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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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My husband, Steve, loves beef, and he especially loves casseroles. He likes to eat the leftovers with tortilla chips. It's like a whole new dish the second time around. —Sherri Cox, Lucasville, Ohio
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Makeover Home-Style Gravy

Makeover Home-Style Gravy

Makeover Home-Style Gravy

Thinking of skipping the gravy this holiday because it's "bad" for you? Don't even think of it! We've created this low-cal, low-fat gravy you won't believe. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover Biscuits & Gravy

Makeover Biscuits & Gravy

Makeover Biscuits & Gravy

We lightened up biscuits and gravy to curb our guilt for eating them the day after having pancakes. Here’s a terrific homemade recipe for brunch guests. —Ian Cliffe, Milwaukee, WI

Makeover Monterey Quiche

Makeover Monterey Quiche

Makeover Monterey Quiche

With its creamy goodness and Southwestern flair, this savory specialty is a definite hit with Pam Pressly's family in Beachwood, Ohio. Our home economists lightened the recipe to replicate the mouthwatering taste with fewer calories. It's perfect for special brunches or lunches with fresh fruit on the side.—Pam Pressly, Beachwood, Ohio
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Makeover Sausage Pinwheels with Herb Gravy

Makeover Sausage Pinwheels with Herb Gravy

Makeover Sausage Pinwheels with Herb Gravy

This version of a classic recipe still tastes delicious even though it cuts the fat and calories.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Green Olive Tapenade

Makeover Green Olive Tapenade

Makeover Green Olive Tapenade

This is a scrumptious, super-fast appetizer that looks and tastes so good, you'll never guess it's light. “This recipe offers an excellent way to create elegant and full-flavored appetizers,” writes Teresa Spencer from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

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 Southern Favorite Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Southern Favorite Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Southern Favorite Sweet Potatoes

"Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same for my family without the buttery, pecan-topped sweet potato bake they've come to love with their turkey. Now with a third less cholesterol, 25 percent fewer calories and a whopping 43 percent less fat, this recipe is one any holiday cook who cares about her family's health can be thankful for!" Sonia Chimenti - Concord, California

Makeover Fudge Cake

Makeover Fudge Cake

Makeover Fudge Cake

Mary Jo Kopecky of Madison, Wisconsin sent us her recipe for a wonderful fudge torte. "It's so rich and fudgy, but is loaded with saturated fat." The makeover fudge cake is moist, dense and oh-so-chocolaty...and has half the calories and saturated fat of the original.

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 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 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

Makeover Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

People really do "eat with their eyes," and no one ever misses the fat and calories in this dish when they see how yummy and attractive the makeover version is. —Tamra Duncan, Lincoln, Arkansas

Makeover Crumb Coffee Cake

Makeover Crumb Coffee Cake

Makeover Crumb Coffee Cake

With its tender layers and sweet, cinnamon-y swirls, this better-for-you coffee cake is an absolute treat. Friends and family go nuts over it. —Valma Devall, Kennewick, Washington

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

To trim the original recipe, our crew used reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs, less butter in the crust, reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free milk in the filling.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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