Let's talk comfort food. When times are tough, what do you gravitate toward? Baked potatoes with all the fixings? Lasagna with three different types of cheese? Or, grilled cheese? Really, anything with cheese is a solid choice.
My first pick is and always will be soup. First of all, it's a one pot meal with veggies and meat... That's a big deal. Comfort food without veggies shouldn't be a habit. Nuff said. Second, it's a one pot meal! So easy, especially in the midst of holiday craziness. Third, soup is warm and toasty and calming, perfect for wintertime.
This chicken noodle soup has a Mediterranean twist. Chick peas and kalamata olives change things up in a good way. But, the best part of this recipe is that the first few steps create the perfect chicken soup base. You could add tortellini to it or a little cream and frozen corn to make a chowder. The possibilities are truly endless.
This is adapted from Real Simple, but I served it over brown rice rather than couscous to keep things GF. (If you aren't gluten-free and you are reading this, can you just eat an entire package of couscous for me? I miss it so much.) And, it's served with a lemon wedge. Whatever you do, don't pass up the lemon wedge. Adding just a touch of lemon juice makes all the flavors bolder and warmer and some how edgy and comforting. Do it.