Cheesy Comfort Food Recipes

Say cheese! Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to forgo the cheesy comfort foods you love. We've slimmed down main- and side-dish recipes by using low-fat cheeses and diabetic-friendly ingredients. Whether you prefer casseroles packed with cheddar, burgers filled with feta, or broccoli oozing with Gouda, these recipes are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Pepper-Steak Quesadillas

Reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese covers sizzling veggies in these easy, cheesy quesadillas.

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Tomato, Spinach, and Feta Strata

A trio of rustic ingredients makes this brunch favorite a classic, flavorful dish. Bring out this cheesy, colorful strata for a special occasion. To avoid last-minute fuss, assemble it the night before so it's ready to bake the next morning.

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Eggplant-Zucchini Parmesan

This cheesy side dish is a cinch -- place the ingredients in your slow cooker and forget about them until dinnertime.

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Blue Cheese 'n' Chops

Looking for something impressive to serve guests? Try these herb-rubbed pork chops. Pan-sizzled in their own juices, the chops are then baked along with rice. Fresh pear and blue cheese are the final simple-yet-gourmet touches.

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Baked Stuffed Shells

Finely shredded Parmesan cheese and a hint of mozzarella make these yummy shells an instant dinnertime favorite. The secret to this recipe's creamy, cheesy filling? A bit of extra-firm, silken-style tofu.

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Cheesy Squash Bake

Dress up summer squash with reduced-fat cheddar cheese in this simple and savory side dish.

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Asparagus with Goat Cheese

Grilling gives fresh asparagus a rich, roasted flavor that meshes wonderfully with tangy chevre (goat cheese) and toasty pine nuts. Serve this cheesy side with chicken and a small whole wheat roll.

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Mozzarella with Basil

Simple doesn't mean boring when it comes to this cheesy appetizer. The recipe uses mozzarella and basil, but you can reinvent it by varying the cheese and herb. Next time, try feta with oregano or dill, or queso fresco with cumin or red pepper flakes.

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Meatball Lasagna

This cheesy lasagna highlights a delicious trio: reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, light ricotta cheese, and soft goat cheese.

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Cheesy Vegetable Bake

With both cheddar and cream cheese, this rich and savory casserole lives up to its description as cheesy.

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Fennel and Asparagus Pie

Fresh fennel and asparagus team up with eggs, fat-free milk, and part-skim mozzarella cheese to make this quichelike main dish luscious yet diabetic friendly.

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Mushroom-Sausage Flatbreads

Low-fat wraps topped with turkey sausage, veggies, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, and shredded Parmesan cheese are a tasty addition to any diabetic meal plan.

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Mexican Beef Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Shredded reduced-fat Co-Jack cheese mixes with light sour cream and variety of flavorful spices in this Mexican-style main dish.

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Red Bean Lasagna

Low-fat cheeses and egg product make this meatless lasagna perfect for a healthful family meal.

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Mediterranean Pita Melts

Feta cheese adds new flavor to the Mediterranean-style meatballs used in this quick and easy main dish.

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Feta-Stuffed Burgers

Just a bit of feta cheese adds a rich, tangy flavor to these stuffed burgers.

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Tried-and-True Chili Mac

Generations of kids (and adults) have loved this inspired combination of two favorite foods: chili and macaroni and cheese. This recipe tastes so good, you won't be able to tell it's lower in carbs, calories, and fat.

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Cheesy Eggplant Burgers

Looking for a change of pace from ordinary burgers? These grilled eggplant slices topped with smoky Gouda cheese and herb-seasoned tomatoes are sure to please.

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Four-Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms are anything but ordinary. They're packed with crumbled feta, light ricotta, shredded Monterey Jack, and freshly grated Parmesan cheeses.

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Tex-Mex Tostadas

Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese gives these Southwest-inspired tostadas a flavor kick. If you like food fiery hot, use a hot-style salsa. If not, try mild or medium salsa.

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Creamy Turkey and Spinach Pie

Using turkey breast, light sour cream, and reduced-fat cheese lowers calories and keeps fat in check in this deliciously cheesy main dish.

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Cheddar-Maple Squash

In this delightful side, a little cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and turkey bacon dress up butternut squash. Yum!

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Smoky Gouda-Sauced Broccoli

The kids will want to eat their broccoli when they taste this side dish, made irresistible with Gouda cheese. Serve it with something simple in flavor, such as pork roast or lightly seasoned grilled chicken.

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Macaroni and Cheese

This updated version of the classic comfort food features ingredients such as fat-free milk, refrigerated egg product, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese to lower calories, fat, and carbs.

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Vegetable Pita Pizzas

These mini pizzas topped with cheese and an assortment of veggies are an ideal (and healthful) family meal.

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