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The nostalgia of consolation meals is actual. And it’s as highly effective as it’s private—to some it’s the comfy home-cooked meals we grew up with, and to others it’s that one sizzling lunch at college that was truly so good (I miss you, hen patty on a bun). Due to my English grandma, I even have some weirdly particular regional ones, like bubble and squeak and toad within the gap.
Regardless of the place they’re from, all consolation meals share one factor: Most of the time, they find yourself making us really feel…uncomfortable. They are typically heavy, carby, not-balanced dishes.
However despair not. It’s completely doable to take pleasure in these flavors—and all of the fuzzy emotions linked with them. You simply should be a bit of artistic within the kitchen. I’ve given a few of my favourite consolation meals an replace, emphasizing the flavors we love and ditching the tremendous wealthy stuff.
My Greek Lasagna with Lamb, Zucchini, and Artichokes continues to be a crowd-feeding, stick-to-your-ribs sort of dish, however with thinly sliced zucchini as a substitute of pasta and a extra flavorful cheese (simply much less of it). The Celery Root Puttanesca is saucy, savory, and briny as ever, however it’s over celery root noodles this time. The Tropical Cottage Pie makes use of yucca as a substitute of potatoes—a more healthy carb—and it incorporates extra produce, like pineapple, habanero chili, and plenty of recent herbs.
Greek Lasagna with Lamb, Zucchini, and Artichokes
“Lasagna has all the time been a favourite of mine, however I by no means really feel good after consuming it. For this model, I went gentle on the dairy, however I used feta, a brilliant flavorful cheese, so that you don’t really feel such as you’re lacking out. I additionally nixed the gluten by utilizing thinly sliced zucchini rather than pasta. Now it’s a meal I might eat day by day and really feel nice about.” —Seamus Mullen
Celery Root Puttanesca
“Puttanesca is already fairly virtuous. The actual trick right here is the celery root noodles. As an alternative of simply swapping in a gluten-free pasta or zoodle, I needed to choose a noodle different that actually provides one thing to the dish. The refined sweetness of celery root comes via as a foil for all of the umami-rich components within the sauce.”
Tropical Cottage Pie
“When you assume you may’t stop potatoes, give yucca a strive. I swear by it. It’s obtained the starch you crave and it’s higher for you. And it lends itself to a extra tropical taste profile, which is why I adore it with this mix of beef, pineapple, chilies, and cilantro. These are tropical flavors by means of the English countryside. Completely bizarre, and completely works.”