A list of recipes that might make you feel a bit better no matter what you’re going through.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling any sort of emotion, whether it be sad, angry, frustrated, happy, excited, disappointed… someone will offer you food? There’s a very good reason for that. It’s because sharing and enjoying food usually makes us feel mentally, physically, and emotionally better. Because this is a blog about healing, I thought I’d share some of my favourite go-to recipes for when I feel like I need a pick-me-up. I hope you enjoy them!
World’s Best Lasagna
#Recipeoftheday #Worldsbestlasagna #italiancuisine #Ingredients recipe makes 12 servings 1 pound sweet Italian sausage 3/4 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup minced onion 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 12 lasagna noodles 16 ounces ricotta cheese 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Check All Add to Shopping List PREP 30 mins COOK 2 hrs 30 mins READY IN 3 hrs 15 mins Directions In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
I’ve been making this recipe for years and it’s never once failed me. I love it and the people I make it for loves it and that makes me one happy camper! It takes a lot of time and effort but the pay-off is so worth it. Tip: don’t skip the Italian sausage… it makes it exceptional!
One Pan Sausage & Veggies
My boyfriend and I recently discovered this recipe and now we make it 1-2 times a week. I use chicken sausage everytime and recently, I’ve been switching up some of the veggies for a root vegetable mix like parsnips, carrots, beats, and whole cloves of garlic. To die for.
Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts
I love serving this as a simple side to a chicken or pork dish. If you hate Brussels sprouts, give this recipe a try before you shut them down so easily.
Tortellini in a Parmesan Cream Sauce
Tortellini is my absolute favourite pasta so I’m willing to give any recipe a go that includes it. This one is one of my favourites. I’m obsessed with sun-dried tomatoes, especially in pasta, so this one is a win for me.
Baked Honey Garlic Chicken
Actually, any of Damn Delicious’ baked chicken recipes are really tasty but this is the one I’ve made the most. You should also try the Bang Bang Chicken recipe on Damn Delicious… it’s amazing.
Who doesn’t love chicken parm? This recipe is so good though. To be honest, I have nothing to compare it to but I know this one makes me happy so why change up a good thing?
Breakfast Hash with Chorizo
One of my fave things to do on a Saturday morning is whip up a breakfast hash. Actually, it’s been a while since I’ve done that (so I should probably do that soon). I’ll experiment with almost anything we have on hand and I almost 100% of the time top it with sour cream and hot sauce, and always, always, always, sausage!
Chicken Enchilada Pasta
This pasta looks pretty and tastes awesome. I love topping it with sour cream, cheese, avocado, and green onions!
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
I guess I love enchiladas? Lol. When I lived on my own, this was one of my go-to recipes. It’s so easy to make and also provides a ton of leftovers. This one is definitely a comfort food classic.
Bacon Sriracha Mac & Cheese
Scott & I used to make this ALL the time. We haven’t in a while just because we’re trying to be “healthier” I guess but it’s sooooo good. It really warms up the belly!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
I have to finish off my list with the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. I’m almost hesitant to share it… it’s that good. Don’t skip any of the steps, especially freezing the dough. Her recipe is detailed for a reason!