Easy comfort foods to whip up at home


“Food is such … a hug for people” – Rachael Ray. 

The temperature has dropped and the leaves have turned in metro Detroit, and there's no better way to warm up than with bowl of your favorite comfort food.   

It’s hard to indulge knowing Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’ll be stuffing our stomachs full.

But there’s something about curling up next to the fireplace with a comforting bowl of spicy chili topped with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
Nothing is comparable.  

Often times, especially as students, we go for the takeout and fast food when deciding what to eat.

Yet there are endless options when it comes to cooking a hearty meal that are filling, healthy and easy to make.

I’ve comprised a list of classic fall comfort foods that’ll be sure to warm you during these cold months.

The best part is you don’t have to be an experienced master chef to make them.  

For starters, you can’t go through the cold winter months without making a pot of chicken noodle soup. 

Ditch the canned soup. You’ll only need a few ingredients for this shortcut version to a delicious American classic.  

Head to your local grocery store and pick up a whole rotisserie chicken (they come cooked in the deli section), a few boxes of chicken broth, a bag of frozen mixed veggies (carrots, onions and celery) a pack of egg noodles and you’re well on your way.

You can add other veggies like corn, peas and potatoes to make a heartier soup or stew.  

Chili is another fall comfort food that’s always a hit at my house.

Chili is versatile, and you can make so many different variations of it.

For example, you can make turkey chili, beef, chicken, veggie, bean chili – the options are nearly endless.  

Top with your favorite condiments, like the traditional cheese and green onions or crackers, or go Tex-Mex style and top with avocado and tortilla strips.

Either way is sure to satisfy your belly.  

Another fall classic is pot roast.

You cannot go wrong with this hearty, savory dish. 

My favorite way to make a nice tender pot roast is to put it in the crock pot and let it cook all day while you're at school or work.  

Take a chuck roast or your preferred cut of beef, along with your favorite potato, carrots, onion and celery, season to your liking, add some beef stock and let it do its thing.

When dinner time comes, you’ll be everyone's favorite. 

So next time you’re deciding what to eat or cook for dinner, consider these effortless options before settling on take out.