Recipe Makeovers

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

Lighter Main Dish Recipes

From brunch casseroles to weeknight dinners, these entrées are better-for-you versions of your favorites.

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Lighter Spinach-Bacon Quiche

Recipe Makeover: Spinach-Bacon Quiche

Flaky olive oil pastry and cheesy, veggie-filled custard for only 317 calories

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Taking Back Tetrazzini

Recipe Makeover: Healthier Chicken Tetrazzini

Up the veg, cut the cream, and drop 234 calories with our light version.

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Lighter Empanadas

Recipe Makeover: Lighter Empanadas

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

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Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce

Chicken Parmesan: Recipe Makeover

This dish demonstrates how cooks can make it easier to take a healthy serving.

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Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Dressing

Cobb Salad: Recipe Makeover

Our light version handily beats the classic loaded salad—in both flavor and nutrition.

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Creamy, Light Potato Soup

Less-Loaded Potato Soup: Recipe Makeover

This hearty bowl is made light and velvety-rich with a secret ingredient. No butter, no cream—just good.

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Healthier Chicken Nuggets and Homemade Chips

Healthy Chicken Nuggets & Homemade Chips

We cut calories, salt, and fat big time in both the chicken nuggets and the chips. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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Lighter Po'boys

Lighter Po'boys

We keep the bon temps rolling with crispy shrimp, spicy slaw, and 1,400 fewer calories.

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Lighter Cheesesteak

Lighter Cheesesteak

The sandwich that put Philly on the comfort-food map keeps its meaty, cheesy soul but loses 750 calories.

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Getting Good With Gumbo

Gumbo Lightened

We cut the salt and calories, but kept the soul.

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Eggplant Parmesan.

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan

Say arrivederci to heavy, greasy Eggplant Parmesan.

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Fancy Fish Sticks Recipe

Fresher, Lighter Fish Sticks

It was time to reclaim the pleasures of this frozen finger-food delight.

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Creamy Chicken Salad Recipe

Lighter Chicken Salad

Creamy, crunchy, and fresh, our version of this classic has less than half the calories and salt.

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Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa Recipe

Recipe Makeover: Mexican Casserole

Yup, the cheesy, gooey goodness in an American comfort favorite—without the heft.

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Healthy Recipes: Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade

Recipe Makeover: Crab Cakes

With less filler and no deep-frying to overwhelm the crab, this iconic seafood entrée is healthier and tastier.

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Chicken Fingers Recipes

Lighter Chicken Strips

Leaving the deep fryer in the ditch, we create a crunchy new version of a fast-food staple that adults (and kids) will love.

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Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos recipe

Lightened Nachos

Underneath all the fat in American-style nachos lies some healthy eating. We put a classic fast food into a good nutritional niche.

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe Makeover: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

A cheesy chicken casserole is revamped to meet a Texas reader’s health goals.

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This chicken-ham lasagna is a lightened version of Courtney Sparks' favorite dish.

Guilt-free Lasagna

A trim yet tasty chicken-and-ham casserole is easier on the waistline―and conscience―of a Maine reader.

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Stuffed French Toast: A Downsizing Success Story

Recipe Makeover: Stuffed French Toast

A brunch recipe fares even better under our supervision.

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Pumpkin Bread

Revamped Holiday Dishes

We’ve improved the dietary profiles of three readers’ favorites.

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Enticing Enchiladas

Enchilada Makeover

We trim down a 30-year-old casserole recipe for a Nevada reader with a heart-healthy goal.

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Cashew Chicken Conundrum

Cashew Chicken Conundrum

A Canadian reader sends in a nutty curry entrée for one of our most challenging makeovers.

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Lemon-Ginger Fried Chicken

Recipe Makeover: Lemon-Ginger Fried Chicken

Learn the secret to creating a skin-like crust (without the skin) on this lightened pan-fried chicken.

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A Hearty Start

Recipe Makeover: Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

A Connecticut teacher begins busy days with a serving of this revamped sausage and egg casserole.

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Mama Totota's Tamales

Christmas Eve Tamales

A tradition of Christmas Eve tamales is a gift that one Mexican-American family hands down, each generation to the next.

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Broccoli and Chicken Noodle Soup

Recipe Makeover: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

After our recipe rescue, this rich and creamy soup has 40 percent fewer calories and 62 percent less fat than the heavy original.

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