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

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Season 4, Episode 3

Sweet as Honey

Bobby visits the unlikely home of a colony of bees, and brings back some of their delicious honey to transform his Mama's dishes alongside guest Colette Burnett. He makes Grilled Honey Chicken With Rum Sauce and Honey-Pineapple Nut Bars.

Mar 8
7am | 6c
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.

Mar 8
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 4, Episode 5

Clamming Expedition

Bobby heads out to Long Island and learns how to harvest the freshest clams the shore has to offer for his Seafood Pie. Later, Lime Mousse Cups for dessert.

Mar 8
8am | 7c
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.

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.

May 24
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 11

Getting Saucy!

Bobby learns how to make the healthiest tomato sauce for his spaghetti and pizza from an adorable Brooklyn raised Italian grandma (born in Italy!) and shares his dishes with special guests Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos. With recipes for Light Spaghetti With Homemade Sauce, Whole Wheat Veggie Lovers' Pie, Nonna's Fresh Spicy Tomato Sauce, Nonna's Basil-Walnut Pesto, Broccoli Rabe Salad and Gabriele's Italian Bitter Spritzer.

May 24
9am | 8c
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.

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?

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!

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!

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!

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


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.

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!

Jul 20
9:30am | 8:30c

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All Not My Mama's Meals Recipes

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Cakes

Fresh Salmon Croquettes

Bobby's Stuffed Red Peppers

Bobby's Chicken-Fried Chicken

Light French Onion Soup

Shrimp Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Meat and Mushroom Lasagna

Pressed Bagel Sandwich

Bobby's Light Banana Pudding


Dark Chocolate and Banana S'mores

Protein Bakery's Chocolate Chocolate Coconut Almond Cookie

Pico De Gallo

Corn Waffles with Ratatouille

Bobby's Tomato Pie

Nonna's Fresh Spicy Tomato Sauce

Lemon Sorbet Punch

Semolina Pasta Dough

Saffron Greek Yogurt

Low-Sugar Mixed Berry Jam

Gooey (With Less) Butter Cake

Bobby's Five Layer Bark

Babycakes Spelt Brownies

Baked Veggie Egg Rolls

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Skinny Darrell Wraps

Dark Molten Lava Cakes

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.