Nothing makes you feel warm and fuzzy more than a good old fashioned comfort food dinner. It’s the kind of food that warms your belly while feeding your soul, food that reminds you of Sunday dinners with your grandparents and makes you want to carry on those traditions with your own family.
Comfort Food Makes Us Happy
Comfort foods are nostalgic, sentimental and often linked to people or times in our lives that made us feel good. They were often given to us by or enjoyed with people we love and have fond memories of. It’s classical conditioning; the scents and flavors of that food evoke pleasant thoughts and feelings, making you feel comforted.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve especially been craving comfort food lately. We are spending more time at home, cooking a lot more than going out, and even though we enjoy the occasional box of Kraft mac and cheese, we crave those simple, classic recipes that just make us feel good. Even more in the fall and winter months, I want soups and casseroles more than anything.
What Kind of Food is Comfort Food?
This can be different for everyone. Lentil Soup, for me, takes me back to my grandma’s kitchen table on New Year’s Day when it was a traditional to eat a big bowl with homemade spaetzle. But for you it might be something different, like New York Cheesecake or mashed potatoes.
Some of the most popular comfort foods are things like:
Comfort food recipes can be heavier, but it’s ok to enjoy a little indulgence once in a while. Serve it with a big garden salad or a pan of roasted broccoli to balance it out. Some people use comfort food as a way to ease stress or anxiety, or even boredom. Just be careful not to indulge too much.
Since comfort food is just food that makes you feel good, you can totally make it healthy by swapping out ingredients, like sour cream for greek yogurt or adding veggies.
31 Days of Comfort Food Dinners
I’ve gathered up a month’s worth of my favorite comfort food dinners. Take a look around and save them for future meals plans. Be sure to let us know what your favorite comfort food is!
This Classic Meatloaf recipe was my dad's claim to fame, at least in our house! It's tender and juicy and has a uniquely delicious flavor. The brown sugar and ketchup glaze just puts this meatloaf over the top!
Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup: A rich, creamy classic Italian soup made with gnocchi, chicken, carrots, celery onions in your instant pot.
Sometimes you just need to bake something. If you’re not looking to make a whole meal, these comfort food dessert will hit the spot!
Pumpkin Dump Cake – Serve up big slices of this creamy and rich Pumpkin Dump Cake with a crunchy brown sugar and walnut topping for dessert this fall. Made with just a few ingredients, this mouthwatering dessert is as easy as it is delicious!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies just can’t be beat! My Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe is just like grandma used to make, and so soft and chewy, you’ll be begging for more.
Pistachio Fluff Salad – This Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad is a family favorite, classic dessert recipe that will take you back to your childhood. Also known as Watergate Salad, this pistachio salad is filled with pineapple, marshmallows, cool whip and walnuts.
Molasses Cookies – Molasses Cookies are an old fashioned cookie filled with the warm fall flavors of cinnamon, ginger and clove. They are crispy on the edges, soft and chewy on the inside, making these irresistible cookies perfect for holiday gifting and snacking.
Banana Bread – Best Banana Bread Recipe is so easy to make and super soft and moist! The very best way to use up overripe bananas this bread is tender and packed full of flavor!
Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.