Small Bites and Sides
13. Spicy Pork Sliders
This Cuban-inspired recipe uses lean pork for a fun, kicked-up twist on the typical mini-burgers that comes together fast to boot.
14. Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings
Few things are better in life than chowing down on a greasy, spicy, hot sauce-doused chicken wing while cheering for your favorite football team. Sadly, a typical order of buffalo chicken wings will set you back a heart-stopping 1,724 calories. Yikes! This makeover tastes pretty darn close to the real thing and comes in at a much more reasonable 240 calories per five wings.
15. Asparagus Potato Salad
Swap out the mayo for mustard and add crunchy shallots and asparagus (plus a tiny bit of bacon!) for a colorful side that has more flavor and texture than you ever thought possible in this classic.
16. Hogs in a Blanket
Try a slightly more high-brow twist on the cocktail-party classic by swapping in Andouille sausage for hot dogs and a sweet mustard chutney for ketchup.
17. Dreamy Butternut Squash Mac 'n Cheese
A comfort food classic! Sounds crazy, but butternut squash makes this creamier than ever, and who doesn't love Gruyere cheese? You'll never buy a boxed version again.
18. Caramelized Onion and Cheddar Quesadillas
When you're trying to serve a large group quickly, you don't want to spend hours puttering away in the kitchen. These simple quesadillas are more Milwaukee than Mexico City, but the sharp cheddar, sweet onions, and whole-wheat tortilla combine to form an inexplicably perfect storm of tangy deliciousness.
19. Grilled Filet Mignon Crostini
Simple yet elegant, this crostini pairs sizzling steak with red pepper pesto and cream cheese for a multitude of flavors that are sure to please.
Something More Substantial
20. Healthy Chili con Carne
Flavorful, filling, and full of meat (read: boyfriend- and husband-approved), this delicious and savory chili will warm you up on even the chilliest of days, and it's the perfect food to bring a group together while huddled around the TV.
21. Veggie Burgers
Vegetables, boring? Are you crazy? Pick your patty, then dress it up five different ways. These babies are so lip-smacking, you won't notice there's no meat.
22. Light BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza
This pizzette recipe uses a cauliflower crust to cut cals and carbs for a tangy, cheesy pie that registers 157 calories per slice.
23. Curry Turkey Burgers
If you feel like breaking out the grill (or grill pan), this recipe is the way to go. It's so juicy and flavorful thanks to cilantro, ginger, garlic, and curry, there's no need for condiments.
If eating pizza is wrong, we don't want to be right. But we also don't want to spend the night with indigestion and feeling heavy and gross. So we went to the experts to get their favorite lightened-up recipes.