32 Best Healthy Comfort Food Dinner Recipes

We’ve all experienced the hankering for comfort foods – but we don’t have to reach for potato chips, cake and deep-fried items for contentment and pleasure. There are plenty of healthy comfort food dinner recipes you can easily make on a regular basis to satisfy your food cravings and support your health at the same time.

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32 Best Healthy Comfort Food Dinner Recipes

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

Healthy Comfort Food

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup by Choosing Chia

This thick and hearty vegan soup is one you can enjoy as a complete meal, or pair it with some gluten-free bread for extra happiness.


Whole 30 Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Whole 30 Chicken Broccoli Casserole by Downshiftology

Have leftover chicken on hand? Use it up in this cheesy, dairy-free and deluxe Paleo casserole dish. Yum!


Authentic Instant Pot Chicken Pho

Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

Authentic Instant Pot Chicken Pho by I Am A Food Blog

Chicken soup might be the first meal that comes to mind when you think of healthy comfort food – and this spiced pho recipe makes it super easy by using the Instant Pot to speed up the process.


Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowls

Spicy Vegan Bowls

Spicy Sofritas Veggie Bowls by Pinch of Yum

This spicy, garlicky bowl of goodness is easy to meal prep, and we highly recommend extra scoops of guacamole with this one!


Loaded Sweet Potato With Chipotle Cashew Cream

Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

Loaded Sweet Potato With Chipotle Cashew Cream by Modern Proper

We love stuffed sweet potatoes because they are endlessly customizable. Start off with this nutrition-packed recipe, which comes with an amazing cashew cream.


Chorizo and Red Pepper Baked Gnocchi

Baked Gnocchi

Chorizo and Red Pepper Baked Gnocchi by A Saucy Kitchen

Give your gnocchi an upgrade by baking it in the oven alongside juicy tomatoes and sausage. Instead of dairy-based cheese for the topping, we opt for one of these dairy-free cheese recipes (or you can skip it altogether!).


Coconut Curry With Cod

Best Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

Coconut Curry With Cod by Meghan Telpner (*ACN Founder + Director)

This one-pot meal is done in 20 minutes, getting you that much closer to enjoying your healthy comfort food dinner. To make this vegan, swap the cod for beans or tofu!


Squash Teriyaki Sauce with Zucchini Noodles & Broccoli

Best healthy comfort food meals

Squash Teriyaki Sauce with Zucchini Noodles & Broccoli by Yummy Beet

Pack a bunch of extra veggies into your meal with this squash-based sauce along with zucchini noodles interspersed with regular gluten-free pasta. It’s a bright and tangy delight!


Easy Vegan Lasagna

Vegan Gluten-Free Lasagna

Easy Vegan Lasagna by Minimalist Baker

All you need are 10 ingredients and an hour to bake this yummy gluten-free and vegan lasagna.


Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

Pumpkin Quinoa Salad by Foodaciously

Yep, a salad can be comfort food – especially when it combines cooked elements like roasted pumpkin, gluten-free grains and warming spices. If you don’t want to wrangle a whole pumpkin, use any root vegetable or winter squash instead.


Marinated Teriyaki Eggplant

Teriyaki Eggplant

Marinated Teriyaki Eggplant by A Cupful of Kale

Eggplant haters will become devotees with this sweet and sticky recipe – and those that already love eggplant will be delighted at a new way to cook with it!


Chicken and Homemade Yellow Rice

Best healthy comfort food recipes

Chicken and Homemade Yellow Rice by Live Simply

This easy Instant Pot recipe is wonderful for weeknight meals and is a tasty way to help you consume more of the anti-inflammatory spice turmeric!


Amazing Fish Tacos

Fish Taco Recipe

Amazing Fish Tacos by Enchanted Plate (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

This healthy comfort food recipe is very family-friendly and is dead simple to make. Say yes to all the salsa.


Everything Bagel Tofu

Everything Bagel Tofu

Everything Bagel Tofu by Vegan Richa

Everything bagel seasoning is having an extended moment and we are on board for it!


Vegan Ramen With Shiitake Broth

Vegan Gluten-Free Ramen

Vegan Ramen With Shiitake Broth by Feasting at Home

The flavourful broth in this healthy comfort food soup combines two of our favourite ingredients: seaweed and medicinal mushrooms.


Moroccan Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato

Healthy Comfort Food Dinner Recipes

Moroccan Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato by Love Leaf Co

There are vegan and Paleo options here so there is something for everyone – and we love the addition of Moroccan spices.


10-Minute Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

10-Minute Teriyaki Chicken by A Simple Palate

You can’t go wrong with a 10-minute dinner – with recipes this easy, there’s no reason not to cook from scratch.


Instant Pot Thai Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Soup

Instant Pot Thai Coconut Lime Chicken Soup by Abra’s Kitchen

An insanely flavourful Instant Pot recipe that only gets better with the addition of noodles.


Spinach and Artichoke Burgers

Healthy Comfort Food Dinner Recipes

Spinach and Artichoke Burgers by Paleo Running Momma

This burger recipe is stuffed with vegetables and it’s fun to pile them with any toppings you adore. For more burger inspiration, check out these 20 Best Healthy Burger Recipes.


Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Kheema with Peas

Healthy Comfort Food Dinners

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Kheema with Peas by Feed Me Phoebe

You can make this boldly spiced slow cooker recipe with any ground meat. To make it Paleo,  serve with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.


Autumn Vegetable Stew

Autumn Veggie Stew

Autumn Vegetable Stew by Planted and Picked (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

We adore eating seasonally, and this healthy comfort food recipe allows you to use the veggies that grow where you live – and you can adapt it for any season.


Sheet Pan Chinese Cashew Tofu

Sheet Pan Dinner

Sheet Pan Chinese Cashew Tofu by Darn Good Veggies

If you like meals that have easy clean-up, a sheet pan dinner is something you need to make! This recipe has an absolutely delicious homemade sauce you’ll probably want to drizzle over everything.


Easy Beef Stew With 6 Ingredients

Healthy comfort food meals

Easy Beef Stew With 6 Ingredients by Cotter Crunch

We’ll never turn down a healthy comfort food recipe with only six ingredients! Easy peasy.


Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas

Turmeric Chicken Dinner

Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas by Running to the Kitchen

This one is like looking at sunshine on a plate! A good recipe for your cast iron skillet if you have one.


Gluten-Free Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

Vegan Stir-Fry

Gluten-Free Mushroom Soba Noodle Stir-Fry by Nyssa’s Kitchen

Stir-fries are wonderful quick meals so keep this recipe in your back pocket for days when you need to get dinner on the table fast.


Zucchini Involtini With Almond Ricotta

Healthy Comfort Food

Zucchini Involtini With Almond Ricotta by The First Mess

This grain-free and vegan recipe involves a little extra time to roll up the involtinis, so it’s probably more of a weekend thing, but you won’t regret making the effort.


Pumpkin Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas

Vegan Enchiladas

Pumpkin Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas by Wholefully

You know what’s comforting? Pulling a pre-made meal out of the fridge or freezer. This is an ideal recipe for batch cooking, as you can pop it in the freezer and enjoy later.


Easy Falafel Recipe

Gluten-Free Falafel

Easy Falafel Recipe by From My Bowl

Whether you want to make your falafel in the oven, on the stovetop or in an air fryer, this recipe has you covered. Stuff these falafels into gluten-free pita, or pile them atop a recipe-free dinner bowl.


Vegan Spicy Noodles With Pan-Fried Tofu

Vegan Spicy Noodles

Vegan Spicy Noodles With Pan-Fried Tofu by Healthy Nibbles

You can never have too many noodle recipes in a healthy comfort food roundup!


One-Pan Roast Sausages With Vegetables and Lemon

Sheet Pan Dinner

One-Pan Roast Sausages With Vegetables and Lemon by Simple Bites

Another delectable sheet pan dinner to the rescue! This post includes key tips for sheet pan dinner success, as no one wants a soggy dinner.


Paleo Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Paleo Pot Pie

Paleo Chicken Pot Pie Casserole by My Heart Beets

Make everyone happy with this chicken pot pie casserole that layers gluten-free flatbread over the top. Mmm.


One-Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs

Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

One-Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs by Ambitious Kitchen

We’ll never turn down healthy comfort food meatballs! Instead of using peanut butter in the sauce, we always use homemade nut or seed butter. Almond butter or sunflower butter work well in this!

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