When Loren Cordain, Ph.D., assured aspiring readers of his book The Paleo Diet that "it isn't easy to change the habits of a lifetime," one imagines he must have been talking about quitting comfort food. With restrictions against foods that are not only cravings of habit but also of emotion and nostalgia, a requirement of most diets, things tend to fall apart. And yet there is satisfaction to be found even within the paleo diet, which does away with the carby, starchy stuff that provides the glue to many comfort foods.
When struck by ingrained cravings, the desire to magic something that looks and tastes exactly like pasta into existence by manipulating paleo ingredients may be strong (probably not going to happen), but the key to delicious, no-nonsense paleo comfort food is not creating an unrecognizable pizza crust with cauliflower and eggs — it's working with the meat, vegetables, and fruits that dominate paleo cuisine to turn out hearty and soul-warming dishes while celebrating healthful ingredients.
Try these recipes, which use Cordain's book as a guide, when habit and cravings strike. The best part is, you won't need 50 ingredients and a chemistry degree to make these paleo comfort foods.