And it’s always so bad for you! Gooey, cheesy, creamy, sweet, often highly processed…all the stuff you want to curl up with on a cold day – generally feels like you shouldn’t be eating it.
But my favorite real food cookbook author Kate of Modern Alternative Mama has saved the day again with yet another yummy book of recipes – and this one’s all about comfort food made from real ingredients – no guilt and incredibly tasty!
I really love having the opportunity to share Kate’s books with you as she’s been one of my top inspirations for both turning to real food and coming up with all kinds of meal ideas – I always find her recipes easy to make and super satisfying.
Also have to say that this one has probably been the biggest hit with the husband. When I made the meatloaf recipe from Wholesome Comfort, his response was, “Honey, this is the kind of thing you should make more often – stuff like you used to make, only healthy.”
I did used to make meatloaf fairly often, using conventional ground beef and a packet of seasoning from the convenience aisle with a serving of powdered mashed potatoes and canned gravy on the side.
Consider now the alternative – grass fed beef, individually added spices, homemade bread crumbs, homemade beef stock gravy, real mashed potatoes – both better for us and waaaaay better tasting than the gunk I was making before!
Another recipe from this book I was highly anticipating was the tuna casserole – one of my very favorite dishes growing up (and one I’ve never been able to convince the husband to like). Former ‘recipe’ – egg noodles, 2 kinds of canned Campbell’s soup, a ton of cheese, milk and tuna.
I haven’t made it in a long time as I’ve been attempting to eliminate such dishes from our repertoire, so was very excited to see how Kate would make it into a real food dish. And while I can’t give too much away, I will say it was insanely amazing (though I will admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the brown rice noodles – I will probably ‘cheat’ and use whole wheat ones next time). At any rate, it was a huge hit and Dave loved it – the first time I’ve ever gotten him to like tuna casserole.
There are all kinds of great twists on classic comfort foods here that I know you’ll love, including soups, sides, main meals and desserts. They are also mostly incredibly simple – one of the soups in particular (ham & bean) I found it hard to believe would turn out well because the recipe was so simple, and it was one of the awesomest soups I’ve ever had.
All in all, I’m happy to recommend this cookbook to anyone missing their old comfort foods, looking to transition more to real foods over processed, or simply on the scout for more recipe ideas – you won’t be disappointed!
You can buy Wholesome Comfort (in eBook form) here – it is normally $9.95, but you can use the code CRUNCHY25 through March 5th, 2012 to get a 25% discount.
You can also enter to WIN a copy below. Complete any or all of the entries – as many as you’d like – we will draw the winner this Friday, March 2nd. PLEASE follow instructions for giveaway entries – I will remove any that don’t follow the instructions in order to be fair to all entrants.
I hope you enjoy Wholesome Comfort as much as I do!
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