Healthy Comfort Food

Weight Loss, Stress Relief & More

Wow! Absolutely amazing. When we think of comfort food we think of the old traditional standbys. Fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, juicy burgers, pizza, meatloaf, pie, ice cream.

Ever noticed when you eat comfort food that stress evaporates? This is why it's called 'comfort' food. When we eat it, we are distracted. We don't think about stressful situations while our taste, sight, smell, touch senses are being seduced by the glorious joys comfort food provides.

The down side is almost all comfort foods are diet killers loaded with calories and guaranteed to add pounds if eaten on a regular basis. Add that to the fact almost everyone will overeat their favorite comfort food. Really now, who has only one piece of fried chicken, one slice of pizza or a single serving of a delicious apple pie?

It doesn't have to be that way. There are many comfort foods that have yet to be discovered by the majority of Americans. Comfort food makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Comfort food reduces stress, at least momentarily. Comfort food does not have to be fattening.

Here's an excellent example of healthy comfort food. It's delicious, interestingly spicy with an aroma that makes your mouth water. It's called Green Chile Stew. No additives, no preservatives, no BS. Just quality, natural food. Compared to other comfort food, it's not only NOT fattening, but could be considered a "diet" dish. It stores in the refrigerator for up to four days.

You owe it to yourself to try this recipe because eating a large bowl will make you tingle and feel good all over.

Green Chile Stew

Serve with fresh, warm tortillas. Makes 3-4 generous servings.

1 cup fresh Sandia green chiles (approximately 3-4 chiles) OR a mix of Anaheim and poblano chiles
2 cups leftover chicken, shredded into bite size pieces
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups onions, sliced thick
2 cups carrots, cut into bite size pieces
3cloves garlic, minced
2 cups tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and quartered
2 cups Roma tomatoes, quartered
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
5 cups chicken broth
3 cups new potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (if you like it)
1/2 cup green onions, chopped

Broil green chiles in the oven, 2-3 inches from the heat (or place over an open flame on the grill), turn chiles as the skins blacken. Remove from oven and seal in a plastic bag while chiles cool (helps loosen blackened skins). When cooled, remove skin, dice chiles and set aside.

In a large heavy-bottom pot over medium heat, sauté onions, carrots and garlic in oil, about 10 minutes.

Add tomatillos, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes.

Add chicken broth and new potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Add chicken, green chiles, cilantro and green onions. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve.

Now you have access to a heavenly dish that revitalizes, excites and satisfies. Green Chile Stew is nutritious and healthy. Eat a bowl daily and watch the scales, and notice how stressful situations becomes less important. Does Green Chile Stew have medicinal qualities? Only a doctor and nutritionist could factually analyze that question. Regardless of if it does or not, IT SURE DOES TASTE GOOD.

Marge Perry