Breakups are the worst. One day you're talking to someone all the time, and the next day you're greeted with empty space. Too much space. I mean, what are you supposed to do with all that space? Eventually, after allowing time to pass and remembering to be kind to yourself, you will feel better and that space will be filled with other things — and maybe someone else.
In the meantime? There's food. Food that will make you feel comforted, food that will make you feel nourished, and food that is just damn good. Food will take up some of that empty space. These are the recipes to eat after a breakup (and why).
Make something chocolatey. When you're in the throes of a breakup and feel like caving and calling your ex, make this recipe instead. There's chocolate and wine in one recipe. It's so good you'll want to put your phone down to enjoy another cup.
Make something that takes time. You might think that the easiest way to feel better is by getting pizza delivered — and that might be true — but stirring a big pot of perfect risotto for upwards of an hour might also be the answer. Taking time for yourself is important after a breakup, and this risotto recipe might give you that space.
Make something cheesy. And don't just make any plain grilled cheese recipe — make the fanciest grilled cheese imaginable. Every ooey-gooey bite should feel special. You're worth it.
Make something that is both soothing and nourishing. Chocolate and carbs get all the love when it comes to "treating yourself," but sometimes nourishing yourself — eating something a bit healthier — is its own act of defiance during a difficult time.
Make something that challenges you. Your gut might be telling you to take things easy, and you definitely should, but maybe not all the time. Remember: You're strong! You're beautiful! You're worthy of a fight! Try a new project in the kitchen that will inspire you to feel loved.
Make something that is pure comfort. When you're feeling down and unmotivated, the only thing that might make you feel great is something comforting like, say, carbs. French toast will all the butter and all the maple syrup sounds like the right move.
Make something simple. Sometimes you just need to turn your brain off and make something super easy and satisfying, like a big ol' pot of beans.
Make something pizza-y (what, you didn't know that was a thing?). Pizza is the answer to most of life's problems and joys. These little mini pizzas don't take a lot of thought to make and are super cute.
Make something that feels like a gift. Dumplings are like little hugs in food form. When you need a pick-me-up and want to feel extra love, make your own little bundles of joy and revel in your own glory.
When all else fails, make breakup cupcakes. These cupcakes were literally designed with heartbreak in mind, so do yourself a favor by whipping up a batch and having some friends over to cheer you up.