Wellness Wednesday: Recipes That Soothe the Soul

Wellness Wednesday: Recipes That Soothe the Soul

Comfort Food for Moms

There's something special about a home-cooked meal that brings warmth, comfort, and a sense of nostalgia. As Mother's Day approaches, it's a great time to reflect on the recipes that moms have been making for generations to soothe the soul and bring families together. From hearty stews to sweet desserts, comfort food has a way of making everything feel just a little bit better.

What Makes Comfort Food So Special?

Comfort food is more than just a meal; it's an experience. It's the aroma of a pot roast simmering in the kitchen, the taste of a warm pie fresh out of the oven, and the sound of laughter at the dinner table. Comfort food has a unique way of creating memories and bringing people closer. For moms, these meals often become traditions that are passed down through the generations.

Recipes That Warm the Heart

Let's take a look at some classic comfort food recipes that moms swear by. These dishes are not only delicious, but they also carry a sense of love and care that makes them truly special.

  • Chicken Pot Pie
    This classic dish is a favorite for a reason. With its flaky crust, creamy filling, and tender chicken, it's the ultimate comfort food. Moms often make it for family dinners, knowing it's a guaranteed hit.

Here's a simple recipe for you to try:


  • 1 pound of cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 cup of diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup of diced celery
  • 1/2 cup of peas
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the carrots and celery until tender.
  3. Stir in the flour to make a roux, then slowly add the chicken broth and milk, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the chicken and peas to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the mixture into a pie dish and cover with the pie crust. Seal the edges and cut a few slits for ventilation.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Beef Stew
    Hearty and satisfying, beef stew is perfect for those chilly evenings. The slow-cooked meat and vegetables create a rich and flavorful dish that warms you from the inside out.

Here's a simple recipe:


  • 2 pounds of beef stew meat
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • Salt, pepper, and herbs (thyme or rosemary) to taste


  1. In a large pot, brown the beef over medium heat. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the flour and stir to make a roux.
  3. Slowly add the beef broth, stirring constantly. Add the tomato paste and stir until dissolved.
  4. Return the beef to the pot and add the potatoes and carrots. Add herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer for 1-2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.
  • Macaroni and Cheese
    A timeless favorite, macaroni and cheese is a staple in many households. The creamy cheese sauce and tender pasta make it an irresistible comfort food, especially for kids.

Comfort Food Desserts

No comfort food list would be complete without a few sweet treats. These desserts are not only delicious, but they also bring back memories of baking with mom or grandma in the kitchen.

  • Apple Pie
    A classic dessert that never goes out of style. The combination of sweet apples and warm spices makes it a comforting treat that's perfect for any occasion.

Here's a recipe for a simple apple pie:


  • 2 pie crusts (store-bought or homemade)
  • 6 cups of sliced apples (Granny Smith or similar)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, cut into small pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place one pie crust in the bottom of a pie dish.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the apples, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
  4. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust. Dot with small pieces of butter.
  5. Cover with the second pie crust and seal the edges. Cut a few slits for ventilation.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
    There's something magical about a warm chocolate chip cookie. Whether they're soft and chewy or crispy and crunchy, these cookies are sure to bring smiles to everyone's faces.

Honoring Moms with Comfort Food

This Mother's Day, why not honor the moms in your life by making one of these comfort food recipes? It's a simple way to show appreciation for all the warmth and love they've provided over the years. Whether you're cooking for your mom or with your mom, these dishes are sure to create new memories that you'll cherish for years to come.

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