22 Healthy Comfort-Food Recipes: Meatloaf, Mac 'n Cheese & More

May 20 2016
If you're craving home-style comfort food without the usual (sky-high) calorie counts, this is the recipe roundup for you. We've got every craving covered!

Meatloaf & Mashies

Who doesn't love hearty meatloaf and fluffy mashed potatoes? We keep the stats low with lean meats and light add-ins, and we bulk up the portion sizes with lots of veggies... including cauliflower hidden in most of our mashies!

Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes 1/12th of recipe (1 meatloaf cupcake): 150 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 280mg sodium, 15g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 12.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

The only thing better than a tasty turkey loaf with a side of buttery mashies? Cupcake-shaped turkey loaves with mashie "frosting" and veggie "sprinkles" on top! Kids and grown-ups will love these portion-controlled treats. And with stats this low, feel free to have two at a time. (Pssst... Watch how they're made!)

Say Cheese

Grilled cheese, mac 'n cheese, cheese grits... Cheese is MVP in the land of comfort food! Light ingredients are key here, in order to avoid a calorie catastrophe...

Chili & Cornbread

When it comes to comfort food, the combo of chili & cornbread could give meatloaf 'n mashies a run for its money. If this duo's more your speed, dig right on in...

Slow-Cooker Comfort Food

If the above turkey-chili recipe wasn't enough, we've got more slow-cooker creations for you to sink your teeth into. Slow-cooker recipes have two big benefits for comfort-food lovers: the immense flavor and the ease of set-it-and-forget-it cooking.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese 1/5th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 255 calories, 5.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 549mg sodium, 39g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 13.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

Mac & cheese is basically the mother of all comfort foods. Slow-cooked butternut squash does a masterful job of adding flavor and expanding the portion size of this dish. (We snuck some cauliflower in there too!) If butternut doesn't do it for you, we've got plenty more mac & cheese recipes to peruse...

Cozy Casseroles

Ahh, the convenience of a multi-serving casserole: perfect for make-ahead family meals. These are also great if you want to cook something up on a Sunday and have speedy comfort food available throughout the week.

Chew on this:

Happy Pick Strawberries Day, May 20th. Pick some strawberries (or pick some up at the store), and stuff them with PB and chocolate... This recipe is a must.

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SmartPoints® value* not what you expected? We follow the same method as Weight Watchers when calculating the SmartPoints® value* for a recipe: We add up the SmartPoints® values* of the individual ingredients. (Many foods have a value of zero and remain zero in recipes.)

*The PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark and SmartPoints® trademark.