Dinner

Healthy Recipes For Your Favorite Comfort Foods

Batch cook and freeze these recipes to reheat when needed!

By: Rebecca Jacobs

If you’re craving some serious comfort food, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re batch cooking to have a stash of recipes to store in the freezer or just want to whip up some healthy comfort foods that are super easy to make and won’t pack in the extra cals or carbs, keep reading. 

We’re dishing all the deets on how to make some of our all-time favs. From mac and cheese to meatloaf, this list has you covered. 

5 Healthy Comfort Foods Recipes to Keep in Your Freezer

#1 Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese 

Finally, a mac and cheese recipe you don’t have to feel bad about enjoying. This 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: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of chickpea pasta (like Banza brand) 
  • 1 cup shredded cashew cheese (you can also use an almond milk cheese) 
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil 
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast 
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch of sea salt 
  • Chopped green onion for serving 

Directions:

Boil the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse and add the pasta back to the stockpot. 

Add the dairy-free cheese, avocado oil, nutritional yeast, yellow onion, garlic, and sea salt. Mix well. 

Serve with chopped green onion and enjoy! 

#2 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. The best part? This recipe freezes well, so make a few extra servings to store in the freezer to have on hand when you need a healthy meal in a pinch. 

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:

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. 

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

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 1 hour on low heat, stirring occasionally. 

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

Enjoy! 

#3 Easy Prep Turkey Meatloaf 

Meatloaf fans — this one’s for you. We’ve taken a healthy spin on this traditional comfort food staple, making it not only healthy, but totally delish. 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 

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

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. 

Bake for 60 minutes or until cooked through. 

Cool and enjoy! 

#4 Shepherd’s Pie 

Shepherd’s pie is a super delicious go-to comfort food, but it’s often packed full of added carbs and calories, not making it the best healthy food choice. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever enjoy it! 

We invite you to try one of our fav 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:

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

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

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. 

Next, preheat a large skillet over medium heat with the avocado oil and add the ground turkey, cooking for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. 

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

Transfer to the parchment-lined baking dish and top with the mashed cauliflower. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the mashed cauliflower topping starts to brown. 

Enjoy! 

#5 Healthier Lasagna 

We’re making lasagna night healthy with this comfort food recipe everyone can enjoy. It’s made with just a handful of ingredients and doesn’t require a ton of prep time, making it a comfort food win in our book! 

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cooked grass-fed ground beef 
  • 4 zucchinis, cut into thin strips 
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce 
  • 1 cup organic mozzarella cheese 
  • Fresh basil for serving 

Directions:

Start by lining a large baking dish with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Add one layer of the zucchini noodles to the base of the dish and top with sauce, cheese, and cooked ground beef. 

Repeat these layers until you run out of ingredients — the number of layers will depend on what size baking dish you have on hand! 

Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown. 

Cool and serve with fresh basil. 

Enjoy! 

Stock Your Freezer With Healthy Comfort Foods 

There you have it — five mouthwatering delicious healthy comfort foods that are easy to make, nutritious, and freeze well! 

Stock your freezer with these yummy recipes to always have a nourishing meal on hand.