This week was supposed to be a week filled of midterms and studying. This week was supposed to be all about my ridiculous stress eating habits that I can’t seem to kick. But then Sandy came, and my crazy stress levels were mostly postponed until next week. Not that it really mattered, because I realized that my stress foods are also excellent I’m-stuck-in-the-house-during-a-crazy-storm foods.
You see, when I’m crazy stressed out, I tend to crave (admittedly random) comfort foods, mainly pizza, Cheez-Its, and French fries. Turns out, these are pretty much the same things I want to eat when I’m stuck in my apartment while the rain pours and the wind howls outside. Well, all this and soup. You can’t wait out a hurricane with some good soup.
Anyway, at some point in college, I realized that there is no reasonable way for me to fight these food cravings during the hours I spend
cramming studying for exams. And if you can’t beat ‘em, join
‘em…right? If I’m going to crave carbs upon carbs, I might as well make
them myself and give them a (hopefully) healthier twist. If I want pizza,
I pick up a tortilla wrap and concoct my own 10-minute pizza full of veggie
goodness. If I’m craving sweets, I make a loaf of whole wheat, low sugar
banana bread. And if I just can’t live without French fries, I grab some
potatoes, slice them up, and toss them in the oven. (I’m still working on
the Cheez-It substitute, though homemade mac and cheese, like my pumpkin mac and “cheese,” seems
to be doing a pretty good job)
These oven fries are delicious, packed with tons flavor, and certainly satisfied this stress eater’s absurd craving. They’re also deliciously comforting, no matter how much the wind is howling outside and how worried you are about flooding. They're easy to make, go great as a side dish, and are awesome dipped in ketchup. I made a batch over the weekend while I was in super-crazy-study mode (midterms! Woo!), and I reheated them when the rain started falling. In both cases, they were definitely a much better choice than my usual box of Cheez-Its.
What’s your stress food weakness? Your stormy comfort food?