This is a tough one... 'comfort' is so individual... is it the taste, the texture, salt, crunch, creamy, the overall experience?
For instance, my decadent treat has always been ice cream. I've found the Paleo version (blended frozen fruit) really satisfying and remarkably like ice cream, and I've collected a bunch of recipes (in my photo gallery... click on the ice cream picture and look in the comments section). I also really love things like frozen grapes, or banana chunks with nut butter very satisfying and 'comforting'.
Instead of chips and dip, I blend together Paleo mayo, and tuna or avocado, with whatever seasoning we're in the mood for (and I make it salty) and we dip celery... the crunch and salt hit the spot.
We find soup really comforting on cold/sick days... I've learned to create a really thick and creamy texture out of pretty much any vegetable... cook with a little water and then puree with a stick blender. YUM! I made 'cream' of mushroom soup the other day (something my daughter would never eat, and was my husband's favourite) and my DD declared it wonderful and my DH thought it was better than 'real' cream of mushroom... it was the same for tomato soup.
I have a really great pancake recipe on my blog... again everyone thinks they are better than our original recipe:www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
Overall, though, I've found that it really does come down to retraining the tastebuds (and habits... reaching for 'comfort' is a habit). You might also want to put some energy into finding what else you might find comforting and deeply satisfying that doesn't involve food... and clean out your pantry so you have no gluten foods to fall back on. Stress management is an important element of a Paleo/Primal lifestyle, too.
For the most part, any foods we've tried that are supposed to approximate old favourites just don't hit the spot... but the longer we eat clean and Paleo/Primal, the more satisfying our new choices are. For some people there is a 'white knuckle' phase where you just have to tough it out for a few months... and then magically you miss wheat (and sugar) less and less. Most SAD food now tastes way too sweet for us... even bought ice cream... pop is just gross... so is cheap chocolate. The longer you eat a nutritionally satisfying diet the further removed from cravings and emotional eating (which are hormonally driven) you get.
I will say that I've bought several of Mark's books (and I make recipes off his site all the time) and I've not been disappointed in any of them. The recipes always turn out, and the flavours are great. If you're talking aobut the 'Primal Cravings' book, while I think the recipes are awesome, and I'm anxious to try them out I don't think they really replicate 'favourite fast foods' as he claimed. There are two bread recipes, though, that I'm anxious to try... it looks very good. And I can't wait to try the hazlenut coffee pancakes and the waffles.
Another cookbook that hasn't disappointed is 'Indulge'ditchthewheat.com/indulge/
'Paleo Indulgences' is also good: www.amazon.com/dp/1936608685
...the Cinnamon-Swirl Rolls were SO good, but not quick, and not realy like cinnamon buns as the recipe claims.
I'm not crazy about 'Paleo Comfort Foods' or 'Everyday Paleo' but the thing that reading these cookbooks does is spark my own imagination, and helps me see my old tastes in new ways and they help me revamp.
I hope this helps.
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 5/31/2013 (02:00)
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