America's top comfort foods — with recipes!
When life gets the best of us, sometimes we just need a hearty meal and a little comfort food to make everything OK again. And we believe there's nothing wrong with that!
Comfort foods make us feel better temporarily, plain and simple. Though dietitians wouldn't recommend eating them on a daily basis, every now and then is just fine. If you're feeling blue or even a little anxious, turn to one of America's top comfort foods to help make you feel better!
Macaroni and cheese
Nothing's heartier than a big bowl of noodles covered in creamy cheese, topped with crunchy breadcrumbs and a little salt and pepper. Check out this recipe for slow cooker macaroni and cheese — your mouth will probably water simply from reading the recipe. If you want to spice things up a little, try this roasted poblano macaroni and cheese recipe.
A longtime American favorite is rich and creamy mashed potatoes. Though they're typically reserved for Thanksgiving and other holidays, there's nothing wrong with whipping up a batch to make you feel better. They're warm, creamy and good for the soul. To get your mashed potato fix, we recommend this complete meal of crispy chicken thighs with braised kale and mashed potatoes.
Chicken soup isn't just for when you're sick — it's another classic American soul food, and we love that you can make it specifically to your liking. If you like spice, try this buffalo chicken soup with orzo. If you love Asian foods, check out this ginger chicken and rice noodle vegetable soup. And finally, for those who are gluten-free, we have a gluten-free chicken soup recipe just for you.
For those comforted by meat in times of stress, there's nothing heartier than warm pot roast simmering in the slow cooker. It's juicy, full of flavor and super-satisfying to the stomach. For a twist on the classic meal, try these slow cooker pot roast sliders — the meat is succulent and melts in your mouth. And even better, you can drink the wine you don't use in the meal!
Those from the South know the ultimate comfort food is hands-down Southern fried chicken. Crispy on the outside and warm and hearty on the inside — nothing beats a homemade Southern meal. Here's a recipe for true Southern fried chicken!
We couldn't include a list of America's favorite comfort foods without mentioning a few desserts. Cinnamon rolls are the ultimate indulgence, are we right or are we right? They're warm. They're gooey. They're sweet. They're everything we want in a dessert and more. Check out this decadent cinnamon roll cream cheese-stuffed monkey bread that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Chocolate chip cookies
One of the simpler comfort foods is none other than the chocolate chip cookie. Easy to bake, even easier to eat, we know nothing hits the spot like a warm chocolate chip cookie (or five) washed down with a cold glass of milk. Our favorite are these no mess chocolate chip cookies — easy cleanup means you can spend more time eating the dough!
And finally, we bring you cheesecake — ranking in as the richest comfort food known to man. It's sweet, creamy, fattening, comforting and flat-out irresistible. Try this mini chocolate cheesecake with raspberry-wine sauce the next time you're feeling blue. We guarantee it will perk you right up!
What is your favorite comfort food? Share in the comments below!