Delicious and Easy Lower Calorie Lower Carb Comfort Food Recipes

Delicious and Easy Lower Calorie Lower Carb Comfort Food Recipes

Good Comfort Food doesn’t have to be all about gravy, biscuits, potatoes, fat, and calories. Cutting down, cutting out, or replacing one or two high carb-fatty ingredients makes calorie-laden recipes healthier, lighter, and full of savory guiltless enjoyment! Read on friends for healthier, delicious, and easy lower calorie, lower carb comfort food inspiration!

8 lower calorie lower carb cofort food recipes with a cast iron chicken pot pie

Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, and Deviled Eggs are serious comfort foods in my house. Below are a few of our favorites… a little lighter but full of delicious, warm, savory flavors…Delicious and Easy Lower Carb Comfort Food Recipes👇👇

TIPS TO MAKE COMFORT RECIPES LOWER CALORIE-LOW CARB

  • use more veggies and lean protein than what the recipe calls for
  • instead of sauteing veggies in oil…use spray oil, spray the bottom of the pan and your ingredients, and add a little water or broth
  • when using flour to thicken soup, sprinkle 1/2 the amount of flour over the sauteing veggies…stir in until all veggies are coated, add seasonings to mix and then add broth
  • if your recipe is potato-based, try replacing half the potatoes with cauliflower
  • beans are easy to thicken, just mash up half the ones in the pot and leave the other beans whole

LOWER CARB SOUPS

Chicken Tortilla Soup

white bowl full of lower carb chicken tortilla soup with a few chips, avocado, and fresh cilantro

This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is simply the best all-time favorite family comfort soup. Store-bought chicken broth, canned tomato soup, rotisserie chicken, a perfect blend of seasonings and cheese make it an easy and fast, happy meal. This one-pot soup can be easily adjusted to any consistency, any carb level, and milder or hotter spice level. 3 Weight Watcher points per bowl, 2 points for 6 tortilla chips! Enjoy!!!

Simple Crockpot Curry Vegetable Soup

full bowl of easy lower carb curry vegetable soup

This easy, creamy but light Curry Vegetable Soup makes getting your daily dose of veggies super easy since it’s made in the crockpot.

Curry Vegetable Soup is not only packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber it is naturally low carb, gluten-free and low calories. If you’re following a Weight Watchers diet it is approximately 3 points per serving with the cream cheese included. To make it 0 points just eliminate the cream cheese. Make it harder…add your favorite meat! Better the next day:) Enjoy!!

Easy 30 Minute Wonton Soup

easy 30 minute shrimp wonton soup in a white bowl with chop sticks

This super easy 30 minute Wonton Soup with Shrimp tastes a lot like P.F. Chang’s” wonton soup recipe but there is one difference… it is by far better! Add a few baked shrimp eggrolls and some make-ahead baked rice and you’ve just saved yourself money and calories. Win, Win, Win!!

The flavors in this Wonton Soup are deliciously simple and delightfully light. Four wontons have only 1 Weight Watcher point…low on calories but high on the flavor meter! The best part…it’s done in 30 minutes or less!! Enjoy!!

SIMPLE CROCKPOT SPICY MEXICAN CHICKEN SOUP & SOFT TACO FILLING

White bowl full of spicy chicken soup and soft taco filling with cilantro, lime and tortilla strips

This simple naturally low carb Mexican Chicken Soup and Soft Taco Filling is packed with light, savory, spicy flavors for a perfect all-season soup. Put this one-pot meal together fast and easy in your crock pot for a delicious no fuss, low carb bowl full of yum! This makes the best soft taco filling too!!!

Lazy Comfort Dishes

Easy Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

comforting easy old fashioned chicken dumplings in a white bowl

Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe is a one-pot, old-fashioned, comfort food classic and will instantly be a family favorite. Mouthwatering savory, light, herby broth, perfect, delicious dumplings, and lots of fresh veggies and rotisserie chicken…You will want this one on your weekly meal must-haves!

This easy Chicken and Dumplings recipe is much better than traditional heavy, thick, gravy recipes that use milk or cream and lots of flour in the broth. It’s “lighter” with fresh herb seasonings, 4 oz of herbed whipped cream cheese, lots of broth, and just 2 tablespoons of flour. It’s good…real good! Each dumpling has approximately 3 Weight Watcher points and the whole pot of broth has around 8 Weight Watcher points. Enjoy this dish!!!

Easy Lower Calorie Chicken Pot Pie

lower carb chicken pot pie in a cast iron pan

What’s more soul-warming than a savory, chunky, homemade Chicken Pot Pie with a rich, creamy filling loaded with chicken and tons of nutritious vegetables? This one skillet meal is topped off with a fast and easy crescent roll crust, is Weight Watcher friendly, and perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Lazy comfort food at it’s best!

This recipe is one of my favorites to feed my hamburger, Queso, Gumbo loving family. I love it when I can sneak something healthy into our diet without them even knowing it. Thanks to the 98% fat free Cream of Mushroom Soup and the Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls this recipe cuts the traditional Chicken Pot Pie calorie and fat count by more than half. Enjoy!!

Curry-Dill Deviled Eggs

close up of a curry dill deviled egg

Deviled eggs with curry and fresh dill are about the easiest anytime appetizer dish there is! They are often gobbled up at barbecues, funerals, holidays (especially Easter), potlucks…anytime! And being naturally low carb they are perfect for most dieters! And two halves only have 1 Weight Watcher Points!!!! Enjoy!!

Make these wonderful comfort recipes for your whole family and then hide enough for a delicious leftover lunch for the cook! Two meals down and maybe your waistline too!

Savory and Simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole

delicious comfort mashed potato cauliflower casserole in a white bowl with green onions

Savory and simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole is loaded with all the savory comfort flavors of “real” mashed potatoes like real butter, cream cheese, and cream but a little less carby. Try it with Crockpot Drip Beef for a bun less bowl full of comfort and joy!

Enjoy!!!

Easy Lower Calorie Lower Carb Comfort Foods

Savory, simple, lower calories and lower carb comfort foods.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword anytime meal, budget friendly, low calorie, low carb, weight watchers
Calories

Ingredients

  • Best Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • 30 Minute Wonton Soup
  • Simple Crockpot Curry Vegetable Soup
  • Crockpot Mexican Chicken Soup and Soft Taco Filling
  • Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings
  • One Pot Lower Calorie Chicken Pot Pie
  • Low Carb Curry Dill Deviled Eggs
  • Savory & Simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole
How to Boil the Perfect 10 minute Egg

How to Boil the Perfect 10 minute Egg

How to boil the perfect 10 minute egg for use in egg salad, deviled eggs, chefs salads is not so easy when you’re trying not to over cook them. A lot of people, including myself, can easily mess it up ending up with the dreaded green ring around the yolk, yuck! No one wants to eat hard boiled eggs with a green tint! 

I’d say my eggs come out perfect about 60 percent of the time. And as much as I cook you’d think that’s a pretty bad average. But I’m here to tell you…it’s just not that easy!!!

Timing and paying attention is key in boiling the perfect 10 minute egg!

I’ve found the most essential step to a perfect hard boiled egg is timing. Timing is KEY! If you let them sit for less than 10 minutes then you end up with soft boiled eggs that are meant to be eaten plain with a little salt sprinkled on the tops.

You ask 5 cooks how to boil an egg and you’ll get 5 different answers. They’re basically the same but just tweaked a little differently.

raw eggs just starting to boil in a pot on the stove

 1-10-10 method

Step by step, How to Boil the Perfect 10 minute Egg:

  • Place the eggs in an empty stainless steel pot and fill cool tap water to just cover the tops of the eggs.
  • Shake a little salt, I use Iodized Fine Sea Salt in the water…maybe 3 to 4 shakes. (I’m really not sure if this is necessary but my sweet mama taught me to do that so I do:)
  • Turn the heat to medium high and wait for it to boil. This is critical so stay close and make sure you notice when it starts to boil. (this is actually where I fail…I don’t pay attention!)

 

boiling eggs in a pot on the stove

Number 1 in 1-10-10 method

  1. Let it boil rapidly for 1 minute. 
  2. After the minute is up, cover the pan with a lid and take off the heat.

The first number 10 in the 1-10-10 method

The next critical step is letting the eggs sit for 10 minutes or until the desired doneness. Cooked eggs cooling in an ice bath in the sink

The second number 10 in the 1-10-10 method

Let the eggs sit in the cold water for at least 10 minutes. If you happen to go beyond the 10 minutes then it’s really no big deal.

Hard boiled egg being cracked and shelled

The very last step is peeling!!! Who hates this part?‍♀️?‍♀️, I do!!!

The easiest way is to gently hit the egg shell on the side of the sink and let it crack into little pieces all around the egg. Find the indented part on the top. Shell this part first; finding the membrane just under the shell. Shell the egg under running water and it should come right off!

In the end you should have really yummy hard boiled eggs perfect for my Curried-Dill Deviled Eggs

comparison between the 5 minute egg and the 10 minute egg with words

Eggs are one of those few really perfect foods!

Enjoy!!

    

 

 

Perfect 10 Minute Egg

1-10-10 Egg Boiling Method
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword 0 point foods, 0 weight watchers, breakfast, Cold, deviled eggs, eggs, free foods, low carb, lunch, salad, weight watchers
Prep Time 21 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories
Author Elise
Cost 3.5

Instructions

  • Place desired amount of eggs in a deep pot and cover eggs with cool tap water.
  • Place on stove burner and turn heat up to medium high. Sprinkle with salt, 3-4 shakes.
  • Bring to a boil and let boil rapidly for 1 minute.
  • Cover with lid and take of heat.
  • Let eggs sit covered for 10 minutes.
  • Place hot eggs in ice bath and let sit for 10 minutes or longer.
  • Crack eggs on the side of the sink, find the membrane under the shell, and shell under running water.

words and photos of the perfect 10 minute boiled egg

How to Boil the Perfect 5 minute Egg

How to Boil the Perfect 5 minute Egg

Who would think boiling an egg could be so intimidating? A lot of people, including myself, can easily mess it up!! The dreaded green ring is a real thing…really it is! Check out my Deviled Egg post for an example of the dreaded green ring!

I’d say my eggs come out perfect about 60 percent of the time. And as much as I cook you’d think that’s a pretty bad average. But I’m here to tell you…it’s just not that easy!!!

Timing and paying attention is key in boiling the perfect 5 minute egg!

I personally think the quality and age of the eggs is really important. But I’ve found the most essential step to a perfect soft boiled egg is timing. Timing is KEY! 

You ask 5 cooks how to boil an egg and you’ll get 5 different answers. They’re basically the same but just tweaked a little differently.

raw eggs just starting to boil in a pot on the stove

 1-5-10 method

Step by step, How to Boil the Perfect 5 minute Egg:

  • Place the eggs in an empty stainless steel pot and fill cool tap water to just cover the tops of the eggs.
  • Shake a little salt, I use Iodized Fine Sea Salt in the water…maybe 3 to 4 shakes. (I’m really not sure if this is necessary but my sweet mama taught me to do that so I do:)
  • Turn the heat to medium high and wait for it to boil. This is critical so stay close and make sure you notice when it starts to boil. (this is actually where I fail…I don’t pay attention!)

 

boiling eggs in a pot on the stove

Number 1 in 1-5-10 method

  • Let it boil rapidly for 1 minute. 
  • After the minute is up, cover the pan with a lid and take off the heat.

Number 5 in the 1-5-10 method

  • The next critical step is letting the eggs sit for 5 minutes or until the desired doneness. The longer you let the eggs sit in the hot water the more done they will be. 
Cooked eggs cooling in an ice bath in the sink

Number 10 in the 1-5-10 method

  • Let the eggs sit in the cold water for at least 10 minutes. If you happen to go beyond the 10 minutes then it’s really no big deal.
Hard boiled egg being cracked and shelled

The very last step is peeling!!! Who hates this part?‍♀️?‍♀️, I do!!!

The easiest way is to gently hit the egg shell on the side of the sink and let it crack into little pieces all around the egg. Find the indented part on the top. Shell this part first; finding the membrane just under the shell. Shell the egg under running water and it should come right off!

In the end you should have really yummy hard boiled eggs that are not runny at all but still moist enough that makes them easy to peel and yummy to eat with a little salt or spicy seasonings. It’s a perfect low carb breakfast or snack and 0 points on Weights Watchers!!!

yummy  perfect 5 minute hard boiled eggs halved with spicy Cajun seasoning on top

Perfect 5 Minute Egg

1-5-10 Egg Boiling Method
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword 0 point food, 0 weight watchers, boil, breakfast, Cold, deviled eggs, eggs, free food, low carb, luncheon, salad
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories
Author Elise
Cost 3.50

Instructions

  • Place desired amount of eggs in a deep pot and cover eggs with cool tap water.
  • Place on stove burner and turn heat up to medium high. Sprinkle with salt, 3 or 4 shakes.
  • Bring to a boil and let boil rapidly for 1 minute.
  • Cover with lid and take off heat.
  • Let eggs sit covered for 5 minutes.
  • Place hot eggs in ice bath and let sit for 10 minutes or longer.
  • Crack eggs on the side of the sink, find the membrane under the shell, and shell under running water.

Eggs are one of those few really perfect foods!

Enjoy!!

    

 

 

Deviled Egg with Curry and Fresh Dill

Deviled Egg with Curry and Fresh Dill

Deviled eggs with curry and fresh dill are about the easiest anytime appetizer dish there is! They are often gobbled up at barbecues, funerals, holidays (especially Easter), potlucks…anytime! And being naturally low carb they are perfect for most dieters! And two halves only have 1 Weight Watcher Points!!!! Winning!

Curry and Fresh Dill Deviled Egg half
Jump to Recipe

Deviled Eggs with curry and dill are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

If you’re like me, holiday dinner duties are usually split with family members. One person doing the whole shebang is just nutty! Especially when it is the biggies like Thanksgiving or Christmas! And coming up with an appetizer for these feasts that is light yet satisfying can sometimes just send me over the edge!

Curry and fresh dill deviled egg halves on a decorative plate

A creamy and a little spiced deviled egg always hits the spot! They’re super easy to make and can be whipped together a day ahead. The only problem with doing them ahead of time is they might not make it till the next day. Hide them in the back of the fridge if you have room!

boiled egg halves on a paper towel on a gray plate
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Easy to do ahead appetizer!

  1. First off boil some eggs. Depending on how many guests you are expecting will tell you how many to boil. In my family were good with about 3 deviled eggs a piece (actually that’s a low average depending on how good they are). I’d say boil a dozen and you can always make egg salad with the left overs.
  2. Everyone boils eggs differently. I boil uncovered for 1 minute in slightly salty water, then cover and take the pan off the heat; let set for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the hot water from the pan and replace with cold, ice water.
  4. Let the eggs set for an additional 10 minutes in the cool water.
  5. Lastly, either put them in the fridge and save for later or start peeling. The shell should come right off especially if you get a good grasp of the membrane just under the shell.
  6. Let the shelled eggs rest on a paper towel to absorb the excess moisture. 
  7. While the eggs are resting; whisk together the mayo, mustard and spices in a medium bowl.
egg yolks, mayo mixture with fresh dill mixed together in a bowl

Scooping and Mashing

  1. Slice eggs long ways and scoop out the cooled yolks into the bowl with the mayo mixture. Be careful not to tear the whites. Note: warm whites are easier to tear.
  2. With the back of a dinner spoon mash the yolks into the mayo mixture until all the egg yolk lumps are gone. Taste test…adjust seasoning.
  3. With 2 spoons, scoop (like cookie dough) egg yolk mixture back into egg whites. Smooth out semi compact.
  4. Garnish with more fresh dill (cutting with scissors over eggs). Add a couple of capers, finely chopped olives, pimentos, etc. if you like or garnish with an assortment of morsels.
  5. Set in fridge uncovered until it’s time to munch!
curry and fresh dill deviled eggs on a decorative plate with green olives in the center on a purple place mat

Scooping vs. Piping Deviled Eggs

I’m always amazed when I go to someone’s house and they’ve made deviled eggs that are perfectly whipped and piped. My first thought is “are they store bought ?”(nothing worse than store bought deviled eggs, period!) and my second thought is “whyyyyyy”? Whipping and piping is just an extra couple of tedious steps that I personally don’t have time for. And EXTRA utensils to wash, why?????

Lastly, Presentation!

You know they make dishes especially for deviled eggs and really cute ones at that!!! Below are a couple I found that would be perfect for the holidays and year round! 

 

More Weight Watcher Friendly Make Ahead Goodies👇

Air Fryer Chick Peas…better than nuts! Curry Crunchy Chickpeas and Roasted Jalapeno Chickpeas

Fresh and healthy Chicken Salad…4 points for the whole thing!

Light and fresh Shrimp Eggrolls…so good and can be a meal too!

Everything Salmon Pinwheels…light, fresh, everyone loves a pinwheel!

Curry Dilled Deviled Eggs

So Good Curry Dill Deviled Eggs. Fresh curry powder and fresh dill make these otherwise plain deviled eggs amazing.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Holiday, Southern, Weight Watchers
Keyword curry, deviled eggs, dijon mustard, dill, garlic, holiday, Keto, low carb, weight watchers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Calories
Author Elise Austin
Cost $4

Ingredients

  • 6 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp lite mayo
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh curry powder or to taste
  • .5 tsp fresh dill or to taste
  • .5 tsp fine sea salt or to taste
  • .5 tsp garlic powder or to taste

Instructions

  • Boil eggs. I use the 1-10-10 method: Boil 1 minute in salted water then cover. Take off heat and let set for 10 minutes with cover on. Drain water and replace with cold water and ice. Let set for 10 more minutes or longer. Place in fridge or peel if you're going to use immediately.
  • While waiting on boiled eggs to cool, whisk together all other ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste. Add more seasoning if needed.
  • Peel eggs under running water and place on paper towels to absorb extra moisture.
  • Slice eggs long ways when completely cooled. Scoop out egg yolk into bowl with mayo mixture. With back of spoon, mash up yolks and mayo mixture. Mix until smooth. Taste for additional seasoning if needed.
  • Scoop yolk mixture into halved egg whites and make smooth and semi packed. Sprinkle with additional fresh dill. Add capers, chopped olives, pimentos if desired. Refrigerate uncovered until ready to serve.
  • Enjoy!