Beer Cheese Soup

Our Nutritionist Made These Classic Dishes Even Healthier

Maybe you’re cautious when it comes to enjoying comforting classics in your own kitchen—after all, the most indulgent dishes can be the most harmful to our diets.

Beer Cheese Soup

But Jamie Vespa, Cooking Light’s assistant nutrition editor, is here to change your perspective on classic recipes that have become a cornerstone of many American kitchens. Every month, Vespa debuts a new recipe makeover in our print issue, where she tackles classic dishes that might have a bad rep for being too rich for weekly rotation. We’re sharing the best of them right here. Don’t seize up when someone asks for a full bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, or a whole piece of pecan pie—there’s a way to enjoy these sinfully delicious meals without having to feel guilty whatsoever.

Smoked Salmon Breakfast Casserole

When you’re looking for a breakfast that is both elegant and easy this holiday season, our crowd-pleasing casserole is just the ticket. This multilayered marvel is loaded with crispy potatoes, hot-smoked salmon, and a smattering of fresh herbs. Cottage cheese naturally melds into the eggs, creating pillowy lightness throughout the mixture, while goat cheese creates dense pockets of creaminess. Hot-smoked salmon, unlike cured, is fully cooked—look for it in the fish case or packaged in the meat aisle of your grocery store