Craving Comfort

I’m not going to lie: I usually crave chocolate.

And sometimes, like during a particularly exhausting week, I tell myself that I’m going to give in to whatever I’m craving for during the coming weekend. Some food certainly bring comfort, and as much as I don’t want to eat my emotions, it’s hard to dissuade the power of a good, cooked-with-love, happy-belly kinda meal.

So why I am craving a salad??

Maybe it’s the warm weather. Maybe it’s the abundance of fresh produce; the plan to visit the farmers market. Maybe it’s the fact that salads take less time/effort to prepare. Or maybe it’s desire to do something good for myself. After all, isn’t that what comfort really is? To be enveloped in the familiar, to be cared for, to come out stronger, healthier, happier.

Why do we always think that comfort food has to be rich, slow-cooked, or calorie-ridden? Could it be that we all somehow equate calories with comfort? When did food become a substitute for a hug? And why am I sounding like a food-obsessed Carrie Bradshaw??

The salad I am craving for is from Woodward at the Ames Hotel: grilled shrimp salad with green beans, olives, tomatoes, feta and a cabernet vinaigrette. I have big plans to re-create it this weekend, but without the onions and olives (I hate both) and maybe with goat cheese instead of feta. I can’t wait, I just know it will be a pretty, wholesome, comforting meal ;)

salad

mmm-mmm

What food do you crave today? I’d love to hear about it!

   

11 Responses to “Craving Comfort”

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss posted July 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Well I’ve only had one meal so far today but it was pretty comforting! Savory oats with a little nutritional yeast for a cheesy factor. :) Other than that- I see sauteed shrimp in the very near future after reading this post ;)

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    christina posted July 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    that salad looks awesome. if you make it, take pics! i despise onions too. eeeeeek. especially on salads! i’ve been craving lasagna!

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    Becky posted July 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I’ve been craving veggies today, too. I think it’s because I ate lots of carbs yesterday to prep for a long run. Now I just want light, refreshing foods. Enjoy your salad :)

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    MelissaNibbles posted July 30, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I’m getting that exact salad tonight at my bf’s bday dinner!!!!

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    shannon (the daily balance) posted July 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    lovely looking salad! I’m also a HATER of olives – iiiick!

    But without them, this would be delish ;) – goat cheese would help, too

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    Emily posted July 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    With this summer being so hot, I have been craving caesar salad with grilled shrimps a TON. I definitely need to head to the Ames for dinner — they have great drinks!

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    Daisy posted July 31, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    that salad looks amazing. I have yet to visit Woodward. SOON tho!

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    corinne posted August 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

    i crave pizza and pasta. a lot.

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    Danielle posted August 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Thank goodness for comfort food! My comfort food of choice is definitely any kind of homemade cookies with a nice creamy cup of coffee!!

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    Thehealthyapron posted August 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

    This is such a great post because you are right! Why does your “craving” have to also mean calorie and fat laden! This salad looks superb! No wonder you were craving it!

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    Lizzy posted August 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I love the Woodard. That salad looks delicious! Nice meeting you last night!

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