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.

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Healthy Dinners: Low Fat, Big Flavor

Although healthy cooking has come a long way, there's still a nagging perception that if something is low-fat and nutritious, it's not going to taste good. Not true! Healthy cooking isn't about adding sprouts and tofu to everything under the sun--it's about making delicious, healthy dishes out of the foods and flavors you love.

How to Make Poached Chicken Breasts with Apples

This poached chicken breast with apples dish is a really healthy option for your next family dinner. The sauce drizzled over top at the end is made during the process of cooking the entr??e which saves extra time.

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn

By substituting chicken for beef and loading up on beans and fresh vegetables, this chili recipe is healthier than most!

How to Make Baked Tilapia

Learn how to bake tilapia??mild flavored, light texture, and inexpensive??and you can have a fast fish dinner any night of the week, seasoned with whatever sauces and spices you like!

8 Hearty Winter Soup Recipes: Best of the Blogs

Hearty winter soup might be what's getting us through right now. (Fortunately, we found a few recipes that use up all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey -- if there is any left, that is.) And why not? We're tired of cooking, cooking, cooking -- and soon, we'll be doing it again for all those Christmas parties that are just around the corner. In the meantime, these recipes, from some of our favorite blogs, reprise recipes that are hearty and nutritious, full of healthy vegetables, like super-nutritious kale, tender beans, and even favorite pasta shapes in the case of vegetable-laden Italianread more

MyPlate Meal: Easy, Healthy Grilled Pork Tenderloin

All too often we can find ourselves viewing food as an "either-or" situation: it's either healthy, or it's tasty. Cupcakes are tasty; kale is healthy. Sure, there are some foods that fit this black-and-white dichotomy, but the good news is there are also many foods that tick both boxes. Grilled entrees are great examples of cuisine that's can be both delicious and good for you. Grilling is a healthy way to prepare foods, and cooking over an open flame gives everything from meats to veggies an unmatchable flavor. Our easy grilled pork tenderloin & apricot salad is proofread more

Healthy for Less: Top 10 Cheap & Healthy Foods!

Think you can't eat healthy and stick to a budget? Think again. We were impressed when the folks at the Environmental Working Group debuted their new website, Good Food on a Tight Budget.

How to Make Sauteed Spinach with Sesame Oil

This sauteed spinach with toasted sesame oil is packed with iron and is a very healthy side dish. Tossed with minced garlic, a bit of soy sauce and this dish is ready to be enjoyed!

MyPlate Meals: 7 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes

For many of us, the phrase "slow-cooker recipes" conjures up dishes that are not always synonymous with healthy. We think of foods that are rich, calorie-laden, and indulgent. While slow-cooking does insure maximum flavor, that by no means implies that you can't eat healthily, too. In fact, we've got seven delicious, easy, and healthy slow-cooker recipes to prove it. From a meltingly delicious slow-cooker braised pork with salsa to a elegant, vegetarian-friendly barley risotto with fennel, each of these recipes is loaded with flavor while staying low in calories, fat, and sodium. Because these dinners are all maderead more

How to Make Perfect Steamed Artichoke

Learn how to make the ultimate way to eating artichokes: steamed.

How to Make Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs

This fun and flavorful sweet and spicy chicken thigh dish is a nutritious dinner for the family. It is wonderfully served with barley and peas and will make for a truly delicious dinner.

MyPlate Meals: Easy, Healthy Kid-Friendly Dinner

As anyone with children knows, getting kids to eat healthy can be an uphill battle. Not only do you have to contend with ever-shifting food aversions (yesterday they liked cheese, now they hate it), but also a near-constant stream of media encouraging our children to crave foods loaded with fat, sugar, calories and sodium. Furthermore, with our busy schedules, it's hard enough to eat healthily ourselves, let alone prepare nutritious meals for picky little ones. Well, if healthy meals for kids are a battle, we're here to give you the perfect weapon. This kid-friendly healthy dinner is sure toread more

How to Grill Filet Mignon

Once you know how to grill filet mignon properly, you'll no longer save it for special occasions??it's a delicious choice for any night you want to treat yourself to something special, even when you're short on time.

MyPlate Meals: A New, Easy Way to Eat Healthier Now

First Lady Michelle Obama was everywhere this week promoting a new initiative -- based on the USDA's MyPlate program -- to make healthier, more nutritious recipes available to home cooks across the country. But what, exactly, is MyPlate? MyPlate is basically the USDA's overhaul of the old "Food Pyramid," which most of us of cooking age remember from elementary-school health class. MyPlate was unveiled a couple years ago to make the concept of what goes into a nutritious diet more accessible to more Americans (nutrition buffs will recall there was a short-lived "MyPyramid" that came between MyPlate and the old Food Pyramid).read more

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving: Easier -- & Tastier -- Than You Think!

Thanksgiving is the holiday in which we give thanks for being allowed to pig out without also being made to feel guilty. So who wants to have a "healthy" holiday where we have to watch what we eat? Who wants a -- gasp! -- gluten-free Thanksgiving? A lot of people, as it turns out. If you or your friends are among them, have no fear. Gluten-free does not mean skimping, counting calories, or denying yourself in any way. It does mean cooking special dishes. But once you realize that those dishes can be as easy and as tasty asread more

Salad Days -- Easy, Nutritious Lunch Recipes: Best of the Blogs

We know it's still late February, but healthy lunchtime salads are suddenly on our mind. Spring is just around the corner, right? And we are trying to drop a few pounds before the warm weather hits. And let's not forget the big promise we made around New Year's, that we were going to eat healthy this year. And if you're going to eat healthy, you're going to have to have lots of salad. Most of the blogs across the nation are thinking the same thing. In fact, we were surprised to find such a bounty of great, easyread more

How to Cook a Flank Steak

Know how to cook a flank steak, and you'll have the perfect fajita filling, salad topper, or a main course in minutes.

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