Mom’s Recipes 2.0 – Updating Your Favorite Comfort Foods

pexels-photo-62097We all have those recipes that remind us of our childhood, taking us back to the love and comfort of mom’s kitchen.  And while we don’t recommend fixing what isn’t broken, there is nothing wrong with trying something new.  To help, we have compiled a list of recipes that we found on blogs, etc., that put a little twist on those comforting classics.

Tuna Melt 

This dish is simple, cheap, and works for most.  To update it, combine it with a classic BLT recipe.  And if your family aren’t big tuna fans, look into using chicken or crab instead.
Peanut Butter and Jelly

Many comfort foods are regional, but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are beloved all across the country.  To switch things up, try different flavored jams and spreads, and be sure to grill it (trust us, this changes everything).

 Spaghetti and Meatballs 

This is a staple in most homes, a great, middle-of-the-week dinner.  Since it is great as it is, we wouldn’t want to change it up too much, but stuffing the meatballs with mozzarella is a change we can get behind.

 Chicken Noodle Soup 

Is any food more comforting than chicken noodle soup?  We think not.  It is great on cold days, for quick lunches, and when you are sick.  To switch things up a bit, try a different grain, like couscous.

 Mac and Cheese 

Not only is this a comfort food, but it is ubiquitous at pretty much any gathering.  So finding a way to change it up and make your dish stand out makes sense.  To make it special, try loading it like you would a baked potato.

 Grilled Cheese 

Out of all the items on this list, this is the easiest to customize.  Change up the bread, try different types of cheese, add in fillings, and just have fun with it.  Really, the sky is the limit with this one.

Do you have a favorite updated comfort food recipe?  Share it with us in the comments.


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