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My collection of healthy comfort food recipes

My collection of healthy comfort food recipes

Do you have those moments when you are just craving some comfort food?  This happens for me quite often.  Usually it’s in response to some stress, exhaustion or other trigger. In those times I find these healthy comfort food recipes a great resource.

For many of us, we find comfort in food.  And it may be difficult to come to terms with that fact.  In many weight loss programs this type of eating is often discouraged or considered a huge red flag because it is often associated with high calorie meals, overeating and off-limits foods.  But it’s natural in times of difficulty to look for comfort and sometimes that comes from eating.  For me comfort in foods reminds me of home, my family, fond memories, my mom and much more.  Those are times when I felt safe, loved and comfortable.

Practicing intuitive eating has allowed me to make peace with the fact that I find comfort in food while at the same time helping me work towards making food choices that my body wants and needs as well as those that provide me with emotional comfort when it’s needed.  All without feeling guilty about allowing myself to feel that way and also with less bingeing and overeating.

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Comfort foods

How we each define comfort food is deeply personal and everyone has their own list of favorites that they rely on when the craving hits.  For me, these foods typically are some version of creamy, hearty dishes or simply some combination of my favorite foods.  Many of these dishes feature flavors that I grew up eating at home and with my family which is likely why I feel comfort when eating them.

Here is a collection of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes that have appeared here on the blog.  I hope you find some inspiration here for your next meal.

Ethnic flavors

Some of these flavors may not be as familiar to you as they are to me.  But they are some of my favorites that I’ve discovered over the years.  They are filling and delicious and some of my favorites!

 

Ginger Soy Cauliflower Fried Rice with Asian BBQ Tofu
A crowd favorite in my house!!! And way healthier than takeout!!! Cauliflower stands in for brown rice in this simple but flavorful stir fry served with oven baked tofu in a delicious marinade.
Check out this recipe

 

Vegetarian Tacu Tacu
Traditional Peruvian dish of leftover mashed beans and rice, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.  Top it with an egg and one of the most popular Peruvian condiments of onions, chilies and limon.  
Check out this recipe
Picture of tacu tacu topped with egg and salsa criolla.

 

Easy Vegetable Shrimp Thai Green Curry
Easy Thai curry with tons of fresh vegetables and shrimp in a spicy sweet green curry sauce."
Check out this recipe
Close up photo of Thai Green Curry in White Square Bowl on blue and yellow background

 

Classic comfort foods

To me these are my classics.  They remind me most of my mom and her cooking and of being around the dinner table with my family.  

 

Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
A delicious and healthy baked oatmeal packed full of berries and lightly sweetened with maple syrup and banana. Quick and easy
Check out this recipe

 

Vegetarian Black-eyed Pea and Collard Greens
A delicious vegetarian black-eyed pea recipe full of healthy flavors. The perfect recipe to cook for New Year's Day or any other day of the year.
Check out this recipe
Vegetarian black-eyed pea recipe_overhead

 

Crispy Breaded Cauliflower with Spicy Buffalo Cream, Baked Fries and Apple Cider Vinegar Slaw
Baked, crispy breaded cauliflower served with zippy buffalo mayonnaise. Served with baked herbed fries and homemade coleslaw.
Check out this recipe
Final plate of cauliflower served with coleslaw and potatoes on white square plate with yellow napkin underneath.

 

Vegan Black Bean Burger with Avocado Herb Sauce
Black bean, quinoa and oats are flavored with cilantro, tomato and cumin to create a great tasting veggie burger.
Check out this recipe
Vegan Black Bean Burger on white plate served with sliced tomato, avocado sauce and sweet potato fries.

 

Quinotto with Winter Squash and Greens
Slow cooked quinoa creates a creamy risotto like dish with the flavors of winter squash, thyme and sage.  Topped with sautéed greens and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Check out this recipe
Bowl of quinotto topped with pumpkin seeds and chard. In gray bowl atop a multicolored wooden background.

 

Tex-mex favorites

I grew up in Texas and LOVE to eat Mexican or Tex-Mex food whenever the opportunity exists.  Here are some of my vegetarian versions of all my favorites.

 

Sweet Potato Nachos
Delicious Tex-Mex style nachos on top of sweet potato rounds instead of tortilla chips!! Super delicious -- best eaten with a fork
Check out this recipe

 

Crispy Tofu Tacos with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
Crunchy tofu texmex version of tacos full of flavor and great texture. Topped with fresh tomato avocado salsa and a lime-cilantro yogurt sauce.
Check out this recipe
Final plate of tacos on white plate with gray background

 

Baked Tostadas with Mexican Street Corn + Mashed Beans
Creamy roasted corn and vegetarian “refried” or mashed beans on a crispy baked tostada creates the perfect combination. Creamy, spicy and oh so delicious! Quick and easy and perfect for meal prep!
Check out this recipe
Baked tostadas ready to eat.

 

Mexican Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Refried Beans
Quick and delicious lower carb refried bean and cauliflower burrito bowl featuring Mexican cauliflower rice!!
Check out this recipe
Mexican Cauliflower Burrito Bowl_Toppings

 

Taco Inspired Vegan Lentil Soup
Lentils are cooked with tomatoes, corn and taco seasoning to create a hearty, delicious and healthy soup.  The soup goes together in less than an hour and also works well to prepare ahead.
Check out this recipe
Close up of bowl of vegan lentil soup. Garnished with lime wedges and tortilla strips.

 

Perfectly pasta

Who doesn’t love pasta?  So satisfying and yummy!  And even better than that, many pasta dishes cook quickly or work great for meal prep!

 

Spinach + Winter Squash Lasagna
A delicious combination of winter squash and spinach-cheese layered with pasta in this fall-inspired comfort food favorite.
Check out this recipe

 

Healthy Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese
A delicious plant-based alternative to macaroni and cheese. Cauliflower adds creaminess you expect with macaroni and cheese. Nutritional yeast and other seasonings give it acheesy umami flavor and flavor.
Check out this recipe
Delicious dairy-free macaroni and cheese served with steamed broccoli

 

Creamy Spinach Basil Pasta with Tomatoes
Unbelievably quick and easy but so delicious! Perfect for a weeknight dinner and ready in under 30 minutes.
Check out this recipe

 

What are some of your favorite comfort foods?  Tell me about it in the comments.

Do you consider these foods to be off-limits and restrict the eating of them?  Are you tired of feeling that way and want to learn how to make peace with food and cravings?  You can accomplish all this through implementing Intuitive Eating into your lifestyle.  Contact me today for more information!  I will personally respond to your message…I promise!

In the meantime, check out these recent posts on Intuitive Eating…

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