Comfort vs. Healthy Food.. Can they ever be one in the same?

Today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  Not falling asleep until 4 a.m. mixed with a horribly vivid dream and one of the dreariest days of the years makes this one of those days.

I’ll be honest – I struggle with my body and weight every day.  This doesn’t exactly make for a good mood or an imaginative cook.  What should I make? Will I regret it later? How many calories and fat grams am I taking in?  IS ANYONE ELSE SICK OF THESE QUESTIONS?  I am.

So tonight, I will make one of my favorite of all-time recipes and it just so happens to be one from Weight Watchers…and to me, it’s total comfort food – Vegetarian chili.

Okay, okay, I know what you are thinking.  Chili with no meat? Can’t be done.  But believe me, with this recipe, you won’t even miss the meat.

Onion, mushrooms, carrots, celery, jalapeno, crushed tomatoes, white cannolini beans… all simmered in a large pot with spices until soft and married into the ultimate comfort stew.  Perfection on a cold winter night or just a dreary fall day.. like today.  Eat it by itself (like me!) or pair it with some crusty bread (if carbs don’t scare you) and enjoy feeling full and satisfied for a fraction of cals and fat of normal meaty chili.

So it’s off to the grocery store for me.  Sadly, I have no jalapeno in my fridgey and while I could make my dish sans-jalapeno, it just wouldn’t have the same heat and kick.

Do you have any comfort foods that can be re-made?  Send me the original recipes and I’ll see what I can do!

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