Leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping. Salad season is over, and warmer, heartier foods are taking center stage. The problem is, a lot of the ooey, gooey comfort foods you love this time of year can pack on the pounds if you’re not careful. And if you have kids, you’re well into the back-to-school grind, and it’s just easier to reach for fast-food and convenience meals over homemade and healthy ones.
The solution: These recipes retain all the satisfaction and yumminess (i.e., comfort) of the originals, but because they swap low-nutrient ingredients (grains, carbs, extra fat) for nutrient-dense vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds, they’re higher in nutrition and lower in excess calories. Bonus: double these recipes and freeze for faster future prep. Freeze in individual- or family-sized portions for anytime-meals that beat frozen microwavable entrées hands down.