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Popular Comfort Foods

Updated on July 11, 2016
Comfort food is called comfort food for a reason.
Comfort food is called comfort food for a reason. | Source

What is comfort food?

Comfort food is a dish that reminds us of comforting childhood memories. When eating these foods you are overcome with feelings of safety and security. They bring back nostalgic memories of Mom in the kitchen making your favorite food. These foods can be as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich, they are not gourmet foods.

Each persons comfort food is different from the next depending upon place of birth and upbringing. However there are many foods that appear over and over on various people's comfort food list.

I am going to share the top 20 most popular foods on that list and give 3 healthy recipes for my favorites.

For me, my favorite comfort foods are fried chicken, meatloaf, and chili. Every time I make them the aroma takes me back to a simpler time when I was a child and my grandmother would cook these family favorites. I still love my fried chicken, but in the interest of lowering my fat intake I included an Oven Fried Chicken Recipe. Hope you enjoy them.

Comfort foods are so comforting.
Comfort foods are so comforting. | Source

Top 20 comfort foods

 *Apple Pie

*Baked Beans

*Beef Stew

*Chicken and Dumplings

*Chicken Pot Pie

*Chicken Soup

*Chili

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Corn on the Cob

*Fried Chicken

*Green Bean Casserole

*Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

*Hot Dogs

*Ice Cream

*Macaroni and Cheese

*Mashed Potatoes

*Meatloaf

*Pot Roast

*Pumpkin Pie

*Spaghetti

 

Comfort Food Recipes
Comfort Food Recipes | Source

Oven Fried Chicken

 Ingredients: 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves

1/2 cup low fat buttermilk

2 tbsp fat free mayonnaise

1 clove garlic, minced

salt substitute, to taste

black pepper, to taste

dash of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup wheat flour

2 tbsp parmesan/romano grated cheese 

4 tbsp Italian bread crumbs

Instructions:

Make marinade the morning before cooking chicken.

Combine buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic, salt substitute, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in large pan.  Place uncooked chicken in pan and coat with mixture.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Mix wheat flour , parmasen cheese and Italian bread crumbs in flat dish.  Remove chicken from marinade and roll in coating mixture, be sure to coat thoroughly.

Place chicken on a wire rack placed on top of a cookie sheet.  Spray chicken with spray cooking oil.  Bake uncovered for 40 to 45 minutes. 

 

 

Meatloaf

 Ingredients:

2 lbs ground turkey meat

1/4 cup egg substitute

1/2 cup italian bread crumbs

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine all ingredients, shape into a loaf shape and place in a loaf pan.  Bake covered for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 20 minutes more.

Chili

 Ingredients:

16 oz bag dried pinto beans

2 lbs extra lean ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green pepper, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 large tomatoes, chopped

1 16 oz can diced tomatoes

1 pkg chili seasoning of your choice

Instructions:

 The day before: 

Soak beans according to directions on pkg.  Cook beans according to directions on package.

The next day:

Spray large fry pan with cooking oil spray.  Saute ground meat, onions, peppers and garlic until meat is browned.

In large Dutch Oven combine beans, meat mixture and all of the remaining ingredients.  Cover and simmer on low for 2 to 3 hours.

 

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DREAM ON. What a wonderful memory. I'm sure it made meatloaf your favorite meal for life.

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      What a special hub.I am a favorite of your meatloaf.My mother was famous for using any of the leftover vegetables during the week in her meatloaf.Then when we said that was delicious can we have it again.She would tell us it's not going to happen but I can try.We would all laugh.Have a wonderful night.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rachel, Meatlof is one of the favorite comfort foods. You could make your whole meal out of comfort foods. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and apple pie. Just think, it might be such a comfort you'd be stress-free for quite some time.

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Woo Hoo! I was just thinking about cooking some meatloaf here soon .. I didn't realize it was a comfort food. LOL. Thanks for the hub.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      attemptedhumor, if you write it I'll read it. :)

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      I only write stupid rubbish, but i'll think about it. Cheers.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      attemptedhumor, your prize is a great big thank you. Your dish sounds absolutely delicious. You should write a hub about it.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Pumpkin in any form is a winner for me, yet in a lot of European countries they only feed it to the pigs. Cappuccino and cake is big here in Australia. I play soccer with a fellow who is a partner in a coffee distribution company and last year they finished runners up in the world Barista, if that's the correct word, titles. I cooked a Spaghetti tonight, which included, mince, onion, carrots, peas, corn, mushrooms, garlic, curry powder, pasta sauce with grated cheese melted over the top. Do i get a prize? Try it, it's yummy and would slot onto your list. Cheers

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I know what you mean. Cheeseburger, fries and chocolate milk is my husbands favorite comfort food.

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      pddm67 7 years ago from Queens, New York

      My favorite comfort food is a peasant dish from Italy that my mom makes. Other than that - a really good diner bacon cheeseburger & fries. Not homemade but for me there is nothing more comforting. Rock on!