Favorite Holiday Brand-Name Recipes Made Over
From green bean casserole to pumpkin pie, the 'Recipe Doctor' tackles popular brand-name recipes.
For many families, the holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without
Libby’s Pumpkin Pie, Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole or Eagle Brand’s Magic
Bars or Fudge. Many holiday recipes developed by American food brands have been
popular for decades, and have thus become part of our traditions.
But what if your family is trying to eat healthier? Can you still have your
favorite brand-name holiday recipes and eat light, too?
As the "Recipe Doctor," I’ve been lightening favorite brand-name
recipes for years, and they almost always work out wonderfully. When making
over recipes, my goal is to lower the total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol
and switch to smart fats when I can (monounsaturated fat and omega-3s). I also
try to reduce sugar and sodium whenever possible, and to increase fiber and
important nutrients at the same time.
Below, you'll find healthier versions of several brand-name holiday recipes
many of us have come to love, including:
- A lighter version of a decadent cookie recipe that has become almost
synonymous with the holiday season: Eagle Brand’s Magic Cookie Bars recipe, but
with 1/3 less fat and 10% fewer calories.
- A lighter version of one of the most beloved holiday side dishes ever:
Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole recipe (also known as Green Bean Bake). This
one has less than half the fat and saturated fat and 1/3 fewer calories than
- A version of Crisco’s Pie Crust recipe with 38% less fat, 75% less
saturated fat, and 1.5 grams more fiber per serving.
- A lighter, higher-fiber version of a crustless pumpkin pie: Bisquick’s Easy
Pumpkin Pie recipe, made over with 75% less fat and saturated fat, half the
cholesterol, and 23% fewer calories.
- A makeover of a breakfast casserole many people like to serve when company
is visiting: Kraft’s Cheesy Brunch Casserole with triple the fiber and almost
50% less fat, saturated and cholesterol.
- A made-over version of the Libby's Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe with
triple the fiber, one-third fewer calories, and more than 50% less fat,
saturated fat and cholesterol.