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Comfort Food Recipes to Beat the Winter Blues

Nothing beats sitting down to piping hot comfort food in the chill of winter. Here are some recipes that you have to try beat those winter blues:

1.Turkey Chili with Quinoa

What you need

  • Fatless ground turkey (half a pound)
  • Water (3 and a half cups)
  • Sweet onion (1 large, chopped)
  • Quinoa (1 cup, rinsed)
  • Garlic cloves (4, minced)
  • Chili powder (1 tbspn)
  • Sweet red pepper (1, chopped)
  • Ground cumin (half tspn)
  • Tomatoes (1 can, crushed)
  • Adobo sauce (1 tbspn)
  • Black beans (1 can, rinsed and drained of liquid)
  • Bay leaf (1 leaf)
  • Cinnamon (1 tbspn, ground)
  • Zucchini (1 medium, chopped)
  • Dried oregano (1 tspn)
  • Pepper (1/4 tspn)
  • Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (1, chopped)
  • Salt (1 tspn)
  • Cilantro (1/4 cup, minced)


  • Add 2 cups of water and quinoa to a large pan and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer once you see bubbles rising and cover the pan for 15 minutes or till the water has dried.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, and sift the quinoa with a fork to make it fluffy. Set it aside.
  • Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat it before adding the red pepper, onion, turkey and garlic. Cook over medium heat till the meat and vegetables are cooked through.
  • Add chili powder, cinnamon and cumin and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Now add zucchini, adobo sauce, black beans, chipotle pepper, salt, pepper, oregano and the remaining 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once the mixture starts to boil, cover the pan and simmer for half an hour.
  • Add the quinoa and corn and allow it to heat up.
  • Take out the bay leaf and add cilantro before serving.

2.Apple Crisp

What you need

  • Sugar (1/4 cup)
  • All purpose flour (1 tbspn)
  • Lemon juice (2 tspns)
  • Apples (4 medium, peeled and sliced thinly)
  • Oats (2/3 cup)
  • Ground cinnamon (1/4 tspn)


  • Brown sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Butter (3 tbspns)
  • Oats (2/3 cup)
  • All purpose flour (1/4 cup)
  • Cinnamon (ground, half tspn)


  • Place apples in a deep bowl and toss with cinnamon, flour, lemon juice and sugar.
  • Transfer the coated apples onto an oiled pie plate that can be used in the microwave safely. It should be at least 9 inches deep.
  • Mix all dry topping ingredients in a separate bowl before adding the butter. Mix till the mixture becomes crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the apples in the dish.
  • Cover the top of the dish with wax paper and microwave it on high till the apples are soft to the touch. This shouldn’t take more than 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Serve with the ice cream of your choice.

Eating comfort food on a cold, winter day can warm you from the inside out. Try these recipes and see for yourself.