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 Nacho Beef Bake

Our Test Kitchen wiped out almost 100 calories and half the fat from Carla's original recipe, while salvaging its signature nacho chip topping and hearty beefy filling and incorporating a generous amount of veggies. You'll love it! Carla Weeks - Independence, IA
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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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 Streusel Coffee Cake

Makeover Streusel Coffee Cake

Makeover Streusel Coffee Cake

I like to find fabulous light coffee cake recipes to enjoy with my coffee on relaxing weekend mornings. This one is a favorite. —Peggy Fleming

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 Brie and Sausage Brunch Bake

Makeover Brie and Sausage Brunch Bake

Makeover Brie and Sausage Brunch Bake

The aroma of this lower-fat egg bake with all the flavor of the original will have mouths watering! —Becky Hicks, Forest Lake, Minnesota

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 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 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
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