How to Lighten Up Family Favorites
By: Jodie Shield, RD
Cheesy Potato Casserole – Original Recipe
(Makes 8 servings)
One of my dearest friends, Marianne Oswald from Tinley Park, IL, brought this cheesy-easy side dish to my house for a family get-together. Needless to say, my kids went wild over it! So much so, it’s become a popular request at our house. But the dietitian in me had to find a way to lighten it up. This potato casserole is so versatile – you can serve it with a holiday ham or back yard barbecue.
1 (2 lb) package frozen hash browns, thawed
1 stick butter, melted
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (8 oz) bag shredded cheddar cheese
½ pint sour cream
½ teaspoon salt
½ onion, chopped
2 cups crushed cornflakes
Combine ¼ cup melted butter and cornflakes. Set aside. Mix potatoes remaining butter, soup, cheese, sour cream, salt and onion; pour into 9 X 13” pan. Sprinkle with cornflake mixture over the top. Bake uncovered 1 ½ hours at 325 degrees.
|Calories 493||Dietary Fiber 2 g||Fat 37 g|
|Protein 11.5 g||Sodium 765 mg||Saturated Fat 20 g|
|Carbohydrate 32 g||Cholesterol 76 mg|
Tips to Lighten up Marianne’s Family Recipe:
- Reduce the butter and use an unsalted brand.
- Use reduced-fat cream of chicken soup such as Campbell’s Healthy Request.
- Try low-fat shredded cheddar cheese (Kraft offers a tasty option)
- Use fat-free sour cream
- Omit the salt – you get plenty from the hash browns.
These small changes make a big nutrition difference! The recipe still tastes fantastic but has one-third fewer calories and half the fat, saturated fat, and sodium.
|Calories 346||Dietary Fiber 2 g||Fat 19 g|
|Protein 11 g||Sodium 370 mg||Saturated Fat 10 g|
|Carbohydrate 35.5 g||Cholesterol 30 mg|
If you have a family favorite recipe you would like analyzed and revised, please send it to Jodie@healthyeatingforfamilies.com.