Fast and Fresh Comfort Food (Yes, It Exists!)

Shhh... Don't tell Mom we're giving her classic comfort food recipes a healthy makeover! Our latest versions of lasagna, goulash, chicken noodle soup, strawberry shortcake, and more all include garden-fresh ingredients and can be on the table in less than an hour. OK—go ahead and tell Mom you made these healthy comfort food recipes. She'll be proud!

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    Turkey Meat Loaf Pockets with Peach-Barbecue Glaze

    That's right—we made this comfort food favorite just a little bit fresher. Stuff each individual turkey meat loaf with a blend of mixed vegetables for a healthy surprise in the middle.

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    Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

    It's almost like chicken noodle soup! This recipe combines chicken meatballs with rice noodles, a warm pan sauce, and fresh herbs, lettuce, and carrots for pure comfort in a bowl.

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    Turkey-Carrot Goulash

    Carrot "noodles" help make each piece of macaroni go further, while ground turkey (in place of beef) cuts back on fat in this modern twist on mom's classic goulash recipe. If fresh tomatoes are in season, chop up a few and stir them into the sauce, too.

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    Chicken, Macaroni, and Cheese

    Mac and cheese is always a comforting meal, but it's usually not the most healthy. Luckily, we found a fix with this recipe that stirs in chicken, spinach, and tomatoes alongside the usual cheddar cheese.

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    Spaghetti Squash "Pasta" with Marinara Sauce

    Sure, you can make fresh tomato sauce, but why not give your noodles a fresh spin, too? You can stir together the sauce while the spaghetti squash cooks, so dinner comes together quickly.

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    Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

    Chili becomes a fresh comfort food dish when you give it a Mediterranean twist. Just before serving, stir in fresh grape tomatoes so they keep their signature juiciness.

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    Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies

    Introducing vegan Alfredo! Just turn to the magic of nuts—cashews in this case—to replace the cream and cheese, and stir in spinach, asparagus, and peas for a color and nutrition boost.

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    Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder

    We don't know about you, but for us, a steaming hot bowl of creamy chowder always equals comfort food. This recipe uses four fresh ears of sweet corn (no canned corn here!) and green sweet peppers for an ultrafresh meal.

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    Indonesian-Style Beef and Rice Bowls

    Rice bowls can be more than carb bombs. This ground beef bowl packs cucumber, cabbage, peppers, and fresh herbs, too. Use brown rice instead of white for more fiber.

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    Muffuletta Hot Dogs

    Mustard has had its day. Give your go-to ballpark grub a fresh finish with a relish of olives, tomatoes, and pepperoncini peppers for a topping that tastes like New Orleans' signature sandwich.

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    Best Strawberry Shortcake

    What's more comforting than a slice of strawberry shortcake? Luscious whipped cream sandwiched between two layers of flaky shortcake, with plenty of super-fresh strawberries piled on top.

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    Wild Mushroom Ravioli Skillet Lasagna

    Lasagna in 25 minutes? With this easy skillet recipe, it's possible! To make this saucy, cheesy comfort food a little fresher, we stirred in 2 cups of fresh kale.

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    Orange-Simmered Pork Chops

    A tender, juicy pork chop dinner is always a comfort, and this meal with a tropical twist is no different. Fresh mango, pineapple, and orange slices make a fruity and flavorful topping for this comforting and quick dinner.

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    Greek Eggplant Fries

    Instead of deep-fried potatoes, serve your entree with crispy oven-fried eggplant wedges. If you have a family of picky eaters, we’ll keep your secret that these Mediterranean-flavor “fries” actually count as a serving of vegetables.

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    Fresh Pea Risotto

    Make your side dishes just as comforting as the main meal when you serve this creamy, dreamy risotto. Plus, it becomes a fresh and veggie-filled dish with just a few cups of bright green peas.

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    Tomato-Avocado Wafflewich

    Give your grilled cheese a fresh upgrade by layering tomato and avocado slices with mozzarella cheese and bacon. We upped the comfort factor by using biscuits instead of bread, and melting all the ingredients together with just a few minutes in your waffle maker.

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    Dessert Pizza with Banana Ice Cream

    Instead of curling up with a bowl of ice cream, snag a slice of this crisp rice cereal and banana ice cream pizza to satisfy your comfort food cravings. Top with a rainbow of your favorite fruit slices, and this gorgeous dessert pizza is ready to be devoured.

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    Fast Pho

    Each 2-cup serving of this cozy Vietnamese noodle soup recipe contains just over 300 calories. Dress up your bowl with plenty of fresh herbs, peppers, bok choy, and bean sprouts to boost the crunch and nutrition factor.

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    Individual Squash Casseroles

    Try this starch-free casserole (mushrooms, onion, summer squash, and homemade marinara) when you’re craving a warm, cheesy dish—without all the calories that usually come with it.

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    Cheesy Red Pepper Pizza

    Nothing says comfort food like a slice of golden-crusted pizza loaded with melty mozzarella cheese. But instead of canned tomato sauce, this pizza uses fresh tomatoes and roasted red peppers for its signature flavor.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pasta dishes, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. These fresh recipes all make for a delicious dinner that the whole family will love.
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