It has been a crazy week of fires and uncertainty for my family out west.  And when things get uncertain, I turn to food for a bit of “normal.”  Next week, I am planning five dishes designed to provide a warm hug from the inside out. Hopefully they’re good choices for your family too these days.

Top: Butter Cauliflower from Dishing Out Health and Schinkennudeln (Ham & Cheese Pasta) from What’s Gaby Cooking

Every single one of us is dealing with so much right now…weather, fires, pandemic, change of seasons,  getting back to school, politics, relationships, the 9/11 anniversary, money, work… cooking aside, be kind and patient with yourself.

And remember, there is not one thing wrong with throwing this entire plan out the window and ordering take-out every single night of the week.



Butter Chicken is a fan favorite around here, so I’m thrilled to find this recipe for Butter Cauliflower from Jaime at Dishing Out Health, for a comfort food twist on Meatless Monday.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the long list of ingredients – you probably have most of them in your pantry already.

Related: 8 Curry Recipes that are better than take-out

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One of my favorite comfort foods when I was pregnant was the 7-layer Burrito from Taco Bell and as the kids got older, it became one of those late evening drive-thru dinners after all the sports practices were over.  I was super sad to see them pull it from the menu at the beginning of September.  So, I found this amazing 7 Layer Burrito Taco Bell copycat recipe from Honey, What’s Cooking. Now I make them at home for a nostalgic Taco Tuesday.


This recipe for Schinkennudeln (Ham & Cheese Pasta) from What’s Gaby Cooking is so easy and so dang good that it’s is my son’s most requested meal. A big bowl of pasta is pretty much like getting a warm hug right?


Our very own Kristen Chase shared this beautiful personal essay about her mother’s Pepper Steak on The Kitchn. I can not wait to make this recipe. Do you have a favorite family recipe? Jump over to our Recipe Rescue Facebook group and share those recipes with us! Nothing like a beloved family recipe to serve a little more love at the table.


A warm bubbly casserole has always been comfort food for me, so you can see why I was drawn to this recipe for Doritos Chicken Casserole from Call Me PMC. My teens are going to squeal when the see their favorite chips FOR DINNER. Balance out the creaminess by serving with a big green salad.


Every once in a while, we all need to take a moment to just stop and re-center. Gather the kiddos and whip up a batch of homemade hot chocolate together – it’s really so easy. (No powdered mix!) Then grab a board game, or turn on a good movie, snuggle up with them (if they let you) and just breath.

I put these weekly meals plans together based on recipes I am actually cooking for my family, and with you in mind.  If you have suggestions, tips or recommendations for recipes or other food bloggers I should check out, please comment here, or shoot me a message in our Recipe Rescue group on Facebook.  – Lisa