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The 6 Best Weight Loss Friendly Comfort Foods

The healthiest and most delicious ways to enjoy comfort food.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

If you’re craving some seriously delicious food, you’ve come to the right place. These healthy comfort foods are super easy to make and full of the comfort food flavors we love. We’re dishing all the details on how to make some of our all-time favorites. From mac and cheese to meatloaf, this list has you covered. 

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6 Healthy Comfort Foods Recipes

#1 Healthy Mac & Cheese 

Finally, a mac and cheese recipe you don’t have to feel bad about enjoying. This FitOn PRO recipe is one of those healthy comfort foods the whole family can enjoy and is super easy to whip up. 

Here’s how to make it. 

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Japanese pumpkin, skin removed and chopped
  • ½ head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 cups gluten free pasta, cooked

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking dish with baking paper.

Step #2: To steam the vegetables, add 2 inches of water to a saucepan and place a steamer basket with a lid on top. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and allow the water to boil. Once boiling, add the pumpkin to the steamer basket, cover with a lid, and steam for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and add in the cauliflower florets. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Step #3: Once cooled, blend the vegetables in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add in the nutritional yeast flakes, season to taste, and blend again.

Step #4: In a large mixing bowl, combine the vegetable mixture, chopped parsley, and cooked pasta. Stir well to evenly coat the pasta.

Step #5: Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes or until it’s golden on top.

#2 Tuna Pasta Bake  

Here’s an all-time favorite comfort food dish made healthy. This FitOn PRO recipe is made with whole food ingredients, making this a nutritious dish that will satisfy your comforting food cravings.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 large zucchini
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ cups Napoletana sauce
  • 13 oz canned tuna, drained
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • ½ cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Step #2: Leave the skin on the zucchini and using a vegetable spiraliser or peeler, make noodle-like strips. The vegetable peeler will give you fettuccine-like pasta.

Step #3: Spread out the zucchini noodles on the prepared tray, then drizzle over the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step #4: Spoon the Napoletana sauce evenly over the noodles, then top with the tuna, onion, pesto, basil, and Parmesan (if using).

Step #5: Season to taste, then bake for 20-30 minutes or until the topping is crisp and golden.

Step #6: Garnish with extra basil and, if you like, a final sprinkling of Parmesan.

#3 Quick & Easy Turkey Chili 

Chili isn’t just for the chillier times of year — you can enjoy this healthy comfort food dish whenever you’re craving something hearty, filling, and nutrient-dense.

Serves: 4

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil for cooking
  • 1 lb ground turkey 
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups bone broth 
  • 28-ounce can of fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans 
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of kidney beans 
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper 
  • Chopped green onions, sliced avocado, shredded dairy-free cheese for serving 

Directions:

Step #1: Start by preheating a large stockpot over medium heat with the coconut oil and saute the ground turkey for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. 

Step #2: Add the onion and garlic and saute for another 2-3 minutes. 

Step #3: Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 40-50 minutes, on low heat, stirring occasionally. 

Step #4: Once cooked, serve with chopped green onions, sliced avocado, and shredded dairy-free cheese. 

Step #5: Enjoy!

#4 Easy Prep Turkey Meatloaf 

Meatloaf fans — this one is for you. We’ve taken a healthy spin on this traditional comfort food staple, making it not only healthy but totally delicious. Make a few batches to save yourself some prep time when you need an easy meal to reheat. 

Serves: 6 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup organic no-sugar-added ketchup

Directions:

Step #1: Start by lining a meatloaf pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Step #2: Add all the ingredients minus the ketchup to a large mixing bowl. Put the meatloaf mixture into the pan and add the ketchup on top. 

Step #3: Bake for 60 minutes or until cooked through. 

Step #4: Cool and enjoy! 

#5 Shepherd’s Pie 

Shepherd’s pie is a super delicious go-to comfort food, but it doesn’t always fit into a healthy diet. Good news — with some simple swaps, you can enjoy this yummy dish the healthy way.

We invite you to try one of our favorite healthy comfort foods by whipping up this healthier Shepherd’s pie that is sure to hit the spot.  

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper

Directions:

Step #1: Start by preheating the oven to 350 and line a baking dish with parchment paper. 

Step #2: Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil the cauliflower for about 7 minutes or until tender. 

Step #3: Transfer to a high-speed blender with the almond milk and 3 cloves of garlic. Blend until the mixture forms a mashed cauliflower consistency. Set aside. 

Step #4: Next, preheat a large skillet over medium heat with the avocado oil and add the ground turkey, sauteing until completely cooked through. 

Step #5: Add the remaining 3 cloves of garlic, veggies, and seasoning and cook for another 5 minutes. 

Step #6: Transfer to the parchment-lined baking dish and top with the mashed cauliflower. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the mashed cauliflower topping starts to brown. 

Step #7: Enjoy!

#6 No-Pasta Zucchini & Leek Lasagna  

This FitOn PRO dish is delicious and only takes around 10 minutes to make. It’s sure to satisfy all lasagna cravings without the added carbs.  

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium zucchini, washed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Napoletana sauce
  • 4 tbsp mozzarella or parmesan cheese
  • 4 tbsp goat cheese (optional)
  • Fresh basil, chili flakes, and extra parmesan for serving 

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat oven to 180°C or 350°F. Line a baking dish with baking paper.

Step #2: Peel the zucchinis into long strips lengthways.

Step #3: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until they’re golden. Add sliced zucchini and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper. Add Napoletana sauce and stir to coat the vegetables.

Step #4: Transfer the zucchini mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with mozzarella or Parmesan cheese (if using) and crumble over goat cheese (if using).

Step #5: Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Top with fresh basil, chili flakes, and extra Parmesan cheese, to serve.

The Healthiest Ways to Enjoy Comfort Food 

There you have it — six mouthwatering delicious healthy comfort foods that prove that healthy eating doesn’t mean deprivation.

Pro Tip: Try making a few batches of these yummy recipes on meal prep day to have on hand and reheat during the busy week. And, if you want more healthy eating inspiration, join FitOn PRO and get access to drool-worthy recipes and personalized meal plans.