My 10 Favorite Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

My 10 Favorite Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

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Kelli Foster
Aug 10, 2017
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A healthy dinner means different things to different people. For me it means using as many "real food" ingredients as possible. I lean hard on fresh produce from my CSA and the farmers market and lean proteins like fish, chicken, pork, beans, and legumes. I have a soft spot for baked goods, cheese, and the occasional creamy sauce. It's all about balance and moderation for me — mostly wholesome with a side of indulgence once in a while. Maybe you can relate?

From Asian-inspired cauliflower fried rice and stuffed sweet potatoes, to veggie stir-fry and easy chicken tacos, these are my 10 favorite recipes for a healthy, comforting dinner.

1. Saucy Skillet Salmon

I have been making this recipe on a regular basis since Sheela first posted it, and now that we're knee deep in tomato season it's better than ever. I love tossing some fresh torn basil into the skillet, and pairing this with sautéed spinach and pearled couscous or quinoa.

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2. Weeknight Vegetable Stir-Fry

Quick stir-fries are one of my favorite meals for getting a dinner full of veggies on the table. It's flexible enough to use whatever veggies I have on hand, and when I'm feeling especially hungry I bulk it up with some extra-firm tofu or chicken.

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3. Sweet Potatoes with Chickpea Tomato Sauce

When I really don't feel like cooking, but want something healthier than takeout, this is one of my favorite fallbacks. Part of my Sunday meal prep is roasting a few sweet potatoes, so all that's left to do is reheat them and make the chickpea and tomato filling.

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4. One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops

No matter how many times I make this recipe, it always has a way of making pork chops feel exciting. Use any salsa you have handy, store-bought or homemade (I like to rotate between classic tomato salsa and salsa verde).

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5. Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice with Kalua Pork

I fell in love with this recipe when I did a round of Whole30, and have been making it regularly ever since. If I have shredded pork I stick with the recipe, although more often I opt for shredded chicken or small cubes of extra-firm tofu.

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6. Tomato Chickpea Salad

This is a humble and totally simple salad, but don't let that fool you because it is packed with tons of flavor, and it's satisfying enough to be dinner. If you want to be doubly sure it's filling, top it off with an egg, chicken, or a few slices of steak.

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7. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tacos

This is my favorite healthy dinner solution on busy days when I don't have time to cook. The slow cooker does all the heavy lifting, and I top my tacos with whatever veggies or slaw I have in the fridge, plus an obligatory scoop of guac.

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8. Quinoa Kimchi Bowl with Miso Mushrooms and Crispy Broccoli

The beauty of this nourishing bowl is that it requires more prep and assembly than actual cooking, and I can make all the components during Sunday meal prep. I also love adding some chunks of roasted sweet potato and a fried egg.

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9. One-Pot 30-Minute Zoodles and Meatballs

I always feel really good about swapping in zucchini noodles. When I can, I add in homemade meatballs; otherwise I'm totally happy to rely on the convenience of frozen meatballs.

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10. Tomato-Braised Lentils with Broccoli Rabe

These creamy tomato lentils are wholesome and a touch indulgent at the same time. They're finished off with a pat of butter and a splash of cream (which you could easily omit). You can also top it with regular steamed or roasted broccoli or any type of sautéed greens.

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