With winter comes cozying up inside with the fireplace crackling, hot cider on the stove and some comfort food on the table! Winter = comfort food…at least to me. Break-ups also = comfort foods, but I’m not going to get into that here.
Comfort food does exactly what the name says…it comforts you! But that’s not the only thing that comfort food is famous for. Most often, these favorite dishes of ours come with a hefty dose of high calories, fat and/or sugar, too. I know, that’s depressing – which might lead you to wanting some comfort food.
Well, I have good news for all you comfort food lovers. I have rounded up 30+ of the best comfort foods made healthy by registered dietitians! Yes, you can indulge on your favorite feel-good foods without compromising nutrition. Check out the list below to find your favorite healthier comfort food!
Appetizers and Side Dishes
Curried Kale Chips via The Grateful Grazer
Roasted Red Pepper Cauliflower Mash via The Healthy Fit Foodie
Blue Cheese Chive Dip via Live Best
Secret Ingredient Healthy Queso via Kansas City Dietitian
Soups and Stews
Smoked Firehouse Chili via Simple Swaps
Beef and Mushroom Stew via Better is the New Perfect
Spicy Three Bean Veggie Chili via The Grateful Grazer
Three-Bean Vegetarian Southern Chili via Nourish RDs
Chipotle & Chocolate Chicken and Root Vegetable Chili via Nourish. Breathe. Thrive.
Creamy Broccoli Soup via Meal Makeover Moms
Turkey Bacon Breakfast Quiche with Hash Brown Crust via Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN
Greek Zucchini Pie via Nutritioulicious
Tuna Casserole via Simple Swaps
Tuna Noodle Casserole via Salubrious RD
Meatball Stroganoff via Chocolate Slopes
Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus and Zucchini via Real Living Nutrition Services
Vegetarian Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake via MJ and Hungryman
Cauliflower Carbonara via Hungry Hobby
Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna via The Foodie Dietitian
Eggplant and Beef Lasagna (Gluten Free) via Prep Dish
Hide Your Veggies “Meat” Sauce via Nutrition A La Natalie
Broccoli Bacon Mac and Cheese via The Nutritionist Reviews
Creamy Carrot Mac and Cheese via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Baked Mac n’ Cheese via Abbey’s Kitchen
Butternut Squash Crabmeat Mac & Cheese via My Bottomless Boyfriend
Lightened Up Macaroni and Cheese via Nutritioulicious
Chicken Parmesan via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Tofu Tikka Masala via Food, Pleasure and Health
Bacon Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto via My Bottomless Boyfriend
Individual Apple and Pumpkin Crisps via Abbey’s Kitchen
Orange Cranberry Tart via Live Best
Death by Chocolate Cake via Simple Swaps
Whole Grain Caramelized Banana Bread via Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN
DIY Chocolate Nut Butter via Nourish. Breathe. Thrive.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Chocolate Mint Protein Bars via The Healthy Fit Foodie
Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Black Bean Brownies via Nourish. Breathe. Thrive.
Cinnamon Roasted Apples via Amy Gorin, MS, RDN