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5 Comfort Food Recipes to Fill Your Plate & Satisfy Your Soul

Dinners (and a dessert!) made to dish up a major serving of nostalgia.

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Headshot Crop By Cara O'Bleness February 21, 2022

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Whether you track your macros regularly or practice intuitive eating, we all have a few favorite go-to comfort meals. These dishes bring us back to childhood, trigger a memory, or simply make us feel better when we’re feeling blue. Comfort food recipes — we’re looking at you, cheese and carbs! — are also cold weather essentials.

Whether you’re looking to warm yourself up from the inside out or wish to indulge in a tasty classic dish, here’s a roundup of our favorite comfort food recipes.

Hannah Bower’s Italian Meatball Pasta Bowl

Ingredients

For noodles

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeds removed

For meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground beef

  • 1 lb. ground pork

  • 1 egg

  • 1 c. shredded zucchini, excess water squeezed out

  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

  • ½ tsp. onion powder

  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning

  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ tsp. sea salt

  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

For sauce

  • One 25 oz. jar tomato puree or unsweetened tomato sauce

  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil

  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

For complete instructions and access to her easy-to-follow workouts, download Hannah Bower’s fitness app.

Aubrie Edgington’s Creamy Green Chili Chicken

Ingredients

  • ½ c. Greek cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ c. salsa verde

  • One 4 oz. can diced green chilies

  • 2 tsp. cumin

  • 1 tsp. garlic

  • ½ tsp. chili powder

  • 1 ½ tsp. salt

  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 2 lbs. chicken tenderloins, chopped

  • 1 medium ear of corn, sliced off the cob

  • 1 Joseph’s lavash bread or CutDaCarb or a single layer of corn tortillas

  • ½ oz. shredded Mexican cheese

Download Aubrie Edgington’s fitness app for preparation instructions and to access her workout programs and challenges.

Claire Thomas’ Low-Carb Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. lean ground turkey

  • 12 oz. mixed corn, carrots, and peas

  • 24 oz. frozen mashed cauliflower (2 packages of Birdseye brand)

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 1 c. lite cream of chicken

  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic

  • 2 tsp. olive oil

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. pepper

  • ½ c. reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded

For directions and app-exclusive workouts, download Claire’s CPT Fit App. Her app also includes recipes for more comfort faves like Guilt-Free Pizza, Crockpot Chicken Curry Stew, Turkey Chili, and more!

Clark Bartram’s Creamy Leek Risotto

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

  • 2 leeks, chopped and washed

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 1 ½ c. risotto rice

  • 2 c. vegetable stock

  • 3 rosemary sprigs

  • ½ c. Parmesan, grated

  • 3 tbsp. cream

Download Clark Bartram’s fitness app for preparation instructions, as well as additional recipe e-books, nutritional insight, and more. Learn more about his five lifestyle principles — including insights on meals — here!

Ida Jemina’s Healthy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients

  • 1 onion

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 tsp. oil

  • 3 ½ oz. tomato puree

  • 1 oz. dried soya mince

  • ½ to 1 c. water

  • 2 oz. dry spaghetti

  • Spices: salt, pepper, paprika powder, thyme to taste

For directions — and to access app-only gym and home workout programs — download Ida Jemina’s fitness app.

BONUS Recipe: Dessert

Allegra Paris’ Protein Hot Fudge Sundae

Ingredients

  • 1 Salted Peanut Butter Caramel Crunch FAST Bar

  • ¼ c. non-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1 tbsp. Hershey’s syrup

Download Allegra’s AP Fit App for more easy and healthy recipes, as well as nutrition guides and more.

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Cara O'Bleness

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Cara is a passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media. She loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. In her free time, Cara is an avid reader, enjoys meditating, and loves spending time with her husband and their chihuahua pug mix, Callie, streaming the latest horror flick or true crime documentary. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.

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