- 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 »
- 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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- 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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- 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
- 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 »
- Turn fruitcake into a parfait topper for a festive, lighter treat. Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine.
Love it or hate it, ‘tis the season for fruitcake! Alton Brown’s version is a recipe worth trying, but all the brandy, dried fruit, and nuts can weigh you down. Here are 6 ways to lighten up this famously heavy holiday treat.
Healthier fruitcake you’ll want to eat »
- Cornbread Stuffing
Every Thanksgiving table needs a savory, mouth-watering stuffing. We’re dishing up tips to lighten up this favorite cornbread stuffing recipe from Tyler Florence, but some things should stay untouched.
- Tone down the fat and calories with corn muffins – check labels to find ones that are lower in fat and sugar or make your own so you can control the ingredients.
- Use homemade or a low sodium boxed chicken stock to keep the sodium under control.
Stick With It
- Caramelizing the onions adds oodles of flavor with out extra fat and calories.
- No need to adjust the amounts of butter and heavy cream – as is, they only come out to about 70 calories per serving.
Get the Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Cornbread Stuffing
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »
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