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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 Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

When all was said and done, this recipe makeover was a giant success. The original, a marvel on its own, was transformed into a richer, better-for-you pie with even more fall spices. This winner is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy! - Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
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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 Creamy Mac & Cheese

Makeover Creamy Mac & Cheese

Makeover Creamy Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese just may be king of the comfort foods. This sensational version is bubbling with creamy goodness —but is lighter on calories. — April Taylor, Holcomb, KS

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

More Makeover Recipes

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 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 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 Patrician Potatoes

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

Makeover Patrician Potatoes

The Thanksgiving table just isn’t complete without a steaming side of mashed potatoes. This makeover transformed high-fat Patrician Potatoes into a light side that still tastes decadent.

Makeover Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Makeover Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Makeover Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Crispy bacon, crunchy pickle, cheddar cheese and a creamy dressing are guaranteed to make this salad a family favorite.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

In her Prattville, Alabama kitchen, Amy Hornbuckle bakes these yummy spinach balls without an ounce of guilt. That's because this recipe cut 72% of the cholesterol and 44% of the calories from the original version.

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.

Makeover Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Milk Shake

Makeover Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Milk Shake

Makeover Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Milk Shake

I’m not a big sweets person, but I’ll slurp down a milk shake from Steak ‘n Shake any day! —Sarah Cowley, Houston, Texas

Makeover Cheesecake Bars

Makeover Cheesecake Bars

Makeover Cheesecake Bars

With a very rich, creamy cheesecake filling over a thick nutty crust, it's not difficult to figure out why people love these bars so much! —Becky Stone, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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 Sausage Pecan Stuffing

Makeover Sausage Pecan Stuffing

Makeover Sausage Pecan Stuffing

Nothing about this moist, pecan-topped stuffing says ‘lighter.’ Fabulous flavors! —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

When all was said and done, this recipe makeover was a giant success. The original, a marvel on its own, was transformed into a richer, better-for-you pie with even more fall spices. This winner is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy! - Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Pesto Sausage Pizza Makeover

Pesto Sausage Pizza Makeover

Pesto Sausage Pizza Makeover

This quick makeover took over an hour of prep time off the original, and the best part? It tastes even better now.

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!
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