Home Chef recipes: Healthy, delicious comfort food

TODAY asked readers to send in their best healthy comfort food recipes, along with their weight loss success stories as part of our Home Chef Challenge. TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer picked her three favorites, and viewers voted on the top one. Ilana Bucholtz took the title of TODAY's Home Chef, with her spaghetti squash primavera. Learn more about Ilana's healthy cooking tips, and get her recipe below, along with recipes from the runners up, and judge for yourself!

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Creamy spaghetti squash primavera
Servings:

Makes 2 entree-sized portions (or 4 servings if using as side dish)

Ingredients

    • 1/2 of a medium-sized spaghetti squash
    • 1 Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss wedge
    • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
    • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper and onion
    • 2 button mushrooms
    • 6 grape tomatoes
    • Ground pepper
    • Fresh basil (optional topping)

Preparation

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Hot mama pizza
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • For crust:

    • 1 head cauliflower
    • 1 egg
    • 3/4 cup shredded low-fat sharp cheddar or mozzarella cheese
    • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • For toppings:

    • 1/2 of a 10-oz can of Hunts tomato sauce
    • 3/4 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
  • Optional toppings:

    • Turkey pepperoni
    • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
    • Banana pepper rings or sliced jalapenos
    • 3 slices of prosciutto or capacola ham
    • Capers, mushrooms, peppers, sausage, etc.

Preparation

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Shrimp, quinoa and coconut waffle
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • For shrimp:

    • 1 cup jumbo shrimp
    • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
    • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
    • 1/2 cup chopped onions
    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • For waffle batter:

    • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups soy milk
    • 1/8 teaspoon xantham gum (optional, to thicken batter)

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