Rock your summer cookout with one of these crowd favorites! Go decadent — or lighten up — with sweet peach desserts and colorful pasta salads. I'll show you simple swaps to make these summertime dishes a little healthier.
Peach Desserts: Indulge or Go Healthy
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Peach Cobbler: Indulge or Go Healthy

Indulge: Jackie's Fresh Peach Cobbler

"An old fashion recipe from a collection of my mother's favorites. With a dash of nutmeg the aroma will take you back to grandma's kitchen." —David Boland

Jackie's Fresh Peach Cobbler
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Go Healthy: Mom's Peach Crisp

"My mom and I would often make this yummy and easy peach crisp using her home-canned peaches when I was little." —Stephanie

Mom's Peach Crisp
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Healthy Tricks

Mom's Peach Crisp has half the calories, fat, and carbohydrate of Jackie's Fresh Peach Cobbler. Here’s why:

  1. Using oats in the topper cuts down the amount of flour and sugar, which reduces calories and carbs but increases good-for-you fiber.
  2. Boosting the fruit-to-topper ratio keeps the dessert sweet while minimizing added sugars.
  3. Replacing whipped cream with Greek yogurt gives you a creamy dollop with fewer calories.

Pasta Salad: Indulge or Go Healthy

Indulge: Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

"This is a very flavorful pasta salad. The crisp cooked bacon really adds a nice flavor. I get requests for this pasta salad for every get together and cook out." —Wilemon

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad on a serving dish
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Go Healthy: Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta Salad

"Fabulous light pasta salad with carrots, asparagus, tomatoes, and green onions. It gets better the longer it marinates, so don't be afraid to prepare it ahead of time and stick it in the refrigerator a few hours." —tlabrum

Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta
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Healthy Tricks

Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta Salad has one-sixth the sodium and saturated fat of the Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad. Here’s why:

  1. Using a vinaigrette instead of mayo cuts calories, fat, and saturated fat.
  2. Adding more vegetables and replacing tri-color rotini with whole-wheat rotini more than doubles the fiber.
  3. Choosing feta and fresh green onion instead of bacon, ranch mix, and canned black olives adds lots of flavor with far less sodium.

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This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020  issue of Allrecipes Magazine.