Unhealthy recipes are, without a doubt, scrumptious but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality nutrition for flavor! Start feeding your cravings for comfort food without any guilt. That’s right. This roundup features the most amazing unhealthy recipes made healthy. Continue reading and dig into these 15 unhealthy recipes whipped up healthier and lighter!
Unhealthy Recipes Made Healthier And Even Better
1. Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and cheese is a staple comfort food packed with fat and calories. This healthier version, on the other hand, uses a few alternatives by throwing in tons of fresh vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and brussel sprouts are marvelous additions. To make it even more wholesome, this mac and cheese recipe uses hearty whole wheat pasta.
2. Mashed Potatoes
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Instead of overdosing on carbs and fat with traditional mashed potatoes, go for an alternative with fewer carbs and more antioxidants and protein. These mock mashed potatoes are an excellent combination of mashed cauliflower and cannellini beans. It does not sacrifice the taste and texture but it outweighs the classic in the benefits.
Have you ever heard of poutine? Well, if you haven’t, here’s the recipe to show you it’s the ultimate comfort food. French fries smothered in tangy and creamy cheese sauce and rich mushroom gravy but with lots of greens thrown in. You can go ahead make the sauce while the fries are baking in the oven. This green vegan poutine is crispy, cheesy, and indulgent in all the right ways.
4. Shepherd’s Pie
Cheese, mashed potatoes, and ground beef. What’s not to love? The key to making this scrumptious shepherd’s pie healthier is to sub in good meat alternatives like parsnips or cauliflower then fill the inside with tons of veggies. That way, when you top it off, you can still include butter and cheese without feeling extra guilty.
The classic combo of beef, pork, and white bread is not the only way to make a tasty meatloaf. Using oatmeal and lean ground turkey instead decreases the fat content and increases the fiber. If you’re feeling creative, don’t hesitate to include fresh veggies. Finely minced bell peppers, onions, and grated carrots will raise the “wow” factor, making this dish one of the best hearty dinner ideas you can easily prepare.
6. Roasted Chicken
Frozen birds from the supermarket are frequently dripping in extra fat but it’s easy to cook your own healthy roasted chicken with minimal added fat and more veggies. Recreate this easy recipe and pair your chicken with corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, lemon, and thyme. It’s so easy to put together and the added fat is only a sprinkle of heart-healthy olive oil. A perfect healthy comfort food which is even better when shared with your friends and loved ones.
7. Baked Beans
A barbecue is not complete without good baked beans but the usual baked beans with brown sugar and bacon are a not-so-healthy dish. Instead of using these ingredients, use liquid smoke flavor and pure maple syrup for a healthier take.
It’s hard to imagine a cheesecake being transformed into a healthy comfort food but this raw vegan lemon lime cheesecake is remarkably better. It’s decadent, rich, and refreshing at the same time! The tart lime and lemon flavors cut through the richness of the coconut and cashews. This is the perfect dessert to show off to your family and friends!
9. Chicken Pot Pie
This healthier take on chicken pot pie has been our family’s favorite for years. Rather than making a conventional crust on top, this recipe calls for separate puff-baked squares arranged individually from the pie filling. This incredible recipe is loaded with vegetables — snap peas and summer squash. Substituting the heavy cream with low-fat milk is also a great choice.
10. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
When football season is in full swing, there’s nothing compares to the hot spinach and artichoke dip. This recipe uses low-fat cream and mozzarella cheese and stations the veggies front and center. Serve it with whole wheat pita or baked chips with no worries because one serving only has 5 grams of fat and 100 calories. Perfect for your next tailgate.
Hosting a family gathering this holiday season? Complete your celebration with this perfectly spiced healthy chili. This turkey chili with kidney beans and corn provides all the goodness of a traditional beef chili, less the grease and fat. For an even healthier punch, top it off with avocado, cilantro, and a touch of grated cheese. Add this chili to your winter comfort food recipes.
Who doesn’t love pizza? We all know it’s a great treat but take-out versions are packed with highly processed unknown ingredients, preservatives, refined fats, and other additives. Instead of taking the risk, put your money on this amazingly beautiful and nutrient-filled veggie flatbread pizza. It’s surely a feast for the eyes and body!
Some days, you just want a hearty burger to satisfy your cravings but most burgers are loaded with calories with minimal nutrients, saturated fats, and other unwanted ingredients. Don’t worry! There’s always an easy way to go green and healthy. Just take a look at this green goddess burger. Its verdant color is from the green ingredients surely filled with beneficial nutrients — chickpea, kale, avocado, golden flax meal and aragula. It also has tahini yogurt sauce for healthier gluten free option.
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With the upcoming holiday, we’re sure lasagna is on your list. Ditch the classic lasagna recipe or frozen dish and opt for this healthy vegetable lasagna. This remarkable recipe succeeds in combining nutrient-filled artichokes, mushrooms, and spinach with low-fat cheeses to make a more nutritious pasta high in fiber, calcium, and protein.
15. Chocolate Cake
Chocolate cake is the ultimate go-to dessert and any chocoholic would love to have a healthier version. This recipe is butter-free, flourless, and naturally sweetened. Yes, you heard it right —there’s no artificial sweetener or sugar in this cake! Indulge in the best of both worlds with this healthy extra moist chocolate cake.
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You don’t have to suffer or hesitate when it comes to satisfying your cravings. You can still pamper your self with the foods you love only without the unhealthy ingredients. Unhealthy recipes can be a thing of the past. Start your healthy eating habits today with these healthier version of your favorite unhealthy recipes.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 19, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.