Comforting (And Healthy) Recipes for March

Spring will be upon us tomorrow, so, to get us through the last stretch of low temps, we are reaching for some comfort food – healthy style. Try out one (or all!) of these recipes; You and your waistline will appreciate all the flavorful and delicious healthy twists.

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This healthy soup recipe nixes the buttery crust to cut down the calories while still embracing original chicken pot pie flavors. Instead of cream, this recipe opts for almond milk, making this recipe dairy-free, Paleo, and Whole30-approved. (Click Here for the recipe)

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

What could be more comforting than a creamy risotto? This recipe combines roasted butternut squash with crispy fried sage for color and flavor. Meanwhile, it substitutes brown for white arborio rice, adding in some healthy fiber. (Click Here for the recipe)

Protein-Packed Healthy Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but those who grew up eating it know that it isn’t the healthiest dish. This recipe challenges expectations by cutting back on fat and adding in healthy veggies like broccoli and spinach. Plus, it packs a protein punch by using chickpea pasta! (Click Here for the recipe)

 

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

This low-carb, keto-friendly casserole is loaded with veggies and warm, cheesy goodness, making it a favorite with the whole family. A quick tip: use low-fat cream cheese to save calories without compromising the dish’s creaminess. (Click Here for the recipe)

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is a dish that takes most of us right back to our childhoods. This recipe elevates it to “health food” status by adding plenty of greens – like avocado, spinach, sprouts, and asparagus. The recipe does call for mayo, so consider using a healthier spread made with avocado oil. (Click Here for the recipe)

Spinach and Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

Everyone knows that a nourishing stew feeds the soul. This hearty vegetarian recipe uses plant-based protein from lentils while packing in plenty of vitamins; it incorporates sweet potatoes, spinach, and tomatoes. Its sweet and slightly spicy seasoning will warm you to your core. (Click Here for the recipe)

 

Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna

This recipe gives classic lasagna a makeover by adding extra veggies. The lasagna contains an entire bag of frozen spinach to help you get your greens in; it also layers pumpkin puree with low-fat ricotta cheese for an autumnal twist. Cozy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice add the final, warming touch to this delicious dish. (Click Here for the recipe)

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Make this vegan shepherd’s pie recipe on your next Meatless Monday! This comforting recipe still features all the parts of the dish you know and love, like hearty veggies and a crispy potato top, but it swaps brown lentils for ground beef to help you attain better heart health (and save the planet!). (Click Here for the recipe)

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