14 Comfort Food Makeovers
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: 50 g fat
Today: 6.9 g fat
The makeover: The original recipe, from a now-defunct Seattle restaurant, called for a quart of heavy whipping cream––we used milk thickened with flour.
Recipe: Browny's Clam Chowder Revisited
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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