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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods - #americasrecipes

When I think about holidays, the thing that comes to mind is food. In my country, we used food and music to celebrate everything! And the food and music is always so good that rich or poor, you always had a great time! And for us poor people, we never missed not having gifts. We are just happy to enjoy a full stomach and relax with friends and dance the night away!

I kept debating what I wanted to do this Christmas season. I wasn't sure what my palate desired coming so close off Thanksgiving, so I sat down with the kids and we decided what to do for the Christmas menu.  They are all excited.

However, it's the meals leading up to Christmas that I want to be short and sweet, with little or NO leftovers!

I'm always having leftovers, I think I remnant from the discipline of cooking for over 50 girls in the orphanage.

Del Monte is a part of our shopping experience at one time or another and I'm sure their products will be on your list to help with your many favorite dishes this Christmas.

Del Monte wanted me to share some very informative information with you and during this process, I decided to make their Skillet Parmesan Chicken, because everything parmesan has suddenly become my favorite!



I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays. They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.

1.  Potatoes (mashed or scalloped):  84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)
2.  Pie:  82%
3.  Baked goods (cookies & muffins):  81%
4.  Macaroni & cheese:  75%
5.  Cake:  71%
6.  Casserole:  69%
7.  Stews and hearty soups:  68%
8.  Meatballs (with or without pasta:  65%
9.  Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%
10.  Cornbread:  60%

Throughout the holiday season, we have pretty much all of these dishes on the menu. My husband is the potato lover around here, while we three tend to go for rice or rolls, but casseroles are always a huge hit too. And ziti has taken over this household!

Now who doesn't love comfort foods? I have to have comfort something during the middle of each month.

My favorite comfort food is pecan pie and ice cream....well it could be ziti...or squash soup. Seriously it's hard to narrow it down! I make good food at home okay!


Going through the Del Monte America’s Recipe site, I discovered some recipes I'd like to try out for this year's feast.

For many of you, the Cheddar Corn Casserole may be the ultimate holiday comfort food. You can also add ham or turkey to it to make it a complete meal.

Another guaranteed holiday hit is Green Bean Casserole. In fact, it's not surprising to hear that 57% of Americans find it comforting and nostalgic to eat green bean casserole. (I'm certainly one of these folks.)

And... Pie. My husband loves his pies because that's how he grew up, so of course I have a ton of recipes for pies to make for him. Del Monte's Peach Slab Pie recipe seems so easy to make, I'm excited to try it! The crust is mixed into the pan, it doesn't get simpler than that.

So, just how important is comfort food during the holidays? Very important. The survey also found:

46% of Americans agree that their family "shows love and comfort through food."
44% of Americans look forward to the food more than presents during the holidays. (YES for me, but the kids are like 60/40 :D)
62% of Americans say that they are "traditional and like to make or eat classic comfort recipes in the same way every year."
>> 38% of Americans say they "like to change things up and prefer modern twists on favorite comfort foods."

Looking for more quick and delicious versions of comfort food? Check out some of my new faves which match the top 10 comfort foods:

1.  Potatoes (mashed or scalloped):  84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)
>>  Skinny Scalloped Potatoes

2.  Pie:  82%
>>  Peach Slab Pie

3.  Baked goods (cookies & muffins):  81%
>> One Bowl Carrot Oat Muffins

4.  Macaroni & cheese:  75%
>>  The Best Macaroni, Cheese and Peas

5.  Cake:  71%
>>  Individual Mandarin Tin-Can Cakes



6.  Casserole:  69%
>>  Cheddar Corn Casserole
>>  Green Bean Casserole

7.  Stews and hearty soups:  68%
>> Shrimp and Corn Stew

8.  Meatballs (with or without pasta:  65%
>>  Meatball Pasta Bake

9.  Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%
>>  Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pear, Sage and Browned Butter 

10.  Cornbread:  60%
>>  Golden Sweet Cornbread

Find more of Del Monte's top-rated, family-approved holiday recipes here: Del Monte America’s Recipe site

I'd love to hear which of these recipes you want to add to your holiday dinners! Let me know in the comments below. 


Enjoy the Skillet Parmesan Chicken


Ingredients
2 cans (14.5oz.ea.) Del Monte® No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes, not drained

1 can (8oz.) Del Monte® Tomato Sauce

1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® No Salt Added Cut Green Beans, drained

1½ tsps. dried oregano [or 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano], divided

½ tsp. garlic powder

8 oz. dry rotini pasta, (3 cups)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 lb.

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup finely crushed garlic croutons


Directions

Combine diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green beans, 1 tsp. oregano, garlic powder and 3/4 cup water in a deep 12-inch skillet. Bring to a boil; add pasta, stir and reduce heat to a simmer.
Place chicken breasts over pasta. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat 10 minutes. Turn chicken and stir pasta. Sprinkle chicken with Parmesan and remaining oregano. Cover and simmer additional 5 to 10 minutes or until pasta is done and chicken is no longer pink inside.
Sprinkle chicken with croutons before serving. Gently stir pasta and season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.


VARIATION:

GARDEN CHICKEN PARMESAN - Substitute 1 can (14.5 to 15 oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Carrots or Sweet Peas for Green Beans.




I received an Electric can opener and draw sorter to help with the promotion of this post. No other compensation has been exchanged.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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27 comments :

  1. GARDEN CHICKEN PARMESAN,That looks so so good! I have got to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was very good. I browned my chicken before though

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  2. That looks delicious.
    Will be making it soon.
    THANKS

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  3. I agreewith all of the above, and mm hmm hmm to the parmesan. I'm all about that cheese too. #yum

    I know I already said it, but while I'm here, let me say it again, wishing you and yours a super happy, very Merry Christmas. <3 :)

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    1. Oh yes, very good.
      And thank you my dearest Rosey!

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  4. I love all those foods and I think I will be making the recipe soon. Will be using some of my leftovers for the holiday dinner with it, but will try to follow the rest of the instructions. Yummy

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  5. These all sound really delicious as does your recipe. I'd most like to try 4. Macaroni & cheese: >> The Best Macaroni, Cheese and Peas.

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    1. It was yum!
      I hope you get to try some comfort food!

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  6. I love homemade macaroni and cheese made with sharp cheddar or boxed stuffing. Those are my two holiday comfort food dishes, actually it's my every day comfort food to be totally honest with you. Love turkey sandwiches too!

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  7. Oh my word, that looks delicious! I pinned it so I can try this one out. I have to say that mac & cheese is my favorite comfort food, but it has to be homemade! I never thought about adding peas in it.

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    1. Enjoy!
      I'ts really nice to mix up your recipes every now and then

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  8. The food looks absolutely delicious and like you we were more happy to have family gathered around enjoy some good food and music and didnt really miss presents.
    AS for the stats I would thought pie would be on top then potatoes lol

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    1. Thank you!
      Yes I thought they'd love their pie more than potatoes. Apparently not eh.

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  9. These all sound so very good! I love comfort food.

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  10. You are so right. It's about great food, music and being together. I love the corn casserole.

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  11. Mac & cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods. So many great recipes to try here!

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  12. I love simple recipes. The skillet Parmesan recipe looks delicious.

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  13. Macaroni and cheese is my number one comfort food! Toss in some lobster and I'm a happy lady!

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  14. Comfort food is the best during the holidays. Actually its always the best lol I love food!

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  16. I love indulging in comfort food during the holidays :) I can't wait to try that skillet recipe! It looks so good...

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  17. There is nothing better than comfort food! The chicken looks amazing. Kaz :)

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I appreciate your thoughts - Colette

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