A Virtual Hug in (Healthy!) Food Form for Lee from America

A Virtual Hug in (Healthy!) Food Form for Lee from America

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Ariel Knutson
Aug 9, 2018

One of our favorite wellness bloggers and Instagram follows, Lee from America, is going through a tough time this week. Her childhood dog, Nikki, passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. "Saying goodbye to the pet that I grew up with feels like a chapter of childhood being shut, and the girl I always looked forward to coming home to won't be there in the window when I go home to see my parents," she says in an Instagram post today.

Lee, our hearts go out to you. Losing a pet — especially a childhood pet — is absolutely devastating. All of the Kitchn editors are sending you a virtual hug with all of our favorite healthy comfort food recipes based on the stuff we think you might like to eat right now.

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1. How To Make the Best Chocolate Avocado Pudding

We know how much you love avocado and chocolate, so this sweet treat seems like a perfect pairing for you. You can use your Cap Beauty coconut butter as a thickener.

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2. Moroccan-Spiced Chickpea Bowls

We know you love your bowls filled with various vegetables, so this new Buddha bowl recipe feels right up your alley. It's filled with a ton a kale, chickpeas, and tomatoes. Also, this is great for meal prep, which we know you're big on.

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3. Matcha and Dark Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt

We know your secret love language is matcha, so this popcorn might be a small comfort. It's drizzled with dark chocolate and coconut oil.

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4. Coco Loco Smoothie

A smoothie recipe without bananas — just for you, Lee! It's made with cauliflower, mango, and coconut milk.

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5. Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are made with almond flour, ghee, coconut sugar, and dairy-free chocolate. They're dreamy, we promise.

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

6. Saucy Skillet Salmon

We've been seeing a lot of salmon on your Instagram feed lately, so we offer up this saucy salmon recipe made with lots of fresh tomatoes.

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7. Roasted Carrots with Orange

You always have carrots on hand for an easy snack, but things always seem more comforting when you put them in the oven (yes, even when it's super hot out). These carrots are roasted with orange slices and chili powder for a little sweet/spicy action.

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8. Pomegranate Tonics

We know you don't drink alcohol right now, so this non-boozy number might be something you'd be down with. It's sweetened with pomegranate molasses and a little bit of honey, so it's not too heavy on the sugar (like other mocktails can be!).

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

9. How To Cook a Whole Chicken Dinner in the Dutch Oven

Nothing is more comforting than a roast chicken, and this recipe ensures you get a whole meal out of the process. You can use any seasonal vegetable you want, but this recipe calls for butternut squash and onion (although we're pretty sure you're sensitive to onion, so feel free to omit!).

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