Not to be biased or anything, but we have to say that Filipino cuisine is easily one of the best in the world. Rich, flavorful, and mouth-watering, Pinoy dishes make family dinners all the more enjoyable. But if you're worried that those thick stews and salty sauces are adding pounds to your frame, then these five recipes are your saving grace! These are the meals of your childhood--albeit with a healthier twist.

Browse through the gallery for five reinvented Filipino favorites.

(First published as "
Lutong Pinoy Makeover" in the "Food" section of Good Housekeeping's January-February 2006 issue. Photos by Ocs Alvarez. Recipes by Cris Abiva. Styling by Cay Araneta. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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