So I had one of those days. You know the one, where all you want to do is curl up in bed, and you are wondering why you got out of said bed in the first place. Yes, it was a bad day. Since going back to bed was not an option, I opted for a comfort food lunch instead. My go to comfort food is a bowl of hot soup and a crispy grilled cheese, but seeing as how it was laste spring and I was already hot, and a bowl of steamy soup (while comforting) was not so appealing. So I started to think, what is summertime comfort food? With a quick scan of the fridge, I came up with peanut butter and jelly, berries, and whipping cream. Let me take this time to introduce my new summer time comfort food: grilled peanut butter and jelly with berry soup.

As with most recipes  in my life, this is pretty easy, and while not necessarily healthy (whipped cream is involved) it is both good and comforting. There are plenty of ways to lighten it up, but I was working with what I had on hand. With that in mind,  I’ll throw in some alternative ideas below.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly with Berry Soup

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly (super simple)

1-2tbsp. Peanut Butter (or nut free butter of your choice)
1 tbsp. Jelly (any flavor will work)
2 pieces of bread
2 tsp. butter divided

  1. Spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread.
  2. Add a dollop of jelly in the center (on top of the peanut butter) of one slice of bread.

    Place a dollop of jelly in the center of the peanut butter.

  3. Place the non jelly slice of bread on top of the jelly.
    *for some reason this reads as if it is difficult – to simplify: make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but don’t spread the jelly around leave it in the middle of the bread (it will spread as it warms up)
  4. This is key: cut off the crusts, and using a fork (or sandwich crimper if you have one) crimp the edges together so it forms a pouch and the jelly is trapped inside.
  5. Butter one side of the bread.

    Crimped edges of the bread

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  6. Heat a skillet to med-low melt the remaining butter and place the sandwich, non buttered side down in the pan.
  7. Toast to golden brown then flip the sandwich over and toast the other side.

Berry Soup

1 cup (or a little more) frozen berries*
1 cup or a little more fresh berries*
* I used strawberries and blueberries, but you can use whatever type of berry you like.
8oz Whipping Cream- yougart will make it a bit thinner but also a bit healther. Adjust the amount of milk you use if you go this route so it doesn’t get too thin.
1 cup Milk
2 tsp. sugar*
*adjust to your taste

  1. Whip the whipping cream and sugar to soft peaks. (roughly 3-4 minutes on high)

    The key if using whipping cream is soft peaks

  2. Using a blender puree your berry mixture.
  3. Add berry mixture to whip cream and mix together.

    Add the berry puree to the whip cream and mix

  4. Slowly add in milk, checking consistency after adding half.

Garnish with mint leaves and relish in the comfort, or leave out the mint leaves and make it for the kids. Either way, this thick soup and toasty sandwich is a crowd pleaser!

Do you have a “go to” comfort food? Please comment and share your favorites!