In this healthier version of a traditional recipe, I punch up the flavor of turkey with caramelized onions and brandy, cut saturated fat with heart-healthy canola oil, and save a few calories for a sprinkling of gooey cheese. Serve with a side of lemony green beans and everyone’s happy! —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia
A friend gave me an awesome recipe for manicotti...and I set out to make it a little healthier. Now, whether we have company, my husband asks me to serve this. Even our 2-year-old son loves it!
—Tonya Fitzgerald of West Monroe, Louisiana
Parmesan, pecans, oregano and basil blend beautifully in this crunchy, crusted chicken. The recipe couldn’t be much easier, and no one will know it’s lower in calories. —Patricia Brown, Battle Creek, Michigan
This full-flavored stir-fry from Linda Trainer, Phoenix, Arizona, is sure to bring rave reviews from your family. Snappy snow peas, sweet pepper and pork are spiced up with ginger, sesame oil,, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. Consider rices a s an alternative to the pasta.
I came up with this recipe on a busy weeknight when I was pressed for time. Now it’s my go-to dish whenever I need a quick, nutritious meal. Serve this with garlic bread so you can scoop every last bit of goodness off your plate! —Candace Havely, Sterling, Colorado
Writes Jennifer Neilsen of Williamston, North Carolina, “I enjoy concocting new, healthy recipes and spinach is one of the few vegetables that my husband will eat.” Jennifer's creamy risotto makes a great side dish, but doubles as a meal-in-one as well.
Fresh mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup create the speedy simmered sauce that covers these ground beef patties. The family-pleasing entree is perfect for a busy weeknight. —Elouise Bonar of Hanover, Illinois
My husband doesn't care much for garlic, so I use elephant garlic, which is milder. He never mentions the garlic being too strong in this recipe, so we're both satisfied with the results. --Delia Kennedy of Deer Park, Washington