Eight Comfort Food Recipes with Less than 400 Calories

Fall recipes with all of the comfort, but none of the calories.

By Allison Knott MS, RD | Hub Health |

Mac n' cheeseBaked Macaroni and Cheese photo via Shutterstock

When the¬†temperature drops, many of us start to crave comfort foods. It may be for the¬†warmth¬†and quick¬†energy¬†rush¬†that carbs¬†provide, but some experts say it is¬†psychological and not physiological.¬†Whatever the reason, comfort food almost always¬†means comfort calories. For those that just can’t live without their mac n’ cheese, we found eight delicious comfort food recipes‚ÄĒall under 400 calories:

1. Quick Chicken and Dumplings (366 calories)
via Cooking Light

Replacing traditional biscuit dough with flour tortillas saves calories but doesn’t skimp on taste.

2. Simply Delicious Shepherd’s Pie (370 calories)
via Meal Makeover Moms

Two Boston-based dietitians created a healthy take on this classic by using lean ground beef and all-natural tomato soup.

3. Macaroni and Cheese (237 calories)
via Fitness Magazine

Using whole wheat pasta, greek yogurt, and low-fat cheese makes this creamy dish low in calories but full of flavor.

4. Oven Fried Chicken (224 calories)
via Eating Well

This “fried” chicken is actually baked, but given a crispy crust¬†by¬†marinating¬†skinless chicken in buttermilk, then lightly coating it in flour, sesame seeds, and spices.

5. Crock Pot Chicken Wings (220 calories per three wings)
via She Knows

By making wings in a crock pot, you save a ton of calories and the meat will fall right off the bone.

6. Mini Meatloaves (184 calories each)
via Eating Well

Using ground turkey as one of the meat replacements and muffin tins for portion control, this classic dish is delicious and low calorie.

7. Sloppy Joes (248 calories)
via The Food Network

This recipe uses spices instead of salt, and adds beans to the lean ground beef to increase fiber.

8. Baked Pasta with Sausage and Spinach (398 calories)
via Skinny Taste

Low-fat cheeses mixed with high fiber pasta makes this a low calorie dish, and spinach adds nutrients. Try it without meat for even less calories.

Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2012/10/18/comfort-foods-less-400-calorie/