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Our Best Clean Comfort Food Recipes

What is comfort food, anyway?  Is there an actual definition?  Do some foods qualify as comfort food and others don’t?  Well, here’s what Google says:

So, basically, anything that gives you “comfort”!  That’s pretty broad.

When I think of “comfort food”, I think of Southern favorites that aren’t so healthy like Mac & Cheese and Fried Chicken.  Of course, since getting healthy, some of those things just don’t fit in with my lifestyle.  So, made some healthy comfort food recipes!


As it turns out though, MANY of my favorite comfort foods have healthier versions that fit in just fine with my “clean eating” lifestyle and they taste JUST AS GOOD or BETTER!  I am not going to tell you that they are low calorie or low carb, but we don’t believe in low calorie around here anyway.  When you eat REAL food, restricting calories to 1200 isn’t necessary at all.

Many of these healthy comfort food recipes do contain gluten (in the form of whole grains, not refined grains), dairy, and other possible allergens, but they don’t contain “food-like substances”. These aren’t all recipes I would be eating every single night, but they can fit into a healthy plan just fine.


In the two sections below, I’ve listed out 10 of my absolute favorite healthy comfort food recipes from our larger list of recipes and then added our entire list in a grid so you can search them all.


Chili and Cornbread

Since this is a list of MY favorite healthy comfort food recipes, I get to put my chili first! It really is my favorite. Of course, we all think our chili is the best, but even if you already have a favorite chili, you should give this one a try. You don’t have to say it’s your favorite, but I bet you will like it. In this recipe, it’s conveniently paired with 100% whole grain cornbread that beats any boxed mix out there.

Clean Eating Turkey Chili Chili and Cornbread

Southern Pot Roast

Even though I grew up with a lot of Southern comfort food, I never had this style of pot roast until just a few years go. It has become one of my favorites now! I love the spiciness. Give this one a try with the cream cheese cauliflower mash listed below instead of the regular mash from the recipe and you’ll be in heaven (I mean not literally…).

healthy Southern Pot Roast Southern Pot Roast

Cream Cheese Cauliflower Mash

No self-respecting person would put cauliflower mash on a comfort food list even if it is a healthy comfort food recipes article, right? Well, sneer all you want, but this recipe even made my 9-year old kids ask for more, so maybe give it a try.

Keto Cauliflower Mash Cream Cheese Cauliflower Mash

Bacon Cheeseburger Mac-N-Cheese

Yea, wow. I mean, we also have regular mac-n-cheese that you can do in the Instant Pot or the stove top. But, this is loaded and amazing. This recipe makes a lot so you’ll have plenty of leftovers. It’s very rich so go easy, but it uses all real ingredients.

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Mac-N-Cheese Bacon Cheeseburger Mac-N-Cheese

Heidi’s Never-Fail Meatloaf

It literally never fails to be enjoyed by all. This is THE meatloaf recipe and we hear that over and over again from our readers. If you want to take this and do something unique with it, try these meatloaf tacos. They’re like an entire meatloaf dinner made into a taco.

Clean Eating Meatloaf Heidi's Never-Fail Meatloaf

Heidi’s No-Boil Lasagna

With this recipe, you don’t have to boil noodles first AND you don’t have to buy special “no-boil” noodles. You just use 100% whole grain lasagna noodles and put them in the uncooked. It works like magic. You could also make this healthy comfort food recipe for “lightning lasagna” for an even quicker taste of lasagna.

healthy no-boil lasagna Heidi's No-Boil Lasagna

Chicken and Waffles

This is another one that I never tried until I was an adult (when this picture was taken, actually). The combo may seem a bit odd if it isn’t something you grew up with, but it’s actually quite tasty. It combines two comfort foods into one. What more could you ask for?

Healthy Chicken and Waffles Chicken and Waffles

Whole Wheat Pizza

Of course pizza qualifies as comfort food. This whole wheat crust and simple pizza recipe is on our menu at least once a month. Top it however you like, but definitely do this 100% whole wheat pizza crust.

Healthy Home Made Pizza Whole Wheat Pizza

Extra Crispy Baked Chicken

If you still want that deep fried chicken comfort, but you don’t want all the health implications, this will help.

Extra Crispy Baked Chicken Extra Crispy Baked Chicken

Tuna Noodle Casserole

That box of Tuna Helper is of no use when you have this recipe. It will remind you of your youth without all the processed ingredients of the boxed meal.

healthy tuna noodle casserole Tuna Noodle Casserole


You’ll find ALL of our healthy comfort food recipes in the grid below. You can use the keyword search box or you can just browse through them all and see what you find.

healthy turkey chili
Ryan's Turkey Chili, Heidi's Whole Wheat Cornbread
Italian Peasant Soup
Italian Peasant Soup, Whole Wheat Garlic Bread
Lightning Lasagna
Lightning Lasagna, Side Salad (if desired)
slow cooker chicken tacos
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Clean Eating Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Healthy Chicken Tetrazzini
Heidi’s Chicken ‘Zzini, Side Salad
Clean Eating Lasagna Primavera
Lasagna Primavera
Heidi’s Never-Fail Meatloaf
Heidi’s Never-Fail Meatloaf, Veggie Smash-Up, Steam in the bag Sweet Peas
clean eating skillet mac-n-cheese
Skillet Mac-N-Cheese, 7 Minute Green Beans
clean eating BBQ meatloaf
BBQ Meatloaf
Clean Eating Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
Crockpot Lasagna
Crockpot Lasagna
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  1. Heidi’s Never Fail Meatloaf is amazing!! My kids have no idea there’s onions in it and the clean their plates!!

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