Losing a child is never anything less than tragic and the resulting broken heart is not swift to mend. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't ways to begin to help it heal. And one of the best ways is to offer and share comfort food with those you love.
"I found myself unable to eat. How do you eat when you have a broken heart? Your body practically forgets. In my most emotional moments, I was often trying to swim through such a deep abyss of heartbreak that taking even a few bites of food became miserable."
Why Should You Feed a Broken Heart?
Homemade chocolate chip cookies = love. ❤ I mailed off a package of cookies this afternoon to my long-time girlfriend and her family. We've been friends since kindergarten, one of those "through thick and thin" kind of friends. Her dad, a man known for his ultra kind ways and always a playful twinkle in his eye, passed away last week. It's so hard to know what to do and say, to ease that kind of sadness and heart pain even just a little bit. But baking comes straight from my heart, and my friends know that. ❤ #feedingabrokenheart @pinchofyum #cookies #chocolatechipcookies #thatswhatfriendsarefor
For a food blogger who claims to never forget a meal, that is a serious shift in attitude. But friends who knew her, knew that a meal baked with love would never be turned away at their house.
"Friends started showing up at our house with food. They did not even wait for day two - they were there and they were ON IT. Pots of soup, pans of lasagna, curries, loaves of bread... every delicious thing you could imagine and more would be placed on our front doorstep."
I've been deeply inspired by the strength of @pinchofyum's Lindsay and Bjork as they've dealt with incredible heartbreak these past few months. As a huge believer that food heals, I'm featuring these Individual Pot Pies as part of their mini-movement of #feedingabrokenheart. Find the recipe link in bio to bring a little soul comfort to someone in need ?
This influx of love and sustenance was just the thing that the heartbroken couple needed. The act of consuming food that was offered from a generous heart became their lifeline.
Through tethering themselves to life by nourishing both their body and spirit, Lindsay says that "I was able to find my way again, both physically and emotionally."
caramelized carrots, tender beef, smooth gravy, oh my ❤️ here's the story. I actually thought I didn't like beef stew. but last month, our friend Tyler made us some beef stew, and I realized, um, maybe I actually love beef stew??? just a super basic 6-ingredient beef stew with carrots and celery and onion in all it's gravy-like deliciousness is actually pure magic. . I made this one ?? using Tyler's recipe but just throwing everything in the instant pot because I'm not super good with timing, and I let it brown up in the oven for a few minutes at the end and served it with hot crusty bread and green salad. and my life was changed. POY is bringing the red meat. . third recipe in our #feedingabrokenheart series is up on the blog today. ❤ love love love seeing your posts in the hashtag - food served to friends who are hurting is the best kind of food. we'll be featuring a few of your photos and stories here tomorrow. ?? . http://pinchofyum.com/instant-pot-beef-stew . #beef #stew #foodblogfeed #eater #feedfeed #f52grams #comfortfood #eatingfortheinsta #darlingmoment #thatsdarling #fromscratch #easyrecipes #instantpot #yummy #instayum #homecook #recipe #homemade #realfood #glutenfree #cleaneating
With her newfound direction, Lindsay realized that others too could benefit from the guidance offered by a home cooked meal and a loving support system.
To encourage others to support their loved ones that are weathering a tough period or traversing an emotion desert, Lindsay and Bjork set up their blog's new mini-series: Feeding a Broken Heart.
This series is "dedicated to helping those who are hurting to find their way again through food. It's dedicated to all the helpers in the world who bring meals and beyond when life falls apart for their people."
How Can You Participate?
Had an early #dinner date with @demory21 and her tiny, excitable baby. I brought the #redpepper and #cauliflower #soup and #bread, she made salad while holding a child in one hand. I can barely brush my teeth with one hand and she made a freaking salad like it was no problem #mompower Anyway, both of our husband's are currently away for work, so we had fun without them. * * * * * #redpeppersoup #vegansoup #vegan #vegetarian #vegetariansoup #flatbread #foccacia #peppersoup #vegandinner #soupfordinner #vegetariandinner #veganfood #veganfoodshare #parsley #lecreuset #soupson #feedingabrokenheart
Taking part in this burgeoning online community for the healing of the broken hearted is simple. All you have to do is show up on someone's doorstep and share food with the people in your lives who are hurting.
Make sure to tag your creations on Instagram for a chance to have your love-inspired creations featured on the blog and spread the word.
Of course, you can make any comfort food you like, but if you need some ideas, make sure to keep your eye on a Pinch of Yum's weekly #feedingabrokenheart posts.
So far, three recipes have been included in the series.
1. Baked Mac and Cheese
In solidarity with broken hearts everywhere, Lindsey presents her baked mac and cheese. Light on redeeming health qualities but heavy on the cheesy insides, this is a perfect recipe for the heartsick.
Get the recipe here.
2. Life Changing Instant Pot Beef Stew
Easy to make and full of flavor, this familiar stew will instantly remind you of home. And what is better for a broken heart than a little taste of home?
Get the recipe here.
3. Basic + Awesome Creamy Potato Soup
This is basic comfort food at its finest. Smooth, creamy, and mellow, it pairs best with a thick slice of bread slathered in butter. This recipe practically comes with a guarantee that things will improve, even if it's just a little bit.
Get the recipe here.
Be sure to tag your dearest comfort food with the hashtag, #feedingabrokenheart, and send your love and thoughts to Ostroms'. A mother and father's love is infinite, there is no beginning, and there is no end.