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Makeover Main Dish Recipes

Looking for makeover main dish recipes? Find makeover main dish recipes for a lighter version to your favorite recipes.

Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

This slimmed-down version of a savory supper has just half the calories, 20% of the fat, 15% of the saturated fat and about 40% of the cholesterol. Yet the full-flavor result is one her family—and your—can enjoy without the guilt.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Swiss Chicken Supreme

Makeover Swiss Chicken Supreme

Makeover Swiss Chicken Supreme

After we trimmed down Stephanie Bell's original chicken dish, the Kaysville, Utah cook wrote, "My family barely noticed that anything had been changed. Everyone loves this makeover recipe, and now I can serve it without worrying about the fat and cholesterol.”

Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese

Decreasing the butter and replacing the half-and-half with milk helped cut a whopping 658 calories and more than half the fat from this casserole. Even though the cholesterol was reduced by 75% and the sodium by 40%, Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese offers all the heart-warming comfort of the original submission.
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Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole

Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole

Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole

Marie Roberts of Lake Charles, Louisiana loves the lighter version of her shrimp casserole. And why not? It has only half the calories and sodium and 76% less fat than her original recipe. — Taste of Home's Test Kitchen

Makeover Lasagna with Two Sauces

Makeover Lasagna with Two Sauces

Makeover Lasagna with Two Sauces

To start, our home economists reduced the total amount of meat in the recipe and replaced it with a healthier alternative-bulgur, a form of cracked wheat. This resulted in a thick "meaty" tomato sauce with less fat and more fiber. To lighten the cream cheese sauce, they used less butter and Parmesan cheese, replaced the milk with the fat-free variety and used reduced-fat cream cheese in place of the full-fat kind. Finally, they used three fewer lasagna noodles. The slimmed-down lasagna has 35% fewer calories, about 60% less fat, and half the saturated fat and cholesterol of the original. After just one taste, you won't even realize it has been lightened up.

Makeover Creamy Broccoli Lasagna

Makeover Creamy Broccoli Lasagna

Makeover Creamy Broccoli Lasagna

This version of this casserole using less butter, fat-free milk instead of whole milk and lighter cottage cheese and Swiss cheese. It has a third fewer calories, two-thirds less cholesterol and just a quarter of the fat and saturated fat. Yet it's still creamy and delightfully satisfying.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Four-Cheese Chicken Fettuccine

Makeover Four-Cheese Chicken Fettuccine

Makeover Four-Cheese Chicken Fettuccine

This make over of a classic dish still retains the rich flavor of the original yet fits into a healthier eating plan.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Ham 'n' Potato Bake

Makeover Ham 'n' Potato Bake

Makeover Ham 'n' Potato Bake

This alternative replaced the whole milk with fat-free evaporated milk and used reduced-fat cheddar cheese in place of the sharp cheddar.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Turkey Biscuit Bake

Makeover Turkey Biscuit Bake

Makeover Turkey Biscuit Bake

We lightened up a recipe that had 40 grams of fat per serving. The results are a better-for-you bake that's just as satisfying.

Makeover Spinach Tuna Casserole

Makeover Spinach Tuna Casserole

Makeover Spinach Tuna Casserole

This thick, gooey Spinach Tuna Casserole from Karla Hamrick of Wapakoneta, Ohio was a family favorite for years.
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