The Food Network's Calorie-Cutting Recipes

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Don't let the name fool you: Buttermilk is low in fat and calories. Keep the creamy and tangy flavors of your favorite ranch dressing, but enjoy it at fewer calories with this modified recipe.


Traditional ranch dressing: 140 calories

Food Network ranch dressing: 20 calories

Ingredients 

2 scallions, chopped

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup buttermilk 

1/4 cup plain yogurt

2 tsp rice vinegar

Sugar and salt, to taste


Directions

Purée chopped scallions, minced garlic, buttermilk and plain yogurt with rice vinegar and a pinch of sugar and salt. Use on two heads butter lettuce with a 1/4 cup shredded carrots, some fresh cilantro and parsley.   


Curried Potato Salad

Enjoy potato salad without the guilt or bulk. Use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, and add green beans to cut down on the amount of potatoes you'd normally eat using a more traditional recipe. 

Traditional potato salad: 358 calories

Food Network potato salad: 250 calories

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup golden raisins

2 tsp curry powder

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 cups green beans, cooked and chopped 

2 pounds russet potatoes, cooked and chunked

Directions 

Heat olive oil and golden raisins over medium heat; add curry powder, and stir until fragrant. Mix with Greek yogurt, green beans, and the cooked and chunked russets. Season to taste. Let cool.

From Food Network Magazine 1,000 Easy Recipes by Food Network Magazine. Copyright ©2012 Food Network Magazine, LLC. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.