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Warm and Cozy Comfort Food Recipes

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

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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)
This easy salisbury steak is a savory comfort food recipe. With a rich mushroom and onion gravy, you'd never guess that it's Paleo and Whole30 friendly!
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Loaded Mashed Cauliflower (Keto, Low Carb)
This Keto + low carb loaded mashed cauliflower goes with all the proteins and with all the other veggies. Perfect for picky eaters and get togethers!
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Instant Pot Pot Roast (Paleo + Whole30)
This Paleo + Whole30 Instant Pot pot roast is a favorite of ours, especially once the weather turns chilly! It’s a hearty, cozy and healthy dinner! 
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Paleo “Cornbread” (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free + Dairy-Free Options)
Soup and chili season just begs for cornbread, right?! This Paleo "cornbread" brings a little comfort food to your winter this year and it's easy to make!
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Whole30 Paleo Meatloaf (Gluten-Free + Keto)
A healthy take on a classic dish, this Whole30 + Paleo Meatloaf is the ultimate in clean eating comfort food. Also gluten-free, low carb and keto friendly.
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Casserole Recipes

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 Casserole (Paleo)
This Paleo chicken pot pie casserole has a creamy, dairy-free filling with all the chicken pot pie goodies, and a crust that will have you swooning!
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Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole (Paleo, Whole30, GF + Dairy-Free)
This creamy garlic spaghetti squash casserole is so saucy and delicious! It has a creamy, Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-Free sauce packed with garlicky goodness.
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Easy Taco Casserole (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto easy taco casserole is a great meal prep recipe, and the healthy casserole leftovers are perfect for re-heating for lunches!
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Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole (Paleo + Whole30)
A delicious creamy breakfast hashbrown casserole that's dairy-free, egg-free and filled with onions and sausage, what's not to love with this one?
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Soup Recipes

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)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot white chicken chili is an easy recipe that’s a perfect weeknight dinner. Only 10 minutes of prep for a healthy meal!
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Healthy Zuppa Toscana (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
There’s something extra cozy about a big bowl of soup on a fall day. This Whole30 Healthy Zuppa Toscana is a great way to enjoy a creamy, dairy-free soup! 
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Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Since the weather turned chilly, this crockpot chicken enchilada soup is one that we’ve had on repeat! It’s so tasty and warming.
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Pork Ramen Noodles (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
I’m a big fan of healthy soups and also a big fan of comfort food. This Paleo + Whole30 pork ramen makes me feel all warm and cozy! 
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-free)
This chicken pot pie soup is Paleo, Whole30 and dairy-free and uses all real food ingredients to bring you a classic comfort food dish in a bowl.
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Takeout Remakes

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)
This healthy Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thai has Thai flavors but with healthy sweet potato noodles, creamy cashew butter and coconut aminos instead of peanut and soy. You will love how tasty and comforting this dish is.
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Beef Barbacoa (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
Make this Paleo + Whole30 beef barbacoa in your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. It’s a little smoky with some spice and citrus, and it makes lots of leftovers! 
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Healthy Orange Chicken
Get that sweet, sticky sauce you crave with this healthy orange chicken. Without all the processed ingredients and MSG, this easy recipe is Paleo + Whole30!
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Homemade Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza
Gluten free flatbread pizza sliced into pieces with ranch drizzled on top.
Date night in with a homemade flatbread pizza! Gluten free and dairy free, but you can definitely add cheese. The best homemade pizza night!
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Stew Recipes

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)
Overhead shot of keto beef stew with spoon dipping in
This low-carb beef stew recipe requires just 15 minutes of preparation! It's super easy to make, whether in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. It’s loaded with low carb veggies including radishes, celery and mushrooms and tender beef chuck roast. Seasoned simply with Italian seasoning for added depth of flavor.
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Quick, Comforting Spanish Chicken Stew
Looking for a hearty, Spanish-style chicken stew, but don't have all day? Easily make it on the stove top or in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Beef Stew (Paleo + Whole30)
Add this Paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot Beef Stew to your agenda, it’s an easy and tasty one you can enjoy all year long. It’s packed with vegetables and you can top it with healthy fats and chopped green onion. 
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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.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Dairy Free)
Close up overhead image of creamy tuscan chicken in a skillet with fresh herbs, spinach and sundried tomatoes.
Spinach, fresh herbs and sun-dried tomatoes combine in one pan to create this dairy-free creamy tuscan chicken! Gluten-free, Paleo & Whole30.
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Creamy Pork Chops (Paleo + Whole30)
Perfectly seared pork chops smothered in a creamy sauce mixed with onions and mushrooms, these creamy pork chops are the ultimate healthy comfort food.
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Creamy Chicken Alfredo (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-free)
Creamy, dairy-free and healthy comfort food, this Paleo + Whole30 creamy chicken alfredo is an easy, weeknight dinner the whole family will love!
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Creamy Mustard Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)
This Paleo + Whole30 creamy mustard chicken is about to take your chicken game to the next level! It's creamy, dairy-free and full of flavor!
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20+ Warm and Cozy Comfort Food Recipes: Chicken Marsala

4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
This easy chicken marsala is a healthy take on cozy comfort food. Plus, we are giving you all the cozy comfort food recipes in this roundup from rich and creamy dishes to casseroles, soups and stews.
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Ingredients

  • 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)

For serving:

  • 3 zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • salt and pepper
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Instructions 

  • 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.
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