It’s that time of year when the days are shorter and the temperatures are lower and I’m craving comfort food! Not to mention, being 4 months pregnant has me wanting anything that makes me feel warm and happy from the inside out!
So I decided to do a round-up of my absolute favorite, go to real food comfort food recipes. These are recipes I’ve made many times and my family loves. Most of them are pretty quick and easy, and I can count on my kiddos gobbling them up!!
Remember that eating real food doesn’t have to be about never eating your favorites, it’s just about finding foods that are made with real, sustainably made food.
Take a look and get cookin’! They’re worth it!
Buttermilk Banana Blueberry Bread:Just the title of this one makes my mouth water!! This is one of my favorite quick bread recipes, it’s absolutely delicious!! Sometimes I like to make it into muffins instead of a whole loaf so my older kiddo can grab them on his own. Yummy!
Biscuits and gravy: Biscuits and gravy is one of the ultimate comfort foods and this recipe is sooooo easy to whip up on a cold morning. I don’t usually make biscuits from scratch (unless I’m feeling ambitious) but most grocery stores have some organic brands that use real food ingredients.
Quiche: Quiche is one of my favorite make-ahead breakfast dishes. It’s surprisingly easy, and the best part about it is that it seems like it would be super fancy and hard to make. But it’s not!! If we are invited to a brunch or church potluck, this is one of my go to recipes. I make quiche so often that I kind of do what I want with it now. But this was one of the first recipes I used to learn how to master this dish. Pro-tip: remember to find the organic crust with real food ingredients.
Turkey Pot Pie Soup : I don’t know about you, but I think soup and pot pie are two of the most comforting foods you could ever eat. So to find the two put together….jackpot!! I’ve made this soup a few times and every time I can’t get enough of it! Just looking at the recipe made me want to race to the store for all the ingredients so we can have it tonight. Pro-tip: sometimes I swap chicken for the turkey if I have chicken on hand instead.
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie: Just in case that soup made you want an actual pot pie, this is my go to recipe for homemade pot pie. I buy store bought crusts and if you look around your grocery store you can usually find some organic brands that use real ingredients and better oils instead of the typical conventional pre-made pie crusts. Also, this recipe calls for skim or 1% milk, I always use whole (gimme all the fat!!) but otherwise I love this recipe!! Pro-tip: you could swap turkey for the chicken and use up all those Thanksgiving leftovers!
Paleo Shepard’s Pie: I love Shepard’s Pie and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand so it’s easy to whip up for dinner any time. This recipe is paleo so it’s dairy free, but feel free to use milk instead of almond milk (for the potatoes) sprinkle a little cheese on top. Thats what I do and it makes it even more delicious! My kiddos love this too, something about meat, potatoes, and veggies all in one bowl makes them gobble it up!
Zuppa Toscana: Apparently I think the only foods that are comforting are soups! But can you blame me? I found this soup years ago and I make it all the time! It’s so hearty and filling we will have it for a meal all by itself. My kiddos love it and it’s a great way to sneak a green, leafy veggie into their diet.
Coconut Milk Chocolate Mousse: Holy smokes is this one of the best desserts I’ve ever had and it’s sooooooo easy!! We’re not dairy free in our house, but I usually have a couple cans of coconut milk on hand. When I’m craving something chocolatey and decadent, this is one of my favorites.
Healthy No-Bake Cookies: When I was a little girl, no-bake cookies were my absolute favorite! So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this recipe that uses better ingredients and they taste just as delicious as I remember! Pro-tip: if you’re a breastfeeding mama these make a great snack! The carbs from the oats will fuel your body and the coconut oil will help your milk to be nice and fatty.
Sugar Cookies: These sugar cookies are THE BEST!!! The recipe makes about a dozen which is perfect if you only need (or want) a few. The texture of the cookies so soft and chewy and they never spread in the oven. I don’t know how this woman made this perfect recipe, but these are incredible! And Christmas cutout cookies are the perfect treat to take to all those holiday parties!
I have so many favorites it was hard to choose, and now my tummy is rumbling for lunch!! Happy eating!