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The Best Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

The BEST healthy comfort food recipes for the perfect weeknight dinner! These comfort food makeovers are delicious, healthier twists on your favorite recipes. You’ll find gluten free, vegan and vegetarian comfort food recipes that everyone will love.

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February is here and I’ve been craving all of the cozy comfort foods. You too? Good, you came to the right place. One of my favorite types of recipes to make is a lightened up version of traditionally “unhealthy” or more indulgent recipes. Typically things from childhood that were oh-so delicious but filled with things I couldn’t (and still can’t) quite pronounce.

What makes comfort food recipes healthier?

While I’m all about eating the foods that bring back those nostalgic memories, I love the challenge of re-creating them using real food and real ingredients. And that’s exactly what you’ll find here! These comfort food makeovers are healthy twists on classics that add extra veggies and protein and may cut down a bit on things like heavy sauces without sacrificing flavor. You know how I do.

You’ll find everything from pizza crust with a sneaky vegetable, meatloaf made with vitamin A-packed sweet potato, dairy free chicken pot pie and even a homemade, lightened up pasta carbonara. There are plenty of vegetarian comfort food recipes here as well as vegan & gluten free dinners that the whole family will love!

Pick out a new one to meal prep or share with a loved one this week and enjoy! If you make any of these recipes post a photo on Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen — I can’t wait to see.

GF = Gluten Free

Veg = Vegetarian

V = Vegan

healthy tuna noodle casserole in a pan with a wooden spoon

Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole (GF)

healthy chicken pot pie in a skillet with a spoon

Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie

healthy turkey lasagna on a plate

The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat (GF)

french onion soup in a crock

Classic French Onion Soup (GF)

Paleo Chicken Tenders next to dipping sauce

Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Dip (GF)

healthy pasta carbonara on a plate with a fork

30 minute Healthier Pasta Carbonara (GF)

ginger chicken meatballs in a skillet

One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce (GF)

tuna mac and cheese in a skillet

Stovetop Southwest Tuna Mac and Cheese (GF)

moroccan chicken stew in a bowl

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

the best vegan mac and cheese in two bowls

Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese (V, GF)

broccoli cheddar chicken couscous in a serving bowl next to a spoon

Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas on a plate

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema (Veg, GF)

cheddar cauliflower broccoli soup in three mugs

Lightened Up Cheddar Cauliflower Broccoli Soup (Veg, GF)

lifting a slice of vegetarian pumpkin lasagna out of a pan

Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna (Veg, GF)

slow cooker beef stew in a bowl

Mom’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew (GF)

healthy sweet potato BBQ turkey meatloaf stuffed with cheese

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf (GF)

zucchini mac and cheese in a skillet with a spoon

Zucchini Mac and Cheese (Veg, GF)

Pesto shrimp pasta with a crazy good fresh cilantro pistachio pesto

Date Night In Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Pasta (GF)

cauliflower pizza crust with cheese

How to Make the Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Veg, GF)

healthy turkey sloppy joe on a wooden board

30 Minute Healthier Turkey Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce! (GF)

I hope you love these healthy comfort food recipes! If you make any of them be sure to head to the recipe, leave a comment and rate it – I really appreciate it. xo!

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