Our Cool Food Panel never disappoints. They are at it again with these scrumptious dinner recipes that you can cook for your family all year long. This month our panel celebrated both National Family Meals Month and National Potato Month. September is also a time of back to school, after school sports, and many other activities for most families. Whether you’re cooking for one or the whole table, these recipes will guide you through the busy mealtimes.
Whether it’s to chase away the winter blues or bring back memories of childhood, we are a nation that loves to indulge in comfort foods. Why? Oxford dictionary added a definition for “comfort food” in 1997. They are foods that provide a sense of well-being and are associated with childhood or home-cooking. No matter what foods say “comfort” to you, we’ve rounded up some hearty and classic recipes that are sure to hit the spot.
During the cold winter months, comfort foods are popular choices when trying to stay warm, beat the winter blues or satisfy a sweet or salty craving. Some comfort foods might not totally align with your nutrition goals, but the following recipes and ideas are sure to cure any craving and are dietitian-approved!
After the Easy Home Meals team ladies were snowed in all weekend from getting slammed with over 30 inches of snow, we were all inspired to share some of the eats and treats we enjoyed in between shoveling snow and napping…. 🙂
Cheesy, gooey, creamy and oh-so-delicious… you know what we’re describing – mac and cheese! One of the most popular comfort foods (worldwide) is so well-liked it even has its own holiday – today is National Macaroni Day! Historians are unsure who exactly we have to thank for this decadent dish, but the earliest known recipe for mac and cheese was in 1769 in Elizabeth Raffald’s book The Experienced English Housekeeper.1 The dish was later brought to the United States courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who loved the fashionable cheese and pasta dishes served to him while in France.2
Who can resist the ooey gooey goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich? The equation for making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich is quite simple: bread + butter + cheese = deliciousness. What better time to talk about grilled cheese sandwiches than National Grilled Cheese Month!
While March 31 marks the end of Frozen Food Month, it also marks the celebration of National Tater Day! We haven’t run into many people that don’t like tater tots. In fact, more than 3.6 billion tater tots are consumed every year with 70 million pounds being consumed in America alone. That’s a lot of tots!
There seems to be a holiday for every type of food or dish, and the meatball is no exception. Today is National Meatball Day and we’re pretty pumped to honor this juicy goodness of meat!
The colder winter months are the perfect time to eat soup, and since January just so happens to be National Soup Month, it’s even more reason to enjoy!
As we move through the winter months, many of us fear the harsh cold and dreaded flu season. One surefire way to combat these anxieties and ward off winter misery is by integrating mood-boosting foods into your diet. From foods that may help to specifically fight off colds or those that just keep you warm amid the freezing temperatures, food can be your savior this time of year!