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21 Lightened-Up Comfort Food Recipes

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21 Lightened-Up Comfort Food Recipes - a delicious collection from food bloggers |

I don’t know about you, but this winter weather we’ve been having on the east coast has me craving comfort food. Warm, hearty, stick to your bones kinda food.

That presents a calorie conundrum though, since I’m about to go on vacation in a couple of weeks! I can’t really afford to indulge in heavy dishes, and let’s be honest, most of the comfort foods we love tend to be on the heavy side. That’s why these lightened-up comfort food recipes are so wonderful, because they’re the best of both worlds. You can have your comfort food without worrying about derailing your new year’s diet. We love how food bloggers have been so creative with finding ways to reduce fat and calories, all-the-while still making delicious meals that satisfy our cravings. From a lighter pot pie, to the best baked “fried” chicken, these flavorful, guilt-free recipes are just the ticket to tide us over until spring comes.

Skinny Mushroom Spinach Lasagna |

Skinny Mushroom Spinach Lasagna | Little Spice Jar

Lighter Pot Pie |

Lighter Pot Pie | Swanky Recipes

Beef Stroganoff |

Beef Stroganoff | Gimme Some Oven

Easier Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken |

Easier Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken | Half Baked Harvest

Cheesy Broccoli Potatoes |

Lightened Up Cheesy Broccoli Potatoes | Sugar Dish Me

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili | gimmesomeoven

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili | Gimme Some Oven

Healthy Stovetop Mac and Cheese |

Healthy Stovetop Mac and Cheese | Skinny Mom

Best Baked "Fried" Chicken |

Best Baked “Fried” Chicken | Carlsbad Cravings

Lighter New England Clam Chowder |

 Lighter New England Clam Chowder | Gimme Some Oven

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs |

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs | Pinch of Yum

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup |

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | Gimme Some Oven

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Quinoa |

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Quinoa | Food Faith Fitness

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi |

 15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi | Gimme Some Oven

Lighter General Tso's Chicken |

Lightened-Up General Tso’s Chicken | Table for Two

Shepherd's Pie with Whipped Sweet Potatoes |

Shepherd’s Pie with Whipped Sweet Potatoes | The Lemon Bowl

Potato Soup |

Potato Soup | Gimme Some Oven

Skinny Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Kale |

Skinny Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Kale | iFOODreal

Lighter Chili Mac |

Lighter Chili Mac | Taste and Tell

Sesame Chicken with Quinoa |

Sesame Chicken with Quinoa | Gimme Some Oven

Baked Chicken Parmesan |

Baked Chicken Parmesan | Skinny Taste

Skinny Orange Chicken |

Skinny Orange Chicken | Gimme Some Oven

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Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven

Hayley Putnam lives to eat, and loves writing, particularly about food! She contributes to Foodie Crush, and also bakes and blogs for her own little nook of the food blogosphere, Tiptoes in the KitchenShe lives in Greensboro, N.C., with her husband Jay and their four-legged furry daughter, Luma.  You can also find Hayley on Pinterest and Instagram.

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15 comments on “21 Lightened-Up Comfort Food Recipes”

  1. I am literally meal planning right now and all I want is soup and HOT food to warm up!! Please send some of that Austin warmth up to Michigan!! xoxo

  2. Oh my this list is great. I love the chicken, broccoli, kale dish.

  3. Um that spaghetti and meatballs looks nuts! And that butter chicken. I love these posts on a Sunday! Helps me plan out my weeks meals.

  4. Deliciously healthy compilation – everything looks SO good!   Thanks also for including my Baked “Fried” Chicken!

  5. I am seriously ALL about comfort food…but HEALTHY comfort food? Gimme that ALL!! Thank you so much for including my BBQ Chicken Quinoa! Pinned!

  6. Gotta try that pot pie! Everything looks so delicious!

  7. I will be making so many of these, Pinned it!  Delicious :)

  8. So many amazing options in this post! Saved it for future recipe funks…thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks for sharing all your delicious ideas! I am all about comfort/healthy foods and these will certainly help with meal planning :D

  10. My family LOVES your skinny orange chicken….we add broccoli and have subbed in pork for the chicken when there was no chicken in the house….SOOOOOOO GOOD any way we have tried it!! Thank you! Can’t wait to try more of these recipes!

  11. Where are the calories on your skinny comfort foods?

    • Hi Joyce! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  12. These all look great, but don’t you have the nutritional information posted anywhere? It would so helpful, as I am on Noom! Please post!!

  13. This sounds utterly indecently good, I know what comfort I�m turning to next time I�m in need of a sweet treat!