Comfort Food Classics with a Leafy Green Twist

Now that January has hit and the new year is here, winter is fully upon us. Even us in SoCal are beginning to crave cold weather dishes! We know the temperatures here hardly compare to the bone-chilling winters in the rest of the country, but you'd be surprised how many Californians you see in heavy coats on 50-degree days. It only makes sense to give comfort foods a California twist by adding extra leafy greens and herbs to your next cold weather meal. All this produce is in season all year round thanks to Local Roots’ indoor farming! That means you can enjoy farm-fresh Thai Basil grown in the middle of January, straight out of our TerraFarms.    

Here are 10 comfort food classics to make this winter while still getting your greens!


Crispy Kale Pizza - A Beautiful Mess

Somehow no matter what season it is, pizza is always being craved. Even more so in the wintertime when warm dishes reign supreme! The addition of crispy kale lessens the comfort food guilt, even when reaching for a second (or third) slice.




Easy Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup - Omnivore's Cookbook

There's nothing like a steaming bowl of pho to warm you up on a wintery day. This Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup will hit the spot, and bonus points for it being gluten free, (Rice noodles FTW!) To finish, we recommend heaps of Thai Basil and  cilantro to pack an herbaceous punch.




Butter Lettuce Salad with Pistachios and Orange Crème-Fraiche Dressing - Saveur

Your first thought might be, "salad in the middle of winter?!" Well citrus is in season this time of year, and with our TerraFarms being able to grow butter lettuce all year round, this Butter Lettuce Salad with Pistachios and Orange Crème-Fraiche Dressing will be sure to serve as a tasty main course when you've grown sick of heavy comfort foods.




Lemon Arugula Pasta with Burrata - Two Peas and Their Pod

What would a comfort food list be without a pasta dish? This Lemon Arugula Pasta with Burrata is a great vegetarian option for those who crave lots of flavor and delicious creamy cheese.



Chicken Thighs with Couscous & Kale - Eating Well


This recipe for Chicken Thighs with Couscous and Kale would serve as a perfect date night dinner. The delicious flavors of cumin, garlic, and thyme pair perfectly with juicy chicken thighs and Israeli couscous.  Since it's only a one pot meal, that means less dishes! Everybody wins.




Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce - Simply Recipes

Thai basil stars in this dairy-free chicken dish full of bold flavors and colors. Curry powder and jalapenos add lots of zing while the coconut milk adds lots of creaminess to turn this dish into an instant new classic for winter.




Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps - Damn Delicious

Looking for a low-carb option? Look no further. These Korean Beef lettuce wraps are packed with flavor and protein and are sure to warm you up on a wintery day, no carbs needed.




Roasted Tomato Basil Soup - Ambitious Kitchen

Roasted tomatoes? Talk about an umami bomb! This ultra-comforting Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is accidentally vegan, and incredibly tasty. If you're looking for a bowl to warm your soul, this recipe is for you.


Warm Fig and Arugula Salad - Barefoot Contessa

Winter calls for ingredients like fig, and serving them warm on a bed of arugula with walnuts and Roquefort will make your tastebuds sing!


Turnip and Kale Gratin - Bon Appetit

Need another amazing vegetarian option that packs in the veggies? This Turnip and Kale Gratin will shine at any get-together you may have this winter. Comforting, creamy, and oh so delicious. Sign us up!