In this series, Bobby Deen takes his mother, Paula Deen's, recipes and transforms her Southern comfort food into lighter, lean, yet still delicious dishes. Each week, we'll follow Bobby as he tries to recreate one of his Mama's famous meals with healthy substitutes that cut down on calories and fat, but still deliver on taste.

Bobby's Breakfasts

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Kale and Bacon Frittata

Vitamin-packed kale and a bit of bacon make Bobby's frittata super healthy.
Season 4, Episode 4

Philly on My Mind

Bobby discovers a hydroponic garden on the rooftops of Brooklyn and brings back the freshest baby butterhead lettuce for his Cheese Steak Lettuce Cups and fresh basil for his Roasted Zucchini Skins.

Wednesday
Mar 8
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Mexico in BK

Bobby visits a Mexican cheese shop that's been in Brooklyn for more than a decade and learns how to make authentic Oaxaca Cheese for his baked Chicken Cheese Empanadas with fresh Tomatillo Salsa. He also makes Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs With Garlic and Orange and Sweet Potato Chicken Mole.

Wednesday
Mar 8
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Totally Tofu!

Bobby uncovers an unlikely expert of Japanese cuisine who shows him that going totally tofu can be delicious. This episode features Silken Tofu, Crispy Black Pepper Tofu Bites, Tofu and Veggie Soup and Tofu Creme Brulee.

Wednesday
Mar 8
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 1

Just Desserts

Bobby Deen begins his culinary quest to lighten up his mom's meals starting with just desserts. He is tackling two of Paula's most famous dishes -- Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding and Chocolate Mousse Pie. Bobby's whipping up a Fresh Fruit Bread Pudding and Frozen Chocolate Pie. He's cutting the fat and calories in these decadent desserts but keeping all of the flavor.

Wednesday
May 24
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 2

The Bag Lady's Son

Bobby gets a surprise visitor to help him lighten up two dishes that go all the way back to his mom's "Bag Lady" days; Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and Gooey Butter Cake. He's also throwing in a quick and light Spicy Sweet Potato Chip recipe. The dishes are so good The Bag Lady herself might have to stop by to try them out.

Wednesday
May 24
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 10

Bobby's Favorites

Comfort food doesn't have to be banned when you're on a diet. With a few tweaks, like using the leanest beef and the freshest peaches, Bobby creates waistline-friendly dishes of Lean Multigrain Goulash and Light Peach Cobbler.

Wednesday
May 24
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 12

Pump it Up!

Bobby's best friend and trainer Sam Carter is in town, and together they feast on protein packed Chocolate Chocolate Coconut Almond Cookies that are wheat flour-free and trans fat-free. Bobby also makes Orange and Shallot Stuffed Turkey Breast, Low-Sugar Mixed Berry Jam and PB&J Frozen Yogurt Cookie Sandwiches.

Wednesday
May 24
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Diner Delight

Bobby takes on two of his mom's monster meals -- the infamous Krispy Kreme Burger and her creamy Vanilla Milkshake. There is only one person in the world who can help him tame these titanic dishes: his mom, Paula! But will she be happy with the results?

Thursday
Jul 20
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 4

Boys Night

Bobby Deen and his good friend Josh Capon are whipping up some healthy and hearty man food for a good ole boys' night! Bobby learns how to pick out the freshest fish for his Beer Battered Fish and Roasted Fries. Then, he's making Buffalo Wings with a Tangy Cheese Dip that will put hair on every man's chest. It's one Boys' Night you won't want to miss!

Thursday
Jul 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

A Little South in Your Mouth

Bobby Deen learns how to make light, but still flavor-filled beer for his chicken at the Brooklyn Brew Shop. Brew experts, Stephan Valand and Erica Shea whip up a special light brew that anyone can do at home, laced with flavors of savory orange and coriander. Later, Bobby's good pal Vanessa Cantave stops by to help cook and taste Bobby's Lighter Drunken Chicken and Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Cakes!

Thursday
Jul 20
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 4

Restaurant Reunion

Bobby Deen may be in the city now, but he will always be a Georgia boy at heart. So he is "un-frying" two Southern staples -- Fried Chicken and Fried Green Tomatoes -- to make them fit his lighter and leaner lifestyle. But, as always, he keeps all of that great flavor he grew up with!

Thursday
Jul 20
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Burger-Rama

Bobby learns how to make the healthiest, most delicious veggie burger patty from a combination of whole fresh veggies with Josh Capon of Burger & Barrel, which kicks off his Burger-Rama meal of the Ultimate Veggie Burger With Deen Sauce, Roasted Onion Salad, Baked Onion Rings and Original Light Chocolate Beer.

Thursday
Jul 20
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 10

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Bobby Deen's BBQ-ing big city-style! He learns how to make a healthy BBQ sauce at his friend Jeff Lutonsky's restaurant, and they even offer to smoke his pork loin for him in their BBQ pit, adding all that extra smoky flavor for his Sweet and Spicy Pork and Slaw Sandwich. Later, Jeff and his wife, Meghan, swing by Bobby's kitchen to taste his other creations, The Son's Slaw and The Son's Potato Salad, two versions of his mother's recipes that pack tons of flavor, but not as many calories!

Thursday
Jul 20
9:30am | 8:30c

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All Not My Mama's Meals Recipes

Sarsaparilla Basted Ham

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Bobby's Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie

"No-Fry" Apple Pies

Bobby's Loaded Baked Potato

Cafe Mogador Cucumber Yogurt

Butter-less Banana Split Brownie Pizza

Coconut Tiramisu

Bobby's Light Banana Pudding

Hummus

Dark Chocolate and Banana S'mores

Light Lobster Roll

The Son's Chicken Pot Pie

Cheese Steak Lettuce Cups

Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Chops

The Son's Cheese Biscuits

Organic Wheat Baguette

Crispy Black Pepper Tofu Bites

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Blue Corn Enchiladas

Veggie Fries with Pesto Yogurt Dip

Pressed Bagel Sandwich

Brown Sugar and Oat Baked Apples

Burger and Barrel Veggie Burger

Light Peach Cobbler

Original Power Smoothie

Light Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce

About the Host

Bobby Deen

Growing up in a traditional Southern kitchen, Bobby Deen went to work for his mother when he was 18 and now is an essential ingredient in the recipe that has made Paula Deen an American hospitality and cooking icon.

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