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4 Soul-Warming Recipes That Won’t Ruin Your Diet

Laura Miner has come a long way since her cash-strapped days of college, when she recalls calling her Italian grandmother to get some help in the kitchen.

“I would be like, ‘Grandma, I have a can of beans, and some broth. What can I make?’” she laughs.

Now, the Lynchburg resident, also known as “Cook at Home Mom” on her blog and Instagram, has developed a strong following for her healthy, crowd-pleasing recipes. She started the blog as a hobby in 2014 right after moving to Lynchburg.

“I didn’t even know people made a job out of Instagram or their blogs at that point. I didn’t even know people took pictures of food professionally!” she says.

Also around that time, Laura decided to try the Whole30 diet to see if she could clear up some health issues. “I struggled with inflammation and rosacea. Just not feeling well. After doing Whole30 I felt so much better, so it changed the way I cooked a lot,” she says.

Laura groups her recipes into categories from Whole30 to Paleo to Gluten-Free—some even meet multiple requirements! But she doesn’t let diet restrictions limit your choices. Many of her recipes are what you’d call satisfying “meat and potatoes” dishes (her husband’s preference). And, as a mom of three kids under 6, she’s also a big fan of the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot.

Here, Laura shares with us a few of her favorite “tried and true” wintertime meals. “It’s cold and dreary. I think we all look towards comforting foods at this point!” she says. “But they are healthy. You will still get those happy feelings without indulging in things that are going to make you feel bad.”

Find more of Laura’s recipes on her blog: cookathomemom.com. For each of the following recipes, you will also find instructions for how to make these dishes in both the Crock-Pot and Instant Pot.


Classic Pot Roast

Swedish Meatballs

Chipotle Barbacoa

BBQ Chicken & Ranch Sliders

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