Winter is coming to an end soon (hopefully) here in the Midwest, and after eating heavier crockpot meals and soups throughout the colder months I’m thinking about nice hot meals that feel a bit lighter for spring.  

One way to do that is swapping out a not so healthy meal for one with healthier ingredients. 

Although we do not have gluten or dairy allergies in our family we try to avoid them for the most part simply because we believe it is healthier. 

Some of you may have children with or without special needs who have certain food allergies.  Finding recipes without ingredients you need to avoid that still taste great can be a little tricky. 

None of the recipes I’m sharing today contain gluten, and you can tweak them to avoid the dairy if necessary. 

Hopefully at least one of these recipes is something you can try preparing for your family, but if not, maybe it will get your creative juices flowing for ways you can adapt classic recipes to fit your family’s dietary needs.

The meals I’m sharing in this post are rather quick to prepare. 

These are tried and true recipes that are as delicious as they are healthy, and according to my husband and five-year-old daughter they are “keepers.” 

My husband has been following a healthy eating diet for the last nine months or so, and one thing he really craves that is not allowed on his diet is Chinese take-out. 

I found this recipe for Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein and decided to give it a try one evening. 

My husband came home from work and was absolutely elated to see a healthy twist of Chinese food cooking on the stove, and told me he had been craving it recently. 

Upon trying it, he said it tasted like take-out, and I knew then it was a recipe I’d be preparing often. 

Check out the recipe here.

An easy switch to make burgers healthier in our household was to ditch the bun. 

Instead we substitute large lettuce or romaine leaves to wrap the burger patty, which allows you to hold and eat the burger the same without the gluten. 

We have enjoyed this Turkey Avocado Burger recipe.

What family doesn’t love pizza, right? 

We have made a major adjustment to our Friday night pizza and a movie tradition to include a version of pizza we can all enjoy. 

I admit I was skeptical at first, but when my family devoured this healthy Cauliflower Pizza Crust it became a regular on our menu.  

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