Fancy hats, prized horses and a hearty dose of Southern charm are what await fans of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. This is the 135th time the horses have made their famed run in Louisville, and it makes as good a reason as any for people across the country to throw a party.
If you’re planning your own Derby party, or just want an excuse to make some Southern favorites, consider these recipes. Once again proving that when you follow healthier versions, it’s not impossible to enjoy your favorite foods while watching your weight.
Winning Fried Chicken
This recipe comes from the folks at Biggest Loser, who never sacrifice flavor. It’s a crunchy, well seasoned oven-fried chicken recipe.
Apricot Glazed Pork Medallions
Use one of the the sweetest fruits of Spring to create an unforgettable centerpiece for your Derby party.
This rich homemade barbecue sauce will be scrumptious and keep calories and sodium lower than a store-bought variety.
Braised Collard Greens with Red Wine
Chef Rocco shows a soft side and affinity for preparing healthy Southern recipes.
Celery Seed Slaw
A creamy side dish full of fresh vegetables and only 31 calories per serving!
Onion Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Give new life to this classic side with fresh garlic and onions.
Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This comfort food is always a crowd pleaser, especially when using healthier ingredients.
Parmesan Pepper Sweet Potato Fries
Kick the white potatoes to the curb and go with a delicious and easy finger food instead.
Farmer’s Market Salad
Using a fresh ear of corn, fresh tomatoes, zucchini and onions, this salad will taste like it came straight from grandpa’s garden.
Cinnamon Pecan Muffins
This flourless recipe is a great way to start off your Saturday, or satisfy a sweet tooth for dessert.
Peach Yogurt Pops
With only three ingredients and less than 100 calories in each, this indulgent dessert will be the sweetest way to end your party.
Rocco’s Sweet Potato Pie
The Biggest Losers were grateful to Chef Rocco for helping them find a way to eat this classic dessert.