Bobby Deen's Healthy Takes on Paula Deen Recipes

Bobby Deen remakes recipes from his mother, Paula Deen, eliminating calories but adding flavor.

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Corn Waffles with Ratatouille

Paula spoons enough butter, chili, sour cream and cheese on her waffles to give them a whopping 841 calories per serving. Bobby's savory waffles made without butter or eggs -- and topped with a light and fresh ratatouille -- brings the calorie count down to 477 calories per serving.

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Skinny Darrell Wraps

The original Fat Darrell sandwich is a fried marvel piled high with French fries, chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks. It's also piled with 92 grams of fat and 1,790 calories. Bobby's Skinny Darrell Wraps with oven-baked chips, baked chicken fingers and fresh mozzarella have 22 grams of fat and only 670 calories.

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Bobby's Stuffed Red Peppers

Paula's Brunch Stuffed Peppers are deliciously filled with a milk-and-sour-cream custard and then topped with a half-pound of bacon and cheese. Bobby uses 90 percent lean ground beef and protein-filled brown rice instead of white. His version drops the calories from 810 per serving to 300 and the fat from 67 grams down to 14.

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Butter-less Banana Split Brownie Pizza

Paula's decadent dessert starts with a full-fat cream cheese and butter spread and clocks in at 580 calories per serving. Bobby's version uses a vegan brownie without any butter or eggs so it has only 420 calories.

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The Son's Chicken Pot Pie

Bobby's lighter version of his mom's famous chicken pot pie brings down the calories from 1520 to 540 grams per serving and the fat from 129 grams per serving to 24 grams. His trick is to cut out the heavy cream and use a low-fat milk instead. Then he replaces the thick puff pastry with filo dough.

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Bobby's Lighter Drunken Chicken

"Beer in the rear" chicken is super Southern and, as it sounds, cooks with a can's worth of beer stuffed into the bird. Bobby roasts his lighter drunken chicken in the oven and removes the skin after it cooks to take the calories down from 733 grams to 411 grams per serving and the fat down from 51 grams per serving to only 11.

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Bobby's Buffalo Wings with Tangy Cheese Dip

Bobby coats his faux-fried wings with an easy hot sauce made with honey instead of butter. The result is every bit as delicious.

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Meat and Mushroom Lasagna

Paula's Lots O'Meat Lasagna has more than 1700 calories per serving and 104 grams of fat. Bobby's version uses fresh, thinner pasta and replaces her sausage with portabella mushrooms to lighten the dish down to 438 calories per serving and 19 grams of fat.

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Beer Battered Fish and Roasted Fries

Bobby cuts down on calories from 1116 to 420 per serving and fat from 103g to 28g by roasting his sweet potatoes and pan-frying his cod in canola oil instead of deep-frying.

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Bobby's Sweet and Spicy Pork and Slaw Sandwich

Bobby replaces super-fatty pork shoulder with leaner pork tenderloin which he simmers in apple juice and apple cider vinegar until it's fork tender.

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The Son's Slaw

Bobby uses some full-fat mayonnaise just like his mama but balances it out with Greek yogurt to cut the fat down from 15g per serving to only 4 grams.

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Filet Mignon Goat Cheese and Pancetta

Bobby makes a version of compound butter that doesn't have any butter in it. It uses goat cheese instead of the cream cheese in Paula's steaks.

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Bobby's Creamed Spinach

By using low-fat milk instead of heavy cream, this delicious side cuts the fat from 15g down to 8 grams.

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It's Really Better Than Sex Cupcakes

Bobby's cupcakes use a delicious light whipped cream topping, cutting the sugar from 1 and 1/3 cups in Paula's version down to 2 tablespoons.

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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Bobby slims down Paula's Coconut Shrimp With Orange Marmalade by using unsweetened coconut and subbing in a lighter, spiced-up honey dip. The result? Incredible.

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Lighter and Leaner Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

Low-fat mozzarella, Greek yogurt and whole-wheat bread help Bobby trim down Paula's Pimento Cheese Sandwiches without sacrificing any of the flavor.

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Gooey (With Less) Butter Cake

Bobby lightened up Paula's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes by cutting down on the sugar and butter. Don't worry — you won't miss what's not there.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Skip the sugar and load up on the cayenne pepper in Bobby's baked and better-for-you version of Paula's Fried Sweet Potato Chips.

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No-Fry Apple Pies

With half the butter, a fraction of the sugar and baked whole-wheat pie crusts, Bobby turns Paula's Fried Apple Pies into a guilt-free indulgence.

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Lighter Shrimp and Polenta

To re-create Bobby's healthy remake of Paula's Shrimp and Grits, sub out heavy cream for Greek yogurt, Canadian bacon for ham and polenta for grits.

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Thai Fruit Salad

Bobby skips the cream cheese and pecan topping in his makeover of Paula's Fruit Salad and opts instead for an exotic coconut, honey and Sriracha drizzle.

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Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie

Bobby subs fat-free frozen whipped topping and low-fat milk in for cream, turning out this still-creamy version of Paula's frozen chocolate pie.

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Lighter Fresh Fruit Bread Pudding

Bobby nixes Paula’s sugary glazed donuts and sweetened condensed milk and makes his bread pudding with fiber-rich whole-wheat donuts, lighter skim milk and fresh fruit, which adds natural sweetness.

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Lighter Southern Deviled Eggs

Paula's deviled eggs rely on mayonnaise for creaminess, but Bobby's slimmed-down version turns to rich, silky Greek yogurt instead.

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New School Sweet Potato Pie

Hold the butter, halve the sugar and opt for homemade whole-wheat pastry crust in Bobby's lightened-up take on Paula's Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie.

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Game Time Chili Dogs

Ground chicken, kidney beans and whole-wheat buns are the main ingredients in Bobby's healthy alternative to Paula's loaded Chili Dogs.

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Simply Smashed Potato Cakes

You'll taste the mouthwatering mixture of cheddar cheese, scallions, panko bread crumbs and Greek yogurt in every bite of Bobby's lightened-up potato cakes.

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Bobby's Baseball Popcorn

Rather than loading his bowl with butter and corn syrup, Bobby instead seasons his guilt-free popcorn with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Heavenly Milkshake

Nonfat frozen yogurt, honey and almond milk are all you need to whip up Bobby's lighter and healthier remake of Paula's Vanilla Milkshake.

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Monster Mushroom Burger

Paula's Lady's Brunch Burger sandwiches the patty, bacon and a fried egg between two donuts (yes, donuts). Bobby's trimmed-down mushroom burger is topped with baby arugula, balsamic vinegar and roasted red pepper, and then sandwiched between whole-grain peasant bread.

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