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Favorite Holiday Brand-Name Recipes Made Over

From green bean casserole to pumpkin pie, the 'Recipe Doctor' tackles popular brand-name recipes.

Lightened Bisquick Easy Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

1 cup canned pumpkin (100% pumpkin)

1/2 cup Heart Smart Bisquick pancake and baking mix

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup fat-free half-and-half (can substitute evaporate milk)

1 tablespoon rum or Grand Marnier (or similar)

1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or use 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg, a higher omega-3 brand if available

1/4 cup egg substitute

Light whipped topping (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch deep dish pie plate with canola cooking spray or grease lightly with margarine.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the pie ingredients (not including whipped topping) by beating on medium-low speed. Pour into the prepared pie plate.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate until completely chilled (about 3 hours). Serve with light whipped topping, if desired. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Yield: Makes 10 servings

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 portion light dessert

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 100 calories, 3 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate, 1.2 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 23 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 127 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 11%.

Lightened Kraft Cheesy Brunch Casserole

Ingredients:

12 cups of 1/2-inch cubes of whole wheat bread (whole wheat sourdough works well), divided use

1/2 cup chopped red pepper, divided use

12 ounces Kraft shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided use

3 cups small fresh broccoli florets

4 large eggs (use a higher omega-3 brand if available)

1 cup egg substitute

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream

2 1/2 cups fat-free half-and-half (or substitute low-fat milk)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with canola cooking spray.
  2. Layer half of the bread cubes, half the chopped red pepper and half the shredded cheese in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle all the broccoli florets over the top then repeat the previous layers with the remaining bread cubes, red pepper and cheese.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat eggs, egg substitute, and sour cream until blended. Pour in the half-and-half and beat until blended. Pour egg mixture evenly over ingredients in baking dish. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until golden brown on top and the center of the casserole is nicely set (not runny). Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Yield: Makes 12 servings

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 portion frozen dinner light OR 1 "sandwich and burger lean meat" OR 1 slice whole wheat bread + 1 egg without added fat + 2 ounces low-fat cheese

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 265 calories, 18 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 9.5 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 95 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 586 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 32%.

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