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Old 06-14-2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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Healthy comfort food? Possible?

Anyone have any good recipes for foods that are comforting yet healthy? I am having the hardest time finding these!


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Old 06-14-2005, 02:13 PM   #2
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Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. While the sandwich is not the healthiest (not terribly unhealthy either though) the soup can be very healthy.

I also consider chicken soup a comfort food and that can be very healthy as well.

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Old 06-14-2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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The epitimy of comfort foods, meatloaf, healthy style.


1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 cup oatmeal
onion, diced
bell pepper, diced
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 eggs
1 Tbs oregano
cup tomato sauce
1 Tbs olive oil

Saute onion, bell pepper, and celery in 1 Tbs olive oil until soft. Add garlic and contiue to saute until onions are transparent. Add tomato sauce and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, then allow to cool.

Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add ground beef, ground turkey breast, and oregano to bowl, mix thorougly, thean add cooled sauce to bowl and combine. Pat tightly into pyrex loaf pan with a paper towel in bottom. Bake in 375F oven for 1 hour. Makes 8 servings.

Total protein per serving 17.0g
Total carbs per serving 3.5g
Total fat per serving 9.0g

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Old 06-14-2005, 02:54 PM   #4
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Low Fat Chicken Tetrazzini
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Old 06-14-2005, 03:04 PM   #5
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This is more of a winter dish, but this is my number 1 comfort food. It was my mother's recipe and she would fix it each year when the weather started getting cold.

Spicy Vegetable and Beef Soup

3 quarts boiling water
soup meat (any amount) uncooked
2 packages (1 box) lipton onion soup mix
1 lb. can tomato sauce
1 lb. can tomatoes, petite diced
1 1/2 t. marjoram, dried
1 1/2 t. basil, dried
1 1/2 t. pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 T. salt
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 t. parsley flakes
2 large bags frozen vegetables of your choice
(over the years I have added small diced pototes and/or okra to the recipe)

Simmer meat and onion soup mix in water for 25-30 minutes.

Add next 9 ingredients and cook on low simmer for 15 minutes.

Add vegetables and cook on low for 2-2 1/2 hours.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. (I like to add a slice of american cheese to mine instead of the parmesan).
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:58 PM   #6
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thank you all so much! this really helps me!!~
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Old 06-14-2005, 09:15 PM   #7
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bean soup is pretty healthy if you take it easy on the sodium. either rinse your canned beans or use dried.
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:32 AM   #8
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It's easy to make low fat versions of minestrone, vegetarian lasagne (I've just finished preparing one for tonight), even sausages and mash (my favourite comfort food)

Also, rice pudding can be good, and another of my favourites, and if you use skim milk it's fine, not low GI but hey you can't have everything.
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Old 06-17-2005, 08:20 PM   #9
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I was really excited to read the spicy vegetable and beef soup but looked through the ingredients and can't figure out what makes it spicy?
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Old 06-17-2005, 08:40 PM   #10
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Here are a few ideas. Are you craving something special?

Honey Dijon Meatloaf
1 1/2 lb Ground meat (turkey, chicken, pork or chuck)
1/3 c Dry bread crumbs
2 Eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 c Onion, chopped
1 ts Basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tb Dijon mustard
3 tb Honey
2 tb Scallions, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a large loaf pan.
1.Combine ground meat, bread crumbs, onions, basil, salt, and pepper.
2.Stir the eggs into the meat mixture, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
3.Shape into loaf. Place loaf in loaf pan (can also be made on a baking sheet - the outside gets a bit of a crust).
4.Combine honey and mustard, brush 1/2 of mixture on loaf. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Brush with remaining glaze. Bake for 20-30 more minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with scallions.

Black Bean and Cilantro Chili
1/4 c Dry sherry
1 tb Olive oil
2 c Onion, chopped
1/2 c Celery, chopped
1/2 c Carrots, chopped
1/2 c Red bell pepper, chopped
4 c Cooked black beans
2 c Chicken or vegetable stock
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 c Plum tomatoes, chopped
2 ts Ground cumin
4 ts Chili powder
1/2 ts Dried oregano
1/3 c Chopped fresh cilantro
2 tb Honey
2 tb Tomato paste
MJ cheese for garnish
Tortilla chips for garnish
Orange segments for garnish

1.In large heavy pot over medium heat, combine sherry and oil and heat to simmering. Add onions and saute 8-10 minutes. Add celery, carrots and bell pepper and saute 5 minutes more, stirring frequently.
2.Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 45-60 minutes. Mixture should be thick, with all water absorbed.
3.Serve soup warm in bowls with a platter of garnishes.

Just Tomato Soup
2 Onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
2 tb Olive oil
1 1/2 lb Potatoes, diced
2 ts Oregano
1 ts Basil
2 ts Parsley
Salt and fresh pepper to taste
4 c Fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped rough
7 c Stock or broth (chicken, beff, vegetable)

1.Heat oil in large soup pot; saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes, but do not let it brown.
2.Add potatoes and fry for 3 minutes. Add oregano, basil, parsley, salt & pepper. Cook covered for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook covered for another 5 minutes.
3.Add the stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Check seasonings. Let cool slightly and then blend 1/2 of the soup until smooth. Whisk the pureed soup back into the remaining soup (all the soup can also be pureed).

Honey Gelato
1 pk Unflavored gelatin
1/2 c Nonfat dry milk
2 c Milk, skim
1/2 c Honey
1 ts Orange juice
1 ts Lemon juice
2 Egg whites

1.Mix gelatin and dry milk in a saucepan. Stir in skim milk, cook over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat.
2.Stir in honey and juices. Pour into a cake pan and freeze for 1 hour.
3.Pour the mixture into a chilled bowl and add the egg whites. Beat at high speed with an electric mixer until mixture is fluffy. Return to freezer container, cover, and freeze until firm. 1/2 c = 70 calories


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