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.

Chunky Tomato Salsa

When your tomato vines are growing wildly, turn to this recipe for a giant batch of spicy salsa.

From Midwest Living

Chunky Tomato Salsa

Homemade Coarse Ground Mustard

Freshly-ground mustard seeds add so much bright, zesty flavor to this homemade condiment recipe.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade Coarse Ground Mustard

Mediterranean Meat Loaf

From Diabetic Living

Mediterranean Meat Loaf

Pizza with Zucchini and Smoked Mozzarella

If your family won't touch a meatless pizza, sprinkle on some sliced chicken sausage.

From Parents

Pizza with Zucchini and Smoked Mozzarella

Broccoli Gravy Toasts

For a quick brunch, lunch or dinner, whip up this ham, broccoli and gravy topping, then serve on top of toasted bread or mashed potatoes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Broccoli Gravy Toasts

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

A gourmet risotto dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes! The secret to the creamiest batch ever: never stop stirring.

From Midwest Living

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Mocha "Cream" Sauce

No one will guess you started with multigrain bread when you serve them a bowl of this coffee- and chocolate-flavored dessert.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Mocha "Cream" Sauce

Chicken Meatballs in Port-Fig Sauce

Simmer chicken meatballs in a rich, fruity sauce for a party appetizer that will disappear in a flash. Prefer to serve without toothpicks? Stack each meatball on top of a slice of crostini.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Meatballs in Port-Fig Sauce

Better-For-You Baked Mac

No artificial cheese packets are required for this easy, cheesy macaroni casserole.

From Parents

Better-For-You Baked Mac

Ancho Chile Truffles

Chiles, cinnamon and chocolate join forces in this impossible-to-resist bite-sized dessert.

From Family Circle

Ancho Chile Truffles

Flank Steak Broccoli and Green Bean Stir-Fry

If you often order beef and broccoli at your favorite Chinese restaurant, this quick homemade version will become a new go-to dinner in your home.

From Family Circle

Flank Steak Broccoli and Green Bean Stir-Fry

Whipped Potatoes

There's a reason why mashed potatoes are served as a side with steak, chicken, pork and pretty much everything else. They're fast, creamy and totally crowd-pleasing.

From Family Circle

Whipped Potatoes

Peanut Butter Banana Shakes

Opt for non-frozen Greek yogurt with a lower sugar content and blend up a batch of this peanut butter beverage as a breakfast smoothie.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Butter Banana Shakes

Fresh Mexican Salad Pizza

Customize this Mexican pizza with your favorite bean, salsa and any vegetables you have hanging out in your refrigerator.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh Mexican Salad Pizza

Roasted Mushroom Spinach and Ricotta Tart

A savory pie filling (ricotta, Parmesan and eggs) is hiding under the thick layer of mushrooms and spinach in this brunch tart.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Mushroom Spinach and Ricotta Tart

Swiss Chard and Asparagus "Pizza"

Brown rice, greens and eggs make up the crust for this tasty pizza. It's so colorful, kids will even be inspired to eat it!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Swiss Chard and Asparagus "Pizza"

One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

On a busy night, turn to this quick one-pot pasta dinner. Serve with a bowl of berries and cream for dessert to cover all of your nutrition bases.

From Better Homes and Gardens

One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

Southern Pulled Chicken and Maque Choux

Maque Choux is a Cajun staple of spiced-up corn and other vegetables. Use the condiment like salsa on these open-faced pulled chicken sandwiches.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Southern Pulled Chicken and Maque Choux

New-Fashioned Hot Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches

Elevate the classic open faced turkey and gravy sandwich by grilling up large tenderloins.

From Better Homes and Gardens

New-Fashioned Hot Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches

Parmesan Chicken on Bruschetta Vegetables

Bruschetta typically tops toasts as an appetizer, but this nutritious chicken recipe transforms the Italian tomato mixture a meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Parmesan Chicken on Bruschetta Vegetables

Mushroom and Beef Ravioli Soup

A package of frozen beef ravioli makes it possible to get this satisfying soup on the table in just 20 minutes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mushroom and Beef Ravioli Soup

Maple Brunch Cake with Apples and Cranberries

This fruity cake looks like you slaved over it all day, but your slow cooker does all the heavy lifting!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Maple Brunch Cake with Apples and Cranberries

Strawberry Sorbet

An easy dessert -- only 4 ingredients! -- comes together with the swirl of the food processor and a stint in the freezer. For an indulgent garnish, opt for the Pirouline wafer cookies.

From Family Circle

Strawberry Sorbet

Pear Tartlets

These elegant tarts make an impressive dessert but are easy enough for a beginning baker. Thinly sliced pears are arranged on circles of pie pastry and baked.

From Family Circle

Pear Tartlets

Minted Squash Rotini with Chickpeas

From Family Circle

Minted Squash Rotini with Chickpeas

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