Salad As Comfort Food. Is It Possible?

Yes!! Comfort foods to me are warm, smell good while you make them, and usually don’t include spinach. However this wonderful little salad is a fantastic alternative to a meal of buttery mashed potatoes and Kraft macaroni cheese – yes Kraft, you can’t too the blue box for cheap, fast, feel good in a bowl. That being said, I can eat this salad and roasted hasselback (Hasselhoff!) potato and get that same comforting feel without the guilt of fake processed cheese or over-buttered mashed potatoes (my adventures in mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes coming soon!).

Comfy Spinach Salad
Ingredients: serves 2
2 cups fresh spinach, remove stems and tear into bite size peices
1/2-3/4 cup white beans
1/4-1/2 a red onion
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1-1.5 Tablespoons Dijon or stone ground mustard
1 Tablespoon molasses
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ish Tablespoons olive oil

1) quickly sautée onion in a drizzle of olive oil till translucent
2) while that’s working, whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, molasses, salt, and pepper. Stream in olive oil while whisking until well combined
3) add the salad dressing and white beans to the onions and heat through
4) pour dressing, onion, and bean mixture over spinach, serve and enjoy the comfort 🙂

Want to add to the comfort? Try adding this delicious potato to the meal, either on the side or right in the middle of your salad! Trust me, it’s good.

Roasted Hasselhoff Potato
Ingredients: per potato
Yukon gold potato (it’s an Idaho in the picture, spring for the Yukons)
1-2 cloves garlic
Olive oil
Earth Balance

Preparation: pre-heat oven to 425
1) clean potato, slice most of the way through every 1/8 inch
2) slice the garlic SUPER thin, place each slice between the cuts in the potato
3) place potato on cookie sheet or in baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
4) bake for 40 minutes to an hour till easily pierced with a fork all the way through
5) smear a little butter over the top so it melts into the cuts in the potato. YUM. Eat it alone or with the salad.

Happy eating and may you take comfort in (semi)healthy cooking 🙂




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