Everyday Show: Comfort Foods Everyday Show: Comfort FoodsNovember 10, 2015 in Media, TravelShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemailWhen I think of healthy comfort foods I think of creamy, hearty, and satisfying – that also just happens to be GREAT for your body! Here are 3 recipes that will feel like a warm blanket wrapped around your soul. Read through the key points and check out my 3-minute segment with Kathie J on the Everyday Show below! Vegan Chili I gotta be honest with you – I have yet to meet a person that doesn’t absolutely love this chili! AND it hits all the right comfort food spots. Your body is craving warmth and soups/chilis are a great way to satisfy this need. Chilis are even more fantastic because the beans fill you up and research has shown they’re very effective in clearing out your arteries. They’re like little scrubbers that just soak up the build-up. 2 secret ingredients make this dish unforgettable: maple syrup and liquid smoke. This is what rounds out the true flavor of chili and brings a nostalgic aroma of warming up by a fire in fall/winter. Being nourished is not just about nutrients, it’s also about the satisfaction it brings you. tip: you can add meat/chicken if you’d like, however the quinoa provides plenty of protein because it’s a complete protein. Garlic Aioli Most people look at these nut creams as “dairy substitutes” – like something you must resort to if you can’t have “the good stuff.” Well this aioli is something I actually prefer over dairy. It’s that delicious! I use a dollop of this in my chili to make it creamy and decadent. But you can also use this as a sandwich spread, the base for a creamy dip etc. I make big batches of this. I use it almost every day and it lasts for weeks in your fridge because the lemon and apple cider vinegar are natural preservatives. Rainbow Root Gratin with Herbed Garlic Aioli The key to getting these beautifully even medallions is using a mandolin. There are some kitchen gadgets that really make a difference in the cooking process and this is one of them. They range from $5 -$100. When you’re thinking about creating a meal to really fill you up think about your micornutrients!! This is so important because no matter how much fat/protein/starch you get, you will not feel satiated until you give your body those vitamins/minerals. Feeling full and feeling satiated are two different things. Feeling full is filling the volume in your stomach. Feeling satiated is no longer craving anything. And boy our cravings sure do get the best of us during the holiday season! So the best way you can ensure to get your micronutrients is through eating a variety of colors. This is why I’ve chosen to make this a rainbow casserole instead of just plain white potatoes. Check out the full segment below!