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
“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 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 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
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
“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.
Here's a healthy version of a restaurant classic that you can easily make at home. Our recipe has 300 fewer calories and half the fat and sodium of typical eggplant Parmesan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen