cozy comfort foods

January 26, 2013

Below is an article I did for Glitter Guide this week, featuring cozy comfort foods that we’re all craving this chilly winter season. Scroll down to read it in full, and check out the original on Glitter Guide’s website.

The most difficult part of winter is certainly this post-holiday season—it’s all of the chill, but none of the warmth that accompanies holiday festivities. While the cold may get us down on our daily commute (or even just grabbing the morning paper), it’s the perfect excuse to get completely cozy indoors! Hot, nourishing, and guaranteed to make your home smell a little bit like heaven, here are our favorite comfort foods for winter…

A perfect way to kick off a cold winter morning, this cinnamon banana oatmeal is sure to warm you from the inside out. (recipe)

Fragrant and chock-full of garlicky goodness, these roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts make for a delicious side dish—and the leftovers are easily reheated for a comforting lunch at the office! (recipe)

Hearty and nutrient-packed, this quinoa and sweet potato chili pairs well with cornbread or tortilla chips. Ideal for cozy nights in and Super Bowl parties! (recipe)

Don’t let the long ingredient list intimidate you! This lasagna is well worth the effort, and it might just be the best you’ve ever had. (recipe)

NOTE: this recipe is not vegan. My favorite vegan lasagna recipes are Vegan Lasagna with Basil Cashew Cheeze and Sweet Potato Vegan Lasagna.

Hate to cook? This slow cooker tomato basil soup will be right up your alley. Just put all of the ingredients in the crock-pot before work, and come home to a tasty, hot dinner. Round out the meal with a side salad and some garlic bread for dipping. (recipe)

NOTE: this recipe is not vegan, but can be made so by using vegetable broth (or a vegan chicken-flavored broth) in place of chicken broth, and by using nutritional yeast in place of the Parmesan (or skipping it altogether).

Shepherd’s pie is perhaps the most classic of comfort foods. We love this vegan version that skips the ground meat, but if you’re looking for a traditional recipe, try this one from Alton Brown. (recipe)

NOTE: If you’re obsessed with sweet potatoes like I am, you MUST try this non-traditional (but oh-so-delicious) veganized version of the Gluten Free Goddess Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie.

What are your go-to comfort food recipes for winter? (If you have any vegan slow-cooker recipes, PLEASE send them over!)

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