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Winter Comfort Food 3 Fresh, Nutritious Meal Ideas

Despite the stereotype of hearty, heavy ingredients that leave you wanting a nap, winter comfort food doesn’t have to be a gut-busting, sleep-inducing venture. With the right mix of fresh, winter-harvested ingredients and a few interesting recipes, you can enjoy comfort food during the cold without feeling guilty about it. Here are some fresh, nutritious comfort food ideas to get your tastebuds watering.

1. Mashed Cauliflower

Take all the things you love about mashed potatoes, remove all the carbs, and you have one of the healthiest winter comfort food alternatives: mashed cauliflower.

Combine a steamed head of cauliflower, ½ cup of cheese, 2 tbsp butter, ½ cup of cream or milk, and salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Mash it by hand or throw it in a food processor, reheat it, and there you have it! You’ll also get a heavy dose of vitamin C, B6, and protein, adding to the allure of this deliciously healthy dish.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts normally don’t make the list of comfort foods, but when done correctly, you’ll be surprised that you didn’t add them to your diet sooner. With loads of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium, these green morsels pack a nutritional punch to boot.

Trim the Brussels sprouts and throw them in a bowl. Douse them with generous helpings of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil. Mix until coated.

Next, transfer them to a parchment-lined baking tray, heat the oven to 425 degrees, and cook for 30 minutes. Try one to ensure that the Brussels sprouts are tender. You can also take a look at the edges of the leaves. If they’re slightly darkened or crispy, you’ll know these are ready to eat.

In just a half-hour, you have an amazing appetizer or main course that’s sure to please.

3. Kale with Ham

As one of the foremost superfoods, kale has vitamins A, C, and K and tons of calcium and potassium. However, the earthy and somewhat bitter taste can act as a deterrent to slightly picky eaters.

Well, there’s one simple answer to that: ham it up! Kale with ham is an interesting take on a traditional southern classic, replacing collard or mustard greens.

To create this winter comfort food, combine a pound of kale, one large smoked ham hock, and salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes in a large pot. Fill the pot to the top with water and boil it for about an hour and a half. Add any seasonings you like and have a hearty, delicious kale and ham stew perfect on a snowy or frigid day. You can also save the liquid to cook rice with added flavor.

Shop Local for the Best-Tasting Winter Comfort Food

Regardless of which one of these winter comfort foods strikes your fancy, always shop local to get the best taste and nutrition. DLJ Produce provides local grocers nationwide with the finest freshest produce on the market.  Freshly harvested produce ensures a flavorful meal that eases you physically and mentally while giving you the nutrition to power through the long winter. Enjoy the flavorful ride!

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