Send Me Your Family Faves

June 14, 2011

Family-favorite recipes. We’ve all got them, some healthier than others. These biscuits, pictured above, were a staple of my childhood. Warm, flakey, buttery, and typically served with a piping hot bowl of beef stew. My mother is a fabulous cook.

When I first started seriously reading food magazines in high school, one of my favorite columns was the section in Cooking Light where they take a classic recipe and make it healthier with a few small tweaks and substitutions. Mac and cheese with half the calories? Sign me up!

So I have a request for you all. Do you have a favorite family recipe that needs a healthy makeover? Perhaps it’s a dish of cheesy potatoes, or maybe a casserole of some sorts. Heck, it could even be a cookie. Whatever it is, send it my way. It can be a complete recipe. In that case, e-mail it to me (madisonjanemayberry@gmail.com) or just a type of dish, in which case you can just leave a comment below!

My plan is to feature healthier versions of your family favorites over the next few months. And as a thank you for sending me recipes to rework, I’ll be sending along some blog loving, too, so don’t be shy to post links in the comments section!


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  • Reply BLP June 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Haha, if you can make sfinges (Zeppole) Italian fried donuts healthier, I'm all for it! LOL

  • Reply mrs. smith June 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    What a great idea!!

    I'll definitely send you one after work! I can't remember the recipe off the top of my head–but it definitely involves cheesy potatoes …

  • Reply Alicia June 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Great idea! My family has a funeral casserole that is a fav. My Aunt used to volunteer at the church for funerals so it kind of morphed it to an obsession around my family. I am going to have to dig it out but I have not attempted yet to make it vegan or vegetarian for that matter so it would be interesting and prob easy.

  • Reply Cassie June 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Please make risotto healthier! hahaha!

  • Reply Lisa June 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    This is not a family recipe, but I adore Oregon Trail Apple Danish bread. You used to be able to get it from Sam's, but they don't seem to be stocking it anymore. If you've ever had it, I would love for you to give us a healthy recipe that emulates the taste. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Jessi Stucke June 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm


  • Reply Jen June 15, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Growing up our family faves revolved around potatoes, particularly mashed and creamy with real butter and cream, and also potato gratin with cream and cheese.

    These days I avoid potatoes altogether, but if you could come up with an equally tasty healthier version of either of those side dishes, I would be eternally grateful!

    I love this concept. Looking forward to seeinng the recipes!

  • Reply jamelafamela June 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    my family makes struffoli- fried italian cookies dredged in honey. please health-ify them for me!

  • Reply Urban Wife June 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    My favorite dessert growing up was flan and I could still eat some now if I wasn't so freaked out about the amount of eggs and condensed milk in each serving!

  • Reply Kim June 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    my mom would make a 7-layer bean dip with sour cream/refried mixed together at the bottom. SO good, but not so healthy! i make mine now with black beans, but still use refried beans. i'd love to hear a new twist on the bean dip!

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