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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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This delicious soup has only half the cholesterol, a fourth of the fat and half the calories of the original recipe from Mildred Fasig of Stephens City, Virginia . Best of all, our entire taste panel agreed that this makeover has an even richer and creamier texture and taste!
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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 Lemon Pound Cake

Makeover Lemon Pound Cake

Makeover Lemon Pound Cake

For this lovely golden cake, I use fat-free yogurt to trim the calories. It's a comforting dessert for days when it's warm enough to dine outside. —Lauren Gilmore, Pennington, New Jersey

Makeover Reuben Melt

Makeover Reuben Melt

Makeover Reuben Melt

This twist on a classic Reuben keeps the corned beef and uses a sauce made with Swiss (and plenty of thousand-island flavor). Fresh slaw on top replaces the sauerkraut. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

More Makeover Recipes

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

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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

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 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 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 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

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 Holiday Loaf

Makeover Holiday Loaf

Makeover Holiday Loaf

This fruit and nut-filled treat serves up the essence of fruitcake, but with a better nutritional profile than the original. If your family loves fruitcake, they're sure to enjoy this recipe. Iris Cook - Glasgow, Montana
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