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.

Broccoli Rabe's Big Surprise -- No, You Won't Hate It!

When it comes to healthy cooking, everybody knows broccoli is good for you -- packed with vitamins and minerals and ... and ... a lot of folks just plain don't like it.

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 entree which saves extra time.

MyPlate Meals: 7 Healthier Takes on Thanksgiving Classics

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. And because we're cooking enthusiasts (well, food enthusiasts, really), one of the things we're most thankful for are healthy versions of Thanksgiving favorites. If it sounds like we're easily pleased, think again!

Party Perfect Pasta Bake: 30-Minute Meal

We like a quick and easy casserole that also includes vegetables -- in this case, broccoli and cualiflower -- because it means we're cooking healthy as well as fast. And this beautiful Pasta Bake (click here for the recipe), is a classic. It's done in only 25 minutes, and it serves six.

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.

MyPlate Meals: 6 Heat-Busting No-Cook Summer Dinner Recipes

Newton's Third Law says that every action has a separate and opposite reaction. We say that you don't have to be a physicist to know this: just consider how as summer temperatures rise, your desire to stand cooking over a hot stove decreases in equal measure. Avoiding the kitchen during the dog days of summer is only natural, but it can also prove to be dangerous for those of us working to maintain a healthy diet.

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 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 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 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.

Fire House Salsa Bars

Pace Salsa & Picante

These chewy oatmeal bars have an added kick of flavor with Pace® Salsa and apricot preserves.

Total: 55 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.

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

Beef Brisket in Ale

Diabetic Living

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

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