I am crazy busy over the next few days (and then leaving for a vacation in ITALY!) so I’m going to do that classic “blogger punt,” and ask you all a question:
Now that it’s winter again (*sob*) what’s your favorite, easy, cold-weather comfort food? (Or warm drink.) Share your recipes in comments!
Here’s one of mine, that I posted before–but I made it again last night and it’s so good. If you missed it the first time, or never tried it, you simply must.
Cooked brown rice, whole-wheat couscous, or quinoa
1 bell pepper (any color) chopped and seeded
1 can or 1/2 bag frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 to 1 cup thinly sliced or grated cheddar cheese
1 16-oz jar salsa
Sour cream or Greek yogurt
Cook rice or couscous according to directions. Heat pepper and corn in a skillet until corn is heated through and peppers are tender yet crispy, like an Auden poem. Add beans and cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Add salsa and cook until bubbling, stirring all the while.
Serve over rice or couscous, with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt on top. If you make couscous or quinoa,* the whole thing can be done in about 15 minutes.
*Or if, like me, you always keep some form of cooked grain in your refrigerator. This is the biggest tip I could offer for easy, healthy eating. (I started doing it this summer.) Cooked grains are like the plain black trousers of food: perfect as a base for anything. If you have a few cups of brown rice, say, in your fridge, you always have a meal: eat it hot or cold with milk/soy milk, nuts, and some honey for breakfast; add Greek yogurt and salsa for a quick snack; mix with chopped tofu and sriracha for lunch; heat up with some vegetables and a couple of Trader Joe’s chicken sausages, sliced, for dinner; boil some frozen vegetables with a cube or two of chicken bouillon and throw in a handful of rice and voila, soup.
What’s your favorite cold weather comfort food? Or, what tricks have you figured out for healthy eating on the go?
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