Superfood Comfort Foods

Thanks to the addition of powerhouse ingredients, these comfort classics are packed with nutrients. But they also offer all the great flavor you know and love in dishes like chili, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese. 
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Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Comfort Classics, Made Over

Satisfy your comfort food cravings with these main-dish makeovers featuring nutrient-packed superfoods, like kale, quinoa and sweet potatoes, for the same rich flavor.

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

This recipe captures many of the traditional flavors of chili, but boosts its texture, color and vitamins. Use protein-rich black beans, lean ground turkey, sweet butternut squash and chia seeds, for some unexpected crunch and thickening power.

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Roasted-Cauliflower Lasagna

Cauliflower is the star in this healthy lasagna, appearing in two roles — the first when it's blended into the ricotta cheese filling for texture, and the second when it's roasted and used in place of the traditional meatballs or sausage. Sweet red bell pepper adds complexity to the tomato sauce and balances the richness of the cheeses.

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Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese

This lightened-up but still creamy version of macaroni and cheese is full of protein — an impressive 29 grams per serving, quite an accomplishment for a vegetarian meal. The whole-wheat pasta, spinach and artichoke hearts add their vitamin, mineral and fiber superpowers.

Smashed Potatoes with Greek Yogurt and Scallions

Tangy Greek yogurt upgrades these otherwise simple mashed potatoes. Not only does it add protein and calcium, but it's also a probiotic, which is important for gut health.

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Healthy Eggplant and Kale Parmesan

All the classic elements of eggplant Parmesan are here. The surprise is a breading of almond flour and egg whites that bakes up tender on the inside and crispy on the exterior. Braising kale in the tomato sauce boosts the flavor and adds nutritional punch.

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Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This lightened-up recipe has everything you could want in a platter of nachos: the crunchiness of homemade tortilla chips, spiciness from saucy adobo-tinged pinto beans and creaminess from roasted sweet potatoes and avocado, all topped with a fresh salsa.

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Turkey, Kale and Oat Meatballs with Quick Tomato Sauce

A full bunch of vitamin-rich kale gives these turkey meatballs their vibrant green color. Rolled oats are used as a binder in place of breadcrumbs and add an extra bit of heart-healthy fiber.

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Turkey and Beef Meatloaf with Cranberry Glaze

Turkey and cranberries are a match made in heaven — why wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy it? This healthy take on meatloaf pairs the two in an inspired way: Turkey lightens up the traditional ground-beef base, and antioxidant-rich cranberries are the centerpiece of a tangy glaze.

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Healthy Garlic Shrimp and Quinoa Grits

The "supergrain" quinoa — which has more protein and fiber than any other grain — is the base for our healthier version of classic Southern grits. By cooking the quinoa in water instead of milk you'll save calories, leaving room to add butter and nutty Parmesan for richness.

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Healthy Whole-Wheat Pizza with Arugula Parsley Pesto

This nutrient-packed pesto is made with arugula for a snappy change of pace. Just a little perks up a hearty whole-wheat crust — but you'll quickly find other uses for it, too. It's a great topper for crostini, elegant with grilled chicken and (surprise!) a perfect partner to pasta. The dough is just as versatile. Make a batch to keep on hand in the freezer and defrost to room temperature as needed.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Whole-Wheat Pizza with Arugula Parsley Pesto