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16 Healthier Comfort Food Recipes That Don't Sacrifice Taste

Comfort food doesn't have to be bad for you.

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1. Creamy Butternut Squash Mac 'N' Cheese With Kale

This creamy mac 'n' cheese sneaks four cups of butternut squash into it and still tastes amazing. Get the recipe here.

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2. Healthier Sweet Potato Skins

This better-for-you take on the game day favorite is made with sweet potatoes and Greek yogurt to lighten them up. Get the recipe here.

3. Healthier Chicken Pot Pie

This healthier chicken pot pie swaps out heavy cream for almond milk and is loaded with fresh veggies. Get the recipe here.

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4. Turkey Meatloaf With Zucchini and Feta

One way to lighten up meatloaf is by using lean ground turkey instead of beef. Turkey can dry out a bit in the oven, so this recipe adds two cups of shredded zucchini to make sure it stays nice and moist. Get the recipe here.

5. Oven-Fried Chicken

thereciperebel.com

This recipe ditches the fryer and cooks breaded chicken breasts in the oven for a healthier version that gives KFC a run for their money. Get the recipe here.

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6. Zucchini Noodles With Meatballs

If you don't own a Spiralizer, simply cut your zucchini into thin strips, then into long matchsticks. Once cooked, they will soften up and look just like noodles. Get the recipe here.

7. Beef and Lentil Stew

This recipe is hearty (yet lighter than typical chili) and loaded with fresh veggies. If meat isn't your thing, just omit the beef β€” the lentils give it enough protein to make it filling all on its own. Get the recipe here.

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8. Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Everything you love about lasagna without the added carbs from the noodles. Get the recipe here.

9. Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese

You've probably heard of cauliflower pizza, but have you heard of cauliflower grilled cheese? This recipe uses that same technique to ditch the bread and trick your tastebuds. It's lower in carbs and can easily be jazzed up with fresh veggies like spinach or tomato. Get the recipe here.

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10. Turkey Chili

ambitiouskitchen.com

This chili uses ground turkey instead of ground beef to give it tons of protein without tons of fat β€” it's a win win. Get the recipe here.

11. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Nachos With Green Chile Salsa

Everybody knows that the best thing about nachos are the toppings, so why not swap out the chips for something more substantial like roasted sweet potatoes? Get the recipe here.

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12. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

damndelicious.net

Don't like zucchini? Feel free to swap in your favorite veggies β€” just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Get the recipe here.

13. Lightened Up Fettuccine Alfredo

chefsavvy.com

If you love alfredo, but don't love the idea of cooking with an entire jug of heavy cream, go for this lighter version made with 1% milk and chicken broth instead. Get the recipe here.

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14. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

These crispy cauliflower bites are so meaty that you won't even miss the chicken. Get the recipe here.

15. Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Although this recipe has bacon (which is a MUST for chowder, IMO) it uses almond milk instead of heavy cream to make it lighter and cut some of the fat. Get the recipe here.

16. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Don't have a food processor? Just chop up the cauliflower super fine with a knife and it'll work just as well. Get the recipe here.

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