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30 Modern Twists on Your Favorite Comfort Foods

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Vietnamese Spaghetti Bolognese

Cultures combine for the greater good in this hybrid pasta dish. Just what is “the greater good,” you may ask? Good food! With the addition of a few key ingredients, this bolognese sauce takes on a delicious Vietnamese influence. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Shrimp and Grits Fritters with Chorizo and Spicy Mayo

Shrimp and grits are transformed into fritters in this recipe. The Southern classic gets a playful re-imagining by mixing baby shrimp and cornmeal into a moist, yet crispy fritter that’s topped with spicy aioli and a soft-boiled egg.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Gouda Mac and Cheese with Peaches and Prosciutto

Traditional mac and cheese gets a makeover in this recipe. Creamy gouda cheese sauce covers the pasta, before being topped with crispy prosciutto, onions, and peaches. Whip up a batch for close friends, or spoil yourself and eat it alone.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Sure, you’ve long been a fan of chocolate chip pancakes, and even banana chocolate chip, but how about pumpkin chocolate chip? This recipe folds the pumpkin puree into buttermilk pancake batter for a fluffy pancake that’s filled with a spiced pumpkin flavor.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

Indian butter chicken is transformed into a vegan-friendly dish in this recipe. Though the name suggests otherwise, the “butter” in this dish is actually a combination of coconut oil and coconut milk. Pieces of chicken are replaced with cauliflower for a meatless twist that’s totally delicious.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Peanut Butter and Jelly Coffee Cake

This recipe combines two classics to create a totally crave-worthy companion to your morning coffee (or glass of milk). Sweet jelly is layered between the peanut butter cake batter, which is covered with a nutty crumble. Kids and adults alike will love it.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Butternut Squash Carbonara

Sumptuous carbonara sauce is typically made with eggs, but this recipe uses butternut squash to achieve that creamy texture. Crispy pancetta and sage make sure it stays savory, but there’s a tasty sweet note that really makes this dish deliciously different.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Tahini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Though peanut butter might be your first choice as an addition to banana bread, tahini adds a surprising depth of flavor that takes things from good to irresistible. Throw in some chocolate chips for a welcome finishing touch. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Spaghetti Squash Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage, Mushrooms and Swiss Chard

For many, baked ziti remains an absolute favorite. In this update, the pasta is replaced by spaghetti squash, creating a dish that’s every bit as delicious, while still introducing more veggies into your diet. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

“Pho-Strami”

Traditional Vietnamese pho and the classic Jewish deli meat intersect in this gorgeous creation. Using pho spices, the beef is seasoned before being cooked and sliced into pieces that can be used in broth or in sandwiches. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls

Why choose between cinnamon rolls or s’mores when you could have both? These graham cracker cinnamon rolls are filled with decadent chocolate and a homemade marshmallow fluff that you won’t be able to stop eating. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Coconut Curry Shakshuka

This version of the traditional Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dish uses coconut cream and curry seasonings for an aromatic dish that tastes just as good as it smells. Serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get the recipe here.

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Roasted Garlic and Jalapeno Guacamole

This guacamole has a spicy kick thanks to the pickled jalapenos, but it’s cooled off not only by the creamy avocado, but also the sweet roasted garlic. It’s a great dip for small gatherings and binge-watching sessions alike. Get the recipe here.

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Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

Pot pie and mac and cheese unite in this inventive baked dish. Buttery, cheesy pie crust covers the mac and cheese-turkey pot pie hybrid, not only giving you a new way to eat more veggies, but also creating an easy make-ahead casserole in the process. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

No-Noodle Sweet Potato Sage Lasagna

Who doesn’t love lasagna? This recipe replaces the pasta with sheets of fresh sweet potatoes, and is full of herbed ricotta and sage for a sumptuous meal that’s big on vitamins, nutrients, and above all, flavor.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Grilled cheese and tomato soup may remind you of rainy school days, but this recipe cleverly updates that tradition. The roasted tomatoes give the soup a smoky flavor that you’ll love. Plus, the creamy tomato soup is topped with a surprise—mini grilled cheese croutons!

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Spicy Lentil Nachos with Three Cheese Sauce

Whether you’re a vegetarian, or just trying to eating less meat, these nachos will definitely hit the spot. Creamy cheese sauce ensures that every bite is perfect, especially when you taste the lentils cooked in enchilada sauce. Get the recipe here.

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BLT with Sweet and Sour Bacon and Avocado

BLTs are simple and delicious, but this recipe takes them a step further. Fresh cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado and crispy bacon sit atop leaves of lettuce and toasted bread to create an open-face sandwich that’s a real treat.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Sweet Potato Tacos

This meatless recipe uses spicy roasted mushrooms and sweet potatoes to create a delicious taco that’s wonderfully filling. Add your favorite toppings, like salsa or sour cream, and you’ve got it made.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Cauliflower Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Sauce

These stuffed shells mix sweet, savory, and spicy perfectly. Cauliflower pieces are seasoned and mixed with crunchy pine nuts, then stuffed into the pasta and baked. Did we mention it’s dairy-free? Get the recipe here.

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Guacamole Egg Rolls

Finally, there’s no need to worry about double dipping! In this recipe, egg rolls are filled with luscious guacamole before being fried until the exterior is crispy. This is the perfect finger food to serve at parties, since both kids and adults will love them!

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Roasted Ratatouille with Spaghetti

Ratatouille, a traditional French casserole of roasted vegetables, is transformed into a lovely sauce thanks to this recipe. The tender vegetables also get a bit of spice to create a flavor that’s not dissimilar from a classic arrabbiata sauce.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Coconut Meringue Macaroons

Coconut macaroons get a slight update with the use of meringue in this recipe. The best part is that the ingredients remain almost exactly the same as for traditional macaroons. The difference is in the Italian meringue, which is used instead of just egg whites and sugar.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Churro Bacon Waffles

If you love churros, then you need to try these. The popular fried dough is the inspiration for these rich waffles, which are also filled with crispy thick cut bacon. Serve them for brunch, or even as dessert when paired with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes

Though native Italians aren’t necessarily fans, chicken parmesan is an absolutely delicious classic. In this recipe, it is reborn as a sloppy joe sandwich with ground chicken rather than chicken breast. After being cooked into a tomato sauce, it’s sprinkled with breadcrumbs and parmesan, and plopped on a bun with mozzarella.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

5-Ingredient Jalapeno Enchilada Pizza

This is one way to switch up pizza night! Using only five ingredients, this recipe replaces pizza sauce with enchilada sauce, and tops it off with a cheesy blend and a sprinkle of jalapeno peppers. Better yet, it only takes 20 minutes to make.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Homemade Spaghetti-o’s with Crunchy Manchego

If your only memory of spaghetti-o’s is from a can, then it’s time you recreated them from scratch and see how good they can be. This recipe pairs the circular pasta with an aromatic tomato sauce and crispy baked manchego cheese.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Cider-Chai Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Barbecue fans around the world know the number one rule to tender pulled pork is cooking it slowly. Though many people have a blend of spices they swear by, many go the route of cloves, onions, and apples. This recipe, however, uses chai tea and unsweetened apple cider to give the pulled pork a luscious taste and smell.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

French Onion Soup Pie

All the wonderful flavors of French onion soup are present in this pie, which is a cross between a savory bread pudding and a quiche. The cheesy bread you typically find on top of the soup is re-purposed as the crust, with lots of gruyere cheese for the onion filling. Get the recipe here.

food, 30 modern twists on your favorite comfort foods

Deconstructed Bangers and Mash

This classic British dish is wonderfully cozy. In this updated version, rather than leaving the sausages whole, they are cut into pieces perfect for scooping up along with the mashed potatoes. The rich gravy is also made with dark stout for a truly sumptuous meal. Get the recipe here.

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