Getting a healthy dinner on the table at the end of a stressful day can be a struggle. Instead of feeling guilty, follow Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien’s guilt-free family dinner plan! Watch as she transforms chicken nuggets, tacos and macaroni and cheese into healthy feasts. All it takes is a few simple substitutions. The best part? Your kids will never notice the difference!

View Part 2 of Hungry Girls Guilt-Free Family Dinners.


View Part 3 of Hungry Girls Guilt-Free Family Dinners.

Hungry Girl’s Mega-Meaty Meatless Taco recipe.

Hungry Girl’s Super-Sized Boxed Mac ‘n Cheese recipe.

Hungry Girl’s Onion Chicken Fingers recipe.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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