When people think of healthy food, they tend to envision steamed broccoli, tasteless salads and weird-sounding grains. However, healthy eating doesn’t have to be outlandish or boring, and picky eaters need not be stuck eating unhealthy foods just because they prefer pizza to kale. With some simple ingredient swaps, even the most beloved—and traditionally unhealthy—dishes can be nutritious and still taste delicious.
If you’re a picky eater, or your kids won’t touch a plate of spinach with a 10-foot pole, try making one of these 10 healthy recipes that are sure to pleasantly surprise even the pickiest of eaters.
1. Macaroni And Cheese
This classic comfort dish doesn’t have to be bad for you. Swapping out a portion of the cheese for non-fat Greek yogurt maintains the dish’s creamy and rich texture without all that saturated fat. Plus, using quinoa pasta instead of white pasta adds extra protein and fiber without sacrificing taste. Get the recipe from Recipe Corner.
2. Cauliflower-Crust Pizza
If you’re going to eat cauliflower, you might as well disguise it as a pizza. This pie uses cauliflower as a crust so you can cut down on calories and load up on more nutrients and fiber. Get the recipe from Our Best Bites.
3. Zucchini Turkey Meatballs With Zoodles
Fans of spaghetti and meatballs will love this “pasta” dish. Instead of pasta, zucchini is spiralized to make noodles, and instead of beef, this recipe uses ground turkey to make a lighter meatball. Get the recipe from Table For Two.
4. Sweet Potato, Black Bean And Egg-White Breakfast Burrito
Who doesn’t love a good breakfast burrito? Nix all the heavy sour cream and meat, and instead fill up your breakfast burrito with sweet potatoes, black beans and avocado for a meal that’s just as hearty and creamy but much healthier. Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.
5. Fried Egg And Avocado Toast
You can’t go wrong with bread, avocado and a runny egg. Combine the three and you’ve got yourself a breakfast of champions. Get the recipe from Fitness Food Diva.
6. Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Waffles can be healthy? You bet. These whole-grain waffles are made with pumpkin, giving them extra flavor that’s reminiscent of our favorite fall latte. Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate.
7. Grilled Salmon Tacos With Avocado Salsa
Salmon is one of the healthiest foods out there, but if you’re not a fan of the taste, try it in a taco. Load up your tacos with a hearty salsa to mask the flavor. Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.
8. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Buffalo chicken is a sports-bar favorite. Lighten this classic by skipping the deep fryer and dishing up slow-cooked breast meat on a bed of lettuce. But don’t worry, it’s still got that essential spicy flavor. Get the recipe from Domestic Superhero.
9. California Chicken Club Wrap
Sandwiches don’t have to be bland or boring to be healthy. This combo of chicken and bacon is loaded with mango and avocado for extra flavor and deliciously contained in a spinach wrap. Get the recipe from Taste and Tell.
10. Caesar Salad
Salads get a bad reputation for being tasteless and uninteresting, but everyone enjoys a good Caesar. This take on the popular salad has a lighter, healthier dressing that tastes like the real deal—and shh, it also uses kale. Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.