By: Leanne Ely

 

It doesn’t take long for those familiar comfort food cravings to set in with the onset of fall, does it? There are days that I would do just about anything for a big scoop of macaroni and cheese! But as much as I love mac and cheese, I just don’t eat that way anymore.

Lucky for me (and anyone else who loves comfort food), there are plenty of ways to serve up a comforting meal that isn’t loaded with calories and unhealthy ingredients.

Here are five ideas for comforting, nutritious foods for fall.

Two poached pears in red wine with cinnamon

Sweet potato casserole. I don’t know about you, but for me, sweet potatoes are one of the most comforting of all foods. See how to make my Thanksgiving sweet potato recipe here!

Shepherd’s pie. I like making a lean version of shepherd’s pie on a regular basis. Fun fact: Did you know that if you don’t use lamb, it is referred to as cottage pie? Ground turkey is a nice lean option for this comforting meal. But I often use ground beef or a mixture of whatever grounds I have on hand. If you use sweet potatoes as your topping instead of whipped white potatoes, and toss in as many healthy veggies in between as you can, you have a lightened up version that will taste every bit as comforting.

Meatloaf. A meatloaf is a perfect canvas to stuff with healthy ingredients. I love grating veggies into my meatloaf. Zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes… yum. Again, try to use a mixture of ground turkey and lean ground beef for a comforting and healthy meal.

Soup. Soup is a no-brainer when it comes to comforting meals. Try my Beefy Mushroom Soup recipe here!

Dessert. When it comes to comforting fall desserts, I suggest reaching for fruit. Try this recipe!

Cardamom Poached Pears

Ingredients:
1 pound pears (any kind), peeled
2 cups water
2 cups red wine
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions:
In a large pot, combine all ingredients except pears. Bring to boil over medium
high heat and then turn heat down to a low medium.

Add pears, cover and cook until very tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve pears with sauce that will have reduced.

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PS–My favorite fall month is Crock-tober!  I have an amazing deal on BRAND NEW crock cooker recipes right now!  Click here to learn more

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