Fried chicken and flaky biscuits...
Ooey, gooey macaroni and cheese...
Chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy...
Are you hungry yet? Psychologists have actually identified certain foods as "comfort foods"--foods that increase endorphins while you eat them. A few are listed above (and yes, I almost salivated while locating pictures to share with you!). Interestingly enough, many of the comfort foods are high in fat and calories...seemingly not all that great for us physically. But emotionally? They can make us feel good from the top of our head to the soles of our feet.
Of course, eating too much (and a steady diet of) comfort foods can have an adverse effect on our health and our waistline which, in the long run, won't make us feel all too terrific about ourselves. So food probably shouldn't be our main source of comfort.
Every now and then when I'm reading the Bible, I come across a verse I refer to as a "mac'n'cheese" scripture because it brings an immediate rush of comfort. I encountered one yesterday. A lot of my mac'n'cheese scripture come from the Psalms. Look at this from Psalm 73. "Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory." Don't those verses wrap themselves around your heart and spread warmth from the inside out?
He is ALWAYS with me.
He holds my hand.
He guides me.
I'll spend eternity with Him one day.
If that doesn't make a person smile, I don't know what will. Yep, mac'n'cheese verses. And the best part? I can indulge daily in God's Word and never gain a pound but my spiritual life will grow stronger and healthier with repeated sampling. Now that's some real comfort!
Do you have favorite mac'n'cheese verses? If so, feel free to share them with me. And I'll close by sharing a healthy mac'n'cheese recipe with you--one that will please your taste buds but not add to your waistline.
Cauliflower "Mac" 'n' CheeseKosher salt as needed1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets and boiled until crisp tenderVegetable oil spray1 c. heavy cream2 oz. cream cheese, cut into small pieces1 1/2 t. dijon mustard1 1/2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar, plus more to topping if desired1/4 t. black pepper1/8 t. garlic powder--Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Spray an 8"x8" baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Drain the cauliflower and dry between layers of paper towels. Transfer the cauliflower to the baking dish and set aside. Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan then whisk in the cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 1 c. of the cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic and whisk until the cheese melts. Remove from heat, pour over the cauliflower, and stir to combine. Top with about 1/2 c. cheese if desired and bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
May God bless you muchly as you journey with...and savor...Him! ~Kim