Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce is still creamy, rich and restaurant-quality special, but it now has less than half the original recipe’s fat and cholesterol. Even our pros had a hard time telling them apart. Debra Torres - Clarion, Pennsylvania
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
“A neighbor made this dish for us when we had our second child,” writes Gail Schumacher from Berthoud, Colorado. “It was so good! This lightened version is so delicious, my family will never the difference!"
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.
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
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
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.