Top 16 Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

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I love food, specifically, what I like to call “healthy comfort food”. If you’ve known or followed me for any amount of time, this is a massive understatement. To me, food is a love language, and one of the only things in existence that can supply physical, emotional, and sometimes even spiritual needs. If you have the same thought then some healthy comfort food recipes are all you need.

The best things we eat contain a little love, and a little balance.

Love can come by cooking and eating your favorite comfort food, something that reminds us of the days when we could eat an entire pizza, then go play outside for three hours. Love can also come from cooking for/with, say, your new family.

The healthy comfort food recipes you are about to salivate are created with love and balance in mind. They are intended to be comforting, yet mindful of dietary and caloric preferences. The recipes are meant to be cooked with minimal fuss, yet are full of opportunities to try something new. These elements are the heart of what truly encompasses Healthy Comfort Food.

1. Al Pastor Tacos

Al Pastor is known as the famous traditional Mexican dish prepared with seasoned and marinated pork. Although al pastor tacos are Mexican meat, the style of cooking originated from the Lebanese. It is a pure healthy comfort food recipe made for healthy food lovers.

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2. Chicago Chopped Salad

We have given the third spot to the Chicago Chopped Salad in our healthy comfort food recipes list. I have a confession; Mrs. Cooksfoodgood and I don’t always cook at home; sometimes we order in (especially when our daughter came). We became hooked on a Chicagoland favorite, the Healthy Chopped Salad.

While every pizzeria and sandwich shop has its own version, three things are non-negotiable; chopped greens, cured meat, and ditalini pasta (Italian for small thimbles).

Since we moved to Michigan, we have had a massive salad bowl-shaped void in our lives.. until now. Make this Chopped Salad a main with grilled chicken or shrimp.

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3. Italian Wedding Soup with Italian Sausage

This Italian Wedding Soup recipe is a play on an Italian favorite, and you don’t have to be either Italian or at a wedding to enjoy eating this comfort food that is healthy Subbing out the traditional meatballs with Italian sausage adds a nice depth of flavor that helps marry the greens and Parmesan notes of the soup.

This soup is relatively simple to make, but as is with most things Italian, quality is going to matter here. Any way you look at it, this Italian Wedding Soup with Italian Sausage is sure to be a winner!

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Italian Wedding Soup with Italian Sausage

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4. Healthy Chicken Piccata

I adore this dish; its fried chicken meets old-school Italian meets lemony goodness. All in under 30 minutes, this dish will taste like the traditional fried in butter dish you love, but lightened for, uh. everyday life. Let’s make this healthy, lemony, classic Chicken Piccata recipe!

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5. Grilled Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera, or “Springtime Pasta” in Italian, is a classic. My take throws some of those veggies on the grill, contrasting the grassy flavors with the roasted grilled flavors. An upgrade from pasta salad, this recipe is easy, versatile, and in 30 minutes, your new weeknight pasta. Let’s make Grilled Pasta Primavera!

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Grilled Pasta Primavera

6. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

For the past decade, tragically, I have been quite adverse to dairy. For a good Italian boy, this was especially hard, however, as they say, necessity and lactose intolerance is the mother of invention.

This dish foregoes some of the nutritional yeasts and other non-dairy funky ingredients for a bit of technique and imagination and lowers the amount of dairy/cheese by a fair amount. Is this the best “mac and cheese” you’ve ever had? Maybe.

Is it the best squash fall pasta you could ever dream of? Certainly. Let’s make some Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.

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Butter Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

7. Comforting Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

In our list of Healthy Comfort Food Recipes, this Comforting Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for a healthy dinner that you can make for your family anytime or on any occasion. It has all the ingredients to make you stay heart.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

8. Couscous Salad

Couscous Salad is a perfect side to any grilled food or a main with the addition of shrimp. Treatment of the couscous is a little unusual; using the Israeli couscous and encouraging sticking makes for an interesting texture contrast for the salad.

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Couscous salad

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9. Maple, Pecan, and Strawberry Salad

Maple, Pecan, and Strawberry are a real combination of healthy veggies with a comfortable taste that you can prepare and eat anytime.

Maple Sausage Salad

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10. Broccoli, Cheddar & Quinoa Gratin

I have prepared this recipe several times. I think I love it more each time. It’s become a regular dinner at my house, so thanks so much for sharing!” I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes. – Harry

Broccoli, Cheddar & Quinoa Gratin
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List of Weeknight Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

We all love to eat quick and easy healthy comfort food breakfast and meal recipes. But what about the Weeknight Dinner Healthy Comfort Food Recipes? Below we have shared all the delicious and healthy ingredients loaded with Weeknight Recipes that you can prepare for your family dinner or can serve in any event at home.

11. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Hearty, healthy comfort food vegetarian recipe. Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping is a family-pleasing, make-ahead, meal prep friendly, and incredibly tasty weeknight dinner. It’s complete with ground beef (or lamb), sneaky veggies, dried herbs, a touch of chili powder, and topped with a smooth layer of creamy, mashed sweet potatoes.

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Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

12. Butternut Squash Soup

This Butternut Squash Soup recipe takes some time-saving moves to make it a weeknight healthy dinner. Pair it with some chicken apple sausage to turn this dish to 11. You’ll also note that this version does not have milk or cream (aka vegan); the corn starch and the maple syrup give it the right consistency without any additional dairy. Pro tip: chill it and serve it the next day for a summer soup that you won’t forget. Let’s make Butternut Squash Soup!

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Butternut Squash Soup

13. Healthy Restaurant Style Beef with Broccoli

Dare I say this Healthy Restaurant Style Beef with Broccoli recipe is perfect? Taking the secrets from your local takeout place (read, baking soda + cornstarch), but without the wok full of oil, is some of my finest work yet. The result is a tender, flavorful dish (thanks to the baking soda) that is done in under 30 minutes, so you can make a full batch for leftovers. Restaurant Style Beef with Broccoli is your favorite comfort food for your family.

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Healthy Restaurant Style Beef with Broccoli

14. Roasted Salmon with a Lemon and Caper Dill Sauce

I don’t think there’s a better salmon recipe that is loaded with heavy protein. Healthy, & tasty with saturated fat, plus it makes great leftovers in a salad. I prefer to buy a side of salmon and grill it whole, as it’s usually a good bit cheaper and grills (or bakes) nicely, especially if you’re a fan of crispy salmon skin.

Air fryer salmon is also a possibility here too! Pair with a simple salad or grilled veggies (Brussels sprouts and broccoli work great with this mustard-forward sauce) and crush your healthy fats weeknight meal.

Roasted Salmon with a Lemon and Caper Dill Sauce

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15. Chicken Pot Pie

If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy comfort food recipe, look no further than chicken pot pie! This classic dish is made with chicken, vegetables, and a flaky pie crust, and it’s the perfect meal to cozy up with on a chilly night. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time and freeze for future dinners.

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16. Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt Chicken Recipe! is known as the best comfort food that is healthy. Made with simple ingredients like chicken breasts, Greek yogurt, and spices, this dish is packed with flavor and perfect for a weeknight meal. Plus, it’s super easy to make and can be on the table in just 30 minutes.

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2 Comments

  1. These are lovely Healthy Comfort Food Recipes that I would like to cook with my family. The recipes are guided properly that, with the instructions, anyone can cook these delicious recipes in no time.
    Thanks Jimmy for this wonderful post. I love your channel.

  2. 5 stars
    The Alpastor Tacos are really delicious and healthy for health as well. I loved its cooking recipe. Thanks, Jim for sharing this blog.

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