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Best 5 Healthy Meal Makeovers

by in Recipes, January 10th, 2015

Three-Cheese MacaroniWhile you may be sticking to a lighter eating plan in 2015 as part of your New Year’s resolution, there’s no denying comfort food cravings — especially in the midst of this week’s bone-chilling weather. Now you can have the best of both worlds: Cozy up to your favorite hearty recipes, and enjoy lighter versions of them. That’s where Food Network’s meal makeovers come in. Savory and sweet, these better-for-you alternatives to traditionally indulgent favorites are lighter, but they don’t skimp on flavors. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five made-over classics, including moist meatloaf and chocolate brownies, then browse all of our healthy comfort foods.

5. Oven-Fried Chicken — Thanks to a thick, crispy breading of mustard-laced mayonnaise and broken bagel chips, this juicy, golden-brown chicken boasts the texture you crave, but the meat is roasted in the oven instead of fried in oil.

4. Dark Chocolate Brownies — Opt for low-fat yogurt and only a splash of oil to add moisture to these tender, cocoa-rich brownies, topped with chopped walnuts for welcome crunch.

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Sweet vs. Savory: What’s Your Brunch Style?

by in Recipes, Shows, January 10th, 2015

Geoffrey Zakarian and Katie LeeUnlike lunch and dinner, which are all but assumed to be savory meals, brunch allows you to make a taste decision when you sit down at the table: Are you craving sweetness or saltiness today? How you answer that question likely depends on your mood and what else you may have eaten recently, and it will ultimately determine whether you end up with dishes like sugar-topped oatmeal and fluffy pancakes with whipped cream or cheesy huevos rancheros and crispy corned beef hash.

On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts dished on the classic and creative approaches to brunch, including next-level ways to put the everyday waffle iron to work, and shared their picks for sweet and savory favorites alike, including Katie Lee’s Banana Dutch Baby Pancake with maple syrup, Pomegranate Gelatin Yogurt Parfaits with fresh fruit and Geoffrey Zakarian’s dressed-up Salt Cod Brandade.

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Bake Your Cake and Eat It Too: A Lighter, Naked Chocolate Cake with Fruit

by in Recipes, January 10th, 2015

Skinny Chocolate CakeIf there is one thing that most of us can agree on, it is that we have the best of intentions when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. We want to eat better, exercise more, watch less TV and save money.

But it is hard. While I cannot help with all of those resolutions, I can try to help with the “eating better.”

This stunning cake is a Naked Cake, or a cake that is made with less sugar and fat and has fewer calories. The trick to making a delicious chocolate naked cake is using a good-quality chocolate and a flavorful sugar substitute. The star of the cake is in fact the chocolate. I used a good-quality cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips and then complemented them with the sweet natural sugars found in the fruits that adorn the cake.

Add to that a homemade whipped cream (where you can control the sugar) and a no-fat chocolate sauce, and you have a decadent cake that will satisfy all your sweet cravings!

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Superfood Breakfasts to Start the Day Right

by in Recipes, January 9th, 2015

Turn your first meal of the day into a nutrient-filled first bite with a few superfood ingredient combinations.

1. Goji berries are a tangy-tart source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Combine them with strawberries to create a fruity topping for your favorite cereal.

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Breakfast PLTs — The Weekender

by in Recipes, January 8th, 2015

Breakfast PLTsI am always grateful when the calendar flips to a new year. It means a less-cluttered schedule, a break from the heavy eating of the holidays, and a chance to initiate a new habit or two.

For most people, the goals they set this time of year have to do with diets, exercise and self-improvement. And while those are all admirable endeavors, my January hopes tend to revolve around activities designed to bring more fun into my life.

That’s why I’m declaring that 2015 will be the year of brunch party. To my mind, it’s a nearly perfect way to entertain. It’s a kid-friendly time of day (an increasingly important element). A homemade brunch is almost more affordable than going out (even when you spring for smoked salmon). And it’s easy enough to adapt to nearly every food allergy and aversion (a reality of our times).

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5 Hearty Casseroles Ready to Warm You Up — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 8th, 2015

Ree's Chicken SpaghettiToday kicks off the very first week of the annual Comfort Food Feast series. If you’re bundled in sweaters and scarves like many of us, can you think of a better way to greet January than with the comfort of a hot casserole? This week, serve your family hearty, crowd-pleasing casserole recipes that are just what the dead of winter calls for.

A heaping plate of cheesy spaghetti would be comforting on its own, but Ree Drummond’s Chicken Spaghetti is a baked pasta dish that leaves the oven nice and bubbly. Strewn with tender morsels of chicken and made even creamier with mushroom sauce, Ree’s dish is fixed with broken pieces of spaghetti so it’s extra-easy to eat.

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Healthy Sandwiches, Minus the Bread

by in Recipes, January 6th, 2015

Breadless SandwichesWhether we’re cutting carbs, going gluten-free or scaling back on sodium, fewer loaves of bread are landing in our shopping carts these days. But what does that mean for our favorite hand-held meal, the sandwich? Though you might think that a sandwich, by definition, requires two slabs of bread, these breadless creations prove your sandwich days are far from over. Cutting out the loaves, buns and slices? These ingenious substitutes are the best things since sliced bread:

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Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2015

Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet PotatoesFrom salads and sandwiches to casseroles and pasta, the key to bulking up vegetarian dishes and turning them into satisfying meals is adding hearty, protein-rich ingredients other than meat. If you’re new to Meatless Monday or vegetarian cooking in general, consider stocking your refrigerator with eggs and tofu, and your pantry with good-for-you grains and your favorite varieties of beans. Along with fresh vegetables, these go-to picks can transform everyday dishes into rich, comforting plates to look forward to.

Pinto beans play a shining role in Food Network Kitchen’s Baked Nachos with Roasted Sweet Potatoes (pictured above), an eat-with-your-hands meal ideal for weeknights and game days alike. To guarantee layer upon layer of flavor, FN Kitchen tosses spiced baked tortilla chips with bright lime zest, then piles on the bold toppings, including a pinto bean mixture laced with adobo sauce and cumin-scented roasted sweet potatoes. For an added burst of freshness, top the platter with a simple tomato-serrano salsa and finish with cool, creamy avocado slices.

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Best 5 Healthy Breakfast Recipes

by in Recipes, January 3rd, 2015

The new year is here, and no matter how staunch your healthy-eating resolutions may be, when time is tight, smart choices can take a backseat to simplicity, especially when it comes to breakfast. By planning ahead and keeping your refrigerator stocked with good-for-you ingredients, you can surely turn out lighter dishes in a hurry for the most-important meal of the day. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five healthy breakfast recipes for sweet and savory ideas from Rachael Ray and more of your favorite chefs, then browse all of Food Network’s Best Healthy Breakfast Recipes.

5. Tropical Breakfast Parfait — With only four ingredients and five minutes, Rachael puts a bright, refreshing spin on the everyday parfait. She layers crisped rice cereal between vanilla yogurt, juicy mandarin oranges and fresh pineapple for texture and extra-special presentation.

4. Breakfast Burrito — Classic burrito fixings like creamy avocado, pepper Jack cheese and fresh tomatoes shine in this easy-to-prepare morning meal. To make the egg yolks go further in this fluffy scramble, opt for a mixture of four whole eggs plus four additional whites.

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A Whole Year of Smoothies

by in Recipes, January 2nd, 2015

A Year of SmoothiesNow that you’ve knocked back your last glass of celebratory champagne, it’s time to put all that talk of a happy, healthy new year into practice. This year, take advantage of A Year of Smoothies, ready to take you from January back to December. Dynamic, satisfying and healthy, each of these 12 blended beauties gives you every reason to make your blender an always-on-the-counter staple in your kitchen. Plus, if you happen to crave August’s smoothie in February, the frozen aisle at your supermarket makes it easy to blend fruits that aren’t yet in season.

Get a taste of what’s to come. Check out the first three months:

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