Recipe Makeovers

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

Recipe Makeover: Lighter Empanadas

Flaky, portable, chicken-and-cheese-packed hand pies with half the salt and fat of the deep-fried version.

Lighter Empanadas
Photo: Randy Mayor

Lighter Empanadas

Food doesn't get much tastier than a deep-fried pocket of flaky dough filled with meaty, cheesy goodness. That's the joy of an empanada, a messy delicacy that's best with a dipping sauce and a mountain of napkins. Their popularity is on the rise, thanks to food trucks. The downside is that what seems like a snack-sized food can contain 500 calories and tons of salt and fat. We love them so much, we just had to make them healthier.

Classic 
496 calories per empanada
32 grams total fat
841 milligrams sodium

Makeover
309 calories per empanada
16.3 grams total fat
455 milligrams sodium

View Recipe: Chicken and Mushroom Empanadas with Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

 

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