Posts tagged comfort food
Scandinavian Hygge and Why you Need to Start Practicing it Immediately!

After a little break from the podcast last week, and after a very deep and personal topic in our most recent Body Image Series, I thought it was time for some comfort. Yes, we're going to talk about delicious comforting food, but we're also going much deeper into the world of "comfy". Today I'm teaching you about my favorite word/philosophy/perfect new winter hobby: hygge. Hygge (pronounced /hiu-guh/) is one of the reasons I love Scandinavian culture. I love their design, their decor with those earthy tones and pops of color in just the right places. I love their architecture and practicality. I love their education philosophies and strategies, as well as their simple way of living, but after discovering Hygge it was like a window opened up into their uniqueness and I realized: "ahhh.. this is why they're so cool and so happy!". I was in on their secret and today I'm sharing the Hygge love with you!

So what is Hygge anyway? Hygge, now finally in the Oxford English Dictionary, is defined as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)". Here's another definition: "a type of lifestyle practiced in Denmark where the focus is on simple pleasures, comfort and coziness, and spending time with friends and family." (Macmillan Dictionary). In other words, it's a philosophy or a way of life that inspires you to do everything you do while making sure you're feeling cozy when you do it.

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Crispy Oven Sweet Potato Fries

This post is all about the story we've all been through to try to get our sweet potato fries crispy. The potato, I mean the regular spud, set us up for failure many moons ago. Why is it so perfectly crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside every single time? Even when you make them in the oven?

Let's face it, potatoes rock. I was a total meat and potatoes kid growing up, and after I went vegan my love of potatoes remained. Sweet potatoes are no exception, I love them to death and eat them much more frequently than regular potatoes now because they are so ridiculously packed with nutrition! We have become frenemies on occasion though, every single time I tried to make oven fries with them and they came out soggy. Sigh...

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Oil Free Crispy Potatoes

Is it just me or does anyone else refuse to eat a burger without a side of fries? I just love them! The combination of a perfectly golden and crisp starchy potato with some ketchup. They really are the perfect side to any burger or sandwich, but the deep frying doesn't make it the healthiest of choices. Now don't get me wrong, I still indulge in traditional french fries every once in a while, but when you're trying to eat a bit healthier and still get your diner fix with a burger and fries combo, learning how to roast without oil can really be a lifesaver. That's exactly what I'm teaching you in today's video.

We're learning how to make delicious and very crispy potatoes, in the oven, and without any oil whatsoever. You won't believe how simple this is, and you still get to enjoy your side of "fries". Enjoy the video, recipe and printable below! 

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