Recipe Makeovers

Lighter, healthier, but just as tasty: See how we made over these favorite dishes.

Gumbo: Recipe Makeover

A fantastic American classic that can be salty and rather ripe with calories. We cut both, but kept the soul.

Gumbo Ingredient Showdown
Photo: Randy Mayor

Ingredient Showdown

Homemade Shrimp Stock
Bursting with flavor and easy on salt, with 350mg less sodium per cup than the store-bought variety.

Canola Oil
Replaces butter or lard as the fat for our roux. Save 9g of saturated fat per serving by starting with this heart-healthy oil.

Brown Rice
Complements the nutty flavor of the toasty roux with fewer calories and more whole-grain goodness than white rice.

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