Top Winter Recipes - Low Fat Dishes

When the days are short and the nights cold and long, it's tempting to indulge in some fattening comfort foods. Try these low-fat comfort foods instead. They're hearty and delicious.

  • 01 of 10
    Low Fat Macaroni and Cheese
    Low Fat Macaroni and Cheese. Fiona Haynes

    Macaroni and cheese is perhaps the ultimate in comfort foods, but if you use regular cheese, butter for a roux and whole milk, that's an awful lot of fat calories. Here's a low-fat macaroni and cheese dish that dispenses with the butter and substitutes reduced-fat cheese and nonfat milk for their full-fat counterparts.

  • 02 of 10
    Bowl of Turkey Chili

    This low-fat turkey chili is an ideal family supper, and one of my favorites. It's hearty, healthy and easy to prepare. Serve with a dollop of fat-free yogurt or sour cream on top.

  • 03 of 10
    Shepherd's Pie
    Shepherd's Pie. Fiona Haynes

    This a low fat take on a classic English dish. Shepherd's Pie was traditionally made with leftover meat--usually lamb or beef. This is a recipe that can be made ahead and frozen for later use.

  • 04 of 10

    Crockpot Chicken Chili

    Low Fat Crockpot Chicken Chili
    Low Fat Crockpot Chicken Chili. Fiona Haynes

    While chicken thighs have more fat than chicken breasts, their rich flavor means you can eat smaller portions. Here, the chicken thighs add depth of flavor in this simple, low-fat chicken chili.

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  • 05 of 10
    Sausage and Mushroom Stew
    Sausage and Mushroom Stew. Fiona Haynes

    The beauty of this sausage and mushroom stew is that it's quick and easy to make. I used lean Italian chicken sausage, but turkey sausage would be a good substitute. This stew doesn't really require anything extra, but if you're especially hungry, a slice or two of warm whole-grain bread would be a nice addition.

  • 06 of 10
    Lentil and Black Bean Soup
    Lentil and Black Bean Soup. Fiona Haynes

    Comfort foods needn't be high fat or high calorie. Soup is a great example. You can make delicious, nutritious, and satisfying soups such as this Lentil and Black Bean soup, which is packed full of low-fat, high-fiber goodness. If you choose to use vegetable broth, this makes a great vegetarian lunch.

  • 07 of 10

    Tamale Pie

    Low Fat Tamale Pie
    Low Fat Tamale Pie. Fiona Haynes

    This delicious tamale pie is a family favorite. A corn-topped pie is great for my husband who can't eat anything with gluten. It doesn't really need anything to accompany it, although we sometimes have some extra vegetables on the side.

  • 08 of 10
    Reduced Fat Turkey Meatloaf
    Reduced Fat Turkey Meatloaf. Fiona Haynes

    This is one of my favorite meatloaf recipes. Using lean ground turkey, breadcrumbs soaked in milk, and shredded vegetables make for a flavorful, tender, moist meatloaf. In fact, the recipe yields two turkey meatloaves. Enjoy with skinny mashed potatoes (substituting low-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk for butter and cream), and your favorite veggies.

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  • 09 of 10
    Low Fat Three Bean Crockpot Chili
    Low Fat Three Bean Crockpot Chili. Fiona Haynes

    A hearty, warming low-fat crock pot chili with extra-lean ground beef, kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans. Enjoy with some mini corn muffins.

  • 10 of 10
    Banana Bread Pudding
    Banana Bread Pudding. Fiona Haynes

    Here's a great way to use up over-ripe bananas, especially in the autumn and winter months. This easy-to-make low-fat banana bread pudding is the perfect antidote to a cold and wet day. This is a great brunch dish.