Jamie Oliver Now Says It’s Okay to Indulge in Comfort Foods


Even health gurus need to indulge every once in a while.

After years of scolding everyone for bad nutrition — from food TV viewers to schools that allow unhealthy lunches for students — celebrity chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver has come out with a fairly shocking revelation: he loves comfort food, and you can too. On a tour for his upcoming book, Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook, Oliver demonstrates that delicious indulgences like quesadillas, chili, and meatballs, can be somewhat healthy.

Each of the 100 recipes presented in this cookbook is under 600 calories, and they all contain some form of whole grain or vegetable: Brussels sprouts in the quesadillas, and tortillas made of quinoa, for instance.

On the Colbert Report yesterday, Oliver shocked fans by saying “You can't make a healthy dessert, but for the love of God, you've gotta eat that stuff!"

A few other favorites in Comfort Food include butter and sage gnudi pasta, Chinese-style ribs, and sticky toffee pudding.

You can check out some recipes yourself here.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi