Italian dishes are often labeled as classic comfort food thanks to their generally high calorie, fat, and cheese contents, but the traditional dishes don’t always have to put a dent in your diet. Simple substitutions can take your favorite meals from calorie bombs to perfectly healthy lunches or dinners, and these seven recipes we’re rounding up today prove it. If you like Italian food but don’t want to devastate your diet, check out these food formulas that show you how to swap white for whole-wheat, and high fat for low. You likely won’t even be able to taste the difference, but your waistline will still show it.
1. Baked Chicken Parmesan
Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian dish, and when you bake it Skinny Taste’s way, it doesn’t even have to be a calorie killer. Baking your chicken instead of frying it keeps this Chicken Parmesan light, and the recipe developer also opts for whole-wheat bread crumbs and reduced-fat mozzarella cheese. Serve your poultry over whole-wheat pasta or greens.
- 4 chicken breasts, fat trimmed, sliced in half to make 8
- ¾ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- ¾ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup marinara
- Cooking spray
Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl. In a separate bowl, melt butter. Brush over chicken, then coat in breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet and spray lightly with bit more cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes, flip chicken, then bake for 5 minutes more.
Remove chicken from oven and top each with 1 tablespoon sauce and 1½ tablespoons mozzarella. Return to oven and bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve.