Readers' favorite recipes, slimmed down with smart substitutions
In our reboot of the childhood favorite, mac 'n' cheese is made for grown-ups with bacon and gruyère.
Recipe: Grown-up Mac 'n' Cheese
Your typical vegetarian enchiladas are mostly cheese. That’s not the case with this version, loaded with fresh spinach, corn,
and two types of beans.
Recipe: Vegetable Enchiladas
This (non-casserole) version of eggplant parmesan is lighter and fresher tasting than the classic—we ditched the breading
and added spicy sauce and fresh herbs.
Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan
Everyone loves chicken potpie, but it takes 2 hours to make. We’ve traded from-scratch pie dough for homemade croutons, creating
a great potpie in half the time.
Recipe: Quick Chicken Potpie
The original: 44 g fat
Today: 12 g fat
The makeover: Turkey sausage subs for fattier pork, puréed cottage cheese mimics béchamel, and a splash of olive oil replaces nearly half a cup of butter.
Recipe: Lasagna with Sausage Ragù Redux
The original: 36 g fat
Today: 10 g fat
The makeover: Egg whites replace half the original whole eggs; a graham cracker crust stands in for pie dough, low-fat cottage cheese for cream cheese, and Greek yogurt for sour cream.
Recipe: Luscious But Low-Fat Cheesecake
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Prosciutto and parmesan cheese keep the satisfaction factor high for this lean dish.
Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo with Peas and Prosciutto
Boned chicken thighs make a quick, flavorful starting point for this lightened meal.
Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore
These mussels were inspired by a dish prepared at Château Loudenne in the Bordeaux region of France.
The shellfish cook quickly in a curry-wine broth and join crisp fries made lighter by being cooked in the oven.
Recipe: Curried Mussels with Oven Frites
It's as fast to whip up this colorful, light version of the take-out classic as it is to order out for Chinese.
Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pork
Traditional French cuisine goes exotic with the addition of green olives, but it's still be on the table in no time.
Recipe: Duck à l'Orange
This lighter, quicker version of cassoulet is packed with all the earthy flavor of its classic counterpart.
Recipe: Shortcut Chicken Cassoulet
Look no further for your go-to cioppino recipe. This lightened version is rich with tomato, wine, and aromatics, and loaded
with clams, shrimp, crab, scallops, and halibut.
Recipe: Sardine Factory Cioppino
Macaroni dripping with cheese sauce stays light thanks to reduced-fat cheeses and creamy evaporated milk.
Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese
"Every Friday night we had stacked cheese enchiladas made with red chile sauce and blue corn tortillas," says Sam Baca of
Santa Fe, NM. "People would dry red chiles, grind them, and come around door-to-door with three, four, five kinds in the back
of a pickup. To this day, those enchiladas are my favorite food."
This quick and light version still gets its kick from ground New Mexico chiles.
Recipe: Stacked Red Chile Enchiladas
Turkey bacon and a low-fat broth lighten this classic meal in a cup.
Recipe: Creamy Potato Soup
A lighter batter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and oranges make this French toast a delectable
Recipe: French Toast for a Queen
Cumin, peppercorns, parsley, bulgar, yogurt, and a touch of cinnamon flavor lean ground beef or lamb.
Recipe: Lebanese Meat Loaf
"A real treat was to go to Howard Johnson and eat a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce,"
says Shirley Kerins of San Marino, CA. "When you're 8 years old and it's not even Thanksgiving, that's the ultimate luxury."
This recipe gets 2 servings on the table in less than half an hour.
Recipe: Hot Turkey Sandwich