Comfort Foods with a Healthy Twist

December 12th, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments


Spaghetti & Meatballs

  1. Substitute whole-grain noodles or spaghetti squash for the pasta.
  2. Use ground turkey meatballs instead of beef or sausage.


  1. Try white beans with chicken or turkey to reduce the fat content.
  2. Even better … make vegetarian chili packed with three or four different beans plus peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and great taste!

Mac ‘n Cheese

  1. Add mashed cauliflower or butternut squash for extra flavor and texture.
  2. Use whole grain pasta, skim milk, and low fat cheeses.

Green Bean Casserole

  1. Try a low-sodium mushroom soup or, better yet, make your own!
  2. Make your own lightly-breaded onion strips, fried in olive oil for a healthier topping.

Chicken Pot Pie

  1. Use just a lattice-top to cut the crust to cut carbs.
  2. Pack in the veggies! Double up on the peas, squash, carrots, mushrooms, and more. Oh, and use skim milk instead of cream.

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Mix in mashed cauliflower or parsnips to keep the taste and texture with fewer carbs.
  2. Substitute vegetable (or chicken) broth for cream and butter.

Meat Loaf

  1. Slip some ground turkey in to replace half the ground beef.
  2. Add finely-shredded carrots, squashes, spinach, and other veggies.

These classic comfort foods are typically loaded with fats and carbs, which means they contribute to winter weight gain. But you don’t have to give up on your favorites. Just lighten them up and then enjoy the deliciousness all winter long! And for more tips and recipes, visit

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