A day for comfort food

A quick glance at the indoor/outdoor thermometer on the wall in our kitchen this morning let me know that a) it was -36 degrees Celsius in my backyard and b) we would not be leaving the house today. Instead we stayed in, somnology kept warm, thumb read stories, played with puzzles and ate comfort food (Well, Fionnuala – if you really want to know – rolled from one side of the living room to the other repeatedly when not asleep or nursing.)

Fake-Cheesy Pasta

This is my go-to quick pasta for something warm and comforting that I know Moira will love. We were never a boxed Mac&Cheese family before we went Whole Foods Plant Based but I did occasionally make Cheesy Pasta as a treat (and I know her grandma fed her Kraft Dinner but I try not to think about that). When I make it I throw in some veggies (like peas and edamame beans for protein) & today I threw in some sesame seeds which are a good source of calcium.

This is what was in today’s pasta:

  • Gluten-free rice pasta. We usually use whole wheat pasta for everything but I’m trying to stay away from gluten and I find the rice pastas are softer than the whole wheat pasta which helps bring out the fake-cheesy flavour.
  • Peas & edamame beans thrown into the water while cooking the pasta – usually during the last five minutes so not to overcook them.
  • Sauce: tahini, soy milk, nutritional yeast, salt and sesame seeds. Stirred into the pasta after draining, but while it is still really warm.

The result:

She had two servings (so did I). I’ve tried this dish out on kids who are picky eaters and they usually gobble it up too.

Dinner was equally as comforting. We are very low on groceries right now but having homemade soup stock in the freezer never fails to make me happy and result in a decent meal. Today I pulled out the Asian soup stock and with what little ingredients we had on hand – garlic, ginger, carrots, green onions, red lentils and half a can of coconut milk – I made a very decent soup.

Moira is pretty much done by 5 p.m. these days (she went and put her pajamas on at 4:30) and was whining about how she doesn’t like lentils. (Lies! She is always finding something to say she doesn’t like these days.) However, once dinner was in front of her she just shut up and ate it, even picking up the bowl to drink the last bit.  Doesn’t like lentils my foot…

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