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.

Seafood Cannelloni

Imitation crab meat makes these crepes easy-on-the budget while your microwave and packaged refrigerated crepes make them quick and easy to assemble.

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Seafood Cannelloni

Cauliflower-Crusted Pizza

Cut calories and carbs by replacing traditional pizza crust with a blend of cauliflower and cheese.

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Cauliflower-Crusted Pizza

Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Top this Thai rice dish with grilled chicken or shrimp for more protein.

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Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Mexican Short Ribs with Dried Cherries

The unique Chile-Cocoa Spice Mix brings depth of flavor to this slow cooker short rib dinner.

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Mexican Short Ribs with Dried Cherries

Gluten Free Greek Turkey Breast

Olives, feta cheese and a quick tzatziki sauce takes slow cooked turkey on a trip to Greece.

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Gluten Free Greek Turkey Breast

Spicy Turkey Lasagna

A slow cooker can do all the heavy lifting when it comes to lasagna! Simply brown your meat, layer it with no-boil noodles, sauce and cheese and flip on the heat.

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Spicy Turkey Lasagna

Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast

Espresso powder adds depth and richness to this slow cooker pot roast and Brussels sprouts dinner.

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Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast

Smashed Potatoes

This simple side dish offers a fry-like crunch alongside the creamy, starchy goodness of baked potatoes!

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Smashed Potatoes

Chili Verde Soup

When you prepare chili in a slow cooker, hearty roasts are the ideal meat choice.

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Chili Verde Soup

Chicken and White Bean Taco Dip

Take the stress out of entertaining by making this slow cooker appetizer. You can prepare it well in advance of when your guests arrive and then leave it on to warm all evening long.

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Chicken and White Bean Taco Dip

Crustless Cheddar Quiche with Summer Veggies

This slow cooker egg casserole can be customized with any seasonal vegetables.

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Crustless Cheddar Quiche with Summer Veggies

Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding

Prepare this slow cooker French toast dish the evening before you plan to cook it, then chill in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to meld.

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Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding

Thai-Style Tuna Burger

A ginger mayonnaise spread gives these Thai tuna burgers some extra Asian flair.

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Thai-Style Tuna Burger

Cracked Black Pepper and Rosemary Focaccia

Start with a basic pizza dough recipe and add a handful of Italian toppings for a flavorful loaf of focaccia.

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Cracked Black Pepper and Rosemary Focaccia

Oaxaca's Beef Barbacoa

South of the border favorites, including Mexican oregano, cumin, garlic and jalapeno, pepper this slow cooker beef recipe with spice.

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Oaxaca's Beef Barbacoa

Stove-Top Peach-Raspberry Cobbler

You don't even need your oven to make the fruit filling for this deconstructed cobbler!

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Stove-Top Peach-Raspberry Cobbler

Beef and Carrot Ragu

Choose the red wine option in this slow cooker recipe for even more rich, deep flavor.

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Beef and Carrot Ragu

Turkey Tortilla Stew

Top each bowl of this Mexican slow cooker stew with a scoop of your favorite salsa and a handful of baked tortilla strips.

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Turkey Tortilla Stew

Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur, a cracked whole grain, acts as a neutral base for this heavily-spiced slow cooker chicken dinner.

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Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Golden Calimyrna or dark purple Mission dried figs both work to offer additional sweetness to this slow cooker rice side dish.

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Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Loaded Creamed Corn with Tomato and Bacon

Skip the maple varieties of bacon in this recipe. You just want the salty, meaty components as a topping for the slow cooker creamed corn.

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Loaded Creamed Corn with Tomato and Bacon

Red Beans Creole

Red beans and rice is a classic Creole combination. This just-spicy-enough recipe comes together in the slow cooker after just 25 minutes of prep work.

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Red Beans Creole

Cheesy Shrimp Dip

This decadent slow cooker shrimp dip is extra creamyy thanks to three kinds of cheese and a cup of half-and-half.

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Cheesy Shrimp Dip

Savory Stuffing with Fruit & Pecans

Serve this unexpected sweet and savory stuffing alongside your holiday turkey or roast.

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Savory Stuffing with Fruit & Pecans

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Pork chops and applesauce are a classic pairing, and this savory sausage stuffing riffs on those favorite flavors.

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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

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