We’re finally getting a little snow here in Vermont, but it’s nothing like the dumping the mid-Atlantic states have been
getting (and will continue to see, according to the latest news reports). I have family in Virginia, Maryland, New York and
Pennsylvania and while the snow is hitting them hard and keeping them home from work, they’re hitting the kitchen to cook
some warming winter meals
during their extra time stuck in the house.
Like so many people who are snowbound and in the kitchen, members of my family have been making comfort foods like spaghetti
with homemade pasta sauce and cookies. (And calling me for recipe tips for EatingWell’s healthier versions
of these comfort food favorites
so they don’t pack on the pounds while they’re stuck inside.) Our snowed-in (or
wishing they were) Facebook fans
cooking up big pots of comfort foods: chili and soups and slow-cooker meals.
With their appetites in mind, here are a few of our favorite comfort food recipes to keep you warm and satisfied when it’s
cold and snowy outside. (Maybe if I make a few myself, we’ll get more snow in Vermont!)
Pancakes and more satisfying breakfasts
: When you’ve got the whole day ahead of you filled with little more than
shoveling and sledding, why not take the time to make a yummy breakfast? With a 4-star rating, these pancakes are an
EatingWell favorite, and they’re made with 100 percent whole-wheat flour and get an additional fiber boost from flaxseed
• Old Fashioned
Spaghetti & Meatballs
: When I was a kid, spaghetti was the number 1 comfort food in our house. It’s still my go-to
when I want something to make me feel warm and cozy. This recipe gets a healthy twist by baking the meatballs instead of
• Hearty Soups
like Cream of Mushroom & Barley
: I think soups run a close second to chili as the favorite snowstorm food. Whether
you choose to make this healthier version of cream of mushroom soup or go with a classic like chicken noodle, pair your soup
with a piece of fresh-baked bread for maximum satisfaction.
Cooker Favorites like Flemish Beef Stew and Rich Chicken Stew
: When you use your slow cooker, you can enjoy the
smells of dinner all day long (and you don’t have to do any work while it’s cooking!). More time to play in the snow, shovel
and watch movies.
• Chocolate Chip
Cookies and more treats
: Fresh-baked cookies are the perfect post-sledding treat. This recipe tastes amazing and
is packed with healthy whole grains.
truly rocks the list of
snowstorm favorites. Try our 30-minute recipe for Beef & Bean Chile Verde.