Melanie's Recipes to Try
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Olive Garden's Soup or Zuppa, this is my low sodium, lower in fat version of my favorite soup to dine out for. Easy to make and leftovers are even tastier the next day! Great along side a salad for lunch or beginning course at dinner.Submitted by TMARIE40
This is a makeover of Cracker Barrel's Chicken & Dumplings. My aunt had created the original recipe which called for 1.75 lb chicken and whole milk. It was always one of my families favorite dinners that I made once in a while on special Sundays. Recently, I decided to try a healthier version of it with lower calories, cholesterol & sodium to see if it would pass the "family test". It did! They couldn't tell the difference. The healthy version of this recipe went down 76 calories, 31mg cholosterol & 1104 mg of sodium per serving.
On a side note, I know some people who use prepackaged biscuit dough to make their dumplings to make it easier but I don't like the taste of the perservatives because it makes the whole recipe taste like it came out of can. There is nothing like homemade!
Using low-fat milk instead of cream lowers the saturated fat content in this hearty summer soup.
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. Submitted by CHEF_MEG
This recipe originally came from a vegetarian cookbook, but I've changed the herbs and played with the ingredients a bit.
Instead of zucchini, you can use yellow squash. You can also add a shredded carrot to the recipe (no need to salt and drain the carrots).
Swap shredded sweet potatoes for the zucchini and cumin (1 T) and cilantro (1/4 c) for the thyme and basil.
If you want a stronger tomato flavor, chop a few more sun-dried tomatoes and puree them with the yogurt before topping the pancakes. Submitted by STEPFANIER