Winter Comfort Food: 5 Easy Recipes To Warm You Up

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January is upon us, and today is extra bleak outside with Storm Henk working its way across the country. Many people have gone back to work for the first time since Christmas, and everyone is feeling a bit sluggish. In an attempt to thwart the January Blues, many of us turn to comfort food as a means of making ourselves feel better.

Comfort food is typically starch based and rich. Not always though- sometimes comfort food is something we have fond memories of eating and thats why we enjoy it. Let’s be honest though, nine times out of ten there’s a good amount of carbs in it.

Classic British comfort foods such as Sausages and Mash, Sunday Roast and all manner of Stews, Soups and Casseroles are abound this time of year, and for good reason! They just make everything feel better somehow. I’m the sort of person who will eat comfort food year round, because potato/bread/carb based meals are a winner for me. I know for many people comfort food also means cheese, creamy sauces and the like… but those are foods I am 100% not into at any time of the year, sorry not sorry.

If you’re looking for some comfort food inspiration, here are 5 of my favoutite comfort food recipes!

Root Vegetable Curry

If you’ve read my book then you know how much I love this recipe! Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Lentils come together with delicious curry paste infused stock to create a delicious easy to make dinner. Leftovers taste even better!

Recipe Here

Sticky Sausage Traybake

I couldn’t do a list of comfort food recipes without at least ONE dish involving sausages. This is an easy way to use up leftover veg, as you really can use whatever you have! This recipe uses a honey mustad glaze, but sweet chilli is another great option.

Recipe Here

Hash Brown Cottage Pie

I discovered this recipe recently, and it’s quickly become one of my favourites! Cottage pie is already a comfort food favourite, but the hash brown topping just makes it.

Available in Richard Makin’s book Anything you can cook, I can cook Vegan

Don’t want to splash out on the book? Just make your own cottage pie recipe, air fry 10-12 hash browns (based on 4 people) until cooked, break them up a bit with a spatula, then use to top your pie!

Sweet Potato Burritos

Sweet potato is delicious anytime of year, but in Winter its a must have! These delicious wraps are so easy and contains tons of fibre and protein too. For the sake of a bag of sweet potatoes (I use the pre prepared frozen chunks) and a tin of black beans plus some seasoning, you can’t go wrong.

Recipe Here

Ma Po

This is one of those recipes that hits right, every time. It never loses that “first taste” feeling. Super quick to make, but you will probably need to get Sichuan Peppercorns as that’s not a common store cupboard ingredient. Tip: serve with microwave rice to save time on cooking.

Recipe Here (This is a PDF Cookbook, scroll to page 22!)

Have you tried any of these recipes? Do you have a favourite comfort food? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. These all look great. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try and these look like ones my family would enjoy. Can’t wait to try them. They sound like the perfect thing to eat on a cold day.

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