Makeover Main Dish Recipes

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Makeover Sweet Potato Sausage Skillet

Makeover Sweet Potato Sausage Skillet

Makeover Sweet Potato Sausage Skillet

This skillet supper is a real flavor sensation. Our Test Kitchen transformed it into a much-better-for-you version that you can be proud to serve. —Natalie Simons, Akron, Ohio

Makeover Beef Stroganoff

Makeover Beef Stroganoff

Makeover Beef Stroganoff

Our pros lightened up this classic dish, slashing calories, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol, but kept every bit of its satisfying taste. —Candace Clark, Connell, Washington

Makeover Creamy Mac & Cheese

Makeover Creamy Mac & Cheese

Makeover Creamy Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese just may be king of the comfort foods. This sensational version is bubbling with creamy goodness —but is lighter on calories. — April Taylor, Holcomb, KS
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Makeover Chicken Noodle Delight

Makeover Chicken Noodle Delight

Makeover Chicken Noodle Delight

“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!"

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

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.
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