Recipe Makeovers

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

Recipe Makeover Videos

Learn tips from Cooking Light editors Ann Taylor Pittman and Tim Cebula as they cut calories and trim fat from some of your favorite recipes.

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Recipe Makeover: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

We made over Chicago Deep Dish Pizza to deliver full flavor while keeping saturated fat, sodium, and calories in check.

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Recipe Makeover: Spaghetti with Pork Bolognese

Lighter Spaghetti Bolognese

This lightened Italian classic features a slowly simmered meat sauce that is rich, hearty, and delicious.

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Healthy Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Recipes

Light Breakfast Casserole

See our secrets for a better-for-you breakfast casserole. (Good news: You can still have both sausage AND cheese!)

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Recipe Makeover: Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos

Recipe Makeover: Nachos

Watch Food Editor Ann Pittman lighten Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos in our exclusive online video.

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Key Lime Tart

Recipe Makeover: Key Lime Tart

This lightened recipe has 111 fewer calories and 70 percent less fat than the original. But you'll taste 100 percent of the cool, tart creaminess of this classic summer dessert.

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August: Cast-Iron Burgers

Recipe Makeover: Burgers

Follow our steps to lighten homemade burgers while adding big flavor.

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Healthy Bittersweet Brownies Recipes

Recipe Makeover: Brownies

We made over this favorite chocolaty dessert so it still tastes great but is much better for you.

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Lighten Up: Potato Salad

Light Potato Salad

We cut 60 percent of the calories and 80 percent of the fat from this summer classic. See how.

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Best Appetizer: Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip

How to Make Lighter Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip

Our crowd-pleasing appetizer is rich and creamy without excess fat and calories. Learn how we made over this all-time favorite.

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe Makeover: Cheesy Enchiladas

We've made over this classic casserole by slashing calories, fat, and sodium so you can enjoy it more often.

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Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Recipe Makeover: Creamy Mac and Cheese

Our healthy mac and cheese is quick and light yet just as creamy as traditional versions. Learn how we made over this comforting dish.

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Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf Recipes

Lighter Meat Loaf

We made over this classic family favorite, slashing calories and fat while keeping it juicy and delicious.

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Healthy Chicken and Root Vegetable Potpie Recipes

Recipe Makeover: Chicken Potpie

Watch how we lighten this classic dish while keeping its delicious, rich flavor intact.

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Lighten Up: Potato Salad

Better Beef Stroganoff

Our trimmed-down version cuts 30% of the calories and more than half the total fat from this classic beef-and-noodles dish.

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Springfield Chili

Recipe Makeover: Chili

Our version cuts 70 percent of the calories, 70 percent of the total fat, and 83 percent of the unhealthy saturated fat from traditional chili recipes.

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Fettuccine Alfredo

Recipe Makeover: Fettuccine Alfredo

Half the fat, roughly half the calories, ready in 30 minutes. See how we lightened this rich and creamy classic.

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Pan-Fried Chicken

Lighter Fried Chicken

This pan-fried recipe cuts calories in half and reduces saturated fat by a whopping 92 percent. Trust us―you won't miss any of it.

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Healthy Party Bean Dip with Baked Tortilla Chips

Light Party Bean Dip

Half the calories, 70 percent less fat. Here's how we did it.

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Recipe Makeover: Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Lighter Shortbread

We trimmed more than 50 percent of the saturated fat from this classic shortbread recipe. Here’s how.

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Oatmeal Pecan Pie

Recipe Makeover: Pecan Pie

We've made over this decadent dessert with delicious results by adding a healthy, hearty whole grain.

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Pecan-Topped Pumpkin Bread

How to Make Lighter Pumpkin Bread

With a few low-fat baking tricks, our healthy pumpkin bread recipe shaved 33 percent of the calories and more than half the fat from the original recipe. Get the recipe.

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Herbed Bread Stuffing with Mushrooms and Sausage Recipes

Recipe Makeover: Bread Stuffing

We've lightened this classic holiday dish so it has all the flavors you love and a lot less calories.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

A healthier sweet potato casserole? You bet. See how we trimmed calories and fat from this favorite holiday side dish. Get the recipe. 

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Recipe Makeover: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

We made over Chicago Deep Dish Pizza to deliver full flavor while keeping saturated fat, sodium, and calories in check.

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