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    #76
    A twist to your pasta dishes is to bake or fry the noodles after cooking them... Something about that "fried foods" taste and texture is so soothing to me! Every so often, I add a little slab of butter into my noodles and stir them around in the skillet... You can also broil them for a couple of minutes to get that semi-crisp texture! It's messy, but a waffle iron works pretty well for these kinds of things, too... HAHA! Anyway, today, I'm eating fried spaghetti for breakfast! YUM!

    Note: Carbs are a base to a meal, not the meal itself! You can load it up like a baked potato, pizza, or nachos, depending on your taste... Frankly, I think some sauteed garlic, spinach, mushrooms, and sweet onions go really well fried in with it, and topped with fresh cut tomatoes and shredded Parmesan cheese for a finishing touch!

    This isn't exactly a quick comfort food, though.... You have to cook the noodles before you can stir-fry or broil them... Tasty is as tasty does! HAHA!

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      #77
      I like to fry up cold left over pasta get some brown crispiness to it. bacon fat is good if you have any or just lard, get it good and hot before tossing in the leftovers.

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        #78
        Animal fat is very tasty, and addictive! HAHA! It's even more so when added to complex carbs! For me, it's a survival food, though. Even butter is something I tend to only use when I'm out of my preferred oil... In the case of fried pasta, avocado oil is my go-to... I use coconut oil for a sweeter taste, avocado oil for a neutral taste, and olive oil for raw food. I'm a HUGE fan of cold-pressed fruit oils. When I don't have my oils, I use unsalted, unsweetened butter, and when it's really cold (doesn't happen much where I live), or I have to dive into my emergency food supply, that's where the lard comes in... HAHA!

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          #79
          What is healthy comfort food ? I eat food like what I've posted here and at age 67 have good cholesterol levels, one doc said it was bang on target and he wish his was like mine. My bloodwork is fine and I'm on no medication. This is comfort food to me, but I also eat what people call very healthy diet.

          Pure lard is so cheap, and doesn't become toxic when heated very hot, sometimes I've added butter. When we cook chicken we buy with skin and bone then save the fat and gelatin, use the fat for frying and gelatin for soup or gravy.

          My mum use to make mash potato balls then cook bacon bits, then roll the balls into the pan with the bacon fat and bits. Something like this . . .

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            #80
            I was craving a midnight snack last night, which was a first in about 9 years. So, I made some tacos with sour cream, pepitas, sunflower seeds, and lettuce. Wrapped it all pretty and placed it in a tortilla shell and crunch, munch, mmmmm! It was pretty good. I was surprised at how tasty and filling a seed taco was. For dinner, I browned some chicken on a skillet, caramelized some onions, and tossed that into a taco shell with more lettuce and sour cream. Good, but not as satisfying as the seeds taco.

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              #81
              So, let's talk teas! I only drink herbal teas, but I make them strong! Since some people in my house can't seem to stop getting sick, I decided to pull out the herbal remedies. It's strong, but it's kept me from getting sick this season: Add 1 packet herbal tea, 1 capful apple cider vinegar, 1 spoonful local seasonal honey, and squeeze juice from 1/2 a lemon into your mug. Pour boiling water over it, stir, and let sit for 3-6 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Note 1: I also add 1 or 2 drops of my immune boosting essential oil blend once the tea's cooled down. Note 2: The flavor isn't for the faint of heart. This is a STRONG remedy.

              Also, for those of you who can eat a whole clove of garlic without dying, you can make a "sandwich" of garlic and pear slices (thin slices of garlic between two thin slices of pears) to aid you in your recovery.

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                Bought some of these potato patties the other day, the onion flavoured are best coz they have that potato latke taste. Had some chicken fat after cooking chicken thighs, really good for frying them patties and there could be some gelatin in the fat that gives super flavour.

                Don't know what to recommend for sick people, I don't seem to get sick. Ginger is said to be good for colds and flu, I always use ginger when making juice.
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                  #83
                  Since moving to the country and eating cleaner, my bronchitis and allergies have become more mild, I get sick less often, but when I do, it only takes a day's rest to recover. I was ALWAYS sick in the city.... I do get tired more often, though! Haha!

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                    #84
                    Lately, I've been making a lot of green smoothies. It's not much of a "comfort food", but they're pretty good. However, you can make yourself some "soft serve" in a blender, too, and that IS comfort food! All that you need are 1 frozen banana,1 tbsp cacao powder, and 1 tsp maple syrup. Flavor it as you see fit! You can go fruity with it and omit the chocolate and just blend your favorite frozen fruit, too. It's a recipe that I learned a while back from detoxinista.com. Even now, my kids ask, "Mom, can I make some banana soft-serve?" As for my favorite green smoothie version: 1 pear, handful spinach, capful lemon juice, cinnamon, almond milk to the 16oz line, and 2 drops of my metabolic blend essential oil. Blend for 1 minute, or the pear grit is obvious. I don't use protein powder in this mix, but it's easily added.

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