19 Healthy Comfort Foods That are Not an Oxymoron

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Most people believe they can only take comfort in a bevy of calories.

Anything dubbed Comfort Food has to be terrible for you, right?

WRONG!

While it’s perfectly fine to indulge in some high-fate savory treat or meal on occasion, the following recipes are here to prove that comfort food can actually be healthy.

We swear!

  1. Healthy Cheesy Skillet Potatoes with Broccoli Recipe
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    • As the designated healthy comfort food writer for Food Fanatic, I feel like I’ve really landed right on target with these cheesy skillet potatoes. In my mind, nothing says “comfort food” quite like a nice plate of warm skillet-fried potatoes smothered in a richly flavorful cheddar sauce. Satisfying and savory, it’s one of those dishes that just …
  2. Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
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    • Like many of you, I’ve made myself a few promises this January. In 2014, I am going to try to be on time, pause to be grateful each day, and call my family more frequently. I am not going to give up dessert, and thanks to Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies, I don’t even need to try. The …
  3. Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe
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    • Considering the wealth of fresh-from-the-garden produce that is available throughout the summer months, you might think a home cook such as myself would prefer the warm weather months above all else. But the truth is, I’m most in love with fall. Fall means pumpkin, apples, squash, and all the rich, warm pies, sauces, and baked …
  4. Spinach Artichoke Chicken Recipe
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    • One of my favorite restaurant appetizers is creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Warm, gooey and served with toasty pita or crisp tortilla chips, this dip is always a guaranteed winner. It’s absolutely heavenly and addictive. So I’ve often wondered how I could turn this favorite of mine into an easy meal idea I could cook at …
  5. Protein Pancakes Recipe
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    • Happy New Year!! I hope you had a great time celebrating, but now it is time to get serious. I am sure many of you made resolutions, and are now trying to figure out how you are going to keep them. Well, I am here to help. At least with one meal of the day! …
  6. Wild Rice Porridge Recipe
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    • I’m not an oatmeal person. I never have been, being the one in my family growing up to eat really thick Cream of Wheat instead of a packet of oatmeal. These days, I eat it (and love to bake with it) but I’ll never be an oatmeal-for-breakfast lover. Unfortunately, when one thinks of hearty and …
  7. Broccoli Slaw Recipe
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    • Well folks, it looks like we have survived the winter. All we have ahead of us is blue skies, green grass, and sunny days. Let’s head outside for a picnic, shall we? I’m a bit of a picnic fanatic. During the springtime, I will jump at any chance to pack up a meal and eat …
  8. Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
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    • Every year February comes and I love going to the grocery store to see it loaded with strawberries. February is the time of year to make plenty of treats for your sweethearts and chocolate and strawberry desserts are all the rage. By the time March arrives, there is still an abundance of strawberries in the stores and they remind …
  9. Hamburger Helper Beef Pasta Recipe
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    • What the heck is MSG anyway and why in the world is it on my dinner plate? Guess what—it’s not! With every passing day my family and I become a bit wiser and by proxy, a bit healthier by homemaking supermarket boxed meals using whole ingredients found in our fridge and pantry. As matriarch here …
  10. Quinoa Pancakes Recipe
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    • If my son had to pick one food that he could not live without, I am pretty sure he would choose pancakes. His favorite meal is breakfast, and if he has the chance he chooses pancakes every time – while waffles are a close second. Breakfast for dinner is not uncommon at our house. I like to …
  11. Coconut Lime Bread Recipe
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    • You see that bright thing in the sky? I think that it’s called the sun. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen it’s shining face but, my friends, Summer is finally on the way! Can I get a woo to the hoo? With the appearance of Mr. Golden Sun (did you sing that song growing up?) …
  12. Goat Cheese Cauliflower Bake Recipe
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    • In my 24 years on this earth I have learned that there are only a few things that you can count on to be 100% true. Always: Maybe they’re cousins? And finally, and this is one that I have just recently learned: 4. Cauliflower is the “Super Man” of vegetables. Or woman. I’m an equal …
  13. Eggplant Parmesan Bite Pasta Bowls Recipe
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    • I’ve always loved eggplant parmesan, but it used to be quite a rare thing to find me cooking it at home. The whole operation of putting each individual slice of eggplant through flour, and then egg, and finally breading, was time consuming. And then I could never fit more than a few slices of eggplant …
  14. Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes Recipe
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    • Today we’re going back to school.  Except without the math, because no one likes math. Except accountants and engineers. But we won’t talk about those people. Today we’re going to learn “How to survive Fall/Winter/ALL the cold times 101.” Now, my pupils, there are 3 ways one can become a champion-cold-weather-surviving-human, and some are more …
  15. Spinach Artichoke Mini Frittatas Recipe
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    • Frittata is, to me, such a fitting, classic dish for spring. Baked until the egg mixture is firm yet fluffy, frittata is perfect for those spring days when the weather is still cool enough to want to warm the kitchen with a hot oven. And its light and airy texture perfectly matches the easy, breezy …
  16. Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe
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    • Having grown up on the west side of the country, Southwestern-style cuisine has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Inspired by Mexican fare, Southwestern food is all about the beans, rice, corn, bell peppers, and chilies. I love that any meal can be made with some Southwest style, and it …
  17. Paleo Stuffed Pepper Soup Recipe
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    • One of my all-time favorite comfort foods is stuffed pepper soup. I don’t like peppers, I’m not a huge soup fan, but for whatever reason, I loved stuffed pepper soup. It was one of the first recipes I learned to cook after I was married and I am almost embarrassed to admit that we ate it probably once a …
  18. Amaranth Porridge Recipe
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    • When I was a child, I refused to eat oatmeal. Frankly, I was a bit odd when it came to breakfast. My daily habit consisted of either buttered toast, Crispix cereal, or Cream of Wheat. Never the sugary cereal or the “dinosaur egg” oatmeal my brother liked. At some point I grew past that and embraced …

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