Top 10 Recipes, Slimmed Down – Part 1

by in Healthy Recipes, January 8, 2009 tallied up their top 100 recipes from 2008. Good news is there are tons of ideas there. Bad news is people sure like unhealthy foods! The top 10 alone has a boatload of calories and fat.

We know you all love your comfort foods, and yes, occasionally, you can indulge. But if you’re looking to try these top recipes on a more regular basis, check out Dana and Toby’s tips for lightening them up.

Deviled Eggs
#10 – Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs
The excess in these little picnic favorites comes in the filling.

Instead of: 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
Try: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise plus 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek-style yogurt

Instead of: 7 egg yolks
Try: 5 egg yolks

Crab Cakes
#9 – Crab Cakes
It’s the frying in peanut oil that bumps up the fat and calories in these crab cakes.

Instead of: 1/2 cup of oil
Try: 1/4 cup of oil

#8 – Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw
This one comes with lots of fresh veggies but is weighed down by the add-ons.

Instead of: all the dressing
Try: Cut the recipe in half – the flavors will still be balanced and the taste of all those fresh veggies will shine through

Chicken Parmesan
#7 – Chicken Parmesan
Mmm, look at all that cheesy goodness.

Instead of: 1/4 cup of olive oil for tomato sauce
Use: 2 tablespoons

Instead of: Buffalo Mozzarella
Use: Part-skim cow’s milk mozzarella; you’ll save 7 grams of saturated fat per serving

Instead of: 1 pound of spaghetti
Use: 3/4 pound of pasta or replace with a large salad

# 6 – Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
These cute cupcakes would be a perfect sweet for your sweetheart.

Instead of: vegetable oil
Use: applesauce – replace half of the oil with your favorite kind. It will save 60 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving.

Instead of:
all the frosting
Use: cut the recipe in half, you won’t miss a thing

Instead of: pecans on top
Use: more fresh fruit

Stay tuned for part two, which will include the top 5. (Of course, you can always cheat and look ahead to see what’s coming.)

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Comments (4)

  1. magpie says:

    Kristine, I’m enjoying your blog so far. I would like to say, however, that based on my own experience, I suspect you’ll find that many of us who are serious about healthy eating (and especially weight loss/maintenance) will only use recipes that include the nutrtional information. (I simply don’t have time to figure it out myself.)

    Keep up the good work – I look forward to following your progress.

  2. V Raz says:

    I agree with Magpie about nutritional info. I just found your blog, and am impressed with it thus far. I do hope some nutritional info will be added at some point soon.

  3. Lisa says:

    I totally agree with the above posters-if there is no nutritional info, it’s not getting cooked.

  4. I find it funny that someone won't take the time to figure out nutritional info on their own. It's something I don't mind at all doing. There are plenty of websites with tools, and if you have an iPhone, they have an app called "Lose It" that will track your daily/weekly/monthly totals for you. You can also store recipes and decide on a serving with a quick touch of the screen.

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