Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Comfort Food

Sometimes we just need comfort food. Sweet or savory, some foods actually make our endorphins flow.  While food should not be used to cope with life, which can lead to obesity, food should be enjoyable and a positive experience.

Comfort foods should come with a health scale on the label.

So one of my comfort foods can be made vegan or vegetarian, more or less healthy.  French Toast.  Just breakfast? Maybe for you, but for me, every bite melts away stress so long as I take the time to enjoy it and not scarf it down.

"MY" Version of French Toast - 49% Healthy on the scale 

  • 2 eggs (farm fresh, organic)
  • dash of milk (about 2-4 Tbsp) I never measure when I cook (only when I bake, LOL)
  • Canadian Rye Bread (a light rye with NO caraway seeds, almost like white bread but with some fiber)
  • Vanilla (optional, just a dash)

Whisk eggs and milk.  Dip bread into egg mixture and fry in a medium hot non-stick pan for a couple minute each side.  Top with margarine, icing sugar, and cinnamon. Ok, honestly my cookbook recipes are much better than this, but with comfort food part of the joy for me is NOT using a recipe! LOL.  Here is an actual recipe from my cookbook (you can get my cookbooks FREE here).

Vegan Version of  "MY" French Toast - 95% healthy on the scale

  • 1 loaf stale, good brown bread or gluten free (Silver Hills sprouted works great!)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or agave nectar)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot), optional*

Blend all until very smooth; pour into large flat bowl. Dip bread quickly into mixture and fry on med low heat on non-stick pan or griddle. Flip when golden brown. Top with sliced fresh fruit!

*Use the cornstarch for ‘fresh’ or soft bread. We keep the bread pre-sliced and frozen. The sprouted bread is drier and not easily made soggy so it works great for this recipe. We find homemade or other
brands of store bought bread need to be dried out just a bit before using to prevent them from going soggy.

(From the Healthy Home Cookin' Cookbook Vol 5. - Breakfasts, Lunch, Soup & Salads)

What are your favourite comfort foods? Do they need help to dial up to the healthier side of the scale?  Let us know!

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