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.
Know how to cook a flank steak, and you'll have the perfect fajita filling, salad topper, or a main course in minutes.
Chances are you already have a recipe or two for how to bake chicken breast. Chicken is a favorite mealtime choice in many households, and with good reason. It's low in fat and high in protein, and its mild flavor means it goes well with ingredients both common and exotic. Finding new recipes to keep your menu planning fresh and exciting can be a challenge, especially if you're cooking for a family. That makes chicken breast a great choice. Like the proverbial little black dress, you can dress chicken up or down depending on the occasion. Versatile chicken offers so many options, you need never get bored.
As a country, we eat a lot of chicken, so most home cooks are always on the lookout for new ways to prepare it -- that's why you should learn how to make curried chicken. In this recipe, spices, dried fruit, vegetables, and garlic come together for a sweet and savory casserole that's nothing short of fantastic.
Most fish make a wise entree choice for those who trying to keep meals light and healthy. The light flavor and delightfully flaky texture of Tilapia make it the perfect candidate the next time you're in the mood for a meal from the wild blue yonder. Tilapia's mild flavor lets it easily absorb the flavors of a wide variety of seasonings and sauces, which means that whether you're in the mood for a little Cajun spice or a tangy Oriental dish, Tilapia might be just the fish for the job. Tilapia is easy to find and relatively inexpensive, and best of all, it isn't hard to learn how to bake Tilapia, no matter what your culinary skill level.
Butternut squash, that staple of autumn cooking, lends itself to any number of cooking methods. If you're looking for a recipe for how to cook butternut squash that is both easy to prepare and out-of-this-world delicious, try this roasted version. Roasting the squash intensifies its flavors and highlights the buttery, nutty undertones that give this large winter squash its name.
If your children or grandchildren ask if they can help you cook, teach them how to make egg salad. It's easy to put together and, if you boil the eggs ahead of time, requires no oven or stove-top. You can make the eggs the day before and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the salad. Most kids love helping out in the kitchen and feel grown-up if they are allowed to mix, stir or add ingredients.
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.
The flavors and ingredients of a classic beef stir fry make up this low calorie main dish soup recipe.
Frozen strawberries and raspberries team up in this sweet dessert for kids and diabetic. Only 1-carb-choice!
Sweet! These crispy apple chips have no added fat.
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.
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.
The flavorful gravymade from the beer-spiked cooking liquid--is the finishing touch to this tender meat dish.