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 »
- 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 »
- 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 »
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?
- 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 »
- 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 »
- 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 »
- 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 »
- Pasta with Eggplant-Parmesan Sauce - Photograph by Kang Kim/Food Network Magazine
Growing up in an Italian family, eggplant “parm” was a staple in my house. While it was cheesy, fried and delicious, nowadays I’d rather cut back on some of the calories and fat and focus on the delicious fresh ingredients.
See how we lighten up this Italian favorite »
Salads made our list of 9 Healthy Foods to Skip because they can be deceptively high in calories, especially if you pile on the toppings and dressing. But not all salads are calorie nightmares and it’s ok to indulge in some –not all — of your favorite higher calorie ingredients. Use our tips to build a better salad.
- Swap ingredients for a better salad.
TELL US: How do you make your salads healthier?
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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