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Sometimes eating healthy isn’t about trying new recipes, but changing the meals you already make. Whether you find ways to lighten up your favorite pasta dishes or make pizza that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty, there are meals that are easy to make healthier.
5 Meals That Are Easy to Make Healthier
Pasta doesn’t have to be a creamy, fat-filled dish.
One of the first changes you can make is to switch to whole wheat pasta. This is a great way to boost your daily fiber.
You also want to opt for tomato or olive oil based sauces. If you enjoy a great meat sauce, make it with 93% lean ground beef or 98% fat-free ground chicken or turkey. If you’re making an olive oil based sauce, add fresh garlic and herbs for a delicious dish.
Topping with a dash of freshly grated Romano cheese will meet your need for a bit of cheese. The fresh Romano is stronger than the Parmesan most people use, so a little goes a long way.
Here are a few of the recipes for pasta you’ll find here:
Love hamburgers, but hate the calories?
The easiest change you can make is to choose 93% ground beef. Some people find that this creates a dry burger, but you can add moisture and flavor by adding pureed onions and garlic.
You can also make hamburgers using ground chicken. To add flavor, try basting your burgers in hot sauce as they cook, for a buffalo chicken burger.
Looking to curb the carbs? You can ditch the bun and use a lettuce wrap. Or you can use whole wheat buns to keep the carbs while boosting fiber.
The pizza we eat today has been very Americanized. Tons of cheese and toppings is not how the Italians intended pizza to be made.
Start with a whole wheat crust and top with a flavored oil or a tomato sauce for your first layer. You can then add a few slices of fresh mozzarella. You do not want to cover the pizza in cheese. Just a piece here and there. You can then add all the vegetables you like.
Let’s face it. Baked fried chicken usually doesn’t cut it.
One great tip is to skip the breading all together and saute seasoned boneless chicken breast strips or pieces in olive oil until golden brown on all sides. The trick is to do this in small batches so you don’t over crowd the pan. This allows the chicken to get extra crispy. Season again with a bit of sea salt and you’ve got delicious fried chicken without all the guilt.
I’ve also found that adding a bit of butter with that olive oil provides some serious pop for taste. Remember, a little butter can go a long way when adding flavor.
Last, but not least, if you love comfort food, meatloaf is probably a favorite dish of yours.
Again, all you need to do is switch to 93% lean ground beef. Add pureed onions, bell peppers, and garlic for moisture and flavor. You can then add oats for texture and eggs to bind. Season with a packet of ranch dressing or onion soup mix.
You’ll have a flavorful meatloaf that is low in fat, has fiber, and is packed with vegetables.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite meals. There are so many great ways to cut the fat and calories in your favorite foods without losing the great flavor.
How do you take a family favorite and make it healthier?
What’s a go-to meal for your family?