Good news for any person on a healthy-eating quest: There’s no need to give up foods you love—even if they’re slightly sinful or topped with gooey cheese. Check out our favorite Pinterest picks for cleaned-up comfort foods.
Pin it: Vegan Mac & Cheeze | KitchenGrrrls
Secret ingredients turn the ultimate comfort dish into a balanced 30-minute meal.
Pin it: New England Chowder | Divine Healthy Food
Swap in mushrooms for clams; cauliflower for cream, and you’ve got velvety low-fat vegan chowder.
Pin it: Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Cake | The Pancake Princess
This chocolate fudge cake is gluten-free and guiltless. No need to take a “cheat day” just to have a slice.
Pin it: Loaded Portobello Burger | This Rawsome Vegan Life
Looking to cut back on meat? If it weren’t for a double take, we’d swear this was a juicy burger.
Photo: Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life
Pin it: Crispy General Tso’s Tofu | Domestic Superhero
For a healthier base than battered meat, drench high-protein tofu in that addictive sauce.
Photo: Lisa Pitman of Vegan Culinary Crusade
Pin it: Snack Pack Vegan Cheesecake | Vegan Culinary Crusade
A dreamy, New York-style cheesecake for one, made with bright lemon, sweet dates, and creamed cashews for the perfect texture.
Pin it: Green Mashed Potatoes | The Year in Food
Add greens to the recipe for nutritiously superior mash that you’ll love to resurface on St. Patty’s Day.
Photo: Lauren Goslin of Oatmeal with a Fork
Pin it: Cheesy Sweet Potato Nachos | Hola Jalapeño
Replace tortilla chips with crunchy potatoes to get vitamins A and C, for sharp eyes and fighting free radicals. Don’t worry, there’s still cheese.
Pin it: Veggie Sloppy Joes | The Curvy Carrot
Use squash and soy crumbles for leaner cookout food that still tastes like the deep South.
Pin it: Paleo Watermelon Cake | Paleo Cupboard
Curb cake cravings, quickly, with a frosting-topped wedge of melon.
Photo: Amy Densmore of Paleo Cupboard