I like to look at recipes from lots of different sites, not just low-cal or low-fat or whatever. When you ditch the boxed stuff and make it yourself, you can "tweak" the recipes to be healthier. For example, if the recipe calls for some sort of pasta, you can make it whole wheat and right there, you've made it healthier. If the recipe calls for 2 Tbl. oil, you can try cutting it back to just 1 Tbl. I've found a lot of times, if you're using the oil to saute onions (for example) you really don't need as much as they say.
Plus you can do things like use low-sodium canned tomatoes, instead of "regular" canned tomatoes. Swap out ground beef for ground turkey.
Years ago (back in the dark ages when I was a kid) there wasn't hamburger helper or anything like that. And our moms made that kind of stuff from scratch. Most of it doesn't take any longer than the boxed stuff, to cook. It just takes measuring out more ingredients, rather than dumping the box in the pan and adding some water.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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