Surprise your family tonight and treat them to a home-cooked meal with these healthy alternatives to your favorite recipes.

If your favorite meals contain too much fat or salt, don’t give them up -- simply make them over so they fit into a healthy diet.

Whole Grain Pasta with Light Alfredo Sauce

  • Whole-grain linguine, cooked
  • 12 oz. can fat free evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup plain -2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Blend milk, Ricotta cheese, yogurt, garlic, nutmeg, and salt and pepper in a blender until smooth. Heat butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter until smooth. Slowly add milk mixture and simmer until thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve over hot pasta. Serves 8.

(320 calories per serving. Serve with a green salad for a balanced meal.)

Turkey, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion-chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic-minced
  • 1 tsp. whole fennel
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 - 15 1/2 oz. can cannellini or navy beans
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 bag fresh spinach, chopped (approx. 4 cups)

Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in pan and cook ground turkey. Add onion to ground turkey and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, fennel, pepper flakes, stock, beans, and oregano and cook another 20 minutes. Add chopped spinach and serve when spinach is wilted. Serves 6.

(211 calories per serving.)

Light Banana Pudding

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 (14 oz.) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3-4 sliced bananas
  • 1/2 box reduced fat vanilla wafers
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar

In a medium saucepan combine flour and salt. Slowly add milks and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla. In an 8X8 inch pan layer half of the cookies. Top with half of the bananas, and half of the pudding. Repeat. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, adding sugar one teaspoon at a time. Spread meringue over pudding and bake at 325˚ for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 8.

(356 calories per serving.)


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