Tips for success:
- Look for examples. There are many made-over recipes online -- give them a try and see what you can learn from their example. (Both the Mayo Clinic and WebMD's Healthy Recipe Doctor have sample recipe break-downs.)
- Get a second opinion. When you're researching recipes on the Internet, read the user comments to see what other cooks may have done differently. Food blogs are also a good source of information and inspiration.
- Don't change too much. You don't have to dive in with an extreme makeover. If you're not happy with the results, you won't be able to pinpoint the problem areas.
- Take notes. Write down what you changed and how you liked the results. Jot down any suggestions you have for future cooking.
- Try again. Don't be discouraged if you don't achieve perfection the first (or second) time. Finding the ideal flavour and texture may take a little work.
Want to know how your changes translate to calories, fat, protein and fibre? Try a recipe analyzer tool like About.com's Calorie Count or Spark Recipes' Recipe Calculator to find out the nutritional information.
Sources: MayoClinic.com, WebMD, Johns Hopkins Health Alerts
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