Comfort foods are obviously delicious, but these meals are suitable for times when you are feeling completely and utterly low, facing incredible amounts of stress. There is something about comfort food that warms the soul and makes one feel a tad better.
However, it is not recommended to have these foods – or most of them – on a consistent basis. Not only will your body dislike you for it but comfort food no longer becomes… comforting.
Either way, the reason I want to chat a bit about comfort food is simply that I indulged in Chinese last night. I had a rough week and an awful Saturday, and honestly, being treated to Chinese – something I haven’t had from a classic local Chinese restaurant in a little over a year – was soul-warming.
So on days when you feel you’re at your worst and do not have the urge to eat a 100 percent nutritious and healthy meal, you should indulge in a little decadence. So let me share with you a list of some of the most popular comfort foods, as well as their recipes (though, it is okay to grab take out once in a while!).
Warning: Do NOT read this with an empty stomach. If you do, I will not be held responsible for your sudden gorging of delicious treats.
List of Popular Comfort Foods
Dark chocolate – sorry for those that enjoy milk or white chocolate – is known to help battle depression and elevate the mood.
Dove Promises Dark Chocolate Candy 153-piece bag
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Twilight Delight (72% dark chocolate), 4.87-ounce bag, 6 count
One of America’s favorites. Very easy to make at home!
Fortunately, pizza is simple and quick to make. Here is one such pizza recipe.
American Chinese food
Chinese is always a fantastic go to, even if a tad fattening. While it is best to order Chinese as takeout (or at a buffet, but when you think comfort food you think of eating something delicious at home), homemade Chinese food is not bad either.
Here is a list of Chinese food recipes that you may enjoy.
Burritos or burrito bowls, take your pick. Delicious, nutritious and comforting.
The Easiest Burrito Recipe
Easy Burrito Bowls
Biscuits and gravy
Biscuits and gravy is a Southern staple, but it is enjoyed all over the nation. As a former northerner (Mainer), I used to have this dish every Easter as per tradition. Oh, and they are super easy to make.
Homemade chicken noodle soup
Easy, filling, and cheap, chicken noodle soup is a classic go-to when you’re feeling down or when you have a little bit of a cold.
All you need is some chicken (rotisserie chicken works best for this).
Grilled cheese is an amazing comfort food, filled to the brim with whatever type of cheese you’d like – brie, cheddar, provolone, white American, yellow American – whatever bread – rye, sourdough, white, Canadian white, wheat, oatmeal, honey wheat – and whatever spread – mayonnaise, butter, garlic butter. Just don’t add meat or similar – that makes it a melt.
Cake – dense in calories, sweet for the teeth, and moist (most of the time), cake is nothing to be ashamed of, unless you believe in its lies.
A delicious freezing treat, ice cream is best served all year round. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Fried chicken is one of those “have once in a great, great while” foods. Popeye’s, KFC, homemade, local… whatever. All fried chicken is tasty! Really, it’s hard to mess up a fried chicken recipe.
My personal favorite, french fries are enjoyed globally. You can throw a myriad of toppings onto them: curry seasoning, bacon, salt, malt vinegar, melted cheese, cheese curds, gravy, marinara, so on and so forth. The same can be said about the types of fries – there are crinkle cut, straight cut, shoestring, steak fries, curly, cauliflower, smiley. etc. And don’t get me started about the methods of cooking fries! The opportunities are endless with fries!
America’s classic dessert. Strawberry rhubarb crumb is best pie.
Another American classic. The toppings are endless. Dare you to try peanut butter as a topping. It’s quite good.
Dumplings are a staple no matter what culture you’re in.
Macaroni and cheese
One of the ultimate comfort foods.
Chicken pot pie
“Chicken pot pie? More like chicken pot die!” ~ Roger
The ultimate meatloaf
Just like your parent/grandmother/significant other/pet used to make.
Tuna noodle casserole
It’s quick and while it may sound terrible on paper, it’s surprisingly quite filling and tastes like the concept of “home.”
Mexican comfort food at its finest. Go for the street tacos if you can.
Spaghetti – so many variations; just make sure you have the sauce and spaghetti. Personally, I am a fan of pineapple spaghetti sauce with diced sausages.
One of America’s ultimate comfort foods. If you want some authentic BBQ (without going the homemade route), be sure to visit at least Kansas City, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, or Georgia.
And yes, I realize that one of them is a city.
Vegetarian? Ratatouille, of which I have yet to try, is touted as a favorite among vegetarians and vegans.
Oreos are… well, they are a snack food but comfort food nevertheless. Just something about them makes them incredibly addictive.
Ramen is warm, filled with many toppings, and amazingly delish. While you can always go for the cheap packet at your local grocery store, you can also opt for homemade ramen or ramen at a local eatery (if you have one near you).
So warm, many beans. Vegetarian or beef is the way to go with chili.
List of Comfort Foods Cookbooks to Consider
Only if you feel like cooking.
Keto Comfort Foods
No matter the food lifestyle you embrace, some of these recipes look great.
Scandinavian Comfort Food
Coziness in a book.
Williams Sonoma Comfort Food
Don’t look at the cover. Don’t look at the cover.
Taste of Home’s Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook
Over 350 recipes to try. Good luck.
Vegan Comfort Cooking
Not a lot of vegan comfort cookbooks out there, but this is one such one, and it’s good.
The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook
A fan of TES?
This is for you.
Hot for Food Cookbook
Another vegan comfort food cookbook.
So what’s your favorite comfort food? Feel free to share in the comments! I would love to listen to your take!