Low-Cal Comfort Food You'll Love
If you find yourself hankering for rich pasta or hearty potatoes once the weather gets cold, here's some good news: Many feel-good comfort foods are full of Resistant Starch (RS), the secret ingredient in Health's The CarbLovers Diet. RS is a type of fiber found in pasta, bread, and potatoes that helps boost your metabolism and keeps you feeling full longer. Treat your body to these slimming comfort recipes.
Shrimp and Grits
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This Southern classic gets a light and lemony upgrade with all the great flavor.
Ingredients: grits, kosher salt, half-and-half, shrimp, Old Bay Seasoning, olive oil, yellow onion, red bell pepper, celery, grape tomatoes, lemon juice, scallions, unsalted butter, Parmesan
Curried Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie
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Few dishes are as comforting on a cold night as shepherd's pie. This lighter take subs in cauliflower for potatoes and almonds for crunch.
Ingredients: ground beef, curry powder, fire-roasted tomatoes, golden raisins, almonds, kosher salt, green peas, cauliflower, coconut cream, fresh chives
Try this recipe: Oven-Fried Chicken
Simply put, fried chicken is amazing. But making it the old fashioned way is just too time consuming. Enter this easier, healthier oven baked dish. Besides the lower fat and calories, there will be much less clean up.
Ingredients: buttermilk, egg, whole-wheat panko, olive oil, black pepper, onion powder, white whole-wheat flour, bone-in chicken pieces, kosher salt, lemon
Sausage and Kale Baked Pasta Alfredo
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There's just something so perfect about pairing a bitter green with a spicy-sweet sausage. With a bit more veggies and use of whole-grain pasta, this is a healthier take than similar dishes that doesn't skimp on flavor.
Ingredients: whole-wheat penne pasta, olive oil, Italian turkey sausage, button mushrooms, baby kale, butternut squash, kosher salt, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, whole milk, fresh sage, Parmesan, mozzarella
Chicken and Dumplings
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Carrots are great but not exactly unexpected, but the broth is lent an earthy richness form the Swiss chard.
Ingredients: unsalted butter, carrots, celery, yellow onion, fresh thyme, all-purpose flour, chicken stock, kosher salt, chicken breasts, whole-wheat pizza dough, Swiss chard
Veggie Enchiladas with Creamy Poblano Sauce
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These veggie enchiladas pack major flavor, but if you really need that extra dose of protein, feel free to add shredded chicken.
Ingredients: canola oil, poblano peppers, yellow onion, sour cream, vegetable broth, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, kosher salt, yellow bell pepper, zucchini, pinto beans, Monterey Jack cheese, corn tortillas
Sweet Potato Pudding
If you have a sweet tooth but are trying to maintain a healthy diet, this sweet potato pudding checks all the boxes for a delicious yet (relatively) low-calorie dessert.
Curried Egg Salad Sandwich
The curry adds a health-promoting antioxidant jolt to this traditional comfort dish. To save prep time, batch-cook a dozen eggs at the beginning of each week, so you always have two handy.
Ingredients: Hard-cooked eggs, plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt, chopped red bell pepper, curry powder, salt, black pepper, fresh spinach, rye bread, orange
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Orecchiette with White Beans and Pesto
You can use any small pasta for this dish. Letting it come to room temperature before serving will boost the RS factor even higher.
Ingredients: Orecchiette or shell pasta, olive oil, garlic cloves, canned cannellini beans, plum tomatoes, prepared pesto, grated Parmesan cheese
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