How to Lighten Up Your Favorite Meals
Whether you're looking for a healthier alternative to fried chicken, cake or pizza, Bobby Deen's recipes will cut the calories so you can enjoy your favorite meals, guilt-free.
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Cooking this whole-wheat pizza in high heat will ensure the thick slices of tomatoes and caramelized onions will become slightly charred and tender.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Tomato Pie
Cut out the cholesterol-filled beef. Here balsamic-glazed portobello mushrooms are grilled then piled high with fresh veggies, roasted red peppers and a savory rosemary yogurt sauce.
Get the Recipe: Monster Mushroom Burger
Roasted beets not only add a vibrant ruby color to Bobby's Red Velvet Cupcakes (no red dye needed!), but they also add nutrients and a sweet flavor.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Red Velvet Cupcakes
Bobby's homemade chips are made out of nutrient-dense sweet potatoes and are lightly drizzled with olive oil and cayenne pepper. Bake these chips until brown and crisp, and they'll taste even better than the fried alternative.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Chips
This is Bobby's lightened-up rendition of Paula's Gooey Butter Cake. He replaces the butter with Greek-style yogurt and reduced-fat buttermilk so the cake remains equally moist and "gooey."
Get the Recipe: Gooey (With Less) Butter Cake
This creamy milkshake is made with the heavenly combination of frozen yogurt, almond milk and honey so you won't feel "sinful" for enjoying something so tasty.
Get the Recipe: Heavenly Milkshake
Bobby's golden, bubbly hot artichoke dip is made lighter with caramelized onion, Neufchatel-style cream cheese, light mayonnaise and artichoke hearts. Serve with veggies for some healthy dipping.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Onion Artichoke Dip
Mac and Cheese
This casserole of American comfort has a secret: pureed butternut squash lends its bright orange color as well as nutrients to Bobby's whole-grain macaroni and cheese.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Mac and Cheese Cups
In Bobby's baked hand pies, a whole-wheat and lightly spiced pie crust creates the perfect pocket for stewed, tender apples.
Get the Recipe: "No-Fry" Apple Pies
Bobby tops whole-wheat tortilla chips with cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, fresh pico de gallo and chicken chili packed with vegetables and beans. These hearty game day nachos will only make you feel indulgent.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Nachos with Fresh Pico De Gallo
Fish and Chips
For a lighter take on the classic fish and chips, cod fillets are beer-battered and lightly pan-fried (instead of deep-fried), while sweet potatoes are roasted until tender and golden.
Get the Recipe: Beer Battered Fish and Roasted Fries
This Southern staple is lightened up with low-fat pudding and an extra heaping of bananas, though the whipped topping is still a must.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Light Banana Pudding
These biscuits get hit with plenty of flavor when they are brushed with garlic-infused olive oil. And using low-fat milk and reduced-fat cheese means you won't feel guilty about taking more than one.
Get the Recipe: The Son's Cheese Biscuits
Bobby lightens up chili dogs by topping them with hearty chicken chili. Garnish with Cheddar, scallions and Greek-style yogurt then serve on a whole-wheat bun.
Get the Recipe: Game Time Chili Dogs
Bobby's lighter bread pudding incorporates lots of fresh fruit and whole-wheat doughnuts.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Lighter Fresh Fruit Bread Pudding
There's no need to drown your popcorn in buttery liquid. For a sweet and salty treat, this popcorn is lightly coated in butter, brown sugar and warm spices.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Baseball Popcorn
Loaded Baked Potato
If you like your baked potato loaded with toppings but don't appreciate the added calories, nix the butter and sour cream for steamed broccoli, Cheddar and turkey bacon.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Loaded Baked Potato
This "unfried" chicken is baked instead of deep-fried and its cornflake-crumb coating gives it the crispy outside and moist inside of classic fried chicken.
Get the Recipe: Unfried Chicken
Forget the margarita mix full of sugar and calories. Lighten up cocktail hour with Bobby's margaritas made with lemonade and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Get the Recipe: Fresh Margaritas
Deep-frying packs on fat and calories. Honey and hot sauce make the perfect sticky glaze when you bake the wings until golden and crispy. Serve with creamy roquefort cheese dip, celery and carrot sticks.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Buffalo Wings with Tangy Cheese Dip