7 Swaps to Lighten Up Family Favorite Dinners

posted: 09/12/17
by: Amanda Mushro

Preparing dinner for your family night after night usually means whipping up the same recipes that you know are easy to make and your whole family will eat. Those family favorites might be delicious but often those recipes can be packed with tons of calories and could really use a healthier update. From swapping in a few extra veggies to lightening up your family favorites, here are seven healthy swaps for your go-to family dinner recipes.

Sweet Potato Noodles
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Swap Pasta for Sweet Potato Noodles- If spaghetti night is a crowd pleaser in your house, swap out regular pasta, which can pack on the calories, with a yummy veggie noodle instead. Sweet potato noodles are easy to make, can be frozen for later, and are a great source of vitamins.

Dairy Free Chicken Pot Pie
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Swap Heavy Calorie Chicken Pot Pie for a Low Calorie Version- With just a few tweaks, you can make a delicious chicken pot pie that is yummy and packed with healthy veggies but not full of calories.

Healthier Turkey Meatloaf

Swap the Beef in Meatloaf for a Lighter Turkey Blend- This lightened up turkey and beef blended meatloaf has all the classic flavors of meatloaf that your family loves but this meal is lighter and healthier with a few swaps. The best part, no one will ever notice you changed your recipe.

Zuchinni Boat Turkey Tacos

Swap Taco Shells for Zucchini Boats- Keep Taco Tuesday a family favorite but swap out tortillas and taco shells for zucchini boats and use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef for the taco filler. Lighten up on the calories with low calorie cheese and sour cream as toppers.

Superfood Salad

Swap a Basic Salad for a Superfood Salad- Say goodbye to boring lettuce and make a delicious superfood salad that packed with greens and nuts that taste sweet and crunchy.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Swap Regular Pizza Crust for Whole Wheat Crust- If your family loves pizza, save money on delivery and switch up the dough for a healthy whole wheat pizza crust. Use a sauce that is loaded with extra veggies for an extra kick of vitamins and minerals, too.

cauliflower Rice

Swap White Rice for Cauliflower Rice- For stir fry or even as a side, skip regular rice and use cauliflower rice instead. You can make your own or buy frozen cauliflower rice that can be heated up in just a few minutes. It's perfect for quick weeknight dinners plus it is healthier and you'll eat less calories.