Comfort Food Under 350 Calories
Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t indulge on comfort foods. We’ve compiled 13 of our favorite healthy comfort foods under 350 calories per serving.
Beef and Beer Chili – 261 calories for a serving
Serving size: 1 ½ cup serving
A serving of chili can have as much as 452 calories. But this beef and beer chili recipe from My Recipes has 261 calories per 1/ ½ cup serving.
Combine 1 ½ cups chopped red onion, 1 cup chopped red bell pepper, 8 ounces extra lean ground beef and 2 minced garlic cloves. Cook the mixture in a large Dutch oven for 5 minutes until the beef is browned. Add in 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add ½ teaspoon dried oregano, 1 19-oz can of drained red kidney beans, 1 14.5-oz can of no-salt diced tomatoes, 1 14-oz low-sodium beef broth, and 1 12-oz bottle of beer. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon cornmeal and cook for 5 minutes. Finally stir in 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Optional - add corn kernels of a small corn for another 62 calories.
Low-Carb Taco Casserole - 308 calories for a serving
Serving size: 229 grams or 1 cup
The regular taco casserole has at least 400 to 600 or more calories per serving. This tasty low-carb version from Yummly has 308 calories per serving.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook 2-pound lean ground beef until browned and drain any fat that has rendered. Season the beef with 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1 teaspoon onion powder. Spread the beef and spice mixture in a baking dish, add ½ cup salsa and ¼ cup water. Spread low-fat refried beans over the top of the beef mixture. Then spread ½ cup low fat sour cream over the beans. Top with 1 cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese and bake for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Then sprinkle chopped green onions.
Fluffy Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes – 174 calories per serving
Serving size: 3 pancakes
IHOP’s pumpkin spice pancakes has 590 calories but this tasty flourless and gluten-free version from The Big Man’s World only has 174 calories!
Combine 1 cup rolled oats, ¼ cup milk or almond milk, ½ cup pumpkin puree, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sugar-free low-carb maple syrup and mix in a blender. Add ¼ cup chocolate chips. Let the batter sit to thicken for 5 minutes. Pre-heat a non-stick pan and add ¼ cup batter in the pan. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, flip and cook the other side for 1 to 2 minutes. Cook until all the batter is used up
Healthy Vegetable Chicken Soup – 285 calories per serving
Recipe good for 6 servings
Chicken noodle soup is healthier than most comfort foods but a serving has around 400 calories; so this healthy and veggie-rich version from The Girl Who Ate Everything is just the right comfort you need on a cold Fall day.
Sauté 2 cloves of garlic, 2 cups chopped onion, 1 red chopped bell pepper, 1 chopped green bell pepper, 1 cup julienned carrots, and 1 ½ cups chopped celery until cooked. Add 5 cups of low sodium chicken stock, add salt and pepper, ¼ teaspoon soy sauce, and ¼ teaspoon hot sauce. Bring the soup to a simmer until the vegetables are tender. Add in spinach and then the noodles. Cook for 5 minutes. Finally, stir in 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken and simmer until the chicken is heated through. Serve and enjoy!
Apple-Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts – 92 calories per serving
Serving size: 2 mini doughnuts or 1 regular sized doughnut
Nothing says comfort than a warm old-fashioned apple-cinnamon doughnut. But a serving can have at least 330 calories. This lighter and petit version from Eating Well is a treat at 92 calories per serving.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and ¾ teaspoon cinnamon with 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, ½ teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ⅛ teaspoon allspice, and ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger in a large bowl. Whisk 1 large egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and ½ cup apple cider. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold in 1 finely chopped apple. Coat two 12-cup non-stick or silicon mini doughnut pans with cooking spray. Fill in each mini doughnut cup with 1 tablespoon of batter.
Bake the doughnuts for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean. Dredge the warm doughnuts in a mixture of 1 tablespoon sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
Eggplant Parmesan – 204 calories per serving
Recipe good for 6 servings
This Italian dish is a comfort food fave but a serving has more than 800 calories! This version from Eating Well only has 204 calories without sacrificing flavor.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut 2 eggplants crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices. Whisk 3 eggwhites and water in a dish and set aside. Combine breadcrumbs, ¼ cup parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper in another dish. Dip the eggplant slices into the egg white mixture then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the eggplants over and bake until crisp for about 15 minutes.
Add the 1/4 cup julienned basil to tomato sauce and spoon ½ cup of the sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange half of the eggplant slices over the sauce and spoon 1 cup of the remaining sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with half of the parmesan cheese and part-skim mozzarella. Add another layer of eggplant slices and top with tomato, mozzarella and parmesan. Bake uncovered until the top is golden for 15 to 20 minutes.
Special Occasion Lasagna – 284 calories per serving
Recipe good for 8 servings
We probably love lasagna more than Garfield loves them but a single serving can have more than 800 calories! Yikes! So this one from My Recipes is the perfect one when you want to indulge.
Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Combine 1 1/3 cups fat-free cottage cheese and 2/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese in a bowl. Stir in ¼ cup grated parmesan, 2 tablespoons minced chives, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon dry mustard, ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 large egg whites beaten, and 1 large egg beaten.
Spread ½ cup pasta sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange the noodles and top with half of the cheese mixture and 1/3 of the remaining pasta sauce. Repeat the layers once and spread remaining pasta sauce over noodles. Bake for 20 minutes and sprinkle with ¼ cup part-skim mozzarella and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted. Let cool a little before serving.
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Strips and Skinny Blue Cheese Dressing – 163 calories per serving
Serving size: 2 chicken strips and 2 tablespoon skinny blue cheese dressing
This game day staple can have as much as 800 calories per serving. This skinny version using skin-less lean chicken breast from Skinny Taste only has 163 calories per serving! It comes with a versatile skinny blue cheese dressing that’s also great on salads too!
Combine 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. Season 8 strips of chicken tenderloin with the spice mix. Sauté the chicken in a non-stick skillet with half of the ½ tablespoon oil and cook both sides for 3 to 4 minutes each in medium heat. Set aside. Preheat the remaining oil and chicken; pour ¼ cup of your preferred hot sauce on the chicken and toss well. Serve with celery sticks and 2 tablespoon skinny blue cheese dressing.
In a small bowl, mash ½ cup blue cheese and 6 oz fat-free Greek yoghurt. Stir in 1 tablespoon light mayo, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Healthy Baked French Fries – 265 calories per serving
Serves 8 people
We have a big weakness of anything fried and with potatoes. But a plate of deep fried crispy potatoe wedges has almost 400 calories. So we go for this baked version from The Clean Eating Couple at 265 calories.
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut 3 pounds russet potatoes into fry shapes. Place cut fries in a Ziploc bag and add 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 ½ teaspoon pepper and mix in the bag. Place the potatoes in a greased baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until fries are golden. Broil the fries for an extra few minutes to make them extra crispy.
Flourless & Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies – 230 calories per serving
Serves 12 people
A regular double choco cookie can have almost 400 calories or more. But this delicious flourless and gluten-free double chocolate cookie from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is a treat at 230 calories!
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, beat 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 2/3 cup coconut sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Beat in 1 large egg and stir in ½ cup dark chocolate chips. Form into balls and press 3 to 4 chocolate chips on top. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool completely or serve slightly warm for a crumbly cookie.
Skinny Chicken and Black Bean Burritos – 240 calories per serving
Serving size: 1 burrito
Did you know that a Chipotle Burrito can have at least 900 calories? That’s almost 2 meals and a snack! Thank god this skinny burrito from Betty Crocker (of all places) is great tasting and only has 240 calories!
Cook 2 servings of instant brown rice as directed on the package with 1/8 teaspoon salt.
In a microwave bowl, mix 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast, 1 can of 15 oz black beans, 1 cup salsa, and 2 teaspoon chili powder. Microwave for 2 minutes. Place cooked rice in a bowl and add in ¼ cup chopped cilantro and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Heat 8 8-inch low-fat whole wheat tortilla and spoon about ½ cup chicken mixture on tortilla. Top with ¼ cup rice mixture and 2 tablespoon cheese. Fold sides and add additional salsa.
Lavash Flatbread Pizzas - 192 calories per serving
Servings size: 2 slices
Everybody loves pizza but we don’t love the 300 plus calories per slice (more if you go for deep dish). So this lavash pizza from Skinny Taste is the best skinny pizza substitute.
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a 9 x 12” lavash flatbread lightly with olive oil spray. Top with 3 tablespoon marinara sauce, sprinkle 2 oz reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese and a pinch of dried oregano. Bake until the cheese melts for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with julienned fresh basil.
You can add 5 pieces of dried tomatoes (additional 30 calories) and 2 tablespoons sliced black olives (additional 25 calories) before baking.
Healthy Sloppy Joes - 300 calories per serving
Serving size ½ cup each
Sloppy Joes are a classic family and cafeteria favorite but a serving can have at most 600 calories. This healthier version from Healthy Seasonal Recipes has 300 calories and doesn’t skimp on the serving size!
Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet and add 2 medium diced sweet onions until translucent and browned. Pulse 10 oz white mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped. Add mushrooms to the onions and cook until the mushrooms release their juices for 4 to 6 minutes. Add 1 pound lean ground beef and cook for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons flour over the meat mixture and stir to get rid of clumps. Add in 1 cup crushed tomatoes, 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon thyme, pinch of freshly ground pepper, and pinch allspice. Simmer and stir until the beef is cooked through and the sauce has thickened for about 3 to 5 minutes. Serve on toasted whole grain buns.
"Beef and Beer Chili" - My Recipes, September, 2007
"Low Carb Taco Casserole Recipe" - Yummly, September 21, 2011
“Fluffy Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)” - The Big Mans World, September 4, 2017
"Healthy Vegetable Chicken Soup" - The Girl Who Ate Everything, March 23, 2017
"Apple-Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts" - Eating Well
"EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan" - Eating Well
"Rachel's Special Occasion Lasagna" - My Recipes, November, 2005
"Skinny Buffalo Chicken Strips" - Skinny Taste, January 8, 2014
"Skinny Blue Cheese Dressing" - Skinny Taste, April 10, 2010
"Healthy Baked French Fries" - The Clean Eating Couple, July 12, 2018
"Lavash Flatbread Pizzas" - Skinny Taste, September 20, 2011
"Flourless & Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies" - Chelsea's Messy Apron, June 9, 2014
"Skinny Chicken and Black Bean Burritos" - Betty Crocker