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4 Lessons for Making Healthy Comfort Food - Lighten Up

4 Lessons for Making Healthy Comfort Food - Lighten Up
From The Kitchn - October 21, 2017

It's hard to beat the pleasure of comfort food. Digging into a gooey bowl of macaroni and cheese or biting into a cheesy slice of pizza has a way of making a lackluster day a little better. We think you should be able to have the foods you crave while also feeling your best. With that in mind, we have given those well-loved comfort food dishes a few twists to transform them into delicious, lightened-up, veggie-filled versions of themselves. Here are the tips and techniques that helped us do it, and the recipes that bring them to your kitchen.

4 Easy Ways to Make Comfort Food Better for You

1. Tuck in vegetables wherever you can.

The easiest way to make comfort food healthier is to add more healthy things to itand that starts with vegetables. We are all on a constant quest to eat more vegetables anyway, so this is a quick tip that's instantly useful.

Skip the ground meat in your lasagna and replace it with a colorful mix of spinach, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms and you are already off to a good start. Or make the addition of more veggies to your family favorites less obvious by being a little more secretive. A creamy cheese sauce made with more cauliflower than cheese is incredibly satisfying and even more so when it's transformed into a better-for-you mac and cheese.

2. Treat those vegetables like meat.

Adding more veggies is easy, right? Getting those veggies to taste amazing is what's often the challenge, however. Pay a little more attention when seasoning them and the results can change the way your family views them.

3. Make smart cheese choices.

4. Embrace whole grains.

5 Comfort Food Recipes with a Healthy Twist

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