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.

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.

How to Bake Chicken Breast

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.

How to Make Curried Chicken

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.

How to Bake Tilapia

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.

How to Cook Butternut Squash

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.

How to Make Egg Salad

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.

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.

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.

Total: 35 mins

Green Pea Pesto

Diabetic Living

Chicken-"Fried" Steak with Spiced Gravy

Diabetic Living

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.

Total: 15 mins

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

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.

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