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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words “comfort food”?
Something creamy, cozy, super delicious, and probably topped with generous amounts of yummy, yummy cheese.
While we all love our comfort foods, they usually tend to be heavy on the caloric side. And if you’re someone who’s trying to eat healthier, indulging may leave you feeling guilty afterwards.
Well, what if I told you, your favorite comfort foods can actually be made healthier, without losing any atom of flavor or yumminess. Better yet, I’ll show you.
In this post, you’ll discover 30 super easy and delicious comfort food recipes that are also surprisingly healthy.
These healthy comfort food recipes will satisfy your cravings easily, without leaving you feeling guilty afterwards, or putting a huge dent in your fitness goals.
Let’s get right into it.
30 Healthy Comfort Food Recipes
1) Healthy Mac And Cheese
Let’s start off with everyone’s favorite go-to comfort dish. Good old mac and cheese.
The creamy and yummy goodness this dish brings is something we all love. And now, it’s been made healthier.
This version is healthier and more nutritious, thanks to the butternut squash puree used here. It’s just as creamy and delicious as the regular one, and comes out under 400 calories per wholesome serving.
2) Healthy White Chicken Chili
There’s no better remedy for the cold weather, than a nice warm bowl of soup to keep you warm and cozy. And this white chicken chili, is exactly what you want to be having this winter.
It’s incredibly easy to make, super rich in flavor, and sure to leave you satisfied. And for something this good, you’ll be surprised to know it comes out at under 3500 calories too.
3) Easy Healthy Vegetable Soup
Speaking of cozy soups to enjoy this winter, this yummy veggie-packed soup definitely deserves a spot on your list.
It’s blessed with an array of tasty veggies, like butternut squash, zucchinis, mushrooms, and bell peppers, just to name a few. All well-seasoned and cooked to yummy perfection in a nice vegetable broth.
This tasty and healthy comfort food comes together in just about 30 minutes. Once it’s ready, throw in your favorite toppings and enjoy.
4) Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Enjoy the yummy goodness of your beloved chicken pot pie, without the extra stress.
This chicken pot pie soup leaves out the crust, and transforms your favorite comfort meal into a nice cozy soup you can enjoy without stress.
The juicy chicken and tasty veggies are perfectly combined into one nice creamy and delicious delight, and it comes around in under 30 minutes too. And also delivers well under 400 calories.
5) Low Carb Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats
Your comfort foods don’t necessarily need to be carb-loaded. These spaghetti squash lasagna boats are the perfect thing for people on low carb diets.
Spaghetti squash is stuffed with juicy and tender ground beef, and graced with generous amounts of cheesy goodness. And it all comes out under 300 calories.
6) Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon
Meat-eaters aren’t the only ones who get to have all the fun. This plant-based mushroom bourguignon is the ultimate vegan comfort food.
Porcini mushrooms are combined with tasty veggies like carrot and potatoes, and cooked to perfection in a creamy wine tomato sauce. Super easy to make, and also healthy.
A serving of this comes out at just about 250 calories. Serve with some vegan mashed potatoes and enjoy.
7) One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
Speaking of vegan delights you’ll want to snuggle up beside, this creamy and delicious vegan mushroom stroganoff is definitely worth it.
It takes only a couple of ingredients to get the job done, and it comes together in under 20 minutes from scratch too. Talk about the perfect weeknight dinner.
8) Zucchini Lasagna
Making a healthier version of your favorite lasagna is way easier than you think. This zucchini lasagna qualifies as the perfect healthy comfort food.
Not only are zucchinis way healthier and more nutritious, but in this case, they also perfectly mimic the texture of your regular pasta, making them the perfect substitute.
This healthy zucchini lasagna is also pretty easy to make, super delicious, and sure to leave everyone at the dinner table smiling.
9) Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
There’s just something about creamy pasta dishes that seem to hit the spot every time. And this chicken broccoli Alfredo is certainly something worth drooling over.
It combines juicy chicken, with bacon, broccoli and pasta, in a creamy and delicious chicken broth. And thanks to a few healthier swaps, it delivers less calories, for the same amount of yummy goodness.
10) Healthy Sloppy Joes
Weeknight dinners just got a whole lot easier. These healthy sloppy joes, made with juicy ground beef, and a mix of tasty veggies, all cooked to tasty perfection, are exactly what you want to be serving after a long, hard day.
They’re just as tasty, if not more, than the classic version, and deliver only a fraction of the calories. One wholesome serving of this packs less than 200 calories. Yes.
And if you want to take things to the next level, try opting for some gluten-free or whole grain bread options. You’ll thank yourself afterwards.
11) Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole
When it comes to comfort foods, you can always count on casseroles like this to deliver. This Mexican chicken and quinoa casserole will satisfy your tex-mex cravings, and you would’ve never guessed it was healthy.
It combines tender and juicy chicken, alongside tasty veggies, quinoa, black beans and more, all seasoned and cooked to perfection and topped with gracious amounts of cheesy goodness.
And for something this good, you’ll be surprised to find out it comes out and under 280 calories per serving.
12) Stuffed Bell Peppers With Ground Beef
It’s truly difficult to go wrong with stuffed veggies. They’re naturally nutritious, and when made right, they’re super delicious too.
These stuffed peppers with ground beef, rice, mushroom and cheese are the ultimate healthy comfort food. Super easy to make, and busting with flavor. And they also come together pretty easily too.
13) Chicken Fajita Casserole
This delicious comfort food idea, takes your already beloved chicken fajitas, and transforms it into an even more delicious casserole, while still keeping things healthy.
With the addition of brown rice, mushrooms, tomatoes and more than enough cheesy goodness, this chicken fajita casserole is sure to satisfy your cravings. And it comes out at well under 300 calories too.
14) Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya
The classic jambalaya is a super tasty dish, made with a mix of rice, veggies and several types of meats, among other things, all seasoned to yummy perfection.
This healthier version keeps things on the low carb side, while still delivering that yummy goodness, by swapping out the regular rice for spaghetti squash. And trust me when I say the results are nothing short of amazing.
15) Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
If the thought of juicy chicken, being cooked alongside tasty veggies and pasta in a rich tomato sauce sounds like a good idea to you, then this crockpot chicken cacciatore is definitely for you.
The best part about this healthy comfort food is that it’s made in just one pot. Meaning you won’t have to go crazy over cleanup. And it takes only a few minutes to prep everything.
16) Healthy Italian Meatballs
Your search for the perfect meatballs ends here. These juicy Italian meatballs made with are loaded with flavor, and deliver only a fraction of the calories. And you’d be surprised how easy they are to make.
Serve over some pasta noodles, or zucchini if you’re keeping things low carb.
17) Oven Fried Chicken Breast
These fried chicken breasts are so good, they’ll give your favorite fast food versions a run for their money.
And since they’re baked to perfection in the oven, they skip all the extra oil and calories, and deliver the same crispy and yummy goodness. Just one bite and you’ll want to keep trying these on repeat.
18) Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Your favorite pizza doesn’t need to be as carb-heavy as you think. Cauliflower, acts as a perfect healthy substitute to regular pizza, and when made right, it tastes truly heavenly.
This delicious pizza is low carb, and gluten free, and still every bit as yummy, thanks to the cauliflower pizza crust used here. You won’t be going back to regular pizza crust anytime soon.
19) Chicken Noodle Soup
Here’s another classic delight that’s sure to leave a smile on your face. This chicken noodle soup is the perfect mix of yummy and healthy.
Plus, thanks to the low carb noodle variety used here, it also comes out low in carbs, while still being finger-licking delicious. And all for only about 200 calories.
20) Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables
The classic ziti, which features ziti pasta cooked in a creamy tomato sauce is another comfort food we can all agree we love.
This version gives it a healthy twist, by incorporating a variety of tasty and healthy vegetables into the mix, like cauliflower, peppers and onions. It still comes out as tasty as can be, and you’ll no doubt find yourself going back for seconds.
21) Healthier Broccoli Chicken Casserole
This chicken and broccoli casserole pretty much speaks for itself. Its combination of chicken and broccoli in a creamy and cheesy mushroom sauce is truly a beauty to behold.
This is one weeknight dinner you won’t be getting tired of anytime soon. And the leftovers (good luck having any) taste just as amazing the next day.
22) Homemade Beef Stew
No one can resist the allure of juicy and tender chunks of beef, cooked to perfection, alongside some carrots and potatoes, in a rich and creamy sauce. This tasty beef stew is sure to be a winner, no matter the occasion.
23) Cheeseburger Soup
This healthy comfort food takes the yummy flavor of your favorite cheeseburger, and transforms it into a cozy soup you can enjoy when the weather begins to get chilly.
All that yummy goodness for only a fraction of the calories. Not to mention how quick and easy it is to make. You only need about 10 minutes of prep to get this going.
24) Ground Turkey Meatloaf
Who wouldn’t drool over a nice juicy meatloaf like this? This yummy delicacy is made with lean ground turkey, and a couple of hidden veggies you would’ve never guessed were even present.
It comes out nothing short of amazing though, and is sure to leave you going back for more.
25) Healthy Shepherd’s Pie
From its tasty meat and veggie filling, to its cheesy potato and cauliflower topping, this healthy shepherd’s pie is packed with all the yummy flavors you crave in a comfort meal, while still managing to keep things healthy.
26) Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This delicious chicken enchilada casserole is the perfect weeknight comfort food, and comes together in under 30 minutes from start to finish. Super easy to make, loaded with flavor, and healthy too.
27) Black Bean Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Stuffed veggie recipes like this are always sure to be a winner. These vegan stuffed sweet potatoes, with black beans, corn and salsa, will satisfy your taco cravings without guilt.
These stuffed sweet potatoes are super easy to make, packed with good flavor, and so satisfying. And they pack less than 250 calories per serving.
28) Healthy Orange Chicken
Forget takeout. This healthy orange chicken packs all the flavor and yummy goodness, and leaves out the extra calories. And it comes together in under 30 minutes from scratch too.
29) Healthy Tuscan Chicken with Artichokes
This yummy comfort food combines juicy and delicious chicken, alongside healthy veggies like spinach, artichoke hearts and tomatoes, in a rich and creamy sauce. And all in under 30 minutes from start to finish. You would’ve never guessed that this was healthy.
30) Easy Salisbury Steak
Imagine the juicy patties from your favorite cheeseburger, cooked to perfection in a nice, creamy mushroom and onion gravy. That’s what this delicious Salisbury steak offers.
This version uses good-for-you ingredients to make things healthier, while still retaining its amazing taste. And it comes together pretty quickly too. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.
These healthy comfort food recipes will satisfy your cravings, without leaving you feeling so guilty afterwards.
Which one is your favorite? Let me know down below.