Popular Healthy Cooking Recipes

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.

Lemon-Cream Icebox Cookie Sandwiches

Add an extra punch of tart flavor to these citrusy cookie sandwiches by rolling the edges in crushed lemon drop candies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon-Cream Icebox Cookie Sandwiches

Superfoods Salad

Toasted walnuts and goat cheese top this ridiculously healthy spinach and berry salad (translation: this vegetarian lunch also tastes ridiculously delicious).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Superfoods Salad

Turkey Taco Salad

Compared to the greasy dish served at many Mexican restaurants, this light Turkey Taco Salad is a dieter's dream. Instead of calorie-laden dressing, top with more tasty tomato salsa.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey Taco Salad

Crab and Swiss Strata

A breakfast or brunch seafood egg casserole recipe that can be made ahead and baked the next day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crab and Swiss Strata

Apple, Celery Root, and Fennel Salad

Enjoy bright flavors in this apple, celery root and fennel salad. It's an easy side salad or make-ahead lunch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apple, Celery Root, and Fennel Salad

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

This creamy vegetable soup is a wonderful low-fat recipe option for your family. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds for an added treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

Creamy Berry Pie

Although the melange of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries is delightful enough to eat alone, it's even better spread over this cream cheese pie.

From Family Circle

Creamy Berry Pie

Seafood Pesto Pasta

From Family Circle

Seafood Pesto Pasta

Herbed Apricot Pork Loin Roast

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Apricot Pork Loin Roast

Mushroom and Onion Sauced Round Steak

Add a little depth of flavor to a jarred beef gravy with a splash of dry red wine in this slow cooker meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mushroom and Onion Sauced Round Steak

Asian Turkey and Rice Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asian Turkey and Rice Soup

Grilled Garden Burgers

Reach your goal of five a day when you add veggies inside and on top of these juicy burgers.

From Diabetic Living

Grilled Garden Burgers

Bull's-Eye Onion Burgers

Served on hearty bread and dripping with Swiss cheese, this lean beef and onion burger is a favorite at summer barbecues and fall tailgating events.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Bull's-Eye Onion Burgers

Whiskey Burgers

This low-fat burger is made with lean ground venison dressed up with coffee, cocoa powder, chili powder, and whiskey. Try it at your next cookout.

From Diabetic Living

Whiskey Burgers

Salmon Potato Scramble

When salmon is added to a potato and egg dish, you can serve it for breakfast, brunch or dinner.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Salmon Potato Scramble

Asparagus-Mushroom Primavera

The vegetables are cooked in a light wine sauce and served with multigrain pasta for this fresh vegetarian meal.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Asparagus-Mushroom Primavera

Chipotle BabyBack Ribs

Great-tasting ribs with just five ingredients? That's right! And they're made in the slow cooker. Another plus? They're low in fat and calories.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Chipotle BabyBack Ribs

Grilled Beef and Avocado Pitas

Lean flank steak is marinated and then grilled to make these whole wheat pita sandwiches. They're also filled with healthy vegetables.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Grilled Beef and Avocado Pitas

Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing

A warm fruit dressing tops this main-dish chicken and berry salad. It's a 30-minute meal that's great for summer evenings.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing

Sicilian Tuna with Capers

This fish dinner is full of flavor, yet light on calories and fat. Fresh tomatoes and the robust flavors of olives and capers make a delicious side dish for the lean broiled fish.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Sicilian Tuna with Capers

Winter Garden Pasta

Whole grain pasta, high-fiber beans, and no-salt-added diced tomatoes make this spaghetti a heart-healthy dinner.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Winter Garden Pasta

Potato-Thyme Frittata

This flavorful frittata can be a simple brunch or weeknight supper dish; if you don't have fresh thyme, just substitute dried. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

From Midwest Living

Potato-Thyme Frittata

Peachy Pork Chops

A rub of smoky cumin perfectly balances the sweetness of the peach preserves that coat these grilled pork chops.

From Parents

Peachy Pork Chops

Chicken and Potato Salad

Transform potato salad from side dish to main by adding grilled chicken and fresh vegetables.

From Parents

Chicken and Potato Salad

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