I was recently asked to take part in a campaign to encourage people to swap comfort foods for ComFit foods.
Apparently over 70% of us will resolve to be healthier in the new year, but research from Sainsbury’s reveals that in fact two thirds of us will spend almost a full day more (22 hours) watching TV in January and 1/3 of us end up eating more comfort foods in January than any other month. Sainsbury’s recognises how important a healthy, balanced lifestyle is for their customers, without having to compromise on some of the most enjoyable things in life. So, inspired by this latest research and love of good food, Sainsbury’s is launching a campaign called ‘ComFit Foods’ – classic comfort food dishes, but with healthier twists.
ComFit foods include one little twist to transform mid-week meals at a time where customers are striving to be more health conscious. The dishes all have elements of excitement and experimentation, but still utilise every day store cupboard ingredients in a healthy way. There’s a feeling among consumers that warming winter foods are automatically unhealthy, but these recipes show we can all still make feel-good-food without the guilt. Sainsbury’s hopes to inspire little changes which help make a big difference to overall nutritional value.
I was sent a few recipes, and decided to cook the Pear and Coconut Crumble (see below for the recipe), as it sounded delicious. I like crumble toppings, but I like them to be super crunchy and the addition of the seeds sounded so good.
It was simple to make- cook the pears, melt the coconut oil, mix the crumble mixture, top and bake. Just a bit of chopping and stirring. I left the skins on the pears as I like that.
It smelled so good as it was baking- I think it was the coconut oil as well as the cardamom.
We had some along with some custard (as I didn’t have any crème fraiche), and it was so good. The topping was much tastier than a traditional crumble mix, and the lime and coconut gave it a bit of a tropical feel.
We saved some in the fridge for another day- perfect post run food.
Here is the recipe if you fancy trying it (and I will make it again because it really was simple and really delicious):
Pear, Cardamom & Coconut Crumble
6 conference pears, peeled, cored and chopped
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tsp ground cardamom (lightly crack pods, and grind the seeds)
1 tbsp agave nectar (I used maple syrup)
3 tbsp walnuts, 1 tbsp roughly chopped (I used flaked almonds)
5 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp agave nectar (maple syrup)
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp coconut flakes, toasted
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
- Make the pear mix. Place pears, zest and juice of lime, cardamom and agave nectar in a saucepan and bring to medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to soften pears for about 6-8 minutes. They should still retain some bite.
- Make the topping. Whizz 2 tbsp of walnuts in a food processor (or alternatively, use a pestle and mortar) to grind. Mix together with the chopped walnuts oats, oats, sunflower seeds, coconut oil, agave and salt.
- Place pear mix in a ceramic ovenproof dish, followed by the topping. Place on baking tray for 20-25 minutes, until warmed through and light golden brown on top. Finish off with toasted coconut flakes. Serve with low-fat crème fraiche.
They have also produced this recipe for avocado mousse which I might try at the weekend:
Avocado, banana and cacao mousse with coconut
2 ripe avocados, de-stoned
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp raw cacao
4 tsp agave syrup
2 tsp desiccated coconut, to serve
Place the avocados, banana, cacao and agave in a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Spoon into 4 small tumblers and sprinkle over a little coconut before serving.
What is your favourite comfort food?
*I was sent a voucher to purchase the ingredients with. All opinions are my own.