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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Gosh, I can’t believe it’s December 1st already. Where has this year gone to so quickly? In keeping with this theme, I must continue by saying that the weather sucks. It sucks. Constantly being cold makes me want to hibernate in my bedroom with the heat turned way up and ten blankets on top of me. For good or for bad (mostly bad), it also makes me want to eat comfort foods all the time.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite winter comfort foods. You can access the recipes for each by clicking on their links.

5) Mississippi Mud Cheesecake – If you’re a chocolate and nut lover, you will go crazy for this cheesecake. It’s full of delicious ingredients, like pecans, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Mmm.

4) Apple Crisp – There’s nothing like the taste of those warm baked apples with sugary sweet crumbs on top. I’ve had a craving for this lately — it would probably make a good dessert at your Holiday table this year.

5) Chili – Here’s a nice weight watchers chili recipe. They actually have quite good taste when it comes to psuedo-healthy chili. However, the last time I made mine, I threw some salsa in the crockpot, too.

2) Layered Nacho Dip – There’s nothing I love more than eating tortilla chips with some sort of dip…and lots of cheese.

Good lord is this fattening, but my god, it sure is good.

1) Kelly Fries – There really is no set recipe for this, but it’s easy. Just cook a bag of french fries on an oven tray and then melt cheese and gravy on top. It’s to die for…literally. (There’s probably enough fat and calories in this to give someone a mild heart attack.) This dish originated in Canada, where it is affectionately called “poutine.”

If you decide to make any of these treats, at least try to make it outside a few times for a run or a walk around the neighborhood. (Keyword being “try.”) They could seriously pack on some pounds. Good luck, winter-hating hibernators.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Does this Southwest Black Bean Salad look great? Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Does this Southwest Black Bean Salad look great? Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Scanning my cookbooks for something tasty I could make in abundance and take for lunch, I came across a recipe for this Southwest Black Bean Salad. It comes from the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook and boy, is it zesty and delicious.

It calls for one jalapeno pepper. I used one that I grew in my container garden. (Apartments leave little space for real gardens.) It was definitely zippy, but if you are a real fan of spicy things, I would recommend using two jalapenos. That way, you’ll get a little more bang in your salad.

Ingredients:

  • One 16 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup diced roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn kernels
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, then toss. Let stand, covered, until the flavors are blended, at least 1 hour.

Step 2: There is no step 2. It’s that easy!

This recipe would go great at a bbq or similar function. You’ll have all the guests on your invite list asking you for more when it disappears! In that case, of course, you might want to double the ingredients.

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