Low-Fat Comfort Foods with Amazing Flavor
Comfort food doesn't need to be weighed down by unhealthy fats. In fact, these top-rated recipes are both satisfying and lower in fat. We've picked out top-rated comfort-food recipes featuring ingredients that are naturally low in fat—particularly saturated fats.
Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker
You'll slow-cook skinless, boneless chicken breast halves slowly with marinara sauce, mushrooms, bell peppers, garlic, and Italian seasonings. "Fabulous," says Paul. "We need to make low carb dishes, so we did not make it with pasta, and it still worked great. Another favorite!"
Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf
"This recipe is a real find," says arrdub. "Very flavorful and low fat. It seems that you could almost double the quinoa and not sacrifice flavor. I served the dish with sweet corn and green beans—will definitely make again!"
Tarragon Chicken and Rice Soup
Here's a low-fat, low-calorie soup that's big on flavor. "The tarragon gives it a special taste," says RUBYJEWEL. "Tastes great the next day for leftovers! This makes a very thick soup, with a bite of something in every spoonful. If too thick, add more water or chicken broth."
Chef John's Meatless Meatballs
True story—there's no meat in these meatballs, just mushrooms. The key to making them super-savory is to thoroughly brown the finely chopped mushrooms. "The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest," says Chef John.
Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
"I love this recipe," says Mommy of two. "It's very healthy, low-fat high protein and tasty. My family requests this weekly!" Darryl adds, "For extra flavor, I added a teaspoon of smoked paprika and two whole chipotle chiles with sauce."
You'll bake lightly breaded, skinless, boneless chicken breast halves until golden brown. "Simple to make, just dip and bake," says Carol. "Garlicky goodness in a breaded chicken dish. Yum!"
Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup
The quintessential American comfort food with thick egg noodles, carrots, peas, celery, and onion. "I doubled the amount of veggies," says Kokog. "Packing the soup with veggies and chicken made it awesome."
Apricot Lentil Soup
A hot, hearty bowl of low-fat flavor. The richness of this recipe assures that you won't feel cheated. Warming spices, apricot, and soft lentils come together to make each spoonful a delight.
Split Pea Soup
A classic that packs the flavor without clogging the arteries. Peas and ham are meant to be together, and this flavorful recipes proves that. Reviewer Stein says, "This soup is perfect! Using the ham bone adds wondeful flavor. Sometimes I substitute chopped turnip for potatoes to cut back on carbs. If you make them small enogh most people don't even notice the difference."
Meyer Lemon Avocado Toast
What could be more comforting than a brunch with these beautiful toasts on the table? This bright, tangy recipe has healthy fat from avocado, and as a bonus, fiber from the chia seeds sprinkled on top!