Top Healthy Comfort Food Recipes for the Winter

Mar 16, 2022

As the weather gets colder, it’s tempting to want to stay home, get cozy, and indulge in your favorite comfort foods. However, it’s important that you enjoy your favorite comfort foods while also reaching your nutrition and fitness goals! You can indulge in that cold-weather feeling with delicious seasonal comfort foods like chili or shepherd’s pie, while staying on track with your health goals. Healthy recipes can warm you up and leave you satisfied! Keep reading to get my best recipes for healthy and tasty meals sure to warm you up this winter. 


Breakfast in the winter can be especially hard. It’s so tempting to want to stay in your warm, cozy bed all morning! A good breakfast can help you get a jump start on your day and boost your metabolism. Check out some of my favorite seasonal breakfast recipes.

Pumpkin Pancakes

One of my favorite recipes to make in the fall and winter are pumpkin pancakes. With the rich flavor of the pumpkin spice, ground cinnamon, and pumpkin purée, these pancakes are guaranteed to give you the perfect start.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 

Another great breakfast option! This apple cinnamon oatmeal is another delicious way to start your day. The taste of warm apples and cinnamon in your oatmeal is bound to warm you up on a chilly morning and leave you feeling full. 

Between the pumpkin pancakes and the apple cinnamon oatmeal, these breakfast recipes are sure to get you out of bed first thing in the morning! 


Lunch is the perfect time for meals that are delicious, comforting, and quick and easy to take on-the-go. Explore my favorite lunch recipes below that are not only easy to prep for the week ahead, but also healthy takes on some comfort food classics. 

Chicken Noodle Slow Cooker Soup

One of my favorite cold-weather recipes to make ahead is my chicken noodle slow cooker soup. Soup is easily one of my favorite foods to eat in the fall and winter. Cook this delicious chicken noodle soup the day before and pack it with you for a perfect lunch time comfort meal! 

Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole 

Another favorite is my sweet potato enchilada casserole. This dish makes plenty and is a great lunch prep option! This warm and delicious casserole is the perfect comfort food to fill you up and get you through the rest of your day. 


As the weather starts getting colder, you may find yourself craving warm and tasty meals for dinner and a cozy night at home. Not only are these recipes full of flavor and Johnson-family favorites, they’re also light and healthy so you won’t feel guilty about what you’re eating! 

Vegetarian Chili

For a healthy, vegetarian take on a staple of every cold season try my Vegetarian Chili recipe. It is the perfect choice for a nutritious dinner without sacrificing the delicious, warm taste of chili! 

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Another great option is this Turkey Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It is a lighter alternative to the traditional dish and is the perfect recipe to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey for. It’s guaranteed to be a hit! 

These recipes will be the talk of your household dinners this winter! 
Now that you have some healthy recipes under your sleeve to enjoy your favorite comfort foods, you can fully enjoy the chilly weather and your favorite foods all while staying on track with your nutrition goals! While these were only some of my favorites, explore more recipes to try this season that may become your new favorite!

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