I had the distinct pleasure of going to the dentist last week. Every time I go, I am shocked to find out that I STILL have my dentist phobia. I keep thinking it is going to magically disappear. So far; no luck!
This time by the time I got home and just wanted to curl up in a ball and have the world go away. Unfortunately I was also hungry. Hungry and nauseated. Great combination! What to eat? Something soothing, tasty, filling and comforting.
A baked potato!
Scrubbed up a couple of bakers and stuck them in the oven. IMHO if you have a baked potato you need caramelized onions to go with it. Takes a while to do, but since the potatoes take an hour to bake, it works.
First here is how I make the caramelized onions:
- Peel and cut a couple of onions into slices
- Heat a small amount of olive oil in a frying pan
- Push the onion slices into rings as you put them in the frying pan
- Stir the onions and add a little oil if needed
- Add garlic to taste
- Stir onions constantly until they are starting to get clear and the garlic is starting to brown
- Cover the onions in water and add salt
- OPTIONAL: use soy sauce instead of salt
- Turn to medium and cook the water off; stirring often
In between stirring, I went to the fridge and started to forage. Found some great things to add: cashew cheese, spinach and salsa. There were also a bunch of tomatoes from the garden.
In between stirring the onions I steamed up the spinach and chopped the tomatoes. Before long we put it all together.
- Split potato and put it on a plate
- Mash in a little cashew cheese
- Add lots of caramelized onions
- Add steamed spinach
- Top with diced tomatoes and/or salsa
You can add other things you like: olives, a pepper medley, broccoli, spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese (for non-vegans) and even hummus.
In case you’re wondering, I think a baked potato is great food. Maybe not every day, but certainly as part of a balance diet. Without butter and added fats it is full of healthy starches, protein and Vitamin C. As comfort food they are hard to beat!
I didn’t eat them for many years because they are a “white food” but over the years I have changed my view. And for me, they are the best comfort food ever!