When Times Are Tough (or Just Because), It’s Time for Comfort Cooking

Living in uncertain times, with a pandemic no one can predict the outcome of, can be quite a stressful thing. With an unprecedented number of people staying at home, things are bound to change. So, how can we keep our sanity and positivity throughout this testing period? The answer is in the kitchen. Cooking is important not only for feeding ourselves but for bringing us comfort and reassurance, too!

Before Comfort Food, There Was Comfort Cooking

Happy woman about to cook - vintage concept
When Times Are Tough (or Just Because), It’s Time for Comfort Cooking

We’ve all been there. A bag of chips, a bowl of baby carrots, or string cheese on a plate, cozily cuddled on the couch with Netflix and a binge-worthy show. Food is an incredibly comforting thing that affects us all. But, the process of cooking your own food can be just, if not more, comforting.

Ingredients for making scrambled eggs with baby spinach
When Times Are Tough (or Just Because), It’s Time for Comfort Cooking

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably stockpiled your pantry for weeks ahead, so you surely have enough ingredients to prep various meals. So, how about scrambled eggs with your favorite greens or bacon and cheese combo for your next lazy Sunday? Or a black bean soup to give you energy for your next Zoom meeting? You have so many options and room to experiment.

The Value Is in Cooking for Others

Couple having fun while cooking (the woman is in the main frame)
When Times Are Tough (or Just Because), It’s Time for Comfort Cooking

While putting together a meal for yourself is a great self-care exercise, research says we feel the most fulfilled and happy when we cook for someone we love. Even if you get to eat your food 6 feet apart, it’s still a source of comfort knowing that you prepared that delicious meal and made your family happy.

The global health crisis has brought about many new terms in cooking, like procrastibaking. Yep, you guessed it. It’s baking when you feel like procrastinating. So, if that’s your (cooking) jam, why not try it out next time you find yourself isolated at home? It might do wonders!