From rich and creamy dishes to casseroles, soups and stews – we are giving you all the cozy comfort food recipes in this roundup! Get ready to warm up your belly with some new comforting recipes.
Why we Love Comforting Food
Food is our love language, so creating cozy and satisfying recipes for families to share is a joyful process for us. Some of our favorite things about comfort food are:
- It brings the family together
- A favorite comfort food dish can transport you to another time and place
- It’s a celebration of food and the joy of cooking
- These recipes just “feel good” to make
Looking for more? Check out all of our healthy comfort food recipes!
Healthy Comfort Food Recipes
When we first changed our diets to remove a lot of processed foods, we started to miss some of our comfort food favorites.
So we decided that we could make a lot of the things we wanted with a healthier twist. Our goal was to make some indulgent tasting recipes with real food ingredients. Dishes that you can feel good about eating and feeding your family.
The Best Comfort Foods
So here are some of our absolute favorites! From a soupy pot roast to a low-carb take on mashed potatoes that’s better than the original, these are some staples you must try.
Easy Salisbury Steak (Paleo + Whole30)
Loaded Mashed Cauliflower (Keto, Low Carb)
Instant Pot Pot Roast (Paleo + Whole30)
Paleo “Cornbread” (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free + Dairy-Free Options)
Keto + Paleo Meatloaf (With Ground Beef & Pork)
We love casseroles for meal prep recipes and also for feeding a crowd. There is just something about popping a big casserole in the oven and smelling it cook that defines comfort food for me.
Chicken Pot Pie (Dairy Free)
Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole (Paleo, Whole30, GF + Dairy-Free)
Easy Taco Casserole (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole (Paleo + Whole30)
When the weather starts to turn cooler, nothing sounds better than a warm and cozy bowl of soup. With options here for your Instant Pot, slow cooker or the stovetop, you’re sure to find a recipe that will work for your preferred cooking method.
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Healthy Zuppa Toscana (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Pork Ramen Noodles (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Chicken Pot Pie Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-free)
These “healthier” versions of classic takeout dishes are some of the most popular recipes on our website. The next time you are craving a comforting dish from your favorite restaurant, consider making a homemade version instead.
Healthy Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thai (Paleo + Whole30)
Tender, Juicy Beef Barbacoa (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)
Healthy Orange Chicken
Homemade Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza
Much like soups, a filling stew is something that you must make when the fall and winter arrive. Full of hearty ingredients, these stew recipes will keep your belly warm and full.
Keto Beef Stew (Stovetop or Instant Pot)
Quick, Comforting Spanish Chicken Stew
Instant Pot Beef Stew (Paleo + Whole30)
Rich and Creamy Recipes
When we make these rich and creamy dishes, they are always a hit with family and friends. The next time you are hosting friends or cooking for your family, whip up one of these recipes and be prepared to be showered with compliments to the chef.
25-Minute Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Dairy Free)
Creamy Pork Chops (Paleo + Whole30)
Creamy Chicken Alfredo (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-free)
Skillet Chicken Thighs with Mustard Cream Sauce (No Dairy)
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20+ Warm and Cozy Comfort Food Recipes: Chicken Marsala
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 3 tbsp avocado oil, divided, (can use ghee or butter if you're ok with dairy)
- 1 shallot, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced, (cremini or button)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs, (parsley, thyme or oregano)
- 3 zucchini, spiralized
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- salt and pepper
- Prep shallot, garlic and mushrooms as noted. Chop herbs. You can also spiralize zucchini now or you will have time to do it later when the chicken is cooking and simmering (steps 4 & 7).
- Place arrowroot starch on a plate or shallow bowl and add salt and pepper. Mix with a whisk.
- Dredge the chicken thighs in the starch mixture so they are lightly coated on all sides. Set aside on a plate.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add about 2 tbsp avocado oil. Once hot, add the thighs to the pan to cook (you may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet).
- Cook the chicken without disturbing, for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until golden brown but not burnt. Remove and place on a plate. If you are cooking in batches, you may need to add more avocado oil in between batches.
- Keep the skillet at medium heat and add 1 tbsp avocado oil. Add the shallot, garlic, and mushrooms. Saute until mushrooms start to soften, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, vinegar, and lemon juice. Stir and reduce heat to low to simmer.
- Nestle the chicken back into the sauce and let simmer for 6-7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens and the chicken is completely cooked through. If your sauce is too thick, add more chicken broth (a small amount at a time) to thin it out to desired consistency.
- While the chicken is simmering, spiralize zucchini into noodles.
- Place one tbsp avocado oil in a separate large pan over medium heat.
- Once the pan is hot, add the zoodles and sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, tossing the zoodles frequently, for 3-4 minutes until the zoodles are warmed through but not mushy.
- Serve the chicken marsala over zoodles and garnish with fresh herbs.