Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

March 28, 2022   14 Comments

These healthy comfort food recipes are for right now. We all need some comfort as the stress of staying home hits our communities.

Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

I say “stress” because I am still hoping most of us are more freaked out than sick. My children, 13 & 15, are home from school and I feel like my head isn’t attached to my body.

Every time I try to focus on one thing - another concern takes over - causing me to forget what I was doing in the first place. This distracted state of mind meant that I forgot my towel for the pool at my gym. Turns out you can drip dry just fine!!

In my state, Massachusetts, the governor just shut restaurants and bars for three weeks.

You can still take food out (and perhaps you should to support local businesses) BUT this is an opportunity to cook.

Do you know that according to the CDC between 2013 and 2016, 36% of adult Americans consumed fast food on any given day?

If this is you, now is your chance! You are being asked to stay home and cook.

Last week, I posted how to stock a health pantry to support the masses who wanted to be safe and keep off of junk food.

It turns out there is plenty of food in this country even though there have been scenes like this:

That woman looks like the zombies that I saw in Whole Foods, Aldi, and Costco this last week. We are so used to an overabundance of everything that it shocks us to see empty shelves.

But, just because they are empty now does not mean that they will remain that way for long because our food supply chain is strong.

This is very good news because it means that you can go to the supermarket and pick up some fresh necessities to make the recipes below. Here is your chance to make the healthy food you have been dreaming about!

I went to the store multiple times and guess what? There was plenty of broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, apples, oranges…….. Of course, you aren’t going to stock up on food that goes bad but every day they are replenishing the healthy stuff.

My protocol when going to the grocery store is to:

  • wipe down my cart (all the stores around me have offered wipes)
  • do my shopping without touching my face
  • use hand sanitizer in my car after loading my groceries

I know it is impossible to find hand sanitizer right now but you can make your own. DIY hand sanitizer includes only isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera. I actually had those two things in my medicine cabinet (hopefully you do too).

When I get home, I wash my hands immediately.

What is healthy comfort food? It is not baked goods (boooo!). Soup is a good example of a food that we eat for comfort that is actually good for us. I also love chicken and rice.

Chicken and rice makes everything nice!

If you can have soup with CHICKEN and RICE - that is the best (of course).

Here are some of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes.

What is your favorite healthy comfort food? Please share.

1. Low Carb Chicken Soup

Low Carb Chicken Soup: Slow Cooker

Get the recipe here: Low Carb Chicken Soup Recipe

2. Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup (Slow Cooker)

Get the recipe here: Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

3. Best Vegetable Soup Recipe


Get the recipe here: Best Vegetable Soup Recipe

4. Light Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Light Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Get the recipe here: Light Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

6. Slow Cooker Beef and Barley

Get the recipe here: Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup Recipe

7. Low Carb Chicken Vegetable Soup

Low Carb Chicken Vegetable Soup

Get the recipe here: Low Carb Chicken Soup Recipe

8. Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

Get the recipe here: Easy Creamy Tomato Soup Soup Recipe

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LOL!! Right? I hadn't thought about the fact that people aren't having fistfights over fresh fruit and veg!! One of my favorite comfort foods is Indian-spiced red lentils. Very yummy and satisfying. Funny thing is that whenever I'm home during bad weather, I am usually overtaken by the urge to cook. Thanks for great recipes to try!

You use broccoli stems and not the florets?

@Carol - yes! just be sure to peel off any hard skin and cut them into 1 inch pieces. Thanks for your question!

Snack-Girl Leftover Turkey Chili is on my list! Pulling out some frozen turkey that a friend gave me and improvising if I have to. It is definitely comfort food!

Also for DIY hand sanitizer, grain alcohol can be used with aloe vera, if rubbing alcohol is sold out in your area.

Thanks for some beautiful looking soups! My family's comfort food is Shepherd's Pie...I am making it today. I do drain the fat from the beef and then wash it so I do try to make it healthy comfort butter, just skim milk in the potatoes, they can't tell. It always goes fast and they want more. ...thanks Snack Girl! I'm going to try to get some grain alcohol this week too. Thanks for the great posts! Be well.

@Jacquelyn - Great idea! I also love Shepherd's pie. I add that frozen mix of corn, peas, and carrots to plump up the veggies. Thanks for sharing!

My friends and I were actually laughing in our group text yesterday about the lack of some things but plenty of fruit and vegetables! Meanwhile my husband is calling me in a panic telling me I have to go to the store and get steak and chicken immediately! After telling him he was part of the problem I did go to the store and pick up a few things. I told him when he got home last night that I have survived over 40 years without steak or chicken and I am doing fine lol!

Wow. You're being shut down? We just went to a movie yesterday. I was almost the only person still wearing a mask.

I made my own hand sanitizer with vodka and coco butter baby moisturizing gel. It was all my store had available at the time. Things are getting better and shelves in the stores have been full. This week I will definitely make a filling, comforting, nutritious soup. I’ll come back to this post for more ideas soon!

Wait I hope this is an older post? Your governor just shut down everything again?! 😱😱😱😱

I was wondering also about the timeframe of today’s post

as I didn’t hear about states shutting down again. I hope it doesn’t last long if this is a current post.

Just wanted to comment to those that are seeing this and asking that it is definitely an older post. I commented on it originally, it was two years ago. When I read it I was like Oh no, what's going on! Not again.

HEY thanks for compelling content as always, I was reading an article that states low fat flavored yogurt, smoothies and protein shakes lets you put on weight I would love to hear everyone's opinion on this... much appreciated thank you

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