As the temperatures dip (or plummet, depending on where you live), our thoughts to hearty meals that stick to the ribs and keep you warm from the inside out. Unfortunately, a lot of these meals also come loaded with calories, fat, salt and very little nutrients.
So, how do you balance those cravings for hefty, filling meals with keeping your family healthy? A few simple tricks and substitutions are all you need. Creamy soups can be lightened up by replacing cream with puréed veggies and clear broth, or even simply substituting cream with milk. Reach for light cheese if you’re making a cheesy pasta casserole or a cheese sauce, and add veggies to just about anything you can think of to keep your kids’ immune system strong.