We all have our favorite comfort foods — whether it’s mac and cheese, tacos, or just eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, food can be the big hug you need when you’re down. But we don’t want to let our favorite comfort foods derail our wellness goals. That’s why we’ve rounded up our top 5 healthy twists on your favorite comfort foods– so you can indulge without ruining your diet!


Healthy Mac and Cheese from Pinch of Yum



2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1 tablespoon butter

1 small yellow onion

1 small butternut squash (4-5 cups cubed)

5 cups chicken or vegetable broth

¾ cup milk

1 teaspoon salt

⅔ cup shredded cheese

Parsley for topping

Salt and pepper to taste


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Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese from the Iron You



1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 free-range organic egg, lightly beaten

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon butter, room temperature

⅓ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated/shredded


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Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes from SkinnyTaste



2 lbs (4 medium) yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved

¼ cup light sour cream

½ cup fat free chicken broth

¼ cup skim milk

1 tbsp whipped butter

Kosher salt to taste

Dash of fresh ground pepper

1 tbsp fresh herbs of choice: parsley, thyme, chives


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Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream from Naturally Ellavegetarian-tacos-with-avocado-creme-2-2



1 small zucchini, diced

1 small summer squash, diced

½ medium red onion, diced

1 ear sweet corn, removed from cob

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1 medium red pepper, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons cumin

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ripe avocado

⅓ cup full fat, plain greek yogurt

¼ cup minced cilantro

1 tablespoon lime juice

8 corn tortillas

Feta or goat cheese

Extra cilantro to taste


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Shrimp, Cabbage, and Carrot Potstickers from Cooking Light



2 tablespoons dark sesame oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

½ cup finely grated carrot

2 cups thinly sliced napa (Chinese) cabbage

4 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, divided

5 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce, divided

1 ¼ pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and finely chopped

40 gyoza skins or wonton wrappers


1 ⅓ cups plus 1 tablespoon water, divided

3 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Cooking spray


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