Who doesn’t have comfort foods? I do, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of, even though lots of people want to make you feel that way. There’s nothing immoral about enjoying food. I can’t stand listening to people talking about how they feel so guilty about being able to enjoy food or about eating food. You’re not hurting anyone by eating anything. Food shouldn’t have any moral judgments attached to it unless you stole it from somewhere, and in that case, it still isn’t the food that’s the problem.
One of my favorite comfort foods has to be Rotisserie style chicken. I know that lots of people like to eat stuff that’s full of carbs during moments where they really need to have some comfort food. I actually find that eating something that’s really high in protein works better. I tend to get less depressed if there’s protein in whatever I’m eating. Maybe there’s some sort of scientific reason for that. All I know is that if I eat protein, I usually feel a lot better.
Pretty much anything to do with Italian food is a great comfort food dish for me. I love pasta, eggplant Parmesan, chicken Parmesan, and pretty much anything of that nature. You’ve got protein, carbohydrates, and tomatoes there: who could ask for more?
If you’re trying to go for great comfort food, you often do need to choose dishes from a culture where everyone takes food seriously. Italy is definitely a culture like that, and you can tell. You can usually tell the difference between classic Italian food and the stuff that Americans create in imitation of Italian food. Really though, if I’m looking for comfort food, anything like that is going to work.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having something that is completely simple with comfort food. I really don’t feel like cooking when I’m interested in comfort food. Anything close at hand and delicious is going to work just fine for the most part.