Popular Comfort Foods
What is comfort food?
Comfort food is a dish that reminds us of comforting childhood memories. When eating these foods you are overcome with feelings of safety and security. They bring back nostalgic memories of Mom in the kitchen making your favorite food. These foods can be as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich, they are not gourmet foods.
Each persons comfort food is different from the next depending upon place of birth and upbringing. However there are many foods that appear over and over on various people's comfort food list.
I am going to share the top 20 most popular foods on that list and give 3 healthy recipes for my favorites.
For me, my favorite comfort foods are fried chicken, meatloaf, and chili. Every time I make them the aroma takes me back to a simpler time when I was a child and my grandmother would cook these family favorites. I still love my fried chicken, but in the interest of lowering my fat intake I included an Oven Fried Chicken Recipe. Hope you enjoy them.
Top 20 comfort foods
*Chicken and Dumplings
*Chicken Pot Pie
*Chocolate Chip Cookies
*Corn on the Cob
*Green Bean Casserole
*Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Oven Fried Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves
1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
2 tbsp fat free mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
salt substitute, to taste
black pepper, to taste
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp parmesan/romano grated cheese
4 tbsp Italian bread crumbs
Make marinade the morning before cooking chicken.
Combine buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic, salt substitute, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in large pan. Place uncooked chicken in pan and coat with mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix wheat flour , parmasen cheese and Italian bread crumbs in flat dish. Remove chicken from marinade and roll in coating mixture, be sure to coat thoroughly.
Place chicken on a wire rack placed on top of a cookie sheet. Spray chicken with spray cooking oil. Bake uncovered for 40 to 45 minutes.
2 lbs ground turkey meat
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients, shape into a loaf shape and place in a loaf pan. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes more.
16 oz bag dried pinto beans
2 lbs extra lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
1 pkg chili seasoning of your choice
The day before:
Soak beans according to directions on pkg. Cook beans according to directions on package.
The next day:
Spray large fry pan with cooking oil spray. Saute ground meat, onions, peppers and garlic until meat is browned.
In large Dutch Oven combine beans, meat mixture and all of the remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer on low for 2 to 3 hours.
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