What food makes you feel comforted and satisfied? Is it cookies? Ice Cream? Mashed potatoes? Or maybe just Macaroni and Cheese. How about all of the above? Yum!
You can have most any comfort food that tastes just as rich and delicious, and is just as satisfying as the traditional version or even more, but in its healthiest, even healing, form. How is that possible? Simply substitute ingredients that will create a similar look and texture, but with even more flavor. For example, if your favorite comfort food recipe starts with butter, use ghee, or clarified butter. You can find it in the international section of nearly every health food store, or on-line. If you're very industrious, you can make your own.
In place of sugar, use whole leave stevia extract (health store or on-line), which can actually help the pancreas, from what I hear. How to get it to taste more like sugar? Add fruit to the recipe. For example, baking a cake with unsweetened apple sauce plus stevia.
Need to replace an unhealthy thickener? Use the same amount of Kuzu Root or Arrowroot powder. Kuzu root is said to be good for the stomach.
Use mineral-rich salts such as pink Himalayan Sea Salt or red Hawaiian salt. Yummy flavors!
Replace cow's milk products with goat milk, or for vegans, use coconut milk for sweet recipes, and cashew cream for savory (soak cashews in water till they absorb it all and blend in blender).
Pasta-lovers try this for a change -julienned zucchini, which actually has a bit of flavor, as opposed to pasta, which tastes completely bland by itself. See recipe below for ideas.
Of course you should always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns at all.
Mac and Cheese for All!
Ingredients Per Person:
1 cup combination green and/or yellow zucchini, cut into "macaroni" size slices (julienne-style- thick)
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Kuzu or Arrowroot powder (health store)
1 Tablespoon purified Water
1 teaspoon Ghee (clarified butter- health store), OR Butter, OR for vegans, High Heat Oil of choice
½ cup grated Cheddar or other Cheese of choice. I recommend goat cheddar for healing ingredient. For Vegans/ dairy-free, use Almond Cheese or other of choice.
1. Sautee' Zucchini in Ghee or Oil, adding Salt. (Medium heat)
2. Melt Kuzu in Water while Zucchini cooks.
3. When Zucchini cooked to your liking, add grated Cheese, stirring while it melts.
4. Add Kuzu/Water mix and stir quickly until it thickens.
Variations: Add tomato bits, fresh or sundried, sausage of choice, herbs of choice such as dill or rosemary, other meats or cheeses. Vegans, add sprouted or toasted nuts or seeds.