Eating a well-balanced diet that can help you lose weight doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favorite comfort foods like pizza, pasta and brownies. These good-for-you versions feature healthy hacks such as using squash in place of traditional noodles for a lower-carb lasagna and adding healthy fats like avocado to brownies.


‘Free’ Mac n Cheese With Broccoli


This comfort food favorite is made healthier by blending butternut squash, almond milk, miso and nutritional yeast to make a rich, creamy sauce that’s got a good dose of nutrients while still seeming decadent. Gluten-free pasta made with ancient grains quinoa and amaranth adds fiber and a nutty bite.

Cauliflower-Crust Margherita Pizza


Classic Neapolitan toppings on a 21st-century crust: It’s pizza you can dig into while meeting your nutrition goals. The cauliflower crust is fully baked before toppings are added. Make the “dough” up to a day ahead for an easy weeknight dinner.


Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


Uproot Kitchen’s vegetarian spaghetti squash lasagna is a gluten-free, low-carb, and saucy delight! This main dish features simple ingredients like spaghetti squash, baby spinach, and mozzarella cheese. Make this one-dish casserole in advance and freeze pre-portioned leftovers for a quick reheatable dinner. It’s perfect for those busy nights!


Sweet Potato Superfood Flax Fries


Who can resist a side of fries? These sweet potato fries from Running with Spoons will leave you feeling satisfied. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A and fiber, and these naturally sweet spuds are enhanced by a drizzle of maple syrup, while flax seeds provide a crunchy coating and a dose of omega-3s.