Let’s Talk Comfort Food

By Debbie Koenig

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty stressed these days. And when I feel stressed, I have to fight to keep from eating everything in sight. As much as I know food won’t really solve any of my problems, when I’m seeking comfort in a cold world, eating feels like the easiest option.

Good thing, then, that the Recipe Database offers so many possibilities for warm, soothing meals, including quite a few that reach back to childhood. These are on my list for the next few weeks, until things start to feel more settled:

Individual Creamy Chicken Pot Pies (7 SmartPoints® /value serving): Chunks of chicken, tender vegetables, creamy sauce, easy crust — what could be better?

Spaghetti with Tomato-Meat Sauce (5 SmartPoints value/serving): Nothing makes my Italian-American husband feel better than a traditional bowl of pasta.

Matzo Ball Soup (3 SmartPoints value/serving): My Jewish equivalent to my husband’s comfort pasta.

Macaroni and Cheese (10 SmartPoints value/serving): OK, so this one’s a little high on the SmartPoints value. But if you ask me, it’s worth it.

Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Scallions and Tomatoes (4 SmartPoints value/serving): Comfort food that’s still low in SmartPoints value.

Beef Stuffed Cabbage (6 SmartPoints value/serving): This time of year when I was a kid, my mom would make stuffed cabbage regularly. Maybe it’s time I restarted that tradition.

Individual Chocolate Soufflés (6 SmartPoints value/serving): Because sometimes comfort requires chocolate.

And for easy, mellow lunches at your desk, try these recipes I developed for Weight Watchers — each is assembled ahead of time in a mason jar, and all you do is add hot water: Instant Pasta e Fagiole Soup for One (4 SmartPoints value/serving) and Instant Classic Chicken Noodle Soup for One (5 SmartPoints value/serving).

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