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If all you can think of for dinner is a greasy hamburger and fries, you may need some inspiration for classic American meals that are both delicious and good for you. While American food is not top-of-mind when it comes to healthy eating, a lot of these dishes can easily be made healthy with a few simple swaps just like in these fourteen recipes.
1. Lemon Garlic Potatoes
Looking for an all-around side dish? These Lemon Garlic Potatoes have the perfect balance of flavor, nutrition, and convenience. They’re your basic oven-roasted potatoes but with a twist of Greek flavors from oregano, thyme, rosemary, lemon, and feta.
2. Tuna Noodle Casserole
Nothing says comfort food quite like Tuna Noodle Casserole. But is the popular dish really as bad for you as its reputation suggests? It all depends on how you make it.
3. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Have an Instant Pot? These Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches will cook up super fast with minimal work. Just bring home some buns and some ranch dressing and get dinner on the table fast.
4. Baked Turkey Burgers
Baked Turkey Burgers are delicious. But you can also put these on the grill if you’ll be grilling this holiday. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy.
5. BLT Pasta Salad
This BLT Pasta Salad recipe comes together quickly and easily with minimal ingredients. And let’s face it, you can’t get much more patriotic than an American BLT. But you can turn it into pasta for a dinner that is unforgettable.
6. Air Fried Chicken Wings
If you don’t have time for grilling this year, these Air Fried Chicken Wings are a great way to celebrate without heating up the grill. Made in your air fryer, you can make as many batches as you need without dirtying a ton of dishes.
7. Easy Macaroni Salad
Macaroni salad is a big American pastime dish. It’s at almost every barbecue you go to and most summer events as well. This Easy Macaroni Salad is made quickly and easily with just a little chopping of the veggies. You can even cook the pasta ahead of time.
8. Ground Turkey Meatloaf
This ground turkey meatloaf is delicious comfort food. It’s great served with potatoes and vegetables or even enjoyed cold the next day in a sandwich. Nothing beats homestyle cooking.
9. No Mayo Potato Salad
Not everyone likes mayo in their potato salad. So for those people, this No Mayo Potato Salad is a great alternative. Potato salad goes with just about anything you could cook for the 4th, so this easy salad is a great idea for making ahead, even if you just cook the potatoes ahead of time.
10. Easy Coleslaw
Yup, another easy one. This super fast and Easy Coleslaw comes together even faster if you purchase a pre-cut coleslaw mix. It’s a no-fuss, no-muss type of side dish.
11. Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Let the ribs cook themselves in your slow cooker. These Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are sure to please this 4th of July, and with your slow cooker doing all the work, you can make the rest of the meal with a little less stress.
12. From Scratch Apple Pie
You really can’t get more American than From Scratch Apple Pie. Apple pie made at home is unequaled if it’s done right. This recipe proves that.
13. Homemade Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
Peanut butter and chocolate is one of the most popular combos, which is why this homemade peanut butter swirl brownie recipe is so amazing.
14. Pumpkin Blondies
Everyone loves sweet, gooey pumpkin blondies. These homemade pumpkin blondies are loaded with healthy pumpkin puree.
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.