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Yep, another holiday is on its way and here comes the Easter Bunny! Which bunny is visiting your house Ė the healthy-minded bunny or the bunny bearing plenty of high-calorie goodies to tempt you? Your Easter celebration doesnít have to be filled with high-calorie pies, quiches and candy. Itís possible to keep the tradition but modify your favorite dishes so that they are lower in fat and calories.

Take the following Italian Easter Pie as a classic example. The nutrition stats on this loaded pie are likely to scare the tail right off the bunny, but that doesnít mean this pie is doomed.

Hoppy Days Are Here Again!

Youíll be amazed at how a few little tweaks here and there can cut the calories in half (check out our revisions after the original recipe). Serve a slice of the new and improved pie with a fresh green salad and smile knowing your meal didnít eat your diet.

If pie isnít your thing, check out the Diet.com recipe section for healthy and delicious recipes and start planning your Easter brunch or dinner. And, stay tuned for more Easter tips such as Easter candy facts and Easter basket ideas.

Magic in the Pie

Before: 936 calories and 51g fat
After: 517 calories and 17g fat


Easter Pie - The Meal That Ate Your Diet!

This pie is layered with just about every high-fat meat, cheese and fat known to the food industry. Donít load yourself down when you can easily modify it!

Dough
4 1/2 to 5 cups flour, more if needed
1/2 cup whole milk, scalded
1/2 cup water, lukewarm
1 tsp honey
2 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
5 Tbsp butter, melted
2 Tbsp butter flavored Crisco
3 Tbsp lard
3 Tbsp buttermilk or sour cream
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
5 eggs (for dough)
1 egg, boiled
1 egg, mixed with 1 Tbsp water for glaze

Filling
1/2 lb mortadella, sliced and chopped
1/2 lb provolone, thinly sliced
1/2 lb capicola (hot ham), very thinly sliced
1/4 lb prosciutto, very thinly sliced
2-3 slices each pepperoni or salami, chopped
1 1/2 cups ricotta
1 entire basket Easter cheese (fromaggio fresca)
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 tablespoons romano cheese, freshly grated
3/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, cracked

Servings: 8 slices
Nutrition Info: 936 calories, 49 g protein, 67 g carbohydrates, 51 g fat, 22 g saturated fat, 4390 mg sodium, 2 g fiber.


Easter Pie Ė New and Improved

Anything can be made over! Cutting the amount of fat, substituting lower-fat products and using leaner meats and less of them can make a world of difference without sacrificing taste. To save time, buy a prepared whole wheat crust and to boost nutrition/fiber, add your favorite veggies such as spinach, squash, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.

Dough
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour, more if needed
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup 1% or evaporated skim milk, scalded
1/2 cup water, lukewarm
1 tsp honey
2 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
5 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp trans fat-free Crisco
3 Tbsp fat-free sour cream
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
2 eggs (for dough) and 3/4 cup egg substitute
1 egg white, mixed with 1 Tbsp water for glaze

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 4 1/2 cups flour. Using the dough hook attachment, work 3 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon trans fat-free Crisco into dough, as though you were making a pie crust.
In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon honey in ...    Continue

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