Lightened-Up Recipes

Skip the guilt but not the flavor with these 20 lightened-up meals ranging from main course to dessert!
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Skip the guilt but not the flavor with these 20 lightened-up meals ranging from main course to dessert!

Slimmed-Down Cheesesteak

Flank steak and portobello mushroom caps give this slimmed-down sammy big flavor!

Slimmed-Down Cheesesteak Sandwiches

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Skinny Shrimp Scampi

The secret to this lightened up pasta? There is no pasta! We've replaced it with yummy, hearty and fun-to-eat spaghetti squash.

Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash

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Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya

Use spicy chicken andouille sausage to pack major flavor in this New Orleans favorite to leave your appetite super satisfied!

Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya

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General Tsos Chicken

Pump up the lean protein in this Chinese takeout favorite! Instead of the fattier chicken thighs often used in this dish, this dish opts for a hefty -- but still reasonable -- portion of lean skinless chicken breast.

General Tso's Chicken

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Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

A simple paste of flour and EVOO is a true makeover of the usual Alfredo sauce, which is full of cream and butter!

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Sloppy Buffalo Joes

Our from-scratch sammy is lightened up (ground bison instead of beef -- delicious!), less processed and takes just 10 minutes to cook!

Sloppy Buffalo Joes

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Grilled Veal Parmesan

Shed the bread! Our lightened-up version of this classic comfort food loses the fried breading but keeps the tomatoey, cheesy goodness.

Grilled Veal Parmesan

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No-Time-for-Breakfast Burritos

Skip the drive-through! Our healthy breakfast burrito is a cinch to make and satisfies any appetite!

No-Time-for-Breakfast Burritos

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Tuna-Stuffed Blooming Tomato

Lighten up your tuna salad! We take the beloved but dull mainstay, and turn it into an exciting summer lunch.

Tuna-Stuffed Blooming Tomato

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Hot Potatoes

These skinny spuds make perfect game day snacks.

Hot Potatoes

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Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

Our version is pumpkin-packed, it's a healthier alternative to high-calories custard pie and it will satisfy cake lovers without layers of fatty frosting.

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

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Frank and Beans

We cut this picnic standard down to size by adding more beans per serving for a fiber and protein boost and forgoing the brown sugar and molasses to reduce total sugar by two-thirds.

Frank and Beans

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Slim Hot Chocolate

Drink up! What's the skinny secret to this indulgent-tasting treat? Coconut water!

Slim Hot Chocolate

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Kinda-Classic Lasagna

Veg out! Mushrooms satisfy the taste for savory, so you won't miss the meat. Use fewer layers of pasta to keep carbs in check.

Kinda-Classic Lasagna

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No-Fry Shrimp Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are the answer to an egg roll addicts cry for a healthy choice.

No-Fry Shrimp Spring Rolls

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A Better Burger

Pump up the protein by using more lean beef, and by forgoing bottled sauce and making your own you reduce sodium by 25 percent.

A Better Burger

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Light-as-Air Chocolate Mousse

It's not too sweet, so the chocolate really stands out, but it's also rich and creamy -- a little goes a long way. Bonus! Egg whites pack in a protein punch.

Light-as-Air Chocolate Mousse

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Tuna Melt

Swap olive oil for mayo to cut cholesterol, add white beans to the tuna salad to amp up the fiber and slash sodium by skipping white bread and processed cheese.

Tuna Melt

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Sausage-and-Pepper Sub

Take the guilt out of this dish and make your own sausage from lean pork and slash calories by 40 percent. Then preserve the peppers' Vitamin C by grilling instead of frying. Serve everything on a whole wheat roll for added fiber and you'll never miss any of the calories.

Sausage-and-Pepper Sub

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Apple Pie with Craggy Crust

The graham cracker crust offers big crunch with less fat than a butter piecrust. Then plump, full of fiber fruit will make you feel full faster!

Apple Pie with Craggy Crust

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Get more Guilt-Free Dishes

Try your favorite 30-Minute Meals with some skinny twists!

Venetian Fish Stoup

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