Comfort Food

FYI: This took a month to write…sorry for infrequent posting.

Often times we think of comfort food as a food we fondly remember eating as a child or a special dish we religiously make for a holiday. Grandpa’s ‘German’ potato salad at amBBQ…drool.

Sometimes it’s a dish a loved one makes you when you’re sick with a cold.

Or maybe a hot meal you share with your love on a snowy night.

But what role should food play when you’re going through something sad? I’m not going to lie, it’s been a really rough time for me lately. And one of the few things that has given me a ‘little’ bit of happiness in a very dark place has been food.

I have managed to continue to eat healthy much through the holidays and into the winter. But in a sad time, sometimes you just need ‘a glass of coca cola.’ Or some mac and cheese. Or some chocolate.

So yes, I’ve taken ‘comfort’ in some foods that aren’t the best for me. And yes, the scale has reflected that. But it was needed. And appreciated. And calming. And distracting. But this week I’m ‘back in the saddle again.’ And surprisingly it has been pretty easy, and ‘comforting,’ to eat the healthy way again.

Regardless, we all deal with pain differently. However, it isn’t safe to continue that pattern. I’m glad my brain has been rewired to acknowledge the difference.

Bigger and better places… 🙂

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Mac and Cheese, Cookies and Bread

I made ALL of these things this weekend.

And ate them. (Well, I didn’t have the bread yet- it’s still baking)

I needed a serious carb fix.

And everything I made had not one bit of flour in them! Well, wheat flour that is….

I had a bit of an enlightening education this weekend:

Did anyone out there know that the best peanut butter cookies only have peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs?  I didn’t. Those suckers are freakin’ amazing!

Rice pasta has significantly improved since I last tried it several years ago. I don’t plan to make this a staple in my diet, but as I ween myself off these types of carbs, it helps.

I will NEVER EVER make mac and cheese again without supplementing some of the cheese with cauliflower puree. OMG! So good.

Buckwheat flour when made into dough looks like mud.  I’ll share the recipe if it’s good.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar ( I used 1/2 cup)

1 tsp. vanilla ( I used coconut extract)

1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a mixer add peanut butter and vanilla.

3. Add sugar and mix. Then add egg.

4. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and push down with a fork. Sprinkle a little large grain salt on top if you want.

5. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

6. Have glass of milk waiting!

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Super easy!