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Lobster Rolls, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, July 15, 2011
lobster roll
Ellie Krieger's lightened-up lobster roll.

Gobs of mayo and butter can wreck this summertime goodie. Lighten up your favorite recipe and dive in!

Nutrition Facts
Restaurant offerings for lobster rolls range from 600 to 1440 calories and 34 to 98 grams of fat per serving! Lobster certainly isn’t the problem: 3 ounces of cooked lobster meat contains 83 calories, 1 gram of fat and 17 grams of protein. It also packs in 44 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin B12 and more than 50 percent of the mineral (and antioxidant) selenium.

Shellfish like lobster does contain a fair amount of cholesterol: a 3-ounce portion has 20 percent of the daily recommendation. But since shellfish like lobster and shrimp are low in saturated fat, they can still be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet.

So if lobster isn’t to blame, what is? Heaps of mayo and butter are to thank for the skyrocketing calorie counts.

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Baked Beans, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, June 9, 2011
Baked Beans With Ham
Ellie's Baked Beans With Ham

While they’re certainly convenient for summer cookouts and parties, canned baked beans can be a deceivingly high-calorie side dish.  Make your own flavorful, lightened up version with our recipes and tips.

Lighter, still-delicious baked beans »

Fish Tacos, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, May 30, 2011
Fish Tacos With Mango Salsa
Panko-Crusted Fish Tacos

Warm weather is prime time for fish tacos, but some recipes can do some serious damage to your beach-ready body. Try our lightened up versions  — even your favorite fried recipes can be made more bikini friendly.

Fish tacos, 3 healthier ways »

Top Recipes, Lightened Up: Alton’s Fried Chicken

by in Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, May 25, 2011
Fried Chicken
Lighten up Alton's best-ever fried chicken with a few easy fixes.

When I taught at a culinary school, the chef’s motto was “fat equals flavor.” Unfortunately, the wrong kinds of fat can also means a bigger waistline along with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Save the real deal for a once-in-a-while treat and try some slimming ways to cook up Alton’s famous chicken for your Memorial Day picnic, or anytime.

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Tiramisu, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, April 29, 2011
Tiramisu Eclairs
Mini Tiramisu Eclairs - Image by Food.com user Manami

In honor of Italian week, we’re lightening up an all-time favorite dessert: tiramisu! Find out how you can enjoy this delectable classic with fewer calories and less fat.

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Fried Chicken, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, March 18, 2011
Low-Fat Fried Chicken
Food Network Kitchens' Oven-Fried Chicken

We’ve given you tips for lightening up your fried favorites. Now it’s time to hone in on this crunchy comfort food classic. We’ve got tips for every step in making crispy, juicy, and less-fattening fried chicken.

See how we lighten up fried chicken »

Healthy Swaps: Side Dishes

by in Meal Makeovers, January 28, 2011

baked meyer lemon fries

Side dishes are supposed to be an accompaniment, but many favorites can jam in more calories than you want for an entire meal. Lighten up your plate with these healthy (but still delicious) substitutions.

7 healthy swaps for favorite sides »

FN’s Top Recipes Lightened Up: Giada’s Chicken Piccata

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, January 18, 2011

chicken piccata

Looking for something new to do with chicken? Giada’s simply delicious Chicken Piccata gives plain old chicken a burst of fresh flavor with lemon and capers. We’ve got tips that will save 165 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving!

See our slim-down tips for chicken piccata »

Banana Bread, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, January 5, 2011

banana walnut bread

There’s no better way to use over-ripe bananas than banana bread, but all the butter and sugar in traditional banana bread recipes can clobber you with calories and fat. Use our tips to make this breakfast classic more figure friendly.

See how we slim down banana bread »

Cook Once, Please Everyone: Pizza

by in Kid-Friendly, Meal Makeovers, December 29, 2010
My Family's Favorite Pizza Varieties

We all love pizza night — adults included. Take a break from the hectic holiday season and make multiple pies with custom toppings the whole family will love. You’ll save money, calories and get an extra dose of fun! Here’s how I do it.

Tips for a family-friendly, healthy pizza night »