4 Comfort Food Recipes With a Healthy Twist

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Brrr! When the weather outside turns frightful, comfort foods taste delightful. Your soul craves satisfying, savory stews and gooey, cheesy casseroles. Who can resist a decadent dessert served warm directly from the oven? As you know, Illinois winters can linger for months and continuously feasting on calorie-laden comfort foods can pack on pounds. Problem solved. I lightened up four classic winter comfort foods without losing their traditional rich flavor. They’re my go-to recipes when my family wants a cozy meal with a healthy twist.

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Easy Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese earns the top spot for the most popular comfort food. Skip the heavily processed box mixes loaded with oodles of calories and void of fresh veggies and make my Easy Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese. I gave this ultimate comfort food a healthy makeover by using whole-grain noodles and creating a creamy cheese sauce with a stealth ingredient – pureed sweet potatoes. Toss in peas and carrots, broccoli or diced multicolor bell peppers to up the crunch, color and healthy factor.

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