All your worries and stress will be gone when you get a whiff of the aromatic scent of chicken tikka masala. It is so warm, tasty, and it’s got a spicy kick that may make you feel alive. And it’s got many factors that contribute to its comforting quality. It has sauce, rice, and naan.
A Vegetable Salad with a Twist
If your idea of comfort food is light and healthy, a vegetable salad will always be your best bet. But do not just toss the veggies into the bowl and call it a day. You can make some adjustments to this classic. One, instead of using vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar as a dressing, try using Japanese mayonnaise (it’s creamy and tasty!). You can add unconventional ingredients, such as garlic slices. For your protein, have some bacon slices.
A Meaty Pie
For meat-loving family members, there’s one alternative to pizzas and burgers that is also equally good. And that is a meat pie! There are also many variations to choose from. If you want a casserole-type of pie, Shepherd’s pie is worth trying. But if you are longing for something spicy and herby, Mexican empanadas are something that you will find yourself repeating.
Food is one way of rewarding yourself after a hard day’s work. It gives you comfort and makes you feel that things will be all right again. So help yourself; you deserve it!