The 12 Best Comfort Foods To Eat When You’re Having “One Of Those Days”

by Jeffrey Davidson

Medical professionals will tell you that it’s best to find and stick to a well-rounded and balanced healthy diet made up of fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean meats. That may be true, nine times out of ten, but there’s always going to be that one time where you really, and I mean really, need some comfort food. \

Whether it’s a bad break-up, homesickness, or just a really bad day, comfort food will help you forget life’s biggest problems. If only for a little while, comfort food will be there for you when you need it the most.

Break-ups

The last thing you want to do when you’re wallowing in a pit of self pity during a break-up is spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but getting into the kitchen could be the one thing to right this ship. And while going to the store and buying a pint (or two, or three, or four) of your favorite ice cream seems like the ideal option, these cake and cookie recipes should be able to kill two birds with one scone, I mean stone.

Hot Fudge Icebox Cake

Don’t let the 3-hour total time scare you, this hot fudge icebox cake is probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll see on this list. All you’ll need to do is arrange two stacks of ice cream sandwiches with hot fudge in between, cover with whipped cream, and place in the freezer. Next, watch Titanic for the umpteenth time, and you’ll be enjoying your cake by the time Rose says, “I’ll never let go.”

Coffee Mug Chocolate Cake

If making an entire cake isn’t your thing (I don’t know why it wouldn’t be, but nevertheless), you could always make a cake for one with this coffee mug chocolate cake recipe. Just combine the ingredients in your favorite mug and put it in the microwave. You’ll be eating away your heartbreak in no time.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

But if you really want to go all out — both on presentation and absurdity — this insane chocolate chip cookie recipe is right for you. By paying homage to the infamous Gideon cookie, this copycat recipe is really something to behold. Your relationship problems will be nothing more than a distant memory after you try one of these cookies.

Homesickness

Anyone who has moved far away from their hometown will tell you that there are a few things they miss about “home.” While most of us who have ventured away from the security and safety of our homes left for good reasons, we will miss those little creature comforts that remind us of growing up. Here are some of the best recipes to help fill that void and give us a little taste of home.

Chicken And Dumplings

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of chicken and dumplings to make you feel you’re home again. Not matter if it’s winter or summer, this chicken and dumplings recipe will cure those homesick blues and make you feel as good as new before you even know it.

Spaghetti

Spaghetti, while technically an Italian dish, has crossed into many other cultures and become a staple of pretty much every household in the United States. Everyone has a memory of their mom or grandma making a pot of spaghetti, which is why it’s such a go-to dish whenever people are missing home. I know I will turn to this dish whenever I’m missing my life back home.

Chili

How would we get through those cold and grey winter months missing the warmth of home if it were not for a bowl of hot chili? It’s easy, cheap, and goes a long way. Homesickness ain’t got nothin’ on this recipe that will surely brighten your day and warm up your mood; even in the coldest and dreariest of days.

Bad Day At Work/School

We’ve all had our fair share of terrible, good for nothing days at work or school where nothing seems to work out. Well, here’s some medicine for your terrible day blues. Whether it’s a sandwich, a giant bowl of macaroni and cheese, or a cast iron skillet sized cookie that you’ll probably eat in one sitting, we’ve got you covered.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This grilled cheese sandwich recipe will make two sandwiches, but we’ve all had a day where nothing sounds better than two sandwiches, so why not check it out. It’s cheesy, it’s greasy, it’s going to be messy, but it’s going to cure your blues. Whatever happened in your day won’t stand a chance against this cheesy, gooey, and crunchy delicacy.

Macaroni And Cheese

Heralded as the “ultimate comfort food,” macaroni and cheese is one of the few dishes that lives up to the hype. This recipe calls for a lot of butter and even more cheese, but who who’s counting calories on days like this? The good thing about mac and cheese is that you can make additions (hello, bacon and jalapeños), so there are limitless options out there.

Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

You know what’s better than a chocolate chip cookie? A choc o late chip cookie baked in a cast iron skillet? Need we say more?

Holiday Season

Comfort doesn’t have to be reserved for the low points in our lives. You know, sometimes a bowl of mashed potatoes, a sheet of homemade rolls, and even a cherry dump cake can be reserved for the happy days in our lives. Those does also happen to fall on holiday gatherings with our closest friends and family as we celebrate another year together. Here are some of our favorite comfort food recipes for all your holiday needs.

DIY Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Texas Roadhouse is mostly known for being the type of place where you can throw peanut shells on the ground. And I guess it’s also known for it’s giant rolls. We can’t help you with the peanut shells — you can probably take care of that on your own — but we have provided a nice DIY Texas Roadhouse rolls recipe that will make everyone in your family think you are in the known with the owners of the famous chain restaurant.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

And then there’s also the family favorite of garlic mashed potatoes. Take the following recipe and double it and you still probably won’t have enough.They’re that good.

Cherry Dump Cake

And finally there’s dessert. What would any get together be with a good dessert to put a cap on the meal? I don’t know; I’ve never been to a dessert-free family meal and I don’t want to know one either. Here’s a great recipe for a cherry dump cake that will be more than enough to bring in the holiday cheer.

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