In these strange times of social distancing (or more accurately, physical distancing), food has an entirely new prominence in the lives of those of us who are home all day, every day. Many of us are cooking twice as much—or more—as we ever have, especially if we have growing kids. (Hi teenagers, please stop drinking the last of the chocolate milk. Mama needs some choco-joy too!)
Whether you’re a daily contributor to the 182,000 #quarantinecooking posts on Instagram or feeling less than inspired by food right now, we figure everyone could use little comfort food pick-me-up. Here are our suggestions for sweet and savory dishes the whole family will love, and keep an eye on our recipe collections for more ideas in the upcoming weeks.
Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes
Who doesn’t love a fluffy, creamy, cheesy twice-baked potato? They’re surprisingly simple, easily customizable based on what’s in your kitchen, and the kids can help with measuring, mixing, and filling.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes
Nachos are a great way to settle in for a family movie night. The only items you truly need are things you may have in the pantry or fridge already: chips, a can of beans, a little seasoning, cheese, and salsa. Other toppings are delicious if you have them, but this snack will satisfy either way!
Get the recipe: Best-Ever Nachos
Slow-cooker Vegetarian Chili
Nothing says comfort food like the scent of a slow-simmered soup wafting through the house all day long. This recipe for slow-cooker vegetarian chili is excellent enjoyed on its own (perhaps with some home-baked bread or simple cornbread), or as a topping for loaded chili nachos.
Get the recipe: Slow-cooker Vegetarian Chili & Nachos
Quesadillas are easy to make, kid-friendly, and oh-so comforting. This is a fantastic recipe to always keep ingredients on hand for so that older kids and make it themselves for snacks or give mom and dad a night off from cooking!
Get the recipe: Quesadilla Bites
Golden Curry Ghee Popcorn
Popcorn is always the perfect movie night snack, and our recipe for lightly spiced popcorn takes it up a notch! We love using ghee as the cooking fat for stovetop popcorn because it tastes like butter but has a higher smoke point. If you’ve never tried making your own popcorn on the stovetop, all you need is a big pot! Bonus if you have one with a see-through lid: the popping corn will be five minutes of exciting entertainment for all.
Get the recipe: Golden Curry Ghee Popcorn
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
Despite words like “chocolate chips” and “cookie dough” in the title, this overnight oats recipe is surprisingly healthy! Grass-fed yogurt plus walnuts add beneficial omega-3s, and although you can swap in any milk, using new Organic Valley ultra-filtered milk makes these overnight oats high in protein for a strong start to your day.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
White Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies
We love that these indulgent no-bake cheesecake cookies don’t require the oven—simply heat, mix, form, cool, repeat. The short bursts of preparation between periods of cooling are perfect for filling breaks between homeschooling subjects or web meetings. Plus, you can play around with the flavors based on what you like or what’s in your pantry. (Triple chocolate, anyone? Choco-mint, perhaps? Why not?)
Get the recipe: White Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies
Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls
Got the baking bug? This the only classic cinnamon rolls recipe you’ll ever need. It’s full of delicious dairy from Organic Valley’s pastured cows, and although there are a lot of steps, it’s a nice project for a leisurely weekend morning.
Get the recipe: Classic Cinnamon Rolls
Cherry Ice Cream Sundaes
Ice cream sundaes topped with homemade hot fudge and a warm cherry sauce sound like the perfect ending to this list of comfort food recipes that are perfect for spending time at home. This dessert is excellent for sitting out on porches and balconies as we start moving into warmer weather. Can’t find fresh cherries? Gently warm up some of your favorite jam as a substitute!
Get the recipe: Cherry Ice Cream Sundaes