Comfort foods - we all love them. Why are they called comfort foods? In my opinion because they are foods that just make you feel warm and cozy inside - like a warm hug!
They can be complicated or they can be simple - guess which I choose???
Today I will list a few ideas - mainly using your pantry and freezer supplies. If you are one of those that keep a variety of things on hand - you have this covered. I am going to try to list easy and frugal meals on a regular basis - using what you may have on hand. Any way that we can add variety and yumminess to one another's lives is a good thing.
CHILI - we all have our own recipe for this. Then if you are like me, there is NO recipe - I make it different every time. Generally it contains, ground meat, beans, seasoning, tomato products and possibly pasta or rice. Many just use beans to make a vegetarian chili. It is all good.
Another thing that just happens at my house. Soups and stews vary as much as the hairs on your head. There is variety and they are all different. Mix whatever veggies you have or want and broth and meat (if you choose) - make it soup-like or thicker for stew. Soups often add pasta or rice. However you make it, it is pure comfort!
Now this is what I call goulash - and what I understand some out East call it chow mein. Chow mein to me is an Asian dish - but it doesn't matter what you call it. It is easy and frugal and good.
This is so basic and easy - and most people have everything needed on hand.
EASY-PEASY SPANISH RICE
I often make a simple version - rice and salsa cooked together. Doesn't get any easier than that! Super good as a side dish for any meal.
There are so many versions of nachos. USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Leftover chili, taco meat, beans, refried beans, salsa, cheese, tomatoes, onions, olives.................. Top tortilla chips and you are done. Maybe add a dollop of sour cream if you have it. You can also use over rice or pasta or make TOTchos!!!!! Toppings over tator tots!!!!!!
This isn't brain surgery - it is just simple basic things you have around. It is always good and filling.
Hollow out some hoagie buns or even part of a loaf of French bread. Add pizza fixings, hotdogs and chili sauce, meat and cheese, whatever you have. Stuff it full. Wrap in foil and bake at about 375* for 15 minutes or so. Oh my goodness these are good. **Keep that bread you pulled out to make breads crumbs.
Hotdog buns (or any bun) - Separate into 2 parts and brush with butter and garlic powder or parmesan cheese and bake at 450 for 7-9 minutes. Easier version - toast your buns and top with butter and garlic powder and cheese. Heck I even toast bread and make garlic toast. Great to serve with a salad or with spaghetti, goulash, chili, lasagna, soup, etc.
My easy version is made with pre-made pie crust and whatever thick toppings I have on hand. Each round of pie crust I make 2 calzones with. I cut the round in half - add filling to HALF of each and then fold over the other half and crimp edges. (I hope that is understandable! - your calzone LOOKS like a quarter of the round when done) I usually use a bit of egg wash around the edges before crimping with a fork. Make a couple slits in the top of each for a steam vent and bake at the recommended time for the crust. You want them to be nice and golden brown.
I have stuffed with pizza toppings and I have also used stew (or leftover roast and potatoes and carrots). You imagination is your only limit.
One of these and a salad makes a tasty meal.
There you go - todays easy comfort meals using things you have (hopefully) on hand. Experiment a little and have fun with your food. No need to get bored with the same old things.
More easy and frugal comfort foods/meals later!!!