As chilly fall nights replace steamy summer eves, piping hot casserole dishes replace cold pasta salads and grilled meats. Dinners baked in a hot oven will warm cold bodies and cloak us in a familiar fall routine. There’s a reason comfort foods make their way to the dinner table in the fall: they’re satisfying, hearty, warm, soothing and humble all in one. Unfortunately, high fat and calories are also defining characteristics of comfort foods. So we’ve found five fall healthy comfort foods that get skinny makeovers, and you’ll never know the difference. Add these incredible meals to your Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday menus for a lighter twist on your fall favorites.
1. Creamy Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese
Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and it’s almost impossible not to eat the whole tray. This light version gets creaminess from butternut squash, and you won’t believe it’s 500 calories lighter than the old school recipe.
2. Skinny Chicken Enchiladas
Move over fat-laden restaurant enchiladas! The spicy shredded chicken in this dish adds major flavor to this skinny enchilada recipe.
3. Lightened Up Shepherd’s Pie
This paleo version of Shepherd’s Pie swaps potatoes for cauliflower. It’s full of flavor without all the heavy carbs and fat.
4. Cream of Turkey Soup
We already know what you can with the leftover turkey that you’re bound to have this Thanksgiving. Use it in this delicious and creamy turkey soup! What a great way to reset your weight after over indulging.
5. Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls
Fire up your oven for these incredible butternut squash and spinach lasagna rolls. You get all the benefits of typical comfort foods without the high fat of a traditional lasagna.