Comfort meal composed of Greek Lemon Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Rice Pudding for days when you need a hug.
It’s hard enough trying to eat healthy when you’re well, but when you’re stressed out or not feeling well, it can be especially challenging. There are days I’ve felt like crawling into bed with a comfy blanket, fluffy pillow, and a container of Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
Fighting cancer requires a strong body, mind, and spirit. Diet is just one component, but an important one in the treatment of cancer. Eating the right foods builds up the immune system, which enables the body to fight and inhibit cancer growth.
Having had the opportunity to cook for a number of friends with cancer, I’ve come to learn that cancer can make a person crave certain foods, so when preparing meals for loved ones with cancer, it becomes a balancing act of satisfying their cravings while providing a healthy meal.
Recently, I made dinner for a friend with breast cancer, a true warrior. She had been craving comfort foods such as chicken, mashed potatoes, and quiche. Between weekly chemotherapy appointments, doctor’s appointments, moving to a new town, and more, it’s no wonder she was craving comfort foods. I would too. Honestly, I don’t know how she does it all. She is an amazing woman that I am in complete awe of. She has the most beautiful smile, unbelievable determination, and is one of the people who inspired me to start this blog.
Initially, I have to say I was intimidated by the “comfort food theme.” How would I make comfort foods like quiche and mashed potatoes, which are typically high in fat, healthy? I poured through cookbooks, magazines and the internet, looking for ideas.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Greek Lemon Chicken
- Ellie Krieger’s Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche
- Mashed Potatoes
- Marcia Kiesel’s Summer Vegetable Gratin
- Sauteed Kale with Garlic
- Lidia Bastianich’s Braised Lentils and Spinach
- Rice Pudding with Blueberry Compote
Here are some of the recipes:
Greek Lemon Chicken
Traditionally, chicken on the bone is used; to reduce the fat content, I used boneless chicken breast. The marinade provides a spa treatment and keeps the chicken moist.
- 3 pounds boneless chicken breast
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning
- 1 lemon zested
- salt and pepper to taste
To make marinade, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, Greek seasoning, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Put chicken in a container or Ziploc bag. Pour marinade over chicken and toss well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Remove chicken from marinade and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until done.
Note: Potatoes absorb liquids differently, depending on their starch content, so add more or less buttermilk to reach the desired consistency.
Serve with Blueberry Compote.
More Healthy Comfort Food Recipes:
Branny Boils Over’s Mashed Cauliflower and Sweet Potato
Tiffin Tale’s Indian Comfort Food: Red Bean Curry with Rice
Simple Bite’s Lemon & Oregano Roast Chicken
My own Easy Chicken Soup with Pasta