10 Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthier

Nothing is quite as heart-warming as a creamy bowl of mac and cheese on a chilly day. The problem is, the holiday season tends to bring on a few unwanted pounds, and comfort foods are often to blame. But rest assured, we’ve got ten lightened-up comfort food recipes that your taste buds will approve of.

1. Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

What makes it healthier: Sweet potatoes pack this cheesy classic with beta-carotene, which helps keep your skin healthy.
Why we like it: Mac and cheese that helps your skin look better? Win-win.

2. Turkey & Vegetable Meatloaf

Easy Zucchini Meatloaf

What makes it healthier: Veggies like zucchini lend their heart-healthy fiber, while lean turkey helps cut down on the calories.
Why we like it: You can serve it for dinner alongside roasted potatoes and use the leftovers to make a tasty lunch sandwich.

3. Whole Wheat Vegetable Lasagna

Whole Wheat Vegetable Lasagna

What makes it healthier: Veggies like mushrooms, eggplant and swiss chard add a host of vitamins to this lightened-up lasagna, while whole wheat noodles bump up its fiber content.
Why we like it: This recipe was created by yours truly, and I can vouch for its tastiness.

4. Baked Fried Chicken Tenders

Easy Baked Chicken Tenders

What makes it healthier: This “fried” chicken is actually baked in the oven with a crispy panko breadcrumb crust.
Why we like it: We’re always up for a new way to cook up boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

5. Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes

What makes it healthier: These pancakes are made from white whole-wheat flour, which has the fluffiness of white flour but the nutrient profile of whole-grain flour.
Why we like it: Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?

6. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

What makes it healthier: Lean ground beef and a host of veggies add a mix of protein and fiber to the filling.
Why we like it: Nothing says “comfort food” more than beef with creamy mashed potatoes.

7. Turkey Sausage Gumbo

Sausage Gumbo Recipe | EatingWell

What makes it healthier: The turkey sausage cuts down on some of the calories and fat, while the okra and brown rice provide fiber and antioxidants.
Why we like it: This gumbo is the perfect addition to any chilly evening, without compromising on the nutrients.

8. Creamy Kale & Potato Soup

Creamy Kale and Potato Soup

What makes it healthier: Avocado gives this soup its creaminess, while kale and spinach bring plenty of antioxidants and fiber.
Why we like it: It’s the green, nutrient-packed version of creamy potato soup.

For more delicious inspiration, browse our entire collection of comfort food recipes.

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