29 Healthy Versions Of Your Favorite Comfort Foods

via Rachel Sanders – BuzzFeed

1. Light Chicken Parmesan

Light Chicken Parmesan

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2. Double Chocolate Brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are easy to lighten up, because chocolate will cover a multitude of tweaks (even whole wheat flour and yogurt). Get the recipe.

3. Healthy Spinach and Ricotta Pizza

Healthy Spinach and Ricotta Pizza

Homemade pizza will always be way better for you than Domino’s, but you can help it be the most better for you by adding whole wheat flour to the crust and using plenty of veggies. Get the recipe.

4. Light Cherry Cheesecake

Light Cherry Cheesecake

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5. Shepherd’s Pie with Healthier Mashed Potatoes

Shepherd's Pie with Healthier Mashed Potatoes

Subbing cauliflower for half the potatoes slashes carbs and calories without being any less delicious. Get the recipe.

6. Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Secret Cauliflower saves the day. Get the recipe.

7. Chicken Pot Pie with Green Beans and Squash

Chicken Pot Pie with Green Beans and Squash

Plenty of veggies and a cute pastry hat served separately. Get the recipe.

8. Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburgers

Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburgers

Spicy, smoky chipotle chiles make up any flavor extra-lean beef might lack. Get the recipe.

9. Healthier Meat Lasagna

Healthier Meat Lasagna

Just don’t tell Garfield. Get the recipe.

10. Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes

Definitely an excuse to eat pancakes every day of the week. Get the recipe.

11. Baked Fish & Chips

Baked Fish & Chips

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12. Low-Fat New England Clam Chowder

Low-Fat New England Clam Chowder

Broth made with stock and fat-free half-and-half is lighter but still creamy. Get the recipe.

13. Vegetable Meat Loaf with Balsamic Glaze

Vegetable Meat Loaf with Balsamic Glaze

Don’t worry, there’s turkey in there too. Get the recipe.

14. Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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15. Vegetarian Brown Ale Chili with Winter Squash

Vegetarian Brown Ale Chili with Winter Squash

Between the beer, the spices, and the beans, you’re definitely not going to miss the meat. Get the recipe.

16. Baked Garlic Fries

Baked Garlic Fries

With all the added flavor, you aren’t likely to miss the extra oil. Get the recipe.

17. Lighter Lemon Meringue Pie

Lighter Lemon Meringue Pie

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18. Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Stick with whole wheat pasta for more fiber and filling power. Get the recipe.

19. Crispy Baked “Fried” Chicken

Crispy Baked "Fried" Chicken

This chicken is a heck of a lot lighter than it would be after taking a hot oil bath, and equally crispy-crunchy. Get the recipe.

20. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy on the edges and soft in the middle, just like they should be. Get the recipe.

21. Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip

Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip

Use low-fat cream cheese and cannellini beans to dial down the saturated fat in everyone favorite vat-o-cheese. Get the recipe.

22. Lighter Sesame Chicken

Lighter Sesame Chicken

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23. Baked Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Baked Beer-Battered Onion Rings

These onions are making me cry…with JOY. Get the recipe.

24. Low-Fat Chocolate Pudding

Low-Fat Chocolate Pudding

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25. Lighter Chicken and Biscuits

Lighter Chicken and Biscuits

Bechamel sauce is everybody’s best friend. Get the recipe.

26. Healthy Fettucine Alfredo

Healthy Fettucine Alfredo

Secret Cauliflower strikes again! Get the recipe.

27. Healthier Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Healthier Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Applesauce is a secret weapon in making baking recipes healthier. Get the recipe.

28. Alton Brown’s Buffalo Wings

Alton Brown's Buffalo Wings

Steam and then bake for super-tender texture without getting out the deep fryer.Get the recipe.

29. Healthified Boxed Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Healthified Boxed Mac 'N' Cheese

OK, this is obviously cheating. BUT: An entire box of Kraft is the ur-comfort food, and you can feel less terrible about eating it if you swap butter for yogurt or cottage cheese, and throw in a few veggies. Get the recipe.

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