When you hear the words “comfort food” what comes to mind? If the first things you think of are covered in cheese, deep fried, stuffed, or a combination of all three, then we have the same idea. Comfort foods represent all of the best things about eating, they are familiar, filling, and devoid of any pretense. Unfortunately, while these foods may be amazing, they aren’t typically something that you should be eating very often. If you love your comfort foods too much to designate them to holiday specialties but would also rather keep your diet on the healthy side, try these awesome alternatives.
1. Healthy Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos
Nachos and the word “healthy” don’t typically go together, but this delicious recipe is about to change your perception of the two terms. Multigrain tortilla chips are topped with chunks of grilled sweet potatoes, organic beans, sweet corn, and a gooey homemade cheese sauce. They are surprisingly easy to put together and completely guilt-free.
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2. Rosemary Apple Chicken Burgers
These awesome burgers are so just as simple as they are delicious. With their ground chicken patties filled with rosemary and their homemade apple slaw, they prove that simplicity is definitely key.
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3. Vegetarian Lasagna
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t go gaga over a nice steaming plate of lasagna. All that meat, cheese, pasta, and tomato sauce are such a winning combination. This recipe, which replaces ground beef with things like mushrooms and kale, give a healthy flair to this old school recipe.
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4. Southern Oven Fried Chicken
It doesn’t matter where you live, nothing quite hits the spot like a nice piece of crispy fried chicken. This clever recipe manages to get that same old school taste and crunch without any of the grease of fat.
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5. Healthy Mac and Cheese
We have already established our love for mac and cheese in all its glorious forms at Life As Mama. And while we definitely love our mac filled with crab meat and combined with chili, this healthy version, outfitted with butternut squash, is just as delicious.
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6. Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins
This game day and dive bar favorite is easily turned into a contender for your new favorite dinner dish with this recipe. Delicious sweet potatoes are stuffed with shredded buffalo chicken and spinach then topped with a bit of melted cheese to bring everything together.
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7. Healthy Turkey Chili
Chili is the perfect hearty dish to have on those chilly fall nights. It’s hearty, simple to make, and delicious enough to please the entire family. This chili recipe utilizes ground turkey, corn, and kidney beans to give the traditional recipe a healthy twist.
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