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Top Holiday Recipes, Lightened Up: Alton’s Free Range Fruit Cake

by in Healthy Holidays, Meal Makeovers, December 23, 2010
Alton's Free Range Fruitcake
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 »

Top Thanksgiving Recipes Lightened Up: Tyler’s Cornbread Stuffing

by in Meal Makeovers, November 18, 2010
Thanksgiving Stuffing
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.

Simple Swaps

  • 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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Top Thanksgiving Recipes, Lightened Up: Paula’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

by in Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, November 15, 2010

pumpkin cheesecake

We’re lightening up some of FoodNetwork.com’s top Thanksgiving recipes. First up: Paula’s Pumpkin Cheesecake.  This rich dessert is sweet, seasonal and delicious, but it comes with a high fat and calorie toll. But with a few ingredient swaps, you can cut the fat and calories without compromising flavor.  Here’s how we slim it down.

Paula Deen’s pumpkin cheesecake, slimmed down »

Why We Love Chili

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, November 3, 2010
30-Minute Turkey Chili
30-Minute Turkey Chili

This classic comfort food is the perfect end to a cold day. Its versatility can make it suitable to most taste preferences and although many think it’s unhealthy, chili is really full of nutritious ingredients. But those aren’t the only reasons we love chili.

All about chili, plus our favorite healthy chili recipes »

Chowders, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, November 2, 2010
Low Fat Clam Chowder
Low-Fat Clam Chowder - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

As deliciously comforting as a warm bowl of chowder can be, all the fat and calories can wreak havoc on your waistline. But with a few simple swaps, you can slurp this savory soup with delight.

See how to lighten up your favorite creamy soups »

Photos: 50 Slimmed-Down Comfort Foods

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, September 29, 2010

quesadillas

As the weather cools off, I’m craving comfort foods, from gooey mac and cheese to chewy brownies to hearty soups and stews. Luckily, Food Network Kitchens and our chefs lightened up 50 comforting recipes with less fat and more flavor.  Now, my only dilemma: which recipe to make first?

See all 50 made-over comfort foods »

TELL US: What’s your comfort food craving?

Fish and Chips, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, September 28, 2010
Baked Fish and Chips
Baked Fish and Chips - Photo by Andrew Mccaul, Food Network Magazine

Drown fish in oil and serve it with a side of greasy fries and you’ve got yourself a quadruple bypass waiting to happen. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but you get my drift.  The funny thing is, potatoes and fish are naturally healthy foods. Here’s how to make this English staple tasty and delicious.

See how we lighten up fish and chips »

Make Your Own Trail Mix

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, September 20, 2010
TrailMix
Almond Lover's Trail Mix - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

The sweet and crunchy combo of nuts and dried fruit makes a satisfying snack you can enjoy just about anywhere. But when you buy pre-made kinds, there’s usually something in there you don’t really like. The solution: Make your own signature blend in three simple steps.

Learn to make your own trail mix, plus portion-control tips »

Piña Coladas, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, August 11, 2010
Dana's Lightened-Up Pina Colada
Dana's Lightened-Up Pina Colada

We can’t celebrate frozen treats week without tackling this summer essential: the frozen piña colada. Like a tropical vacation in a glass, piña coladas can be decadent and high-calorie. But don’t cut yourself off — skip the sugary mixes, break out the blender and try our slimmed-down version.

Find out how we slim it down »

Zucchini Bread, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, July 19, 2010
Dana's Lighter Zucchini Bread
Dana's Lighter Zucchini Bread

It’s easy to be fooled into believing that zucchini bread is good for you – it’s made with vegetables after all! In actuality, many recipes are weighed down with fat and sugar, so we’re going to lighten things up. Here’s how we do it.

Get our lightened-up zucchini bread recipe »