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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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Downsizing the sugar and margarine, and switching to fat-free milk made all the difference in this coffee cake recipe, but without sacrificing one tasty crumb of flavor.
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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 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 Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

The delicate flavors of crab and green onion come through in each bite of this elegant dish from Kathi Mulchin of Salt Lake City, Utah.
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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 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 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

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 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 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 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 Toasted Granola

Makeover Toasted Granola

Makeover Toasted Granola

My family likes this granola in so many ways. We sprinkle it over yogurt and ice cream, we eat it with milk like cereal, and we love to just eat it right from the container! —Susan Lajeunesse, Colchester, Vermont

Makeover Raspberry Ice Cream

Makeover Raspberry Ice Cream

Makeover Raspberry Ice Cream

There's even more to love in this fruity ice cream, thanks to the tweaks our pros made. With the original’s creaminess and 30 percent fewer calories, this makeover is a stone-cold success! —Jean L. Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin

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 Poppy Seed Bread

Makeover Poppy Seed Bread

Makeover Poppy Seed Bread

This makeover is just as tender as the original recipe, 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. —Joanne B Jones, Salisbury, Maryland
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