(FamilyFeatures) - As the weather gets cooler, the desires for light summer meals give way to cravings for filling meals that warm up the body from the inside out. Chilly weather means it's time for comfort food.
Pot roast, macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie - all feel-good foods that can satisfy on a cold day. But what if you don't have time to slow cook a roast or hand-roll a crust?
According to the American Restaurant Association, 80 percent of people surveyed agree that going out to a restaurant is a better way to use their leisure time than cooking and cleaning up. But with the changing economy, fewer people are choosing to eat out and are looking for at-home solutions.
There are a number of quick-fix and ready-made solutions available for busy families, including the growing trend of meal delivery services.
What if you could have an executive chef prepare a complete meal then deliver it to your home? More and more people are taking advantage of meal delivery services such as Home Bistro, a New England based company that ships meals nationwide.
Meals are prepared by chefs in the Home Bistro kitchens, then flash frozen and shipped to your home. Chefs have done all the chopping, dicing, basting and seasoning for you - all you have to do to enjoy a meal is heat it up.
To make serving delicious comfort food easy, Sous-Chef John created a Beef Pot Roast dinner that is tender, slow-cooked beef served with peas and carrots, and red skin mashed potatoes, all smothered in a gravy au jus.
"I wanted to create a recipe that would feed my soul as well as my body," says Chef John. "That's what comfort food is all about. This one is so good at making me smile that I always keep a few 'emergency' servings at home for those winter days when I need the kind of warmth only certain foods can provide."
Other comforting dinner options include Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie and Shepherd's Pie.
Slow-cooked comfort food is perfect for fast-paced lives - especially when someone else does all the cooking for you.
To learn more about Home Bistro meals, or to place an order, visit HomeBistro.com.