Since a slice of bacon contains just 42 calories and 3 grams of fat, don't worry about cancelling out the health benefits of the asparagus.
If you're worried about added nitrates or nitrites, try "uncured" bacon from brands like Applegate or Hormel Natural Choice.
These mushrooms are stuffed with bulgur, a whole grain. It makes a great alternative to rice or couscous.
If you'd prefer, substitute haddock or tilapia fillet for the cod. You'll get the same flaky, firm texture that stands up well to the crunchy topping.
Made with low-fat milk, this corn chowder isn't as heavy than its traditional counterpart, but it's just as satisfying.
Originally published in the November 2014 issue of Parents magazine.