Comfort Food For The Soul

Hello my dear readers!

How is everyone doing? Hopefully you are all finding ways to cope with the craziness of the world right now. I personally have been spending loads of time outside at my house playing with the dogs. My dogs have always been a place of comfort for me when I feel stressed. There has also been way more Youtube and Netflix watching than I’d care to admit.

During my binge watching adventure I come across an old favorite, Julie and Julia. I had forgotten all about that movie, but let me tell you I still love to watch it. It reminded me how much food can indeed be a source of comfort for people. It certainly has been for me. Every night I am trying to cook some sort of comfort food for myself because it simply makes me feel better.

So today I thought why not share two of my favorite recipes with you? Of course this is not a cooking page, and I am in no way a professional cook. However, these are simple dishes that require minimal effort. I thought people could use a share of comfort during this time, so here goes me channeling my inner Julie/Julia! I hope you enjoy.

Taco Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of beans (I use Black Beans, Cannellini Beans, and Dark Red Kidney Beans)
  • 1 can diced red tomatoes
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomato with green chilies (I use mild, but for more spice use hot)
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip mix
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Optional: Sour cream, taco cheese, tostitos scoops

Directions:

Step One: Cook the ground beef in a large pot. Once it is cooked rinse excess grease off then return it to the pot.

Step Two: Add to the pot of ground beef the ranch mix, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, rotel diced tomato with green chilies, and beef broth.

Step Three: In a strainer drain and rinse the three types of beans as well as the corn. Once these have been rinsed add them to the pot.

Step Four: Bring to a boil and let cook for 10-20 minutes. Then Enjoy!

Bonus: Add sour cream or taco cheese to the top, and use Tostitos scoops to eat it.

If you love tacos then you will love this soup! Soup has always been a comfort food for me, and I could eat tacos daily so this is the perfect mash up. It really tastes like eating a taco in soup form. My mom even likes to put it over lettuce, and use it for a taco salad. I personally enjoy adding the sour cream and cheese to the top then scooping it out with the tostitos scoops. However, you can also just eat it without any extras which is also good. This dish is versatile, and I truly enjoy it. This one will certainly warm your soul.

Zuchinni Noodles with Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Zucchini medium sized (1 per person)
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Meatballs
  • Small Onion
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Step One: With either a hand held spiralizer or an attachment for your stand mixer spiral your zucchini into noodles. As I spiral them I take scissors, and I cut the noodles to size as I go. You can leave them long, but I find it easier to eat if they are cut shorter.

Step Two: Place the zucchini noodles on a paper towel. Coat them with salt and cover them with another paper towel. Leave them this way for at least a half hour up to an hour. This lets the excess moisture release from the zucchini.

Step Three: As the zucchini soaks you can put your meatballs in a crock pot with the spaghetti sauce to give them time to heat up.

Step Four: Place a pan on medium heat. Add olive oil and a small diced onion. Let the onions cook down for 1-2 minutes. Next add in your zucchini noodles, and saute them for 1-2 minutes. Then be sure to remove from heat completely otherwise they will get watery.

Step Five: Place noodles in a bowl with meatballs and sauce with shredded mozzarella on top. Enjoy!

This is one of my absolute favorite comfort foods! Plus, added bonus, it’s healthy! I am huge on pasta, and with zucchini noodles you can cook any of your favorite pasta dishes with a healthy spin. It also really does taste good! I mean you obviously have to like the taste of zucchini. It is simple to make and I do consider it a comfort food.

That’s all I have for you guys today. I hope you enjoy these recipes! If you do try them be sure to share with me your thoughts. Also let me know what your go to comfort food is! Thank you for spending time in my quirky corner! Be safe everyone.

Kayle Jo

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