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Monday Coffee Break: Lightened Up Comfort Foods

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Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to Monday Coffee break. To ring in the New Year, I thought I’d search the interwebs to bring you the very best of classic comfort foods that have been lightened up.

Now, I love butter, salt, cheese, and cream  probably more than anyone I know. Unfortunately, these items have been causing me to have a shrinking wardrobe in recent weeks.

Please God, no.

Please God, no.

So, in an effort to avoid the above, or to avoid having to use a crow bar to get into my jeans, I’m trying to lighten things up in the kitchen a bit. Don’t be frightened- I will still be making luscious cream sauces, cheesy pastas, and hearty stick- to- your ribs dishes…but I will be peppering their presence throughout a week of meals that are much lighter.

Here are my finds for those classic comfort foods we’re all craving right about now…lightened up!

First up is this beautiful Sweet Potato Parmesan Gratin from Minimalist Baker. Yum!

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Next, is another gratin. Mainly because if I could eat a gratin dish everyday I would. And with these lightened up versions I may just be able to AND be able to fit into my pants.

This Romanesco Gratin from The Country Spoon looks absolutely delightful, and, dare I say about  gratin dish, light!

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Now we have a lighter version of one of my absolute favorite meals, Beouf Bourguignon. This version from Chit Chat…Chomp is lightened up (read: sans the pound of butter…I love you butter…please don’t leave me!…sniff, sniff…O.K. I’m back.) and looks ever still delish.

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While I we’re in France, let’s stay a while. Speaking of France, I just signed myself up for a French pastry class, you know, French pastry. DIET FOOD. Ahem. I’ll report back on how that goes. But I digress, this Vegetable Cassoulet from The Faux Martha looks just perfect for a Winter supper.

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And that sums up my favorite finds for lightened up classic comfort foods…except for one more dish. This, my friends, you will have to stop by on Thursday for. I made it. It was delicious. Hint: it is a pasta dish that usually contains about a truckload of cream, butter, and cheese. This version does not, but it is so delicious, it’s kind of insane. Until Thursday!

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6 comments on “Monday Coffee Break: Lightened Up Comfort Foods

  1. erika
    January 7, 2013

    Rebekah, you find the BEST things! I want to make that sweet potato parmesan gratin NOW. I just pinned it and it will be going in mah belly as soon as I buy some sweet potatoes!! And vegetable cassoulet? Yum. I love your finds on healthy comfort foods–all look right up my alley :)

    • rebekahgg
      January 10, 2013

      Thank you Erika! The sweet potato gratin is definitely on my must-make list for sure, it looks so decadent…but yet, secretly healthy, lol. I’m glad you enjoyed my finds this week.
      have a great one,
      Rebekah

  2. LuckyNo.5
    January 8, 2013

    Everything here looks delish!

    • rebekahgg
      January 10, 2013

      Thanks hubby! You will get to sample most of them very soon :)

  3. LOL, oh, Rebekah, you make me laugh! Don’t you love that woman’s face? How can she be so happy to see a girdle?! Gotta love that 50s advertising! Before you know it, they’d be telling us we should be happy getting a root canal … sheesh =)

    Oh, and I would totally have to second Erika’s notion with that sweet potato gratin — yum, yum, and yum! Oh, winter why do you have to be so long and make me crave things that may necessitate a girdle? But thankfully, thanks to you, we may never have to ;)

    Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful laughs, Rebekah, and I am SO excited to hear about that pastry class — gooooo, Rebekah!

    =)

    • rebekahgg
      January 10, 2013

      Christina, I almost died laughing at that woman’s face…which of course sent me on a trip through the interwebs looking at all of the 1950′s undergarment ads. Well, that was quite a trip, let me tell you! Some of them looked downright medieval. I’ve never been more thankful for leggings in my life, lol

      I will be sure to let you know how the pastry class goes, I’m super excited!!!

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Rebekah is a food and book columnist @UsaHerald and a freelance writer. She lives in the Jerz with her hubs and their tiny food critic/comedian toddler.

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