57 Healthy Recipe Makeovers
Healthy comfort food
But there’s one teensy problem. Typically loaded with fat and calories, comfort food can become a once-in-a-while treat rather than a staple.
But we can help. We took a look at some of our favorite dishes, from waffles to whoopie pies, and gave them a healthy makeover. Finally, cozy without the extra calories!
Spaghetti Squash With Meatballs
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It doesn't get much more classic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now you can swap out all those carbs for low-calorie—yet tasty—squash.
Ingredients: Spaghetti squash, grapeseed oil, yellow onion, crushed red pepper, minced garlic, fresh oregano, strained tomatoes, kosher salt, black pepper, red wine vinegar, olive oil cooking spray, old-fashioned oats, grass-fed ground beef, egg, Parmesan cheese
Wedge Salad With Shitake "Bacon"
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Bacon is all kinds of delicious, but high in saturated fats and calories. To slim down the traditional wedge salad dish, try substituting it for baked shiitakes in this satisfying, easy-to-make recipe.
Ingredients: Avocado oil, whole buttermilk, sour cream, fresh flat-leaf parsley, fresh chives, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, olive oil, romaine lettuce, plum tomatoes, blue cheese
Try this recipe: Crab Cakes
With bell peppers, celery and mixed greens, this protein-rich classic doesn't skimp on the veggies.
Ingredients: Fresh jumbo crabmeat, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, avocado oil mayonnaise (or olive oil mayonnaise), scallion, celery, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, arrowroot, egg whites, grapeseed oil, spinach-arugula blend, fresh lemon juice
Slow-Cooker Turkey-Vegetable Soup
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Packed with veggies and lean protein, this hearty slow-cooker dish is perfect for eating in on the weekend.
Ingredients: Yellow onion, celery, garlic, thyme, sage, grapeseed oil, turkey, chicken broth, carrots, parsnips, kale, barley, salt, black pepper, zucchini, lemon juice.
Try this recipe: Vegetable Potpie
What's better on a cold day than breaking open the crust of a piping hot potpie? This healthier version is chock full of vegetables, like carrots, mushrooms, peas and cauliflower.
Ingredients: Spelt flour, all-purpose flour, thyme, salt, baking powder, black pepper, unsalted butter, grapeseed oil, carrots, yellow onion, celery, cremini mushrooms, garlic, turnips, cauliflower, vegetable broth, green peas.
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Whole-Wheat Blueberry Pancakes
Easy French Toast Casserole
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Coconut French Toast with Raspberry Syrup
CarbLovers Club Sandwich
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Pesto Pizza With Sliced Tomatoes
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Autumn Cranberry Beef Stew
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Wagon Wheel Beef Stew
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Two-Potato Tart Gratin
Basil and Tomato Pizza
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Penne Rigate Arrabiata
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Tangy BBQ Sandwich
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Caramelized Onion-Pear Pizza
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Steak Tacos With Simple Guacamole
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Arugula and Goat Cheese Pizza
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Turkey, Pine Nut, and Currant Meatballs
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Flank Steak With Mashed Potatoes
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Italian Meatball Sandwich
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BBQ Pork Sandwiches
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Deep-Dish Taco Pizza
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Baked Two-Cheese Penne with Roasted Pepper Sauce
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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
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Bethenny’s Pesto Vegetarian Lasagna
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Barbecue Chicken Pizza
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Rigatoni or penne pasta (16-ounce box from Barilla): $1.59
Lean ground beef (1 pound): $3.99
28-ounce can plum tomatoes: $2.49
Onion: 99 cents
Garlic (for the entire head): 75 cents
Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Drain well. Combine beef, cooked rigatoni, tomatoes, and onion and garlic to taste. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. If you have some around the house, you can add mozzarella or parmesan cheese on top.
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Black Bean Chili
Onion: 99 cents
Garlic (for the entire head): 75 cents
Bell pepper: $1.64
15.5-ounce can low-sodium black beans: $1.09
14.5-ounce can chicken broth: $1.09
14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes: $1.49
Ground turkey (1/2 pound): $2.40
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add first 3 ingredients and turkey; cook for 6 minutes or until turkey is done, stirring frequently to crumble. Rinse and drain the canned beans. Stir in beans, tomatoes, and half of the can of chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
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Potato and Broccoli Casserole
Red potatoes (1 pound): $1.29
Frozen broccoli (Birds Eye, 10 ounces): $1.59
Low-fat milk ($2.99 for 1/2 gallon): $2.39
Shredded low-fat cheddar (Richfood, 8 ounces): $2.79
15-ounce can bread crumbs: $2.19
Preheat oven to 375°.
Place potatoes in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Drain potatoes in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Return potatoes and liquid to pan; mash with a potato masher until slightly chunky.
Steam 1 cup of broccoli, according to packaging instructions. Add broccoli and milk to pan; stir well. Spoon potato mixture into an 11x7 baking dish coated with cooking spray; bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bread crumbs; bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
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Vanilla Bean Pudding
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Classic Apple Pie
Almost better than mom’s! At less than 300 calories per slice, this delicious take on classic apple pie cuts the sugar and lets the fresh flavors of sweet, tart apples shine.
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Choco-Sour Cream Cupcakes
Bittersweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa provide an intense flavor (and antioxidants), while light sour cream creates a dense and moist texture for a fraction of the calories.
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Raspberry Cream Cupcakes
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