Eating healthy is important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little comfort food once in a while. And just because it’s comfort food doesn’t mean it can’t be both nutritious and delicious. Check out our collection of our favourite comfort foods.
1. Killer Black Bean Chili
This hearty chili is jam-packed with delicious vegetables and aromatic spices. A longer simmer makes an incredibly flavourful chili.
2. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate in comfort food. Easy to pack with vegetables, its creamy sauce brings out the best of all the flavours.
3. Healthy Chicken Shepherd’s Pie
Family classics like this will never go out of style. What they do get is a little facelift from time to time. In this version, we are giving this classic a healthy spin. Our base is made of lean ground chicken and our topping is mashed celery root and apple. So how do we keep that comfort food quality? Easy, with a generous sprinkling of extra sharp cheddar cheese to get that golden bubbly topping.
4. Kiddo Mac & Cheese with Chicken
Here's a delicious one-pot meal of an old favourite that has lots of protein and calcium for growing kids. It is an easy dish to make and older kids can be taught to make it themselves.
5. Chicken Vegetable Lasagna
This slow cooker lasagna recipe is jammed with vegetables and flavour and is healthy alternative to its meaty cousin with only 390 calories per serving. By the time your day is done, the kitchen will be filled with the wonderful aromas of tangy tomato sauce and bubbling cheese.
6. Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole
An easy weeknight meal for busy families that combines chicken breast with creamy noodles, fresh peas and oodles of melted cheese. This will be a family favourite and a regular on your weekly meal rotation!
7. Creamy Cabbage, Chicken & Egg Noodle Casserole
A perfect autumn dish for when the nights are just starting to have a chill in the air, this comforting casserole uses cabbage, poppy seeds, and Dijon mustard to add a lightly tangy flavour to this dish. Torn rye bread goes perfectly as a topping for this recipe.
8. Old Fashioned Chicken Soup
A from-scratch chicken soup made from chicken legs simmered into a simple broth. No need for ready-to-serve chicken broth when it is so simple to make your own.
9. Broccoli & Chicken Casserole
Try this inexpensive and fresh version of a chicken & broccoli casserole. No need for processed soups or sauces! Use any combination of in-season, fresh vegetables equaling 4-5 cups.
10. Maple Baked Beans & Chicken
Baked beans are a classic comfort food and a time-saving "fix it and forget it," slow cooker dish you can prepare in advance. Using lean chicken, instead of higher fat meats like pork hocks and bacon, works great and reduces the fat content.