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Finding Comfort

Cooking with Intention

What makes food comforting? Nurturing yourself after a long day with a well-prepared meal brings comfort to yourself and joy to those partaking in it. Food that has been prepared with intention tastes even better with love as the main ingredient.

What does it mean to cook with intention? When you are preparing a meal, think about each individual component as you work. Combine ingredients with purpose, thinking about how the meal will nourish your loved ones. Putting love into the process of cooking makes the experience more gratifying. Intentional cooking feels very meditative. Put on some beautiful background music as you infuse the food with nurturing vibrations.

On cool evenings, meals that warm the body also nourish the soul. Perhaps you have favorite dishes that remind you of being cared for as a child that you enjoy for their flavors and textures. These are your comfort foods.

Comfort foods tend to be warm, rich, creamy and—quite often—loaded with calories. With a few changes to your favorite recipes, you can create new versions that are both comforting and healthy. For example, what is more perfect on a cold evening than a creamy and hearty gratin made with healthy ingredients?

Gratins (like this Creamy Vegan Cauliflower recipe) typically contain rich ingredients such as butter and heavy cream. This vegan version contains no cream or butter, but instead uses the natural sweetness of oven-roasted cauliflower to create a rich and savory flavor.

Eat with intention, cook with love and enjoy the comfort of foods prepared for your heart and soul!

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Gratin Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Gratin (277 KB)

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Allison Brewer
Mother of two, writer, vegetarian, and aspiring triathlete

Recommended: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison


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