Lighten Up With These Southern Recipes

Cut the calories—but not the flavor—in your favorite Southern dishes. These recipes are sure to surprise you with their light and air-like feel with every bite.

Jot down these delicious light Southern recipes to add to your next family meal.

​​Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

Use store-bought or previously cooked rotisserie chicken to save time on busy evenings.


  • Walnuts
  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
  • Parsley
  • Green onions
  • Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Dried cherries

Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Watch as your kids eat broccoli with no question. This is a creamy recipe that pairs beautifully with any main dish.


  • Elbow macaroni
  • Broccoli florets
  • Bacon slices
  • skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Low-fat milk
  • Chicken stock
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sharp cheddar cheese

Cornbread Crab Cakes

This is a Southern favorite dish that can be served as a side dish or a delicious snack.


  • Sour cream
  • Pickled jalapeño pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green onions
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic clove
  • Reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • Parsley eggs
  • Hot sauce
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Lemon zest
  • Light Cornbread crumbs
  • Crabmeat