We cut the the calories—but not the flavor—in your favorite dishes.
This green bean casserole gets a much-needed makeover from fresh veggies and a lightened (but super-rich!) homemade sauce.
And the best part: It's under 200 calories!
We cut more than half the fat and sugar in our favorite Thanksgiving side, and we like it better than the original!
This delicious mac and cheese is light on butter and cheese yet still melts in your mouth. Change the flavor profile of the
recipe with combinations such as sweet peas and proscuitto or ham and broccoli.
This chocolate pudding is everything you dream of—chocolaty rich, silky smooth, and light on calories!
Enjoy this Lowcountry favorite without the guilt! We reduced the calories to 235 a serving. It seems too good to be true!
Instead of fried pork chops, try these pork tenderloin cutlets. Tenderloin is low in fat, and this recipe is "fried" with
just enough heart-healthy oil for the crispy crunch you crave!
Enjoy a guilt-free serving of these hearty crab cakes with a rich dollop of cilantro-jalapeño sour cream. Add fresh greens
to your plate for extra goodness.
Lean ham and fat-free broth offer the good flavor of the original dish minus the added saturated fat. Beans add extra fiber
If you're craving a loaded-out pizza, give this veggie pizza a try! A whole wheat crust topped with roasted sweet potatoes
and other colorful veggies ups the good-for-you-factor without skimping on flavor.
For this healthier version of carrot cake, we reduced the fat in the batter by using less vegetable oil and sugar, yet it
is still as moist as traditional cakes. We also reduced the butter and used reduced-fat cream cheese for the frosting, without
losing the flavor!
Take advantage of this golden veggie in a lightened version of squash casserole. A combo of cornflakes and French fried onions
add an irresistible crunch, but without adding too many calories.
If you love Key lime pie, you'll hear angels sing (Jimmy Buffett tunes) when you taste how rich this version is without all
Grab a knife and fork, and dig in. There's no guilt behind these hot browns--they're lightened and full of flavor. Typically,
this open-faced Kentucky classic is made with a heavy cheese sauce, but we found a way to deliver the same richness without
all the saturated fat.
You won’t have to destroy your diet in order to enjoy Southern Living’s most requested recipe. The Lightened version makes simple substitutions such as using applesauce for some of the oil and
light rather than regular cream cheese. Your whole family will love the sweet pineapple and banana cake topped with delicious
Cream Cheese Frosting.
Make tasty barbecue pork sandwiches with a lean tenderloin. Top the burgers with your favorite leafy greens like arugula,
spinach, or romaine for an extra crunch and some added nutrients.
If you think cutting calories means giving up the foods you love, think again. This top-rated makeover is every bit as creamy
and satisfying as the full-fat original.
Here’s a healthy version of the all-time party favorite. A hearty serving of Layered Lima Bean Dip weighs in at only 172 calories.
Top lightly with shredded cheese and bacon. You’ll be surprised at how fast it’ll disappear.
This updated Southern classic is made with a creamy herb mixture that has fewer fat grams but still all the flavor of the
heavier traditional recipes.
Feel good about feeding this cornflake-coated chicken to your loved ones; unlike fast food, you choose the ingredients and
the portion sizes.
This hearty stuffing has a hint of sage and is packed with nutrients.
Serve refreshing sweet tea to guests without a tinge of guilt. This green tea version is sweetened with honey and flavored
with orange and lime. At 68 calories per cup, you may find a new summer favorite.
Nutrient-filled pecans and fiber-packed whole wheat flour make this traditional bread better for you.
For a delicious topping, stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. orange zest, and 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice to drizzle over this tasty bread while its still warm.
This pudding delivers a velvety rich custard, ripe banana flavor, vanilla wafers so soft they melt in your mouth, and an
irresistible golden-baked meringue topping. All this, and it's lower in fat and calories than traditional versions. These
make great individual party desserts, or make it in an 8-inch square pan. We love it with extra wafers.
Put a summertime spin on this traditional Southern dish of beans and corn by mixing with lemon juice and chives and serving
cold. It’s easy to prepare in advance and pull out of the fridge to serve with meat hot off the grill.
Make this version of a family favorite to cut calories, but not taste. If you're in a hurry, use your favorite store-bought
low-sodium marinara sauce.
Here's a low-fat version of the Louisiana favorite with all the classic, cue-the-trombones flavor you'd expect in this hearty
Add crunch to this healthy indulgence by serving on toasted pita bread wedges.
This Southern staple gets a lightened up makeover but doesn't lose any flavor or taste. Serve on whole grain flatbread.
Serve this lightened version of chicken salad on baked egg roll wrappers, which is perfect for picnics or parties. Sprinkle
with almonds right before serving.
Get that familiar golden crunch of fried green tomatoes with heart-healthy oil and a nonstick pan.
To all you pimiento cheese purists, we dare you not to love this healthier twist.
Replace the restaurant-size scoops of butter and sour cream with these good-for-you toppings.
Pound chops into thin cutlets to create more surface area, then pan-fry them, rather than deep-fry, to crispy perfection.Try
this versatile technique with chicken, beef, or veal cutlets.
No need to fry these pies! Vodka enhances the crusts' flakiness, so you can use less butter. Chill the dough to help it hold
its shape as it bakes.
Browned flour makes a low-fat gravy, while the slow cooker creates the creamiest grits without cheese or butter. And with
a light gravy, you can indulge in andouille sausage.
Sweet potato creates pillowy, gnocci-like dumplings and adds Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Calcium, and Potassium. Start with
a whole chicken to create a flavorful, refined broth.