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Makeover Recipes

Looking for recipe makeovers? Find recipe makeovers for a lighter side to your meals including appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and more recipe makeovers.

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Makeover Garden Side Dish

Who could resist serving tender veggies smothered in cheese on a bed of fluffy rice—and with an hour to spare? —Jane Davis, Marion, Indiana
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Makeover Turkey Burgers with Peach Mayo

Makeover Turkey Burgers with Peach Mayo

Makeover Turkey Burgers with Peach Mayo

The unique fruit and mayo combination puts this burger over the top. You can also substitute nectarines for the peaches. They're both delicious! —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

Makeover Irish Cream Cheesecake

Makeover Irish Cream Cheesecake

Makeover Irish Cream Cheesecake

If you have a 4-in springform pan, this will be your new favorite dessert. The taste of Baileys Irish Cream comes through in every bite of this scaled down cheesecake. It's perfect for splitting with someone special.

Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets

Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets

Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets

For an easy, upscale chicken dish, you'll love these spinach-stuffed chicken breasts. You can also double the recipe without much effort. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Makeover Broccoli Cheddar Brunch Bake

Makeover Broccoli Cheddar Brunch Bake

Makeover Broccoli Cheddar Brunch Bake

This slimmed-down version of a favorite brunch recipe was requested by Carla Weeks in Independence, Iowa. It's hearty, wholesome and boasts all the gourmet flavor of the original!

Makeover Moist Fudgy Brownies

Makeover Moist Fudgy Brownies

Makeover Moist Fudgy Brownies

These makeover brownies are still rich and moist and full of the chocolaty goodness of the original recipe. The changes cut the calories by more than a quarter, fat by nearly half and saturated fat and cholesterol by about 60%.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Coconut Supreme Torte

Makeover Coconut Supreme Torte

Makeover Coconut Supreme Torte

Heavenly cakes are a hallmark of dessert time, and this lightened-up treat is no exception. “My neighbor made the scrumptious cake and gave me the recipe,” shares Vernelle Lazzarini of Upland, California. This made-over version of the original is as easy on the waistline as it is the taste buds.
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Makeover Cranberry Pecan Scones

Makeover Cranberry Pecan Scones

Makeover Cranberry Pecan Scones

The changes in this made over recipe cut the calories by a quarter and the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol by half. But the make over scones still have a tender texture, an appealing orange flavor and tart bursts of cranberry goodness.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover British Scones

Makeover British Scones

Makeover British Scones

Carole Jasler of Lecanto, Florida asked us to lighten up this British tearoom classic without losing the tender, flaky texture and outstanding flavor of her original recipe. Our Test Kitchen did just that, and the tasty result has 54 fewer calories and 75% less saturated fat per one scone serving.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Toasted pecans and coconut take this moist cake from good to great, but it's the cream cheese frosting that makes it truly extraordinary. Thank goodness it's a makeover, because you'll definitely want seconds! —Christy White, Oxford, Mississippi

Makeover Poppy Seed Bread

Makeover Poppy Seed Bread

Makeover Poppy Seed Bread

Golden Makeover Poppy Seed Bread is just as tender as the original recipe Joanne Jones shared with L&T, but it only contains half of the cholesterol and saturated fat. With 113 fewer calories and 10 grams less sugar per slice, it’s a guilt-free treat she and her friends can enjoy in Salisbury, Maryland.

Makeover Crumb Coffee Cake

Makeover Crumb Coffee Cake

Makeover Crumb Coffee Cake

Sweet success is sure to be had when you prepare Valma Devall’s mouthwatering coffee cake. “The recipe is delightful,” writes the Kennewick, Washington reader, “but I’d like to see it made over.” Our Test Kitchen cut 60% of the saturated fat and 113 calories from each serving for this lightened-up treat that's sure to wow friends and family.—Valma Devall, Kennewick, Washington

Makeover Creamy Halibut Enchiladas

Makeover Creamy Halibut Enchiladas

Makeover Creamy Halibut Enchiladas

If your head is swimming with the idea of setting this savory main dish in front of your hungry bunch, but you'd like a lighter version, try this version of the dish.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Rhubarb Shortcake Dessert

Makeover Rhubarb Shortcake Dessert

Makeover Rhubarb Shortcake Dessert

Carol Gallagher, a missionary in Paupa, New Guinea asked our Test Kitchen to lighten up this favorite. Cream was replaced with 2% milk, orange marmalade was substituted for three of the original’s egg yolks, and the sugar was reduced. The resulting makeover recipe has half the total fat and 60% less saturated fat.--Taste of Home's Test Kitchen

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

You'll love this fantastic light ice cream that matches the wonderful, yet heavier original in taste and texture. We think it'll quickly become a staple for your family. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover Creamy Cucumber Salad

Makeover Creamy Cucumber Salad

Makeover Creamy Cucumber Salad

Our Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen slashed the calories and fat in this summery favorite from Jean Patterson of West Allis, Wisconsin. But all the flavor remains intact!

Makeover Shrimp and Grits

Makeover Shrimp and Grits

Makeover Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits is an iconic comfort dish in most parts of the South. These grits have a creamy richness that is so critical to the essence of good shrimp and grits. Lizabeth Elvington — Dillon, South Carolina

Makeover Cranberry Rolls

Makeover Cranberry Rolls

Makeover Cranberry Rolls

“My boys usually insist I make my cranberry rolls for Christmas morning." These are light and good enough to enjoy any day of the year! Donna Taylor - Portland, Oregon
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