Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

Find healthy, delicious comfort food recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

American Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.
By Carolyn Casner

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
Hearty yet simple to prepare, this stuffed sweet potato with black beans, kale and hummus dressing is a fantastic 5-ingredient lunch for one!

Chicken & Zucchini Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 11
This baked chicken and zucchini casserole is creamy, hearty and low-carb! The whole family will love this easy casserole, plus it's a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies (concealed in a delicious cheese sauce!).

One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
This chicken Parmesan pasta uses the one-pot pasta method to cook your noodles, chicken and sauce all in one skillet for a fast and easy dinner with minimal cleanup. Finish the dish under the broiler to achieve a delicious melted cheese crust.
By Hilary Meyer

Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Sneak extra vegetables into your child's day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite.
By Carolyn Casner

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 29
Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

Rating: 5 stars 20
One sheet pan is all you'll need to whip up these zesty chicken fajitas. They're quick and easy to make and cleanup is even faster!
By Carolyn Casner

Muffin-Tin Quiches with Smoked Cheddar & Potato

Rating: 4.5 stars 34
Potatoes, cheese and greens make this mini quiche recipe delicious and satisfying. Bake up a batch over the weekend and you'll have breakfast available in a hurry for the rest of the week.
By Carolyn Casner

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 88
Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw.

Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
Prepare this dish the night ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven for an easy and delicious dinner.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Baked Cavatelli Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy to make, comforting dish will keep you warm on a cold day.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
We took the best parts of chicken Parmesan--ooey-gooey cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and plenty of tomato sauce--and spun them into an easy family-friendly casserole. We simplified it by skipping the breading on the chicken and, instead, loaded the top of the casserole with cheese and breadcrumbs. Serve with a crisp green salad to complete the meal.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

25 Vintage Recipes Just Like Grandma Used to Make
Go back in time with these vintage recipes featuring classics your grandma grew up with. Whether you're looking for an easy appetizer, main dish or dessert, we take a vintage recipe and put a fun, modern twist on it like stuffing chicken salad in avocados or making an everything bagel flavored cheese ball. Recipes like Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing and Lemon Icebox Pie with Coconut Graham Cracker Crust are delicious, filling and the perfect nostalgic bite.
18 Comfort Food Dinners You Can Make with Pantry Ingredients
These dinners rely on pantry staples, like canned beans, rice and frozen veggies, for a cozy meal that won't require a trip to the grocery store.
Quick Turkey Meat Sauce
Rating: 5 stars 5

This lean Bolognese is made with ground turkey instead of ground beef and the result is just as delicious! Plus, finely chopped mushrooms are incorporated into the sauce (undetected!) for an easy way to eat more vegetables. Serve this healthy, hearty sauce with your favorite pasta, or over polenta with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.