Top 10 Recipes, Slimmed Down - Part 1

Foodnetwork.com has tallied up their top 100 from 2008. Good news is there are tons of ideas there. Bad news is people sure like unhealthy foods! The top 10 alone has a boatload of calories and fat.
By: Healthy Eats

Foodnetwork.com tallied up their top 100 recipes from 2008. Good news is there are tons of ideas there. Bad news is people sure like unhealthy foods! The top 10 alone has a boatload of calories and fat.

We know you all love your comfort foods, and yes, occasionally, you can indulge. But if you're looking to try these top recipes on a more regular basis, check out Dana and Toby's tips for lightening them up.

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STEPHEN MURELLO

The excess in these little picnic favorites comes in the filling.

Instead of: 1/4 cup of mayonnaise

Try: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise plus 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek-style yogurt

Instead of: 7 egg yolks
Try: 5 egg yolks

Photo by: Stephen Murello

Stephen Murello

It's the frying in peanut oil that bumps up the fat and calories in these crab cakes.

Instead of: 1/2 cup of oil
Try: 1/4 cup of oil

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STEPHEN MURELLO

This one comes with lots of fresh veggies but is weighed down by the add-ons.

Instead of: all the dressing

Try: Cut the recipe in half – the flavors will still be balanced and the taste of all those fresh veggies will shine through

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Stephen Murello

Mmm, look at all that cheesy goodness.

Instead of: 1/4 cup of olive oil for tomato sauce
Use: 2 tablespoons
Instead of: Buffalo Mozzarella

Use: Part-skim cow’s milk mozzarella; you'll save 7 grams of saturated fat per serving

Instead of: 1 pound of spaghetti

Use: 3/4 pound of pasta or replace with a large salad

Photo by: STEPHEN MURELLO

STEPHEN MURELLO

These cute cupcakes would be a perfect sweet for your sweetheart.

Instead of: vegetable oil

Use: applesauce - replace half of the oil with your favorite kind. It will save 60 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving.

Instead of: all the frosting

Use: cut the recipe in half, you won't miss a thing

Instead of: pecans on top
Use: more fresh fruit

Stay tuned for part two, which will include the top 5. (Of course, you can always cheat and look ahead to see what's coming.)

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