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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.

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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 Sausage & Potato Bake

Makeover Sausage & Potato Bake

Makeover Sausage & Potato Bake

This hearty dish is a Christmas Eve tradition at our house. It also makes an awesome breakfast bake, so any leftovers are great for Christmas morning! —SHANNON JONES, ASHLAND, VIRGINIA

Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Your family will love the rich, creamy flavor of this mac & cheese recipe—and you'll feel good knowing we were able to slash the saturated fat of the original recipe. —April Taylor, Grafenwoehr, Germany
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Makeover Manicotti Crepes

Makeover Manicotti Crepes

Makeover Manicotti Crepes

This made-lighter main dish will add a special touch to any event. “Green pepper and garlic give it a fresh vegetable aroma," Christine Rukavena relates from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Makeover Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce

Makeover Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce

Makeover Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce

This was my great-grandmother’s recipe. I have another version made with mushroom soup, which cuts down on prep time, but sometimes you just can’t take shortcuts! Try serving it with egg noodles and steamed veggies. —Julie Stack, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Makeover Hot Chicken Salad

Makeover Hot Chicken Salad

Makeover Hot Chicken Salad

Comforting casseroles get high ranks in Eleanor Hein’s kitchen in Kirkland, Illinois. “This hot chicken salad is one of my family’s favorites,” she writes. Our makeover team took out many of the heavy ingredients and replaced them with smaller amounts of less-fat counterparts. This made-over version has all the satisfying comfort of Eleanor’s most-requested dish.

Makeover Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

Makeover Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

Makeover Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

When I tried this makeover version of stuffed peppers, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I don't usually like them, but my husband loves them. We preferred them with yellow and red bell peppers instead of green.

Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets

Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets

Makeover Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Pockets

For an easy, upscale chicken dish, you'll love these spinach-stuffed chicken breasts. You can also double the recipe without much effort. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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