Cheat-Free Copycats: 10 Lightened-Up Copycat Recipes

By Jeanette Morelan on February 18, 2016

When you’re trying to watch what you eat, dining out can be a daunting. Who can resist, right? Fortunately, some clever bloggers have devised recipes that taste just as good as the restaurant originals—sans guilt.


PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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These low-carb lettuce wraps take under 20 minutes to make and are utterly ah-ma-zing as appetizers for a group or a light weeknight supper.

Damn Delicious


KFC Copycat "Fried" Chicken

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This chicken is baked, not fried—saving you lots of calories while still sinking your teeth into crispy, juicy goodness.

The Recipe Rebel


Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

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Substituting Greek yogurt in the spicy cream sauce is the key to lightening-up this seafood favorite.

The Cookie Rookie


Baked Blooming Onion

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Crispy and flavorful, this guilt-free bloomin' onion is just begging to be shared with friends.

Gimme Some Oven


Better Than Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

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So good, you won't even miss the bread bowl.

Averie Cooks


Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

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That daily Starbucks run can be hard on your wallet—and your waistline. This frapp has only 50 calories a serving, so sip away!

Averie Cooks


Copycat Reese's Bites

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Five all-natural ingredients are all that separates you from chocolaty, nutty heaven.

My Whole Food Life


Homemade Healthier Big Macs

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If you dream of burgers every time you pass those golden arches, this recipe's for you. It's got all the fixins of a Big Mac, with none of the guilt.

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice


Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

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This southern favorite boasts all of the flavor you'd expect, but slides in at only 300 calories.

Skinny Mom


Healthy Girl Scout Samoas

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Hang on...did someone say GIRL SCOUT COOKIES?!

Chocolate Covered Katie