Winter blues and comfort food

Unless you live somewhere sunny and warm (and I'm jealous of you all!), it's about this time of year that I just want to sit in a chair and eat comfort food and wait until spring.  It seems so far away.  I want to eat healthy and cook healthy, but making a salad in the winter just seems so.... yuk!

The sad thing is, it is easy to make comfort food and shovel it in!  And of course that doesn't do great things for trying to fit into a swimsuit on spring break! Ugh.  So I've been trying to come up with ideas to keep the healthy, keep the flavor, and make a different kind of comfort food.

Keep the healthy:  I've been doing a lot more with soups.  Soup is a great way to have a meal, warm up, and get some extra hydration.  I work outdoors, and a warm bowl of soup is fantastic when I get home.  I've also found it's very easy to make soup out of leftovers meals.  For example, when I slow cook something like chicken, rice, and vegetables, the leftovers make wonderful soup by simply adding water.


Keep the flavor: Here comes the fun part!  Soup can sometimes be really bland, but I've started adding NW Elixirs Hott Jolokia to all different kinds of soup.  You don't need much - 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in a bowl after it's heating up.  It really adds great flavor without making it really spicy!  I add it to chicken and beef soup of all kinds, but I find it is especially good with soups that have a good amount of broth.  It adds flavor to the broth in a way I didn't expect.  I was kinda scared of ghost peppers - everyone talks about hot crazy spicy they are.  However, I didn't realize how flavorful they were too. I also used the Hott Jolokia in some Thai Coconut soup, and again SO good!

There are many nights I am kind of a lazy cook - especially when there is a football game on!  After nearly dying of a heart attack yesterday watching my beloved Vikings -- what an ending! -- I was looking for something simple to make for dinner.  My kids love Chicken Tikki Masala from Costco, so I pulled that out.  I added a couple of teaspoons of NW Elixirs Verde Hott because it does tend to be a little bland for my taste.  After is was ready I added an extra teaspoon to my serving to give it a little more "kick".  Loved it!  One of the things I love about these sauces is that you can cook with them, and then add more to a serving if you want it a little spicier.  My kids don't like as much spice as we do, so being able to use as a cooking and finishing sauce keeps all the palettes in the house happy.


Tonight, making some salmon and going to try a new recipe that Chef Andrew sent me.  It only has 2 ingredients, so it's prefect for  me!  We'll see how it turns out!




Posted on January 15, 2018 .