12 healthy comfort food recipes
These comforting recipes, from warming chicken noodle soup to hearty bolognese and takeaway-style curry, will nourish the body as well as the soul
Looking for healthy recipes with that comfort factor? Want meals that will nourish and satisfy those cravings? Check out our recipes below, and then have a look at our healthy dinner ideas, healthy slow cooker recipes and healthy one-pot recipes.
Make the most of your favorite comfort foods but putting a healthier twist on them so you can get the extra fibre, vitamins and minerals without the extra calories. Whether vegan or not, they all contains adequate protein, such as meat or beans, which will ensure a great level of fullness as well as the comfort.
Our 12 favourite healthy comfort food recipes
Fry shredded chicken in miso and gochujang, and add to this nutritious broth for a gut-friendly meal.
Our all-in-one baked bolognese is simple and low in calories, requires very little preparation time, and tastes amazing! A great way to sneak in extra veggies, and perfect for feeding the whole family. Any leftovers can easily be frozen.
This sweet-and-smoky chilli is the epitome of healthy comfort food, providing plenty of satisfying plant protein and fibre from the beans. The tomato sauce is rich in skin-healthy antioxidants and potassium – important for replenishing your salt balance after a workout. It also freezes well, perfect for busier days.
4. Tomato soup
This filling tomato soup really packs a punch, thanks to all that chipotle. Add plenty of fresh ginger for even more warmth.
Check out our melt-in-the-mouth pork shoulder casserole with mixed beans. This slow cooker recipe is an easy one-pot to feed a crowd.
A classic, made even better with the addition of dried chilli flakes and rosemary.
This recipe for spiced lentil shepherd's pie is a great veggie version of a classic. It's ready in an hour and is enough to feed the whole family.
Our most popular chilli con carne recipe ever, made Tex-Mex-style with aged minced beef, chipotle powder, red wine, dark chocolate and semi-dried tomatoes. Tomatoes offer a skin-healthy dose of the antioxidant lycopene, while the addition of cocoa provides depth of flavour and gut-healthy polyphenols.
9. Chicken saag
Packed with fresh red chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cloves and spinach – this recipe proves you can eat your favourite takeaway dishes without compromising on flavour or nutrition. Low in fat and rich in protein, this comforting dish makes for a great Friday night dinner or tasty packed lunch.
This recipe is a perfect one to have on hand for a quick midweek meal. It's hearty, nourishing and ready in just 30 minutes. You can use any leafy greens for this, just whatever you have around.
This creamy lamb and tomato curry recipe is a great one to have on hand midweek. It may take a little time but it's worth it and it's really easy. Big flavours for minimal effort.
This slurp-able bowl of comforting noodles was inspired by classic Thai red curry. The freshness of the DIY curry paste really sings in this soup, and will help ward off any winter blues.