Comfort food -- satisfying favorites such as pizza, chili, chicken, tacos, quesadillas, and more -- don't have to be high in fat and calories to be delicious. Dig into these slimmed-down, nutritionally amped-up versions of some stick-to-your-ribs classics on the following slides.
As with many Mexican recipes, this dish has more vegetables than meat, which provides a lot of flavor with less bulk. It also includes chiles, which are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
Casseroles can be heavy and full of fat. This version uses whole-wheat pasta and breadcrumbs for more fiber than the typical variety, while fat-free milk, part-skim ricotta, and bit of sharp Parmesan lighten the casserole without sacrificing taste or texture.
Pizza can deliver lots of nutrition, as with this whole-wheat crust studded with lean turkey sausage, and antioxidant-rich orange peppers and arugula.
Get the heat of hot wings, without the skin or fat, in this take on the protein-packed game-day classic.
Try this easy, Asian-inflected tuna burger with a Caesar salad made of bitter treviso, a relative of radicchio.
Instead of deep-frying breaded oysters, as is traditional in the Louisiana standard, this version calls for tossing the bivalves in whipped egg whites, dredging them in toasted cornmeal, and then "oven-frying" on a baking sheet, with just a few spritzes of vegetable oil.
Taco salad has a reputation as being high in fat and calories, but this rethink improves the score on both counts. Ground turkey takes the place of beef, while nonfat yogurt mixed with lime juice, jalapeno, and cilantro makes a creamy dressing. Toast your own corn tortilla wedges to use instead of oily chips.
Use ground turkey or lean, grass-fed beef to make these patties formed with chopped basil leaves and chili pepper mixed into the meat. In summer, assemble the burgers with grilled zucchini and heirloom tomatoes to sample the best of farmers' market produce.
When it comes to healthy pizza toppings, think lean protein; eggs, as shown here, are a surprisingly delicious option.