Healthy comfort food recipes to get you through the winter

It's easy to fall victim to the mouth-watering heartiness of comfort food, especially during the cold winter months.

There's nothing like a warm, homemade soup or pasta dinner to brighten up even the coldest and most dreary winter days. Yet most of these dishes, such as mac and cheese, creamy mashed potatoes and thick stews, are traditionally full of sodium, saturated fat and processed meat.

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Healthy comfort food recipes to get you through the winter

The Pritikin Program of Diet and Exercise, which has been found to advance weight loss and prevent and control many chronic diseases, cautions consuming too much oil, salt and refined sugars and grains. It also advises avoiding processed and organ meats, foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol-rich foods. Although this may lead you to conclude that comfort foods are off the table completely, believe it or not, with a little tweaking you can still enjoy an entire menu of delicious, hearty meals.

Here are three healthy recipes for enjoying comfort food this winter:

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Vegetable Lasagna
Who says lasagna has to be filled with processed meat and layers of unhealthy cheeses? At Pritikin, award-winning chefs have created amazingly tasty foods full of nutritional, healthy ingredients that are just as satisfying as your traditional comfort foods.
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Marinara Sauce
  1. Cut or grate the tomatoes to your desire, or puree them.
  2. Heat a non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Slowly brown the onions and garlic.
  3. Add in the diced or pureed tomatoes, black pepper and dried basil.
  4. Continue to cook over medium heat until the sauce becomes thick. This should take about 40 minutes.
  5. Blend in the Splenda and fresh basil to finish.
  6. Use sauce in the lasagna recipe below.
Lasagna
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Soak the sliced eggplant in cold water for 10 minutes and drain.
  3. Boil a large pot of water over medium heat.
  4. Cook the sheets of lasagna until al dente.
  5. Using a lasagna pan, layer the bottom with 1/2 cup of your homemade sauce.
  6. Top with a layer of lasagna sheets, followed by eggplant, zucchini, spinach and onions.
  7. Add oregano, garlic and more marinara sauce. Cover with ricotta cheese.
  8. Continue layering in this pattern until all ingredients except mozzarella cheese are gone.
  9. Finish with remaining sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes.
  11. Allow the dish to cool before enjoying.
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Mashed Potatoes
Creamy, mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish to a number of entrees. These spuds are a great way to get fiber and other nutrients from complex carbohydrates, yet when they're loaded with heavy cream it can quickly diminish their value. This winter, try out one of Pritikin's most popular recipes.
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  1. Boil potatoes in large pot of water for about 25 minutes, or until soft.
  2. While potatoes are boiling, sauté corn kernels for about 5 minutes in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Use a food processor to blend the softened corn kernels until they form a paste-like consistency.
  4. When potatoes are boiled, bring them to a large mixing bowl and mash with a wire whip.
  5. Add the corn, hot milk, sour cream and nutmeg if desired. Whisk until potatoes are fluffy and serve right away.
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Turkey Meatloaf
When it comes to choosing an entree for dinner, the Pritikin Eating Plan advises skinless, white-meat turkey or chicken for two reasons. These sources of poultry are high in protein and at the same time, reasonably low in cholesterol and saturated fat. When it comes to making a rich and satisfying meatloaf dish that is healthy but still delectable, extra lean ground turkey is the way to go.
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Use a food processor to grind the turkey.
  3. Once it's ground, add it to a large mixing bowl.
  4. One by one, add each ingredient.
  5. Thoroughly combine all ingredients together.
  6. Lightly spray a non-stick meatloaf pan.
  7. Pour the entire turkey mixture into the pan and spread it evenly.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and cook for another 25 minutes.
  10. Remove meatloaf from the oven and allow pan to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
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Bonus chef tip: If desired, lightly saute 2 to 3 cups of your favorite mushrooms in light red wine for two minutes. Pour over meatloaf before serving and enjoy!

Lightly sauteed mushrooms are a delicious topping for your meatloaf dish.Lightly sauteed mushrooms are a delicious topping for your meatloaf dish.

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