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01/17/2016 08:02 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Comfort Food Lightened Up: 6 Heathy and Delicious Recipes

Jennifer Segal

Imagine: comfort food without the guilt! From meatloaf to mashed potatoes, these recipes have been lightened up, but will still make you feel warm and satisfied.

1. Turkey Meatloaf

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Meatloaf is the epitome of comfort food. This BBQ turkey version is hearty, flavorful and -- bonus -- low in fat. GET THE RECIPE

2. Cauliflower Puree with Thyme

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Fool your family with this creamy cauliflower puree: it happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes. Really! It also has the benefit of being easier to make, healthier and lower in carbs. GET THE RECIPE

3. Chicken Tacos

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These are my kids' all-time favorite tacos -- they're healthier than traditional beef tacos and just as good, if not better. GET THE RECIPE

4. Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

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Go ahead -- reach into that bread basket. The addition of pumpkin makes these muffins healthier and lower in fat than traditional cornbread. GET THE RECIPE

5. White Chicken Chili

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Here's a chili that you can feel good about eating: it's loaded with veggies, chicken and beans. Plus, it's a one pot meal that you can have on the dinner table in under an hour. GET THE RECIPE

6. Spaghetti Squash Gratin

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Spaghetti squash is a low-carb, low-cal alternative to pasta; when cooked, it miraculously transforms into golden, spaghetti-like strands. Here, I toss it with marinara sauce, sprinkle it with breadcrumbs and cheese, and then bake it in the oven until golden brown. GET THE RECIPE