Enjoy restaurant-worthy meals at home that won't break your calorie budget. We studied some popular restaurant menus for recipe inspiration, then swapped in healthier ingredients, adjusted portion size, and amped up the veggies to create healthier takes on restaurant favorites. Enjoy one of these healthy recipes for dinner tonight!

By Sheena Chihak, RD
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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   
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Bacon-Cheddar-Chipotle Chicken Panini

Piled atop hearty slices of thick whole-grain bread, this healthy chicken sandwich inspired by Panera Bread has had 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:

  • 840 calories
  • 32 g fat

Ours:

  • 407 calories
  • 13 g fat

Chicken-Mango Salad with Sesame Wontons

Inspired by a Cheesecake Factory dish, this Asian salad recipe has had the calories slashed 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

Cheesy Italian Baked Pasta

Up the veggies, swap in whole grain pasta, and trade turkey sausage for traditional pork and you've slashed calories in this Olive Garden-inspired dish. Don't worry, it's still the saucy and cheesy recipe you crave.

Theirs:

  • 1,220 calories
  • 71 g fat

Ours:

  • 423 calories
  • 14 g fat

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.

Theirs:

  • 1,410 calories
  • 89 g fat

Ours:

  • 389 calories
  • 17 g fat

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

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Comments (1)

Anonymous
August 31, 2018
Canola oil is NOT healthy!!!!!!!