Healthy Comfort Food Dinners

Warm up your kitchen and your dinner table with these flavorful dinners featuring the best of fall's flavors.

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Northwest Roasted Halibut
Northwest Roasted Halibut

    Deep, ruby-colored berry sauce elevates seafood to sophistication, but its prep is relatively low-key. Five simple ingredients and less than 25 minutes later, you can ring the dinner bell.

    Tip: Berries are considered a super food for heart health. They help increase good cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Shallots

    Roasted meats are crave-worthy in the fall, and this dish is no exception. Caramelized shallots add a lovely sweetness to the chicken, and veggies can be sauteed in the same pan. Dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Pork Medallions with Cranberry Chutney

    Skip the turkey this Thanksgiving. These juicy pork steaks with simmered cranberry sauce are low in fat, and taste like they took far more effort than the easy 20 minutes from start to finish.

    Tip: For a quick and nutritious side dish, steam whole green beans. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts for an elegant finish.

Fish in Parchment

    Bake once, eat twice. This delicious, Asian-inspired seafood dish is quick to prepare but tastes just as good chilled as warm. Pack leftovers alongside a bean salad for a lunch that satisfies.

Saucy Chicken with Garbanzo Beans

    Garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) have a delicious nutty flavor and often star in Middle Eastern or Indian dishes. The high fiber content in these legumes may help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

Sesame Orange Beef

    The key to good stir-fry is preparing all the ingredients (and sauce) ahead of time so they're ready to go when the skillet is hot. This dish is prepared in stages, but each one is quick so you can have dinner on the table in a flash.

Gorgeous George Burger

    Fire up the grill some cool fall evening to make this soy burger, which is low in cholesterol and so full of flavor you'll never miss the beef. Now all you have to think about is loading up on your favorite veggie toppings.

Chipotle Pork Chili

    Take the chill off with this meaty pork stew. You don't have to let it simmer all day -- pull it together in less than 30 minutes

    Tip: If your chili is too thick, use a low-sodium broth to thin it.

Quick Salmon Chowder

    Reminiscent of the soup served in New England's port cities, this simple stew suggests omega-3 rich salmon instead of clams. A few prepared ingredients will help you pull it together in less than 30 minutes (and only use one pan, too).

    Tip: Serve this alongside a hearty green salad with lots of diced veggies for satisfying crunch.

Tofu and Eggplant

    Dicing the vegetables for this sassy stir-fry takes a little time, but you'll make up for it with a quick cooking time. One helping of this wholesome dish provides nearly 100 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement.

Turkey Cranberry Burgers

    Why roast a whole bird when you could grill your turkey dinner? Knowing these sandwiches are only 2 grams of fat per serving will make you "gobble, gobble" without guilt.

Quick Quesadilla Pockets

    Chock-full of veggies (and easy to put together on a whim), these yummy quesadilla wedges are a perfect light lunch or dinner. Or make them as a snack after an afternoon of raking leaves.

Beef Goulash Soup

    This chunky beef stew calls for cocoa powder, which helps brown and thicken the sauce while offsetting the sweetness of the vegetables. The goulash also boasts four of Cleveland Clinic's top veggie picks plus heart-healthy cabbage for a dish that's truly comforting.

White Beans and Spinach Ragout

    Vegetarians will love this as a complete meal, but it also pairs beautifully with grilled meats. Or try it topped with a poached egg (classic Italian style) for a light lunch.

    Tip: Flavors are enriched the next day, and this dish will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Try substituting spinach for other greens, such as Swiss chard or kale.

Pork Medallions with Pear Maple Sauce

    Pears and dark cherries jazz up this festive but simple dish. The sauce contains amber maple, a natural sweetener with fewer calories than honey.

Quinoa and Curried Shrimp

    Aromatic curry powder adds a unique bite to the delicate shrimp, while silky coconut milk adds flavor without the extra fat calories from dairy.

    Tip: Quinoa, a complete protein, helps repair damaged body tissue. It's also high in magnesium, which helps relax muscles and lower blood pressure.

Thai-Style Chicken Pizza

    Once all the vegetables are chopped, this satisfying and nutritious dish comes together in minutes. Keep veggies chopped and stored in the fridge at all times so you're ready to toss a salad or cook a recipe like this one at any time.

Horseradish Flank Steak

    You can make everything ahead for this tasty fare, and it only takes 12 minutes to grill. The steak is also delicious served chilled on a slice of whole grain bread -- ideal for a picnic outing.

    Tip: Horseradish, a plant root, has no odor but releases enzymes and oils when shredded that affect the sinuses. Typically mixed with vinegar and cream to create the popular condiment, horseradish is high in vitamin C and potassium.

Rosemary-Rubbed Lamb Chops

    These lamb chops are glazed with a spicy apricot sauce, keeping the meat moist and tender (not to mention subtly sweet). As elegant as it appears, this dish only takes 25 minutes from start to finish.

    Tip: Roasted root vegetables, such as parsnips, carrots, and sweet potatoes, are an excellent complement to this dish, and good for your heart, too.

Slow-Cooker Wild Rice Soup

    Delicious herbs and spices dress up this wild rice soup. Flavors blend well, so even leftovers are irresistible. After enjoying this soup for dinner, save some to reheat quickly in the morning and take it to work for lunch.

Apple-Glazed Turkey

    Turkey tenderloin, an all-white cut from the rib side of the breast, pairs well with fruit chutneys. Try mango or peach with a touch of cinnamon for a little extra fun. This low-calorie dish (only 192 per serving) takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.

Grilled Salmon Steaks with Mustard-Jalapeno Glaze

    Impressive for dinner guests, these salmon steaks prep and grill in 20 minutes or less. Stir-fry julienne-cut sweet peppers, zucchini, and yellow squash for a colorful side dish.

    Tip: Broiling also works well for salmon when it's too chilly to grill

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

    This quick and easy crowd-pleaser takes 30 minutes to pull together (a bit longer, though, to stew) and can be whipped up in one pan. All the fun with none of the fuss.

    Tip: Leftovers taste wonderful as a burrito: Wrap meat in a tortilla with veggies, beans, and a sprinkle of low-fat cheese.

Chunky Minestrone

    A marriage of beans, veggies, and greens, this basic soup celebrates rustic simplicity and mellow, laid-back living. Enjoy it on a lazy Saturday afternoon or a quiet evening at home.

    Tip: To spend even less time in the kitchen, use quick-cooking rice.

Cajun Pork

    Pork contains less cholesterol than beef, lamb, and even dark-meat chicken. Shoulder cuts work best for slow-cooking stews. You'll love the rich flavor that comes from spices in this recipe.

Barley-Vegetable Soup

    Need a delicious way to get your daily servings of veggies and grains? Serve this low-calorie, hearty stew for lunch or dinner. Boasting four of Cleveland Clinic's top veggies and grains, this dish takes only 20 minutes in the kitchen to prep.

    Tip: Avoid "quick-cooking" barley in this recipe, as it will get mushy.

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