Healthy Comfort Foods

Cal Giant | September 25, 2014

There’s nothing like comfort food to get you through the winter season ahead! And while it can be tempting to toss aside your self control during this glorious time of creamy casseroles and bodacious baked goods, it's helpful to have healthier versions of these not-always-healthy meals. A healthy makeover, if you will. This way you can indulge to your heart's content when healthy options are not available, and enjoy your favorite meals (guilt-free) in between.


Craving that warm, cheesy goodness from broccoli casserole? This Broccoli Quinoa Casserole is easy to make and gives you that same, creamy texture with the addition of healthy proteins and a boost of fiber.

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Sub the tater tots (filled with saturated fat and processed ingredients) with this healthy alternative! These Cauliflower Fritters are crisp, light, and fluffy in the middle just like their potato-ey counterparts. Serve as an appetizer or side dish, or top with protein-packed Greek yogurt and eat as your entree. 


Say goodbye to starchy noodles, and hello to fresh zucchini. You can create a delicious, low-carb lasagna simply by replacing lasagna noodles with thinly sliced zucchini and replacing the ground beef with ground turkey and more veggies. This recipe is still packed with tasty flavors and the gooey, cheesy core we all love. Not to mention, it can be easily adapted to become a delicious meal for all you vegetarians and gluten-free eaters!


Remember the bodacious baked goods I mentioned? These Strawberry Scones by Brandie at Spoon and Saucer are vegan, gluten-free and SO GOOD!


What healthy alternatives do you have in your cookbook?

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