3 Delicious and Healthy Comfort Food Recipes (That Also Make Great Leftovers)

So that you’re caught indoors, away from buddies, probably beginning to go just a little stir-crazy. How about upping your cooking sport and placing these three recipes collectively? It’s not that they’re simply wholesome—we’re keen to wager that these meals may even present an additional dose of consolation and make the lengthy days cooped up inside just a little extra gratifying (with out increasing your waistline).

Mom’s Homemade Chili
Erin McGrady for Males’s Journal

Mother’s Selfmade Chili

What’s to not love a couple of homemade chili that not solely tastes good, but additionally provides a mouth-watering aroma to your dwelling area for hours earlier than it’s even prepared?

Makes 4 servings; prep time, 20 minutes; cook dinner time, 1 hour and 30 minutes


  • 1 ½ lbs natural floor beef (we used 75 p.c lean to 25 p.c fats)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (10 ounce) diced tomatoes with inexperienced chiles
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup hen inventory
  • 4 scallions, inexperienced elements sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 2 tbsp bitter cream
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Set a pot on medium warmth and brown floor meat, stirring sometimes. As soon as meat is browned, add diced onion and garlic and sauté till the onion is translucent.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, salt, garlic powder, cumin, and pepper and cook dinner till simmering.
  3. Add hen inventory, stir, set temperature to low and let cook dinner partially lined for 30 minutes. Add extra hen inventory if consistency is simply too thick.
  4. Serve with scallions, cheddar cheese, bitter cream, and avocado on high.
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Root Vegetables
Erin McGrady for Males’s Journal

Roasted Rooster Thighs with Root Greens

We got down to make a whole roasted chicken, however once we bought to the grocery retailer, there weren’t any left. There have been, nonetheless, hen thighs. We determined to forge forward with our plan to make the recipe, dialing again just a little on cook dinner time.

Makes 4 servings; prep time, 20 minutes; cook dinner time, 1 hour and 10 minutes


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on hen thighs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • 2 tsp ancho chilli powder
  • 4 carrots, minimize in half lengthwise
  • 4 stalks celery, minimize in half lengthwise
  • 2 candy potatoes, minimize in items the identical width as carrots
  • 1 medium onion, minimize into wedges
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • salt and pepper to style
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Pat hen dry with paper towels, season with salt, garlic powder, sumac, and ancho chilli powder. Let sit in fridge for 8 hours or in a single day. Preserve the dish uncovered (this helps the pores and skin to stay dry so it will probably crisp up properly within the oven.)
  2. Set oven to 425 levels. Whereas oven is heating, combine greens and lemon with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  3. Put a cooling rack inside a baking tray and prepare hen and greens evenly on the tray.
  4. Bake for 70 minutes, or till hen is cooked by (the thickest half ought to attain 165ºF), the pores and skin is crisp, and the greens are tender.
Sweet and Savory Fried Rice
Erin McGrady for Males’s Journal

Candy and Savory Fried Rice

This dish is gluten-free and simple to make. You’ll be able to just about add any vegetable that yow will discover on the grocery retailer. Heck, you’ll be able to even get artistic like we did with ham and pineapple and add a shock ingredient or two. Who mentioned fried rice needed to be boring?

Makes 4 servings; prep time, 15 minutes; cook dinner time, 20 minutes


  • 2 cups of cooked rice that has been chilled in a single day.
  • ½ cup of diced, smoked ham
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 massive carrot, diced
  • 1 ½ cups of peas
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1 cup ripe pineapple, cubed
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2–3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili-garlic sauce


  1. Brown the ham in a skillet on medium warmth, then put aside to chill.
  2. Subsequent, put 2 tablespoons butter in skillet and when melted, sauté onion for 5 minutes. Add carrot and garlic and sauté on medium-high till onion is calmly browned.
  3. Add yet one more tablespoon of butter, then add rice, peas, pineapple, soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce and cook dinner till heated by.
  4. Combine nicely, take away from warmth and stir in scallions and toasted sesame oil. Alter seasoning with soy sauce if wanted. Serve up.


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