Lunch out in the city? Yes, please! Anyone who knows me, knows I love to eat. My favorite foods are hearty comfort foods. When I think of the term “comfort food” I think heavy, filling meals that “stick to your ribs”. But when I actually crave comfort foods, is this what I’m really looking for?
This post is sponsored by Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken, all opinions are my own.
I attended the Foster Farms Simply Raised New Comfort Food Event at the Loft in San Francisco the other day. It was fun to trek up to the big city with my husband and get to experience a new place. And it was a beautiful place! Honestly, I felt like I stepped into my favorite Pinterest dining room ideas board!
There were flowers folded in my napkin and I loved all the white linens. And who can resist burlap table runners and mason jar water glasses? But, I digress; I was really there for was the food.
Ira Brill from Foster Farms spoke about the New Comfort Food.
What comfort food used to be is not what comfort food means today.
We care more and more about what goes into our food and our bodies. We like to be educated about our food, know where it comes from and what exactly is put into it. Comfort no longer means simply full and satisfied, or even nostalgia. Comfort is feeling good about we eat and also feeling good after we’ve eaten. Food that tastes good and makes us feel well, energized, and healthy.
The New Comfort food is delicious, filling, and can be nostalgic, but is also good for us.
Foster Farms recognizes that our tastes and preferences are changing, and is committed to serving our communities with locally raised, high-quality products. Foster Farms Simply Raised is locally grown on the West Coast with no antibiotics ever and 100 percent vegetarian fed. This is the perfect foundation for your New Comfort Food meals. Chicken is so versatile, it’s the perfect ingredient to start with for new comfort food recipes. And I’m sharing a ton of great recipes here. Don’t miss the link to recipe cards at the end of this post.
Foster Farms provided a meal with healthy twists on traditional comfort foods.
These dishes were all simple to make, with no obscure ingredients. I know I could cook up these recipes at home. We can all incorporate healthier ingredients and cooking methods into our favorite comfort food to love them even more!
First up was an appetizer of Chicken Pesto Flatbread. I couldn’t eat the bread, but you bet I enjoyed the pesto. It was so delicious! I’ll have to find a gluten free flat bread recipe and try this one again. Good thing my husband was with me. He could eat everything and tell me how good it was.
Then we had a tasty Chicken Piccata Noodle Soup. I would love to try this again without the noodles to make it a gluten free recipe. It was warm, full of vegetables and chicken pieces. It was very filling. One big bowl of this for dinner is all I need!
The next course was Tomato Basil Chicken with Garlic Zoodles and a Roasted Apple Chicken Salad with Hazelnuts. I would never have thought to use hazelnuts, but they were so good! I’m not fond of apple in my salads, but my husband loved it! He now wants me to add apple to all our salads! Sorry, not happening.
At this point, I was feeling nicely full. But, there was more! I thought the previous was the main course, but then the real main course was served. A Never Fried Chicken Sandwich with a side of Chicken and Mushroom Risotto with Swiss Chard.
Mushroom risotto is something I make quite often and it tasted very much like mine, which made me all warm and fuzzy inside. I ate the filling out of the sandwich as the bread was not gluten free. It was filled with a delicious chicken and carrot medley. I would never have wished for carrots on my sandwich, but it was really delicious! And just a little bit of a kick from the sriracha sauce, but not too spicy. I think my son would like it, he’s starting to appreciate more flavorful foods.
Once we were all pleasantly stuffed, Chef Dean Rucker demonstrated how easy it is to make a gluten free chicken and quinoa taco wrap to take home.
Oh, man, it was delicious! I tried a bite, but was too full to eat the whole thing. He made it look so easy, so I’m definitely going to try this one at home! We have taco night once a week and it’s time to change it up. I love the idea of adding red quinoa and using a lettuce wrap. The ingredients are all things I have at home; Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken, lettuce, cilantro, corn, black beans, onion, tomato, quinoa, olive oil, and avocado.
All the recipes are simple comfort foods anyone can cook and recipes every family will love. I loved each one so much I’m sharing every single recipe with you. Download all these simple, delicious comfort food recipes here.
And here’s a bonus recipe!
I was so inspired by all the new comfort food I had to make and share my own take on new comfort food with you. A favorite recipe in my family is Artichoke Chicken over Rice. But I loved the red quinoa so much that this time I paired it with tricolor quinoa.
Artichoke Chicken Recipe
- 4-6 Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken breasts
- ½ cup or 4 oz jar artichokes hearts, diced
- ½ cup chopped spinach
- ½ cup diced mushrooms
- ¼ cup diced sundried tomatoes
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- Salt & pepper
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Grated Mozzarella cheese
- Lay chicken breasts in glass baking dish and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Cover chicken with artichoke hearts, spinach, mushrooms, and sun dried tomatoes. Sprinkle a handful of parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese over the top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
Download a printable recipe card here.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken.
What do you look for in comfort food? What is one of your favorite comfort food dishes?