15 comfort foods

Beef bourguignon

Yes, it is a classic, and we can never have enough! You can add a little personal touch to make this recipe yours and get all the credit!

Essential ingredients: lean beef cubes, onions, mushrooms, garlic, flour, red wine, beef broth and herbs: parsley, bay leaf
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours

Stew pie

It definitely belongs in the Eastern traditional foods category, more precisely for Acadians and in Gaspé. There are other versions, depending on the meat used and the area where the recipe originated. You can also make the dough yourself or buy it, and it can be prepared with wild meats such as moose, partridge and deer.

Essential ingredients: beef and veal cubes, chicken cubes, potato cubes, onions, celery, cloves, cinnamon, chicken broth. Dough: flour, shortening, eggs, salt.
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 4 hours

Madras pork stew

This time, we are traveling away from our land: Madras is a city in India. So for the families who enjoy Indian food, here is a good meal to warm you up.

Essential ingredients: Pork cubes, onions, garlic, potatoes, bananas, almonds, coconut milk, vegetable broth, tomato paste, raisins, ginger and curry powder
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes


This dish takes us to Spain. It can be made with seafood, quinoa, chicken or shrimps. Here are the ingredients to make chicken and shrimps paella.

Essential ingredients: chicken breasts, chorizo, cooked mussels, carrots, onions, red peppers, garlic, frozen peas, chicken broth, rice, thyme, bay leaves, saffron
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Fish and vegetable chowder

Ocean’s flavour… to warm us and remind us of the sea while the cold winter wind is blowing!

Essential ingredients: diced frozen white fish, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, mushrooms, potatoes, corn kernels, fish or vegetable broth, flour, cream
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 9 minutes

New Brunswick chicken stew

If you are fond of Acadia like me, you must taste this typically Acadian dish that is so easy to prepare! But to make it a typical stew, you will have to make “ployes”, pancakes prepared from buckwheat flour and white flour cooked on one side only on a very hot plate.

Essential ingredients: whole chicken, celery, onions, carrots, potatoes, salted herbs, thyme, savory, parsley and flour.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: one hour to one hour and a half

Maple beef stew and garden vegetables

Ah! Beef…tender beef, filled with the flavour of the broth in which it is slowly cooking… that is a must during wintertime. Read this and get to your pots and pans. You can cook it on the stove or in a slow cooker.

Essential ingredients: beef cubes, carrots, potatoes, onions, rutabaga, flour, beef broth, maple syrup, tomato paste, lager, thyme and bay leaf.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours

Beef roast in the slow cooker

More beef? Here is another recipe that you can cook on the stove or in a slow cooker.

Essential ingredients: cross rib roast, carrots, onions, garlic, beef broth, molasses, brown ale, Dijon mustard, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 8 hours in the slow cooker and 2-3 hours on the stove

Chicken and potatoes au Gratin

Beef is not the only meat that comforts your body and soul; chicken also does the trick, especially when it is au Gratin…

Essential ingredients: cooked and diced chicken, potatoes, green onions, tomatoes, peas, milk, cream cheese, Oka cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Creamy chicken and rice soup

Chicken lovers are not forgotten with this warm and exquisite dish. You will soon realize that soup is not an appetizer as one plate will be enough to fill you up.

Essential ingredients: chicken legs, onions, carrots, celery, canned mushrooms, butter, flour, chicken broth, cooked rice.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes

Cream of parsnip and apple

Yes, soups are comforting… If you are not certain of it, try this one...

Essential ingredients: parsnips, potatoes, onions, garlic, McIntosh apples, honey, vegetable broth, cream, nutmeg, butter
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Clam Chowder

Here is another meal that will send you straight to the sea! And it will sustain you for sure!

Essential ingredients: 2 cans of clams, onions, celery, potatoes, carrots, fish stock, flour, butter, milk, cream, thyme.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Divine brownies and hot fudge sauce

You think you must go to the restaurant to get this wonderful chocolate treat? Oh no! You can make it yourself!

Essential ingredients: 70% dark chocolate, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, cocoa, flour, walnuts, fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream.
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Apple crumble with maple

Who doesn’t love apple crumble? And that’s a dessert that we often associate with our mom… it is comforting!

Essential ingredients: 7 Golden apples, soft butter, maple syrup, flour, brown sugar, oatmeal.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 to 40 minutes

Chocolate mousse

With this exquisite dessert, you’ll wipe out all resistance to sugar, and the mousse will soon melt in your mouth.

Essential ingredients: very little: 6 semi-sweet chocolate squares, separated whites and yellows.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

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