One of the most unique qualities of food is that it brings our senses together. The sight , smell, or taste of a good meal can trigger our brain and bring us back to a moment in time.. For example, a big bowl of pasta can remind you of your Grandma’s kitchen table and the taste of her homemade sauce or the sound and smell of popcorn in the microwave can bring you back to your big living room couch with your siblings or friends from home. When a meal can take us back to a specific day, place or tradition, consider it a comfort food. Comfort foods bring us to the moment when we felt a sense of security—reminiscing our past after just one bite.
Chicken Noodle Soup
When you’re sick at school and no one is there to make you feel better, make a big bowl of chicken noodle soup to comfort yourself. The warm, savory broth can both ease the pain of a sore throat and give you the soothing feeling that you remember from your childhood. Keep a few cans of chicken noodle soup in your dorm room so that you can quickly make your sick days a little less stressful and a little more comforting. Stock up on either Campbell’s Chunky chicken noodle soup or try an make your own using this simple recipe, with ten minutes to prep it and 20 minutes to cook it!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can vegetable broth
- 1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast
- 1 1/2 cups egg noodles
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes. Pour in chicken and vegetable broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.
Cookie in a Mug
Whether you were the kid to sneak a piece of dough before the cookies were put in the oven, or you waited patiently for the oven timer to go off, chocolate chip cookies are a favorite to all. Many kids baked chocolate chip cookies with their families on a rainy day, but college kids also enjoy baking cookies as a stress-relieving and delicious activity. Cooking in dorm rooms means there is limited space, but here is a tip for the ultimate “pick me up” and comfort food dessert that is quick and doesn’t take up much space at all.
- Buy a pack of cookie dough from your local grocery store
- Take a chunk of the dough and put it in the mug
- Microwave for about 30 seconds—The dough puffs and has a consistency of a half baked cookie
- Eat with a spoon and enjoy your warm 30-second homemade cookie.
- Tops with peanut butter, whipped cream, or just eat plain!
This dessert will fill your dorm room with the sweet aroma of fresh chocolate chip cookies. If you close your eyes and take a bite, you might even flash back to one of your favorite baking memories. Don’t forget to have a glass of milk on the side to remind your self of dipping your cookies as a kid.
Another classic meal that seems to leave many people with that childhood bliss is mac and cheese. Mac and cheese is a convenient meal and has a quick prep time. There are many different microwavable brands available on the market, so try several varieties to pick your favorite.. Look for microwavable mac and cheese veggie combos. Many come with broccoli or cauliflower mixed in. In addition to the comforting feeling of the cheese, you will also be getting a large dose of vitamins and minerals from the veggies!
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain.
Mix together condensed soup and cheese. Using the empty soup can, measure 1 can of milk; mix into the soup mixture. Stir in cooked pasta. Dump into a greased casserole dish, and cover.
Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 45 minutes.
Everyone has his or her own specific comfort foods associated with the nostalgic and sentimental feelings of childhood and home cooking. Take some time to think back to those meals or moments, and if you are feeling a little homesick or stressed, all you may need is a little comfort from the past. Food is a great way to bring those warm feelings back.