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.

Mango Chili Chicken

Need dinner fast? Whip up this spicy chicken dish served over rice.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mango Chili Chicken

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

This 30-minute dinner turns fish fillets into tacos by putting them into tortillas and adding fresh toppers. Make it for a fun weeknight meal.

From Midwest Living

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

For this low-calorie dinner, the fish is grilled and served over couscous. A light vinaigrette is drizzled over it all to complete the dish.

From Midwest Living

Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

Pina Colada Cupcakes

From Midwest Living

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

From Midwest Living

Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

Pierogies with Meat Sauce

From Midwest Living

Pierogies with Meat Sauce

Electric Lemonade

Bright, sweet, and aromatic, this effervescent cocktail will help you cool down and relax on even the hottest of summer days. When buying lemons, choose those that are firm, plump, and heavy for their size. Skin should be smooth and vibrant, with no tints of green (a sign that the lemon is underripe).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Electric Lemonade

Energizing Mocha-Almond Smoothies

Coffee or smoothie? No need to choose just one when you can blend up a batch of this brilliant beverage that includes cocoa, instant espresso, a banana and a couple hidden vegetables.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Energizing Mocha-Almond Smoothies

Creamy Green Smoothies

Lime sherbet adds a creamy, dessert-like consistency to this 105-calorie fruit and vegetable green smoothie.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Green Smoothies

Spring Green Smoothies

Shh...it'll be our little secret that this green smoothie sneaks in both asparagus and spinach. With the grapes, kiwis and juice in the mix, you won't taste the vegetables at all!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spring Green Smoothies

Cucumber-Mint Hydration Smoothies

This sweet take on the green smoothie trend makes it easy to enjoy vegetables. Just blend them into this frosty mix with melon, mint and honey!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cucumber-Mint Hydration Smoothies

Sweet Honey-Ginger Beet and Mango Smoothies

Beets and bell peppers in a smoothie? Sure! Just sweeten up your sip with some mango, honey and ginger. The protein from the tofu makes this a nutritious on-the-go breakfast or snack.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Honey-Ginger Beet and Mango Smoothies

Harvest Spice Smoothies

Creamy and sweet, this protein-rich smoothie gets its warm hue from pumpkin, apricots and cozy spices.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Harvest Spice Smoothies

Really Red Smoothies

This strawberry rhubarb smoothie gets an unexpected sweet and spicy assist from berry sorbet and red bell bepper pieces.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Really Red Smoothies

Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothies

The sweet berries and pomegranate juice mask the vegetables (beets and leafy greens) hiding in this superfood smoothie.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Beets and Greens Smoothies

Pink Power Smoothies

Blended with Greek yogurt, watermelon and strawberries, no one will guess that these pretty pink smoothies are hiding more than a cup of cauliflower!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pink Power Smoothies

Watermelon Martini

Mixed drinks don't get lighter or more refreshing than this fresh and fruity martini. It's like sipping on summer in a glass (although it would be tasty yearround).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Watermelon Martini

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

Packed with whole grains and flavorful vegetables, these cheesy stuffed peppers make for a satisfying and simple vegetarian dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

Egg whites and sugar do magical things once you mix them! Meringue cookies are one of the most diet-friendly desserts around—this tasty chocolate-coconut dessert is perfect proof.

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

Lemon-Chili Shrimp Skewers

Shrimp are a protein powerhouse. Grill them up on skewers with a crop of vegetables and serve with steamed rice for a satisfying yet light lunch or dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Lemon-Chili Shrimp Skewers

Caramel-Cashew Blondies

Substituting whole-wheat pastry flour in for some of the white flour amps up the fiber and nutrition of these nutty dessert bars while keeping them light and brownie-like. The chocolate drizzle looks bakery-worthy but is simple to DIY!

From Diabetic Living

Caramel-Cashew Blondies

Black Forest Cupcakes

Mini desserts are all the rage! Bake our black forest recipe in a cupcake tin for a diet-friendly sweet treat. Feel free to substitute any seasonal fruit in place of the cherries for the sauce.

From Diabetic Living

Black Forest Cupcakes

Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Crustless Quiche

For a fuss-free brunch, try this roasted vegetable quiche. It's the perfect accompaniment to sweeter items like muffins and fruit salad.

From Diabetic Living

Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Crustless Quiche

Baked Eggs with Tomato Topper

This might just be the easiest way ever to cook eggs! Baking in ramekins ensures that the eggs will be done to the perfect consistency, and the 60-second tomato topping perks up the color and flavor of this nutritious breakfast.

From Diabetic Living

Baked Eggs with Tomato Topper

BBQ Chicken Bites

Stuff mini peppers with zesty barbecue chicken, cheese and cilantro for a colorful and quick appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

BBQ Chicken Bites

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