July 13, 2024

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32 Low-Calorie Comfort Food Recipes That Never Disappoint

You know those nights when you’re craving mac and cheese, but you really, really don’t want to sabotage a whole day of eating healthy? We’ve got you covered. Here are 32 low-calorie comfort food recipes that taste just like the real thing—despite all of them containing less than 500 calories per serving.

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1. Mini Cauliflower Pizzas (99 calories each)

No diet could ever keep us away from pepperoni.

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Taco Tuesday just got even better.

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3. Restorative Miso Noodle Soup (213 calories)

Helloooo, probiotics. This take on miso soup is just as soothing as the original, with the addition of hearty soba noodles, umami-rich mushrooms and spinach.

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The only thing better than this recipe (which uses tons of pantry staples)? The nugs only take 35 minutes to make.

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Just as comforting as the original, minus the carbs.

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Meatless Mondays will never be the same.

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Serve these with an extra squeeze of lemon, if you’re keeping things light. Or go all in on tzatziki (because it’s too good to pass up).

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Go ahead, have a pot of melted “cheese” and crudités for dinner.

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Your favorite Chinese takeout spot will miss you.

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This calls for a fiesta.

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Beef, marinara sauce and *three* types of cheese? Even your kids won’t mind that it’s served in a vegetable.

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If the steak-cut fries aren’t enough to convince you to try it, maybe the fact that it all comes together in one pan will.

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They only stay crisp for a little while, so be sure to devour as soon as they’re ready. (We’re sure that won’t be a problem.)

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14. Charred Sweet Potatoes with Pistachio-Chili Pesto (302 calories)

Sure, it’s technically a side dish. But the fancy, citrusy pesto on top puts these spuds in entrée territory in our book.

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That number doesn’t include a massive scoop of vanilla ice cream…but we’ll be helping ourselves anyway.

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Proof that veggie burgers can be way, way more than plant-based hockey pucks.

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Load up this fried rice with your favorite stir-fry veggies, like bell peppers and onions.

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Top the gluten-free masterpiece as you please.

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Complete with thick-cut bacon, grated cheddar and a dollop of sour cream.

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Guys. It exists.

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Bring it to work and you’ll be the envy of the break room.

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Between the gooey provolone and tender chunks of top sirloin, you won’t even miss the bread.

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All the ground pork, cabbage and ginger of traditional filling, minus the greasy egg roll wrapper.

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Shred your own boneless, skinless chicken breasts or save time with a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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All the taste of takeout with none of the guilt.

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Two types of breadcrumbs and a stint in the oven make the chicken just as crispy as the O.G.—no messy frying required.

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Make the broth a day ahead to deepen its flavor, then assemble your bowl when you’re ready to eat.

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Mmm, creamy peanut sauce.

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29. Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs (454 calories)

Because no one has time to brown meatballs for days on the stove.

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It’s the football Sunday and Thanksgiving meal mashup we never knew we needed.

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We love zoodles just as much as the next girl. But sometimes when you have a hankering for pasta, nothing but the real thing will do.

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Kofta is a Middle Eastern meat dish that’s typically skewered and grilled, but this one-hour rendition bakes it instead. Oh, and you’ll want to make a double batch of the lemon-garlic aioli.

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