Craving a juicy burger or creamy pasta but trying to keep the daily calorie count down? Look no further than these healthy restaurant-inspired recipes.
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Yes, you can enjoy restaurant-quality meals at home that won't break your calorie budget. We studied some popular restaurant menus for recipe inspiration. From there, we swapped in some of our Test Kitchen's top restaurant-inspired recipes that include healthier ingredients and adjusted portion size. You're going to be pleasantly surprised by these healthy restaurant food ideas that taste just as good as your favorite dishes (think creamy Alfredo pasta and saucy BBQ burgers) with a fraction of the calories and fat. Enjoy one of these healthy restaurant meals for dinner tonight.

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Bacon-Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Panini

Bacon-Cheddar-Chipotle Chicken Panini

Piled atop hearty slices of thick whole-grain bread, this healthy chicken sandwich inspired by Panera Bread got its calories cut in half. With 7 g fiber (mostly from the bread) and 32 g of protein (thanks to chicken, cheese, AND bacon), it will still be plenty satisfying.

Theirs:

  • 860 calories
  • 41 g fat

Ours:

  • 407 calories
  • 13 g fat
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce Wraps with Chicken

Our lighter P.F. Chang's restaurant-inspired recipe is packed with chicken and veggies for a delicious appetizer or meal. We also use reduced-sodium broth and soy sauce to keep the lettuce wraps a bit more heart-healthy.

Theirs:

  • 710 calories
  • 27 g fat

Ours:

  • 258 calories
  • 4 g fat
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

Skipping the deep fryer and swapping thick breading for coconut means a healthy, yet delicious take on a Red Lobster-favorite dish. The mango sauce adds a tangy tropical flair. Did we mention it's ready in just 30 minutes?

Theirs:

  • 1,220 calories
  • 76 g fat

Ours:

  • 414 calories
  • ¬†20 g fat
Chicken Mango Salad with Sesame Wontons

Chicken-Mango Salad with Sesame Wontons

Inspired by a Cheesecake Factory dish, this Asian salad recipe slashes calories in half in our version. Crispy wontons, fresh veggies, sweet mango, and grilled chicken are piled high for a healthy dinner recipe.

Theirs:

  • 800 calories
  • 32 g fat

Ours:

  • 370 calories
  • 17 g fat
Bourbon Barbecue Burger

Bourbon Barbecue Burger

This Red Robin-inspired burger recipe is piled high with onion, cheese, veggies, and ample sauciness for a fraction of the calories. Enjoy with some air-fryer veggies for a healthier complete meal.

Theirs:

  • 1,330 calories
  • 74 g fat

Ours:

  • 389 calories
  • 17 g fat
Beef and Bean Burritos

Beef and Bean Burritos

Complete with cilantro-lime rice, these Chipotle-inspired burritos get a healthy twist from leaner beef, canola oil, lots of veggies, a smaller whole-wheat tortilla and, of course, we kept the avocado.

Theirs:

  • 1,155 calories
  • 53 g fat

Ours:

  • 385 calories
  • 17 g fat
Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Enjoy a creamy, rich Olive Garden-inspired dish with less than half the calories and fat. Go with just the noodles and sauce for a classic Italian dish at home. You can also add veggies such as asparagus or broccoli to up the nutritional value. Or go with our easy chicken and tomato variation for a hearty boost of protein.

Theirs (with chicken):

  • 1,570 calories
  • 95 g fat

Ours (with chicken):

  • 629 calories
  • 37 g fat
Fiesta Lime Chicken

Fiesta Lime Chicken

Inspired by Applebee's, this chicken breast dinner recipe is full of flavor, yet we've reduced its calories by about 1,000. Plus, requiring only 20 minutes of prep time, this is an easy healthy recipe.

Theirs:

  • 1,430 calories
  • 85 g fat

Ours:

  • 378 calories
  • 14 g fat

Keep your healthy dinner plans going strong with these amazing 20-minute recipes. Trying to stay on a budget? We've got your healthy meal plan covered with our $3-per-serving recipes.

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
August 31, 2018
Canola oil is NOT healthy!!!!!!!