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


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


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


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


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


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


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