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(43 results) Chef Meg's Recipe Makeovers

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Very Good 4.5455/5
(11 ratings)
Skinny Shrimp Pot Stickers

We swapped shrimp for crab in this Chinese takeout favorite to save sodium and money, but we didn't skimp on flavor!

CALORIES: 108.1  |  FAT: 4g  |  PROTEIN: 6.2g  |  CARBS: 11.4g  |  FIBER: 0.2g

Good 3.4/5
(5 ratings)
Lower-Sodium Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Get all the smoky flavor with far less salt by swapping the ham hock for Canadian bacon in this favorite winter soup.

CALORIES: 212  |  FAT: 1.6g  |  PROTEIN: 13.3g  |  CARBS: 36.8g  |  FIBER: 8g

Very Good 4.3023/5
(43 ratings)
Guiltless Chicken Salad

We ditched the mayo from this sandwich staple and boosted the nutrition with crunchy vegetables.

CALORIES: 179.4  |  FAT: 3.2g  |  PROTEIN: 29g  |  CARBS: 7.8g  |  FIBER: 2.7g

Good 3.3846/5
(13 ratings)
Zucchini-Carrot Cake

With the abundance of squash in summertime, zucchini cakes are a popular seasonal treat. This one is light and not too sweet.

CALORIES: 144.7  |  FAT: 4.8g  |  PROTEIN: 3.6g  |  CARBS: 23.1g  |  FIBER: 2.7g

Very Good 4.125/5
(24 ratings)
Cheeseburger Soup

A hearty, healthier take on an iconic American meal.

CALORIES: 196.6  |  FAT: 4.8g  |  PROTEIN: 14.4g  |  CARBS: 19.3g  |  FIBER: 3.6g

Very Good 4.3218/5
(87 ratings)
Light Lemon Blueberry Donuts

At 300 calories a pop, donuts are an easy way to wreck a healthy breakfast. Not my baked ones. They're bursting with fruit and flavor--not fat!

CALORIES: 104.9  |  FAT: 1.9g  |  PROTEIN: 2.4g  |  CARBS: 21g  |  FIBER: 2.2g

Very Good 4.2105/5
(57 ratings)
Loaded Potato Soup

Low in fat, but big on taste, everyone wins with this comforting soup recipe!

CALORIES: 157.3  |  FAT: 2.1g  |  PROTEIN: 4.4g  |  CARBS: 29.7g  |  FIBER: 4.7g

Very Good 4.2955/5
(44 ratings)
Slimmed Down Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

This is the best kind of healthy recipe makeover: the kind no one will notice. Believe us when we say this dish is one of the best meals we've ever eaten.

CALORIES: 277.4  |  FAT: 7.8g  |  PROTEIN: 26g  |  CARBS: 26.7g  |  FIBER: 4g

Very Good 4.3077/5
(104 ratings)
Greek Turkey Burger

You'll forget all about beef burgers once you try these. Salty and rich feta is mixed with lean ground turkey and Greek herbs for juicy and delicious burgers.

CALORIES: 217.1  |  FAT: 10.2g  |  PROTEIN: 26.3g  |  CARBS: 5.2g  |  FIBER: 0.5g

Very Good 4.2824/5
(131 ratings)
Mama's Red Beans and Rice

Mama knows best! This New Orleans-style one pot meal is hearty, tasty, and healthy!

CALORIES: 215.1  |  FAT: 4.2g  |  PROTEIN: 8.6g  |  CARBS: 36.3g  |  FIBER: 8.7g

Very Good 4.3556/5
(135 ratings)
Chicken Breasts with Red Wine Sauce

This is a lighter take on the classic Italian preparation of Chicken Cacciatore (or Chicken Hunter Style). Our made-over version uses white meat rather than dark and less oil to cut almost 60 calories per serving and reduce the fat and sodium of the traditional recipe.

CALORIES: 282.7  |  FAT: 11.2g  |  PROTEIN: 30.8g  |  CARBS: 8.6g  |  FIBER: 1.7g

Very Good 4.4833/5
(420 ratings)
Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

This is THE most popular recipe on SparkRecipes. We've added more vegetables and reduced the sodium drastically to make it even better.

CALORIES: 164.9  |  FAT: 2.5g  |  PROTEIN: 27.6g  |  CARBS: 7.3g  |  FIBER: 2.1g

Very Good 4.3902/5
(82 ratings)
Crispy Faux-Fried Mexican Chicken

I love faux frying foods using panko. This crunchy, spicy chicken would be great on a taco salad.

CALORIES: 221.8  |  FAT: 3.8g  |  PROTEIN: 29.7g  |  CARBS: 19.5g  |  FIBER: 3.2g

Very Good 4.2077/5
(366 ratings)
Slow Cooker Marinara Chicken and Vegetables

In the morning, throw all the ingredients for this simple recipe in the slow cooker. A hearty and healthy dinner will be waiting for you when you get home!

CALORIES: 176.8  |  FAT: 3.7g  |  PROTEIN: 26.8g  |  CARBS: 7.9g  |  FIBER: 1.8g

Very Good 4.4118/5
(68 ratings)
Fruit Kabobs with Coconut Yogurt Dip

Serve these fruit kebabs at your next party.

CALORIES: 40  |  FAT: 0.4g  |  PROTEIN: 0.9g  |  CARBS: 8.9g  |  FIBER: 1.2g

Very Good 4.2464/5
(69 ratings)
Halibut Stew with Fresh Herbs

This fresh fish stew is chock full of herbs and veggies. It's slightly unusual and completely delicious.

CALORIES: 157.1  |  FAT: 6.5g  |  PROTEIN: 17.6g  |  CARBS: 7.4g  |  FIBER: 2g

Very Good 4.4341/5
(129 ratings)
Caramel Popcorn

This lightened-up version of caramel popcorn is our favorite tailgate treat.

CALORIES: 116.7  |  FAT: 2.8g  |  PROTEIN: 0.7g  |  CARBS: 27.7g  |  FIBER: 0.8g

Very Good 4.7857/5
(14 ratings)
Greek Turkey Burger (Chef Meg's Makeover)

You'll forget all about beef burgers once you try these. Serve with half a pita pocket, sliced tomato, and mixed greens for a quick and tasty dinner. Salty and rich feta is mixed with lean ground turkey and Greek herbs for a juicy and delicious burgers.

CALORIES: 242.1  |  FAT: 11.9g  |  PROTEIN: 29.2g  |  CARBS: 5.2g  |  FIBER: 0.5g

Very Good 4.4673/5
(413 ratings)
White Chicken Chili

This chili is packed with flavor and fiber. Make a big batch for a crowd or freeze it in single-serving containers for up to four months.

CALORIES: 234.5  |  FAT: 6.3g  |  PROTEIN: 25g  |  CARBS: 20.2g  |  FIBER: 4.6g

Very Good 4.3279/5
(61 ratings)
Single-Serving California-Style Chicken Cordon Bleu

This recipe takes a traditional French dish and gives it a California twist. A good portion of the fat comes from the avocado, which has mostly heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

CALORIES: 287.2  |  FAT: 16.3g  |  PROTEIN: 32.8g  |  CARBS: 1.2g  |  FIBER: 0.2g

Very Good 4.52/5
(100 ratings)
Chocolate Fondue

By choosing a darker chocolate and fat-free evaporated milk, we've cut the calories of this chocolate dip in half!

CALORIES: 88.8  |  FAT: 3.5g  |  PROTEIN: 1.2g  |  CARBS: 14.7g  |  FIBER: 0.6g

Very Good 4.25/5
(20 ratings)
Chicken Breasts with Red Wine Sauce (Chicken Cacciatore)

Chef Meg made over a classic dish, which is sometimes called "Hunters Chicken" or "Chicken Cacciatore."

CALORIES: 188.5  |  FAT: 7.5g  |  PROTEIN: 20.6g  |  CARBS: 5.8g  |  FIBER: 1.1g

Very Good 4.3966/5
(58 ratings)
Slow Cooker Moroccan Beef Stew

Chef Meg turned a member-submitted dish into a slow cooker meal that's easy yet exotic!

CALORIES: 370.3  |  FAT: 11.2g  |  PROTEIN: 38.8g  |  CARBS: 27.7g  |  FIBER: 5.7g

Very Good 4.0941/5
(255 ratings)
Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

This is a great slow cooker side dish that's incredibly easy to make!

CALORIES: 170.5  |  FAT: 0.8g  |  PROTEIN: 6.8g  |  CARBS: 36.7g  |  FIBER: 6.1g

Very Good 4.3125/5
(80 ratings)
Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Soup

This is a really filling soup that's easy to make. Each serving is a hearty 2 cups!

CALORIES: 289.8  |  FAT: 3.1g  |  PROTEIN: 28.1g  |  CARBS: 39.9g  |  FIBER: 8.9g

Very Good 4.163/5
(92 ratings)
Topless Chicken Pot Pie

This kid-friendly comfort food is perfect for a weeknight meal. Even better: You can use frozen veggies and leftover chicken.

CALORIES: 325.8  |  FAT: 16.7g  |  PROTEIN: 19.1g  |  CARBS: 25.2g  |  FIBER: 2.8g

Very Good 4.0795/5
(151 ratings)
Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Strawberries are combined with tangy and sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy ricotta in this quick and simple dessert.

CALORIES: 157  |  FAT: 5.2g  |  PROTEIN: 7.6g  |  CARBS: 23g  |  FIBER: 2.1g

Very Good 4.235/5
(200 ratings)
Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Fried, battered, dripping sauce--hot wings are calorie bombs! But not these.

CALORIES: 223.2  |  FAT: 4.3g  |  PROTEIN: 28.8g  |  CARBS: 16g  |  FIBER: 1.6g

Very Good 4.2375/5
(160 ratings)
Chicken Satay with Vegetables

Chef Meg lowered the fat and calories in this member-submitted recipe, which contains two servings of cooked vegetables per portion!

CALORIES: 237.7  |  FAT: 11.1g  |  PROTEIN: 22.5g  |  CARBS: 13.3g  |  FIBER: 3.7g

Very Good 4.3896/5
(77 ratings)
Skinny Chicken Parmesan Salad

While chicken Parmesan is traditionally fried and served with pasta, this lighter version is delightful atop a hearty tomato and basil salad.

CALORIES: 353.1  |  FAT: 16.5g  |  PROTEIN: 38.2g  |  CARBS: 13g  |  FIBER: 2.7g

Very Good 4.1474/5
(285 ratings)
Baked Chicken with Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Garlic lovers, rejoice! This recipe contains a whopping two heads, but the flavor mellows and sweetens when baked.

CALORIES: 239.3  |  FAT: 7.1g  |  PROTEIN: 28.7g  |  CARBS: 12.5g  |  FIBER: 1.8g

Very Good 4.1164/5
(146 ratings)
Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad

Most pasta salads are heavy on the pasta and light on everything else. This version, which can be served warm or cold, includes a hefty portion of vegetables--both spinach and tomatoes.

CALORIES: 267.2  |  FAT: 8.9g  |  PROTEIN: 12g  |  CARBS: 33g  |  FIBER: 2.6g

Very Good 4.2857/5
(245 ratings)
Taco Soup

Top this soup with toasted tortilla strips and serve with lime wedges and avocado slices.

CALORIES: 290.7  |  FAT: 13.7g  |  PROTEIN: 20.6g  |  CARBS: 24.3g  |  FIBER: 6.5g

Very Good 4.4765/5
(149 ratings)
Tropical Grilled Chicken

We love shredding this sweet and savory chicken to turn it into tacos, but it's also delicious as is with a side of grilled veggies.

CALORIES: 264.8  |  FAT: 3.4g  |  PROTEIN: 27.5g  |  CARBS: 33.8g  |  FIBER: 3.5g

Very Good 4.1296/5
(108 ratings)
Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

Parsley and capers add flavor to this veggie-packed, heart-healthy dish.

CALORIES: 337.7  |  FAT: 4.1g  |  PROTEIN: 34g  |  CARBS: 39.3g  |  FIBER: 3.4g

Very Good 4.2031/5
(64 ratings)
Whole-Grain Berry Muffins

Raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry--choose any berry you want. You can't go wrong with these healthy, tasty muffins.

CALORIES: 136  |  FAT: 1.7g  |  PROTEIN: 3.6g  |  CARBS: 33.2g  |  FIBER: 2.5g

Very Good 4.1374/5
(131 ratings)
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

This sweet and spicy soup is a staple of Thai takeout. Chef Meg recreated it for a fraction of the cost and sodium!

CALORIES: 141.5  |  FAT: 3.6g  |  PROTEIN: 22.7g  |  CARBS: 6.4g  |  FIBER: 1.7g

Very Good 4.3156/5
(282 ratings)
Tex Mex Calzones

An Italian favorite gets a below the border twist. Chef Meg made just a few tweaks before giving this one her seal of approval! She adds the spices early in cooking to help boost flavor and added a full pound of turkey for a more filling meal.

CALORIES: 413.7  |  FAT: 14.1g  |  PROTEIN: 47.7g  |  CARBS: 29.2g  |  FIBER: 3.2g

Very Good 4.0714/5
(14 ratings)
Mama's Red Beans and Rice

Mama knows best! This New Orleans-style one pot meal is hearty, tasty, and healthy!

CALORIES: 212.1  |  FAT: 6.3g  |  PROTEIN: 12g  |  CARBS: 27g  |  FIBER: 8.3g

Very Good 4.375/5
(192 ratings)
Linguine with Spicy Shrimp

We're serious about the spice in this recipe. Whole-grain pasta and tender shrimp pair perfectly with a luxuriously rich, piquant sauce.

CALORIES: 356.9  |  FAT: 15.7g  |  PROTEIN: 27.9g  |  CARBS: 27.6g  |  FIBER: 4.3g

Good 3/5
(2 ratings)
Grilled Spicy Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are a fresh and tasty alternative to the beef or turkey filling that we’re all accustomed
to.

CALORIES: 171.1  |  FAT: 1.9g  |  PROTEIN: 22.2g  |  CARBS: 18.3g  |  FIBER: 3.2g

Very Good 4.3059/5
(85 ratings)
Black Beans and Brown Rice

A simple, hearty meat-free meal. Pair with a green salad, and dinner is ready.

CALORIES: 213.1  |  FAT: 1.5g  |  PROTEIN: 8.8g  |  CARBS: 45.6g  |  FIBER: 7.6g

Very Good 4.3158/5
(133 ratings)
Bruschetta-Stuffed Mushrooms

All the flavor of bruschetta, in a mushroom!

CALORIES: 191.9  |  FAT: 12.3g  |  PROTEIN: 10.2g  |  CARBS: 14.4g  |  FIBER: 5.2g