65 Cozy Comfort Foods That Also Help With Weight Loss
Comfort foods and weight loss usually don't go together in the same sentence, do they? Typically when someone hears the term "comfort foods" they think of all of the foods that are deemed "bad" by most of society—mac and cheese, meatloaf, pasta dishes, cheesy sandwiches, even warm chocolate cake. And yet, this couldn't be farther from the truth. There are multiple healthy ways you can cook all of the comfort foods you love without compromising any of the flavors you love…and still lose weight.
The trick is to use wholesome ingredients and include the main elements of a filling, healthy meal. If your meal has fiber-rich carbs, lean protein, healthy fats, you'll feel full the rest of the day—which prevents overeating and weight gain down the line.
So yes, you can eat comfort foods—just make sure to make your entire meal wholesome and filling! From breakfast to dessert, here are some of our favorite comfort foods to make that keep it healthy while still staying cozy and delicious for the fall season. Then, be sure to check out our list of the 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make.
Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples
These warm oatmeal apple pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast on a chilly fall morning!
Get our recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples.
Breakfast Loaded Sweet Potato
Load up a warm baked sweet potato with yogurt, granola, and berries for an antioxidant-rich breakfast.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Loaded Sweet Potato.
Spicy Pumpkin Parfaits
Use up that can of leftover pumpkin and prep a few jars of these crispy, flavorful pumpkin parfaits!
Get our recipe for Spicy Pumpkin Parfaits.
Paleo Plum Muffins
Craving muffins? These paleo plum muffins are the perfect low-calorie treat when you're craving a baked good with your morning cup of coffee.
Get our recipe for Paleo Plum Muffins.
Italian Hash With Eggs
This hearty brunch is the perfect alternative to greasy eggs and potatoes at the local diner.
Get our recipe for Italian Hash With Eggs.
Warm up with this spicy, flavorful eggs diablo—served with tortillas for easy dipping and taco making!
Get our recipe for Eggs Diablo.
Prep a large container of this cranberry-orange granola when you're in need of a quick breakfast during the busy work week.
Get our recipe for Cranberry-Orange Granola.
This simple toast with cashew butter and apple slices makes for an easy and comforting fall breakfast.
Get our recipe for Maple-Cashew-Apple Toast.
Waffles with Ham and Egg
For a clever weekend brunch, this open-faced waffle sandwich is flavorful and includes all of those macronutrients you need to stay full for hours.
Get our recipe for Waffles with Ham and Egg.
Soups & Salads
Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Nothing says "cozy" more than a bowl of chicken noodle soup and crusty bread!
Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
Meal prep a large pot of this creamy, spicy soup to easily microwave for lunches all week long.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana.
Warm Kale-Quinoa Salad
Salad doesn't always have to be cold! This comforting salad is full of all kinds of fall flavors that you know and love.
Get our recipe for Warm Kale-Quinoa Salad.
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup
Another comofrting soup you can prep for the week, or even make for dinner to share with a crowd.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup.
Copycat Wendy's Chili
Skip the trip to Wendy's and make their famous soup thanks to our copycat version!
Get our recipe for Copycat Wendy's Chili.
Rosemary Butternut Squash Soup
Nothing like a bowl of creamy butternut squash soup on a crisp, fall day.
Get our recipe for Rosemary Butternut Squash Soup.
Instant Pot Chicken Zoodle Soup
Keeping it low carb? This soup has a low-carb twist to the classic by swapping out noodles with zucchini "zoodles."
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Zoodle Soup.
Copycat Pasta Fagioli Soup: Olive Garden's Recipe
This hearty pasta fagioli has all of those delicious flavors you love in the original Olive Garden soup!
Get our recipe for Copycat Pasta Fagioli Soup: Olive Garden's Recipe.
This cozy chili recipe easily uses up a can of pumpkin you have in pantry.
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Chili.
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
This salad includes a toasty goat cheese "crouton" that you can slice open and enjoy on a bed of refreshing greens, nuts, and fruit.
Get our recipe for Warm Goat Cheese Salad.
Green Chile Pork Soup
Get the slow cooker ready for all of the cozy recipes, liek this green chile pork soup!
Get our recipe for Green Chile Pork Soup.
Cinnamon-Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Wild Rice
Salad doesn't always have to be with leafy greens! This fall-inspired salad includes wild rice, sweet potatoes, red onions, and much more.
Get our recipe for Cinnamon-Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Wild Rice.
Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
This creamy copycat Panera broccoli cheddar soup slashes the calories so you can easily enjoy a bowl and experience weight loss this season.
Get our recipe for Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup.
Cuban Tomato and Black Bean Soup
Have a craving for black bean soup? Our version kicks it up a notch with some added protein and fiber!
Get our recipe for Cuban Tomato and Black Bean Soup.
Healthy Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Apples & Warm Bacon Dressing
Warm bacon dressing sounds just like the type of cozy salad dressing we need this season.
Get our recipe for Healthy Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Apples & Warm Bacon Dressing.
Open-Face Hot Ham and Cheese with Chipotle Mayo
Forget the top slice of bread! Cut the calories by serving your sandwich open face with a fork, like this toasty hot ham and cheese sandwich.
Get our recipe for Open-Face Hot Ham and Cheese with Chipotle Mayo.
Italian Tuna Melt
A toast tuna melt sounds like the ultimate comfort food to us!
Get our recipe for Italian Tuna Melt.
Chicken Panini with Pesto and Peppers
Snag your favorite whole grain bread and some leftover cooked chicken breast for this easy-to-make lunch panini.
Get our recipe for Chicken Panini with Pesto and Peppers.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
If you're not dipping your grilled cheese into a piping hot cup of tomato soup, you're doing it wrong!
Get our recipe for Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.
Herb Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables
Roasting up a chicken with hearty vegetables on the weekend is an easy way to have a ready-to-go protein leftover when you need simple weight loss meals throughout the week.
Get our recipe for Herb Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables.
Classic Beef Stew
A hearty beef stew is the definition of quitessential cozy, especially when the weather is chilly!
Get our recipe for Classic Beef Stew.
Chicken Pot Pie
This healthier version of chicken pot pie is the perfect dinner for a crowd on a chilly fall night.
Get our recipe for Chicken Pot Pie.
Chicken Sausage Lasagna
Give us all the pasta dishes! Cozy up with a slice of this chicken sausage lasagna, packed with all of the flavors you love but not packed with all the calories.
Get our recipe for Chicken Sausage Lasagna.
Rotisserie Chicken Parm Casserole
Use up leftover rotisserie chicken (or even leftover chicken from one you roasted on the weekend) with this easy chicken parm casserole recipe!
Get our recipe for Rotisserie Chicken Parm Casserole.
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
Fatty sausage and pasta with hearty greens sounds like the perfect cozy weeknight meal!
Get our recipe for Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe.
Curry with Cauliflower and Butternut Squash
Sweet and savory is the game with this caulfilower and butternut squash curry—the perfect warm meal to enjoy on the couch.
Get our recipe for Curry with Cauliflower and Butternut Squash.
Crock Pot Beef Ragu
Making beef ragu on a chilly October night just got a light easier thanks to this simple slow cooker recipe!
Get our recipe for Crock Pot Beef Ragu.
Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos
This dump-and-go carnitas recipe makes Taco Tuesday a much easier weeknight meal.
Get our recipe for Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos.
Pumpkin Pad Thai
Pumpkin can be savory, too! This pad thai is full of lean chicken, veggies, peanuts, and warm saucy noodles.
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Pad Thai.
Slow-Cooked Turkey Cassoulet
Got some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Throw together this easy slow cooker meal the night after for any lingering guests that are hanging for the weekend!
Get our recipe for Slow-Cooked Turkey Cassoulet.
Maple-Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables
This cozy chicken meal looks like it took hours to make, but really, it just took a few simple steps thanks to the handy slow cooker.
Get our recipe for Maple-Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables.
Slow Cooker Beef Goulash
Cozy meals and slow cookers go hand-in-hand, especially with this deliciously cheesy beef goulash recipe!
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Goulash.
Creamy Instant Pot Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese
Skip out on the extra carbs and enjoy this low-carb version of "mac" and cheese using mini bits of cooked cauliflower!
Get our recipe for Creamy Instant Pot Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese.
Sheet-Pan Vegan Sausage and Vegetable
Whether you're plant based or not, this easy sheet-pan meal makes for a perfect lean and clean weeknight dinner.
Get our recipe for Sheet-Pan Vegan Sausage and Vegetable.
Keto Tandoori Chicken Legs With Basil-Roasted Cauliflower and Pecans
Need more chicken recipes in your life? These flavorful tandoori chicken legs deserve a permanent spot on your meal plan rotation.
Get our recipe for Keto Tandoori Chicken Legs With Basil-Roasted Cauliflower and Pecans.
Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash
This turkey bolognese got even leaner thanks to this garlicky roasted spaghetti squash!
Get our recipe for Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash.
Craving Chinese takeout? Our version of orange chicken slashes the calories and ups the fiber, both important aspects for a healthy weight loss meal plan.
Get our recipe for Orange Chicken.
Roast Pork Loin Porchetta-Style with Lemony White Beans
This roasted pork loin is a perfect cozy weekend meal with very minimal effort to make!
Get our recipe for Roast Pork Loin Porchetta-Style with Lemony White Beans.
Chicken Ramen with Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach
Skip the noodles again for zoodles with this cozy bowl of chicken ramen with spinach and shiitake mushrooms!
Get our recipe for Chicken Ramen with Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach.
BBQ Pork Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Topping
A healthier twist on the usual shepherd's pie you're used to with sweet potatoes and pork!
Get our recipe for BBQ Pork Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato Topping.
Low-Calorie Braised Brisket with Horseradish Cream
Who wouldn't want a slice or brisket on the weekend, especially if it's paired with these garlicky mashed potatoes?
Get our recipe for Low-Calorie Braised Brisket with Horseradish Cream.
90-Minute Roasted Turkey with Orange-Cranberry Relish
Who knew cooking a turkey could be so easy! Whether it's simply for a weekend meal, or cooking for Thanksgiving itself, this roasted turkey is probably the easiest recipe you will ever make—trust us.
Get our recipe for 90-Minute Roasted Turkey with Orange-Cranberry Relish.
Healthy Basque Chicken
Between the fatty sausage, the juicy chicken, and the spicy broth, this basque chicken recipe is the definition of cozy.
Get our recipe for Healthy Basque Chicken.
Stuffed on the inside, breaded on the outside, this recipe takes your usual weeknight chicken meal up a notch with cozy vegetables and cheese!
Get our recipe for Stuffed Chicken.
Adding more vegetables into your pasta dishes is an easy way to add in more fiber and slash the calories, while still getting all of those cozy pasta dinner vibes!
Get our recipe for Zucchini Carbonara.
Creamy Mushroom Chicken
Creamy, saucy chicken with mushrooms sounds like the perfect comforting meal.
Get our recipe for Creamy Mushroom Chicken.
Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
When we hear comofort food, we think mac and cheese. So naturally, we had to make a few healthy versions of it!
Get our recipe for Spicy Macaroni and Cheese.
Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter
Make you rown pasta from scratch with our deliciously healthy butternut ravioli recipe!
Get our recipe for Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter.
Turkey Meat Loaf with Spicy Tomato Glaze
Meatloaf is another quitissential cozy meal for the fall, especially if it's served with our green bean casserole.
Get our recipe for Turkey Meat Loaf with Spicy Tomato Glaze.
Chicken and Dumplings
Pick your favorite fall movie and cozy up on the couch with a bowl of our healthy chicken and dumplings!
Get our recipe for Chicken and Dumplings.
Whether it's for a potluck, for the family, or even prepping it for yourself, you can't ever go wrong with a pan of this baked ziti.
Get our recipe for Baked Ziti.
Use up the rest of the apples from your apple picking adventure with this comforting apple cranberry crisp recipe. Don't forget the ice cream!
Get our recipe for Apple-Cranberry Crisp.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
This bread pudding recipe gets a fall twist thanks to your favorite fall superfood—pumpkin!
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding.
Sticky Toffee Date Cake
This toffee date cake is full of delicious natural sugar and is the perfect pair with a nighttime cup of decaf coffee.
Get our recipe for Sticky Toffee Date Cake.
Molten Lava Chocolate-Cherry Cake
Chocolate lava cake, in the Instant Pot? We're in!
Get our recipe for Molten Lava Chocolate-Cherry Cake.
Apple Pie with Crunch Topping
You can't miss baking a homemade apple pie during the fall—it's essential!
Get our recipe for Apple Pie with Crunch Topping.
The best part of the weather turning cooler is turning to our favorite comfort foods. But, they don't have to be unhealthy. Mix and match from this list for the best, healthy meal tonight.
A previous version of this article was originally published on October 21, 2021.