There's just something about comfort foods, isn't there? The way they work to fill us up with warmth and solace right when we need it most. We don't care what anyone says, food totally has that kind of power and healing quality to it.
Thinking about the specific foods one chooses when they're in a bit of a funky or gloomy mood can say a lot about them as a person. If they prefer buffalo chicken pizza over a nice pot of stew, maybe that tells us that they enjoy things that seem like opposites at first, but in the end meld quite nicely together. Or if they're crazy for sugar cookies but can't stand sticky toffee pudding for dessert, maybe they're more traditional and simple than they'd originally thought.
And all of this is just fun to think about in terms of who we might end up with as a partner. One might not think that what we choose in the kitchen or while out to dinner as their go-to comfort food could reveal much of anything about their love life, but we'd have to say they're wrong. What one picks out to make them feel better says so much about character traits, personality and even what they look for in a romantic sense.
So, please — pick or pass on these comfort foods and we'll guess your soulmate's sign!
Hearty Pasta with Parmesan Cheese
How good does this pasta look? Seriously, you can't go wrong with filled pasta because you get the chewy goodness of the pasta and then a special little treat inside that varies from everything from cheese or meat to veggies. As an added bonus, the truly great thing about eating pasta is that nobody looks at you funny if you add heaping amounts of extra cheese!
A Happy Meal
Some days you just need to thank your higher powers for McDonald's because they invented this genius little thing called A Happy Meal. It's just the most perfect little meal to ever exist. Sometimes you start to have a small panic attack thinking about eating a Big Mac, but you still want McDonald's, so this is the best option!
Beef stew is not just for those blistery winter months when all you want is something that feels as though it just sticks to your ribs. You can do a good beef stew any time of year and have it be amazing. The truly great thing too is that it's completely customizable as you can add or take away whatever veggies you aren't that into or substitute sweet potatoes as well.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
This is no ordinary pizza right here. This takes all of the amazing things you love about regular pizza and takes it up a few hundred notches! With this pizza, there's usually a BBQ sauce base instead of tomato. On top, chunks of deep fried chicken with onions topped with some sweet and spicy buffalo sauce. How good does that sound to you?
There are two types of people out there — those who understand the greatness of a good curry and those who are wrong. Seriously though, a savory curry is amazing because you get a heaping amount of fresh vegetables and a good amount of spices that will help to clear out your system. What's not to love?
Cheesy fries are that food that takes us right back to the nostalgic and hallowed halls of high school because who didn't eat this as a meal about once a week in high school? You have your deep fried carbs in all their hot goodness and then you take it up a notch with the gooey cheese on top.
Meatball subs are such a great yet simple blending of Italian food and something you can easily make at home any day of the week. All you need is a decent ciabatta bun, some tomato sauce from the cupboard and some meatballs and cheese and voilà. It's like four beautiful food groups all in one sitting.
Taco Bell is one of those places that is just always there for you when you're not quite sure what you want or need. It just has so many great options that are hearty and filling and just get everything right. You have a million different types of tacos and burritos and quesadillas and don't even get us started on the Gordita Crunches or Nachos Supreme!
Chicken Caesar Salad
Chicken Caesar salads are just one of those classic menu items that you can always count on when you're out at a restaurant and unsure of what to get. There's just no other salad out there quite like a Caesar salad as it's tangy and satisfying all in one — and don't get us started on the bacon, cheese and croutons. And then you add some protein on top for some hearty goodness.
Grilled cheese just takes us back to our childhood in the best way possible. Who remembers coming home from a hard day at school and you were super fussy at dinner because you got into a fight with your BFF. And your mom took one look at you and decided to forego the roast chicken that night and put a grilled cheese in the pan. Thanks mom!
Chex Mix is one of the best things if you need a good snack (or a meal for some), because there's just so many things going on that hit your taste buds, you can't go wrong. You have the saltiness and crispiness and different textures happening, but yet when you put it all together, it just hits the spot.
There's really no other food out there like cabbage rolls. They come from Eastern Europe, so not only do you feel like you've been somewhere cool eating them, but they're also chock full of goodness too. You have your protein and spices on the inside and your cabbage on the outside. And don't get us started on that yummy tomato sauce!
Hearty Stir Fry
Stir fry is just so fun to make and eat. If you're really in the mood to be in kitchen, but not get too complicated, a good stir fry is your game. You have the chopping up of just about any vegetable that tickles your fancy, add a protein and maybe a yummy sauce and you're good to go! You are always satisfied with a stir fry.
Mashed Potatoes and Butter
If you aim low, mashed potatoes can be just a simple side dish to most. But if you aim a little bit higher and get it right, mashed potatoes are so much more than that! You have to figure out the exact right milk, butter and chives ratio and don't whip them for too long, but there is nothing more comforting than mashed potatoes.
Falafel in a Pita
Falafels are almost like the meatballs of the vegetarian world. They're hearty and delicious and totally full of flavor. And when you put them in things like a pita and dress it up with things like lettuce, tomato, onions and maybe some tzaziki? That just takes it to a whole other level!
Meatloaf has to be one of those foods that's universally known for being satisfying and comforting to the soul. You can make it with any meat you like too — beef, chicken, pork or heck, even try the nut loaf variety. And it's the blending of great spices and things like ketchup and Worcestershire sauce that really do all the hard work.
There's nothing like a chocolate milkshake that will stick to your ribs to make your day that much better. It can be thick and silky smooth and pretty much like a meal in one if you do it right. There's also something that just feels right when you add a chocolate milkshake to a burger and fries too. We're not quite sure how that math works out, but it does!
Spring Rolls and Dipping Sauce
Sometimes when we do Chinese or Thai take-out, all we can think about are those delicious hot spring rolls. There's just nothing like them. They're super easy to eat and just pop in your mouth. Plus, with things like cabbage and onions and all those yummy flavors going on inside, once you get it dipped in that tangy plum sauce, all bets are off!
Bagel Smothered in Cream Cheese
A bagel smothered in cream cheese is not just a New York City thing anymore as you can get a decent bagel just about anywhere nowadays. You've got your everything bagels or sesame or plain and a variety of cream cheese to choose from and it's just about one of the most satisfying little meals in one go.
A lot of people consider strawberry shortcake to be the ultimate dessert of the summer months because that's when strawberries are in season. But we live in a time when you can get great strawberries any time of year. Put those with a soft and spongy vanilla cake of sorts and some whipped cream and it's like a dream come true.
Eggs Benedict are huge in the brunch crowd — just check anyone's social media on the weekend and you'll know exactly what we're talking about. But they're actually quite a great breakfast that's easy to customize and make to your liking, plus it's hearty and delicious to boot.
Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo
As far as the pasta world goes, creamy Fettuccine Alfredo is the epitome of a perfect meal for many of us out there. Those thick fettuccine noodles that just pick up so much more sauce than regular spaghetti with the creamiest of Alfredo sauces, it's like you've been transported straight to Italy.
Burger King Whopper
A Whopper from Burger King doesn't just exist for those who are supremely hungover. They exist for those are a super enthusiastic over a hearty beef burger topped with the the most delicious of condiments. Plus, that lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle combination that it has going for it — there's no other burger out there like it.
Creamy Avocado on Toast
Avocado toast does not just exist purely for the millennial set. It's universally loved now. Probably because avocado is full of those healthy fats that we've all heard about. Oh, and it just so happens to taste so very creamy and delicious too! Pairing it with a nice piece of crispy toast, it's the perfect blending of smooth and textured.
Fruit salad isn't just for the fruit lovers out there — and yes, they do exist. It can be a great add-on to any brunch or even a cool dessert idea if you're looking to go the healthy route and get away from cake. Fruit salad is truly is great because you can basically dump all of the fruit you have in your fridge in a bowl (maybe do a bit of chopping first) and you're set.
Sugar Cookies with Frosting
Speaking of dessert, sugar cookies with frosting has to be one of the best little nibbles out there to exist. First off, cookies in general are great because you can eat just one or like 10 — you decide! And sugar cookies with frosting are extra special because it's just the perfect amount of sweetness and the recipe is quite simple, so you can crack these out any day of the week without any trouble.
There's a reason so many popular dining franchises specialize in roast chicken. So many people love it because it goes down so easy, it's full of flavor and the meat remains juicy and doesn't get too dry when it's a whole chicken that's roasted. Plus, you can add so many great side dishes to a roast chicken, it's the best main attraction that brings along all the heavy hitters.
There's just something about those meals that mom used to be able to whip up at a moment's notice. Tuna casserole is especially great because you can basically go to your pantry or crisper in the fridge and pull out any of the vegetables you need to use and just throw it on in there. Tuna casserole just hits the spot.
Savory Beans on Toast
Beans on toast may be more of a British thing, but if you haven't tried it, you simply must. First off, it's one of the easiest and fastest meals you could ever pull out. We usually all have cans of beans in the pantry and bread in the cupboard. Just something about putting those beans on the toast and the heartiness and simplicity of it all just warms your soul.
Sticky Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon buns are just so satisfying. Maybe it's because they look like something super complicated to make — maybe it's all those layers we can see. But then you have that sticky cinnamon filled glaze that's going on in every little crevice and it's like falling in love with a personal sized dessert.
Pulled Pork on a Bun
If you're doing life right, pulled pork on a bun is not something that's just reserved for Superbowl Sunday. It's something that can easily be pulled off any day of the week from the slow cooker and the result will literally leave your mouth watering. It's amazing just how much flavor is in that meat and what it tastes like on a soft bun. You really don't know what hit you when pulled pork is done correctly.
Bacon Mac 'n Cheese
Bacon mac 'n cheese is something that sounds too good to be true, but you can actually make it happen any time you want and that's a beautiful thing. Really, it's like the best of both worlds. You have the intense creamy goodness of the macaroni and cheese — which really is pretty great on it's own. And then you add the crisp and salty bacon to it and it's like more flavor than you could have ever imagined.
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is one of those meals that reminds you of going to your grandparents house and staying up late with them to watch Wheel of Fortune on TV. There's something so comforting about it even though there's such a simplicity to it. You have the great pie crust that just melts in your mouth. And then all of those insides that usually consists of hearty chicken, gravy and vegetables. It's like a hug in a meal!
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Sticky toffee pudding is definitely not for everyone on any day, but when you're in need of an intense ride on the sweetness train, it's your go-to dessert. There's just something about the moist sponge cake filled with dates (and other good stuff) and then completely smothered in sticky toffee sauce that just screams guilty pleasure. And you can't argue with that, right?
Froot Loops Cereal
Having a bowl of Froot Loops cereal when you're just getting in from school and are famished or are getting home late from work and can't be bothered to cook is pretty much second nature. Like, don't we all do this once or twice a month? There's just something so comforting about having a bowl of cereal and having a bowl of Froot Loops is that much better.