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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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This rich linguine casserole recipe eliminates nearly half the saturated fat from the original—but keeps the creamy texture and distinctive Swiss cheese flavor. —Mike Tchou, Pepper Pike, Ohio
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Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves

Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves

Makeover Li'l Cheddar Meat Loaves

My husband goes wild for my mini meat loaves, but this family-favorite recipe wasn’t very healthy when I first received it. The Taste of Home Test Kitchen experts slashed the calories and fat while keeping the original’s tender and delicious qualities. —Jodie Mitchell, Denver, Pennsylvania

Makeover Velvet Shrimp

Makeover Velvet Shrimp

Makeover Velvet Shrimp

“Rich and creamy” perfectly describes Vonda Nixon’s scrumptious seafood pasta. “Topped with shrimp, a white sauce and cheese, this linguine dish is a fast, easy meal,” Vonda says from Anchorage, Alaska. This made-over version skims back on calories and fat, but it’s still a seafood delight sure to prove popular in your home.

Makeover Beef & Sausage Lasagna

Makeover Beef & Sausage Lasagna

Makeover Beef & Sausage Lasagna

The Taste of Home Test Kitchen trimmed the cholesterol and saturated fat in my original meat-lover's lasagna recipe, and came up with this healthier version. —Jacob Kitzman, Seattle, Washington
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Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce

Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce

Makeover Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce

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

Makeover Mediterranean Chicken & Beans

Makeover Mediterranean Chicken & Beans

Makeover Mediterranean Chicken & Beans

This comforting casserole of chicken thighs, cannellini beans, tomato and cheese that's easy to prepare and healthy. Not only does this cooking method make really juicy chicken, it saves you time scrubbing an extra pan! —Marie Rizzio Interlochen, Michigan

Makeover Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Makeover Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Makeover Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

My husband knows he's in for a treat when I begin rolling these enchiladas. This is his favorite dish. —Rynnetta Garner, Dallas, Texas

Makeover Traditional Lasagna

Makeover Traditional Lasagna

Makeover Traditional Lasagna

I’ve never been quick to pass along my special recipes, but this one is so good that it’s become our family’s Christmas Eve tradition! —MICHELLE BEHAN, LITTLETON, COLORADO

Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Makeover Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy and cheesy with comfort in every bite, this lightened-up classic is sure to become a family favorite at your house, too! —Nancy Langrock, Southbury, Connecticut

Makeover Chicken A La King Casserole

Makeover Chicken A La King Casserole

Makeover Chicken A La King Casserole

Using reduced-fat soup, fat-free evaporated milk, reduced-fat process cheese, less butter and no added salt, this recipe is a great makeover to a classic. It is still deliciously creamy and it's a crowd-pleasure.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Pork Chops with Gravy

Makeover Pork Chops with Gravy

Makeover Pork Chops with Gravy

“My daughter and I made this recipe to create a special meal. I saw all the fat that went into it, and at my age, I can’t handle all those calories,” writes Betty from Sun City, Arizona. Our pros made a few changes to the recipe to improve its nutritional profile and found that Makeover Pork Chops with Gravy captures the home-style feel of the original recipe, but with less than half the fat.
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