When the temps start to drop, our cravings turn toward warming, filling (and mainly cheese-centric) meals. They basically feel like a giant hug from Mom. 

But if you’ve found yourself in a bit of a recipe rut as of late, look no further than our roundup of these tried-and-true classics, made modern with clever swaps and tasty upgrades.

Meatloaf

MINI BACON-WRAPPED MEAT LOAF

The Cutest Loaf award goes to this little fella, which features a crisp bacon shell and that familiar meaty center. Make it a well-rounded meal with spicy broccoli rabe and garlic mashed cauliflower.

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Fishsticks

SKINNY FISH STICKS

What makes these “skinny”? For starters, they’re coated with a crunchy flax-meal crust (rather than gummy, doughy breading) and then lightly pan-seared with a touch of canola oil (rather than drowned in a deep fryer). They're still so satisfying, served with a squeeze of lemon and wrapped in a newspaper cone.

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Lasagna3

ZUCCHINI KALE LASAGNA

Zucchini, kale and zero pasta? This recipe has all of your favorite things about lasagna (bubbling cheese, tangy-sweet tomato sauce and those slightly burned edges), plus tasty veggies. Promise you won’t miss the carbs.

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PumpkinPie

PUMPKIN PIE BREAKFAST BARS

Thanks to a granola-based crust and Greek yogurt, it's like having dessert for breakfast…without the shame of having dessert for breakfast.

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Chicken

POTATO-CHIP FRIED CHICKEN

Fried chicken just might be the ultimate comfort food…but who’s got the time (or the deep fryer) to actually make it? Enter this super-easy update. Pick your chips (not gonna lie--we’re suckers for the salt-and-vinegar variety) and get to work.

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ThaiChicken

THAI-HITIAN CHICKEN SLIDERS

Burgers are delicious. Thai food is delicious. And sliders are cute. So, as the math would have it, these spicy little slaw-slathered patties (made with ground chicken) are doubly tasty and adorable. We’re into it.

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Pizza

GRILLED CAPRESE NAAN PIZZA

“Hmmm, I think I’ll have fresh salad for dinner…and turn that sucker right into a pizza.” Store-bought naan bread makes an enlightened base for this pie, perfect for when you’re feeling virtuous (and lazy).

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Naan

MUFFULETTA GRILLED CHEESE

Lovers of a good grilled cheese and fans of the Sicilian sandwich muffuletta will be pleased with this hybrid, which unites three cured meats with zesty olives and ooey, gooey cheese.

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