When I am sick, I looooooove food. Of course, I loooooooove food every single solitary day!! But, when I am sick all I want to do is eat and eat is all I want to do. I have been on a kick lately of eating fettuccine Alfredo like three times a week...no lie! It is because it is warm and yummy and I am lazy lately.
But while I was in one of my "thinking about food" moods, I thought I would share with you guys some of my favorite comfort food recipes. Sit back, relax and enjoy! (However, because I am competitive with my food and who eats it and who gets recipes, I usually leave one thing out of the recipe when I share...which is usually that one thing that I personally added to it to make it better) HOWEVER, I promise that even with a missing ingredient you will LOVE how it turns out.
Here are a few:
Mac & Cheese:
5 cups cooked Macaroni
5 tbs. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2.5-3 cups milk (depending on how dry it looks after all ingredients are added)
2 cups shredded mozzarella
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cottage cheese
Preheat oven to 350
Cook Macaroni noodles according to package and drain. Place noodles, butter, S&P, milk, mozzarella cheese and 3 cups cheddar cheese in a casserole dish. Mix egg in a bowl first and then stir into mixture. Cover with foil and cook for 45-50 minutes. Uncover and add remaining cheese to top. Bake uncovered another 15 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
Easy-Breezy Baked Spaghetti
Thick Spaghetti Noodles (cook according to package per serving desired)
Beef(if desired; I cant have red meat cause my tummy won't let me so I omit)
*One can of Ragu Traditional Sauce
*One can of Ragu Parmesan and Romano Sauce
3 tbs. butter
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Cook noodles according to directions (Brown and drain beef, if desired). Mix all above ingredients along with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese (**for the sauces...depending on how much you are making, you may only use a half-jar of each sauce for this recipe) and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly brown. Serve with bread.
Tilapia with Capers (salmon is good in this recipe, also)
* This recipe does not have exact measurements because I "eye" them all...just adjust to your liking.
Tilapia or Salmon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Lemon (1/2 lemon for each fillet)
Preheat Oven to 350
Tear as many strips of Tin Foil as you have pieces of fish. Layer ingredients in this order... Tinfoil, a small slice of butter on tin foil, then a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then fish, then salt and pepper (just enough to cover top of fish), then squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon on fish (1/2 lemon for each fillet), add 1tsp. of capers on top of each fillet. (You can also thinly slice lemons and place one slice on each fish before baking and instead of using the lemon juice from the lemon...just buy the juice and use it so you can save your lemons for slices for decoration)
Wrap each fish in the tinfoil and lay about an inch apart in a casserole dish. (Pour a little water in bottom of dish so tinfoil won't stick to pan...just enough water to line bottom...make sure fish isn't floating) Bake at 350 (salmon for about 20 minutes depending on thickness...but the salmon is best grilled for about 15 -20 minutes in the tinfoil).Bake the Tilapia at 350 for 15 minutes or until white, tender and flaky.
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
1 package strawberries
1 package blackberries
1 package raspberries
1 can pineapple (small can)
2 tbs. (heaping) apple jelly
1 Package of flour tortillas
Process all fruit in blender
take 2tbs. apple jelly and microwave 45 seconds and let cool
Mix jelly in to fruit when jelly is cooled
Spray flour tortillas with butter spray, cut in slices with pizza cutter in to triangles (to look like chips), sprinkle with desired amount of cinnamon, bake chips at 375 for 8 minutes or until crisp.
Serve with chilled fruit salsa and enjoy! (Great summertime recipe)
So there you have it...just a few of my recipes that are yummy! Let me know if you try them out and what you think.