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17 Better-For-You Takes on Comfort Food

Updated January 14, 2020
Denying yourself doesn’t work when you’re craving comfort, but creative cooking can help! Here’s how to have your mac and cheese, lasagna and more without giving up on your goals. MORE+ LESS-
Comfort foods are a craving we try to resist—until now. These healthyish takes on comfort food classics feature smart swaps and well-balanced ingredient lists, so you can indulge without guilt! We highly recommend these recipes when you’re cooking for a family and trying to cut back on calories. A lot of these recipes are picky-eater approved—check out the Skinny Creamy Chicken Enchiladas and Skinny Chicken Parmesan Bake. Others make clever use of alternatives to meat and carbs—as you might expect, delicious fungi take the place of beef in our Mushroom Bolognese recipe and cauliflower rice replaces traditional rice in Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Soup. In some cases, we’ve balanced the scales by cutting back (but not cutting out) higher-calorie ingredients and increasing better-for-you ingredients, like vegetables—don’t miss our Lighter Tomato “Alfredo” Pasta Bake! So, dig into this list for the recipe that’ll cure your craving, without blowing your diet.