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Eggplant Parmesan, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, July 13, 2010
Eggplant-Parmesan Sauce
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 »

Healthy Swaps: Salads

by in Meal Makeovers, June 17, 2010

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.

Healthy-Swaps-Salads
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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Steak, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, June 14, 2010
Steak with Avocado Sauce and Tomato Salad
Steak with Avocado Sauce and Tomato Salsa - Photo by Antonis Achilleos/Food Network Magazine

Cook up the perfect steak for Dad this Father’s Day. With a few small tweaks and ingredient swaps, Dad can enjoy his juicy steak while the rest of family can breathe easy that he won’t have a coronary.

Get our lightened-up steak recipes »

Be a Healthier Host: Cookouts

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, May 26, 2010

Healthy Cookout Tips

Want to host a cookout without busting a gut for bikini season? Use our tips and lightened-up versions of classic alfresco fare to throw a backyard bash that your guests will love and feel good about.

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Quiche, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, May 6, 2010

mini frittata

What would a brunch spread be without quiche? While most consider quiche a “light” choice, you might be surprised at the calorie count. But never fear, brunch lovers — there are many ways to lighten up this Mother’s Day staple.

Get our lightened-up quiche recipes »

But I Just Want Some Tacos!?!

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, May 5, 2010
Ricotta Spinach Tacos
Ricotta-Spinach Tacos - Photo by Antonis Achilleos/Food Network Magazine

When you’re craving Mexican food, tacos top the list of need-to-have foods. With some simple swaps, tacos can be part of a healthy diet — read through our tips to find out how to order (or make them yourself).

Get tips for healthier tacos »

Nachos, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, April 7, 2010
Pork Nachos
Sandra Lee's Pork Nachos

Every so often I get a big time craving for spicy, cheesy nachos. But when most restaurant orders top 1,500 calories and 100 grams of fat, I know I’d better make them myself. Use these tips to slim down your favorite nacho mix and indulge wisely.

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Chicken Parmesan, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, April 1, 2010
Chicken Parmesan
Food Network Kitchen’s Chicken Parmesan

Classic chicken Parmesan comes breaded, fried and smothered in mozzarella cheese and then served alongside a plate of pasta. With all that, an order at some restaurants can tip the scales at 1,500 calories and 80 grams of fat per serving. Here’s how to get the same flavor minus the extra fat.

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Make Your Own Salad Dressing

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, March 23, 2010

Simple Salad Dressing
Bottled salad dressings are my pet peeve — the majority of them are full of sodium, sugar and other preservatives. Whether you like a vinaigrette or the creamy stuff, you only need a few simple ingredients (and a couple minutes) to make some yourself.

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Potato Soup, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, March 2, 2010

soup

A cool-weather staple, creamy potato soup can have anywhere from 300 to 500 calories and 35 grams of fat per serving! Our lightened-up versions taste just as good as the cream-laden recipes and, since the main ingredients are potatoes, won’t bust your budget.

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