21 Lightened-Up Comfort Food Recipes
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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 | Little Spice Jar
Lighter Pot Pie | Swanky Recipes
Beef Stroganoff | Gimme Some Oven
Easier Healthier Crockpot Butter Chicken | Half Baked Harvest
Lightened Up Cheesy Broccoli Potatoes | Sugar Dish Me
Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili | Gimme Some Oven
Healthy Stovetop Mac and Cheese | Skinny Mom
Best Baked “Fried” Chicken | Carlsbad Cravings
Lighter New England Clam Chowder | Gimme Some Oven
Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs | Pinch of Yum
Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | Gimme Some Oven
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Quinoa | Food Faith Fitness
15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi | Gimme Some Oven
Lightened-Up General Tso’s Chicken | Table for Two
Shepherd’s Pie with Whipped Sweet Potatoes | The Lemon Bowl
Potato Soup | Gimme Some Oven
Skinny Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Kale | iFOODreal
Lighter Chili Mac | Taste and Tell
Sesame Chicken with Quinoa | Gimme Some Oven
Baked Chicken Parmesan | Skinny Taste
Skinny Orange Chicken | Gimme Some Oven
Great post, very useful :)
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
Oh my this list is great. I love the chicken, broccoli, kale dish.
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.
Deliciously healthy compilation – everything looks SO good! Thanks also for including my Baked “Fried” Chicken!
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!
Gotta try that pot pie! Everything looks so delicious!
I will be making so many of these, Pinned it! Delicious :)
So many amazing options in this post! Saved it for future recipe funks…thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing all your delicious ideas! I am all about comfort/healthy foods and these will certainly help with meal planning :D
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!
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!
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!!
This sounds utterly indecently good, I know what comfort I�m turning to next time I�m in need of a sweet treat!