Healthy Cooking

Calling something a "healthy" recipe used to be a veiled insult, but these days the term is no longer synonymous with bland tofu and sprouted grains. Today's home cooks have found new ways make heart-healthy meals that cut back on fat, boost fiber and increase vegetables in their diet - and (gasp!) the dishes still taste good. The key to making healthy meals and healthy snacks is to increase flavor while reducing all the bad stuff - in shorthand, that means using lots of herbs, fresh spices and smart cooking techniques to bring out the best in what you're cooking up. No, chicken coated with fresh herbs and panko bread crumbs is never going to taste like it comes out of the Fry Daddy - but that's a good thing, for both taste buds and your waistline.

Mango Yogurt Pops

Better Homes and Gardens

Made with real fruit and fat-free yogurt, these pops are a healthful low-calorie treat.

Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole

Midwest Living

This low-fat Tex-Mex recipe calls for bottled picante sauce, which is a less chunky salsa. For a twist, substitute salsa verde, a green salsa made with tomatillos and chile peppers.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Parents

Sweet! These crispy apple chips have no added fat.

Total: 3 hrs 15 mins

Double-Berry Ice Cream

Diabetic Living

Frozen strawberries and raspberries team up in this sweet dessert for kids and diabetic. Only 1-carb-choice!

Egg and Broccoli Slaw Wrap

Diabetic Living

Chicken Fried Steak

Diabetic Living

The key to ensuring that the coating gets crispy is to use a very large nonstick skillet so all the steak pieces fit in a single layer.

Beef Brisket in Ale

Diabetic Living

The flavorful gravymade from the beer-spiked cooking liquid--is the finishing touch to this tender meat dish.

Teriyaki Beef Soup

Diabetic Living

The flavors and ingredients of a classic beef stir fry make up this low calorie main dish soup recipe.

Total: 40 mins

Mushroom, Asparagus, and Tofu Quiches

Midwest Living

Tofu and soy cheese boost the protein in these mini vegetable-and-egg casseroles. Serve them for brunch or a weekend breakfast.

Skillet White Beans

Better Homes and Gardens

Baked beans are a summer staple. This easy no-bake version has the deep, rich flavors without heating up the kitchen.

Total: 35 mins

Citrus Sherbet

Diabetic Living

Buttermilk and lime add tang to this sweet frozen dessert or snack. Also use this diabetic-friendly sherbet to make fizzy floats.

Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Batter Bread

Diabetic Living

This moist and savory bread would pair perfectly with Italian classics like spaghetti, lasagna and minestrone.

Provencal Omelet

Diabetic Living

Keep the fat low by spraying a cold skillet with cooking spray rather than cooking the vegetables in oil. This easy breakfast or lunch recipe, low in fat and calories, suits diabetic meal plans.

Total: 25 mins

My Little Crown Cake

Diabetic Living

Rajas Con Crema

Diabetic Living

Chili peppers are delicious and a great source of vitamins and capsicum, a natural anti-inflammatory. I took my grandmother's traditional recipe, substituting olive oil for butter, cut the amount of cream in half and opted for skim milk cheese, lowering calories, fat and saturated fat. - Chef LaLa

Total: 35 mins
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