Home cooking tends to be synonymous with comfort foods. Many people believe that their home cooking favorites cannot be healthy. However, from pasta dishes to child-friendly dishes like pizza, with a few simple tweaks you can make them healthy and still delicious. Keep reading to learn how to make everything from fries and burgers to spaghetti and meatballs healthier and lighter and still delight your whole family.

Fried Chicken
Fried chicken has long been a fan favorite. However, with a thick breading and fried to crispy perfection in an oil of your choice, this dish is delicious but not a healthy dinner. Grilled chicken is a lighter option that is better for you. Grilled chicken may be served on its own or as the centerpiece of your favorite sandwich. This is one of those easy dinners that is sure to “wow” your family.

Pot Roast
What is more homemade than a large pot of pot roast? Whether you slave over large Dutch oven on the stove or pour the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it cook throughout the day, this dish fills your home with a pleasing smell that is enough to get everyone salivating. This comfort food is pretty easy to make heathier. Choose a leaner cut of meat, be extra diligent bout trimming off all fat and add more vegetables, like celery and carrots to the delicious potatoes that dot this stew. The star of the show is the gravy. Add more vegetables and focus on making the gravy stodgy and satisfying.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
The components of this easy dinner are not inherently unhealthy. The sauce is jam packed full of vegetables, you get protein from the meatballs, and the pasta has a lot of carbs but can easily be updated to be a healthier option. Focus on the individual ingredients and you can make spaghetti and meatballs that will be filling and pleasing but also lighter and healthier. Make the sauce yourself, from whole ingredients. Cook down tomatoes and other vegetables until they are sauce-like. Create meatballs from meat that is mostly lean. Use low carb pasta or zoodles as the star of he show. You can make this meal healthy but still a favorite of your whole family.

Fries and Burgers
Fries and burgers are one of those comfort foods that everyone loves. Whether you use fries from your freezer or make this whole meal from scratch, it is always a crowd pleaser. Grill up some burgers using 85% lean meat or ground turkey for the same great taste with a leaner profile. Take out the bun and you can make it a little healthier without the carbs. Making the fries yourself can be a fun experience, especially if you get your children involved. Do away with the hazards of boiling oil and make them healthier by baking the potatoes. Pair these with your favorite sauces and you will never be able to tell the difference! 

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