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Comfort foods

Everyone's idea of comfort food is different, but most can agree on a few favorite dishes. If you're craving a rich macaroni and cheese, a slow-cooked beef stew, or a warm and cozy dessert, there's a recipe here to soothe. Go ahead and indulge in these popular dishes. And if you prefer lighter versions of classic comfort food, we have those recipes, too.

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This basic vegetable soup can be made with any combination of fresh or frozen vegetables, so the soup will taste a little different each time. The recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled to feed all the vegetable soup fans at your table.

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Break out a family favorite: tuna casserole. The traditional comfort food is great for serving large groups. In our tuna casserole recipe, we cut the sauce with chicken broth, but there's enough milk to make this casserole feel indulgent.

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Detox Cred: Long used for healing in Asia, meaty shiitakes are one of the best foods to eat for health, boasting a special combination of antioxidants that boost immune function and lower oxidative stress in the body. Try substituting mushrooms for meat in meals -- it slashes calories and improves your well-being without leaving you hungry, according to a study in the journal Appetite.