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Printable Cookbook: Slimmed-Down Restaurant Dishes

10 Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Restaurant Foods

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A couple of months ago, we asked you to make over your favorite restaurant meals for our first SparkRecipes contest. From the dozens of entries we received, we chose 10 semifinalists. From there, we tested the recipes, considered our choices and tried some really delicious dishes that would rival any drive-thru or casual dining fare!

Now we're sharing these recipes with you! Make these slimmed-down restaurant foods at home to save money and calories.

Click here to download and print your FREE cookbook: 10 Restaurant Meals Made Healthier. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.)

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  • Thanks!! - 9/23/2013 8:37:22 PM
  • I will definitely cut down on the sodium in these recipes but they look delicious and I will try them! - 9/23/2013 10:15:38 AM
  • I agree with the sodium comments. In my opinion, though, recipes really are more for method and type of ingredient used to achieve a certain flavor. I very rarely use a recipe with exact specifications. Thanks for the dinner ideas!! - 9/23/2013 10:01:31 AM
  • All of these recipes except the breakfast burrito and the Tuscan chicken are over the acceptable amount of sodium. I wouldn't make any of them the way the recipes are written. When people "lighten" a recipe they tend to add either sodium or sugars. - 9/23/2013 9:08:29 AM
  • the best thing about these recipes is that they got me out of my apathy long enugh to say "you'v got to be kidding". My opinion only but arean't we aiming for more REAL food ingredients? - 9/23/2013 1:43:21 AM
  • AZURE-SKY
    890 mg of sodium for pancakes?!?!?! That's absurd. I've never seen a pancake recipe that uses 3 sources of sodium - 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, AND 1 tsp baking powder - that's just crazy, or somebody really goofed on this recipe.

    I can make healthier pancakes from just about any light pancake mix in the supermarket. - 3/17/2012 2:34:01 PM
  • Thanks! - 3/2/2012 1:16:54 PM
  • While these recipes look good, they have too much sodium because they use too much processed foods. Using cans and bottles of different sauces have higher sodium levels not to mention genetically modified organisms in them. I am going to try making up some of my own that don't use all the processed stuff. We should be getting back to a clean diet that is filled with wholesome, organic foods not all the processed fake food that got us so heavy in the first place. - 3/2/2012 8:51:06 AM
  • NANCYB41
    the recipes look good and the calories are low but the sodium is crazy high to me that it outweights the low calories. - 3/2/2012 7:50:50 AM
  • Sodium seems very high on lots of these. - 1/7/2011 10:58:51 PM
  • Some of the calories seem high for make-overs. Makes me wonder what the original calories where. - 1/5/2011 7:06:29 PM
  • 4GERTIE
    Interesting recipes though will need to adjust some ingredients to similar Kiwi ingredients - not hard to do. - 1/9/2010 10:17:07 PM
  • My hubby loves the southwestern egg rolls. I'll HAVE to try these! - 1/9/2010 10:03:34 AM
  • I love to eat restaurant food and now I can make my own. Thanks for this. - 1/8/2010 5:11:30 PM
  • Thanks so much for this! Now I'm actually looking forward to making some delicious food for Super Bowl Sunday!! (I'm totally going to win my "Wife of the Year Award" with this.) - 1/8/2010 11:50:58 AM

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