Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

There's a healthy meal waiting for you when you get home with these slow-cooker and casserole recipes.



On cold and blustery days, there's nothing better than coming home to a hot meal in a cozy home. Slow cooker meals and casseroles are ideal for preparing tasty foods with very little hands-on time.

But the key is keeping them healthy. That's where we come in. These recipes have it all: They're fuss-free, easy, they taste great and best of all—they have your health in mind. Enjoy!

Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Curry
Here's a gentle Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Curry dish that's sure to please American palates. For fun, try varying the garnish—add a few chopped peanuts or a little chutney.
—Nancy Reck, Mill Valley, California

Beef Barley Lentil Soup
It's easy to fill the slow cooker and forget about supper...until the kitchen is filled with the wonderful aroma of Beef Barley Lentil Soup, that is! I've served this soup often to family and friends on cold nights, along with homemade rolls and a green salad. For variety, she suggests substituting jicama (a starchy root vegetable found in the produce department of many grocery stores) for the potatoes.
—Judy Metzentine, The Dalles, Oregon

Slow-Cooked Swiss Steak
This is a favorite for me to make, because I can flour and season the steaks and refrigerate them overnight. The next morning, I just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and I have a delicious Slow-Cooked Swiss Steak dinner waiting for us when I arrive home from work.
—Sarah Burks, Wathena, Kansas

Barley and Corn Casserole
This hearty colorful Barley and Corn Casserole goes well with pork, chicken or fish. For convenience, it can be made ahead and refrigerated before serving.
—Diane Molberg, Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

Vegetable Beef Casserole
This easy one-dish Vegetable Beef Casserole recipe has been a family favorite ever since it was handed down to me 35 years ago from my husband's aunt. Add whatever vegetables you have on hand. A simple salad goes nicely with this dish.
— Evangeline Rew, Manassas, Virginia

Chicken Rice Casserole
Corn and red pepper bring color to this nicely seasoned chicken and rice bake. The crunch from toasted almonds sprinkled on top also sets it apart from classic versions of this Chicken Rice Casserole.
—Mary Louise Chubb, Perkasie, Pennsylvania

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