Comfort Foods that won’t pack on Pounds

Comfort Foods that won’t pack on Pounds

Even when Fall is no where to be found, we often need to hunker down with a good old fashioned plate of comfort food. We don’t need to be judged for it; that comes from within our own minds after the meal is gone and the feeling of bloated discomfort settles in. Here are some healthy option to the traditional comfort foods that hit the spot without leaving baggage.

Spaghetti Squash

Not only is the spaghetti squash a nice alternative to pasta, it’s loaded with vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A and folic acid, as well as trace minerals of iron, magnesium, and potassium.

Spaghetti Squash with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Put cut side down in a glass baking dish and roast about 45 minutes until soft. Once cool enough to handle, scrap the insides with a fork to create spaghetti strands. You can do this ahead of time and reheat when you make the sauce.

Step 2: For the sauce, heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add ground beef. When almost done, add in zucchini, garlic and green onion and cook until veggies are soft 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Add in fire-roasted tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil and let simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Serve sauce on top of spaghetti squash and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 4 small zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 green onion (chopped)
  • 28oz canned fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning
  • Paprika
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt/pepper

(recipe by Sweet Paleo from Fast Paleo website)

Sandwiches

Some people love sinking their teeth into a corn beef or tuna salad sandwich. There’s no reason this lunch time ritual should be foregone. There is a simple and low-fat alternative to the traditional carb loaded meal favorite.

Lettuce wrapped sandwich

Take a large leaf of lettuce (butter or romaine work nice; even cabbage will do) and add the toppings of your choice. Whether tuna, ham, or topped with cucumbers and cream cheese, the crunch of the lettuce satisfies the need to sink your teeth into something delicious, while not over powering the taste of the ingredients.