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.
Stop into just about any diner down South or in the Midwest and youre sure to find chicken-fried steak on the menu. This baked version allows you to enjoy all the great flavor of the traditional favorite without all of the fat and calories.
Baked beans are a summer staple. This easy no-bake version has the deep, rich flavors without heating up the kitchen.
Buttermilk and lime add tang to this sweet frozen dessert or snack. Also use this diabetic-friendly sherbet to make fizzy floats.
Oat cereal, almonds, and dried cherries in this recipe team up for a tempting snack that will fit right in to your diabetic meal plan.
Balsamic vinegar lends a subtly sweet accent to the roasted vegetables in this recipe while garlic and rosemary boost the flavor of the tender, juicy game hen. To round out the meal, toss some salad greens with your favorite salad dressing.
This chunky Mexican-style beef stew recipe owes its flavor to an intriguing blend of chipotle pepper, oregano, cumin, and cilantro.
This moist and savory bread would pair perfectly with Italian classics like spaghetti, lasagna and minestrone.
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.
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
Frozen strawberries and raspberries team up in this sweet dessert for kids and diabetic. Only 1-carb-choice!