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
This decadent lightened-up dish originally from Debra Hibbs of Beaumont, California features chicken and artichokes topped with a creamy wine sauce. "Serve it for a your next event or family meal. No one will be disappointed!
For a healthier take on this diner special, our test kitchen updated to tinier "tuna melt bites," pumped up nutrition with whole wheat buns, slashed calories by substituting fat-free mayo and reduced-fat cheese, and added tomato and spinach on top. Give these a try! Taste of Home Test Kitchen
“My hot dish recipe is delicious but not very healthy,” writes Melanie Dalbec of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. “I would love it if you could make it over.” This comforting version offers all of the goodness you’d expect from a casserole with nearly 60% less fat than Melanie's original recipe.
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.
This healthier version of her bacon chicken Alfredo offers all the creamy comfort, and rich homey flavor of the original, but slashes calories, cholesterol and sodium. —Irene Sullivan, Lake Mills, Wisconsin