Comfort Foods Aren't Just for Winter: 13 Comforting Recipes for Warmer Weather
Usually when you think comfort food, you probably envision curling up in front of the fire place with a steaming bowl of chili or an over-sized helping of chicken and dumplings, but as the weather warms up and we leave our winter hibernation behind, we need dishes that still satisfy the soul without all the excess heat and sleep-inducing carbs.
Thinking up seasonally-driven dishes isn’t so hard in the spring and summer with all the vibrant produce available at your favorite local farmers market. Relaxing comfort foods that evoke a sense of nostalgia without sitting heavy in our stomachs are what we need, so we can keep calm and enjoy the beautiful weather this time of year.
Comfort food recipes don’t need to be overly complicated — although we have been known to put in the extra work for the perfect fried chicken recipe —like these quick-and-easy, salsa-marinated Baja Fish Tacos and Chilled Avocado Soup, can hit the spot and carry us away to the perfect, tropical vacation locale in our minds.
However, beyond tropical flavors, comfort food classics, like creamy macaroni and cheese is transformed for warm weather with the paradoxically cooling heat from chile peppers and heavy burgers are lightened up with ground turkey in this Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger With a Mediterranean twist.
For more hunger-satisfying, comfort food recipes that won’t weigh you down this spring and summer, check out our complete list of 13 recipes from creamy dips to seasonal soups that will hit the spot.