The chilly nights of winter call for foods that warm the body and the soul. And that’s the very definition of comfort food. Here are some of my favorite ways to bring some comfort to the table and smiles to the faces of those around it:
- A make-ahead casserole – I like to put together a hearty one-dish meal that makes enough for leftovers on another night
- Homemade hot cocoa mix – Keeping a container of homemade mix ready lets me make a cozy cup of cocoa to warm things up after school or any time at all
- Quick loaves – Waking up to the smell of baking lemon bread, banana bread or pumpkin bread makes the day better already
- Soups and chowders – I like to make a big batch so there’s some for supper and plenty left over to send some to school for a good, hot lunch
2 cans (14 fluid ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cans (12 fluid ounces each Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
1 can (15 1/4 ounces) no-salt added whole-kernel corn, drained
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, additional cooked and/or crumbled bacon (optional)
- COMBINE broth and evaporated milk in large saucepan.
- Bring mixture just to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low. Add potato flakes, corn, bacon, onion powder and pepper.
- Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes until creamy and slightly thick.
- Top each serving with cheddar cheese, green onions and/or bacon
Nestlé via Family Features
May you always find your meals comforting and keep you warm my friend.