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.

Fresh Berry White Chocolate Bark

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh Berry White Chocolate Bark

Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes

Mashed Potato Veggie Strata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mashed Potato Veggie Strata

Pork Cutlets with Brussels Sprouts

A spiced cream sauce adds a bit of pizzazz to this easy weeknight recipe. Brussels sprouts make a healthy side dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pork Cutlets with Brussels Sprouts

Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders

Chicken and Vegetable Saute

A lot of "made in 30 minutes" dinners fail to deliver on the nutritional front, but not his chicken and vegetable saute. Lean chicken, fiber-packed beans and vitamin-packed broccoli do the trick deliciously. When shredding lemon peel, remove the super-thin yellow part only as the pithy white substance beneath it is bitter.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Vegetable Saute

Chicken and Pasta Frittata

Add eggs to your repertoire of quick and economical suppers. Plus, a frittata -- an open-face omelet -- is a smart way to use up little bits of this and that. An oven-going skillet will have a metal handle and typically, a metal, rather than a non-stick, cooking surface.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Pasta Frittata

Asparagus Fritter Sticks with Dill Mustard

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asparagus Fritter Sticks with Dill Mustard

Baked Santa Fe Dip

The combination of cheddar and Monterey Jack ensures that this spicy hot-from-the-oven dip has great cheese flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Baked Santa Fe Dip

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Combine two favorite breakfast meats and add some brown sugar for a sweet-salty explosion of flavor. Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish with eggs at a brunch.

From Midwest Living

Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Mini Party Quiches

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mini Party Quiches

Scott Peacock's Pulled Pork

It'll be worth every minute of cooking time when you take your first bite of melt-in-your-mouth pork. Shred it with two forks and stuff inside sandwiches or pile on top of a scoop of mashed potatoes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Scott Peacock's Pulled Pork

Marinated Orange Slices

These delicate honey-sweetened oranges can be served either as a dessert or an appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

Marinated Orange Slices

Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream Sauce

From Diabetic Living

Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream Sauce

Yogurt-Fruit Parfaits

Any seasonal fruit would taste like a treat in these colorful yogurt parfaits.

From Diabetic Living

Yogurt-Fruit Parfaits

Phyllo-Crusted Melon Cheesecake

Thin wedges of melon and fresh raspberries make the perfect topper for this creamy cheesecake cradled in a flaky phyllo crust.

From Diabetic Living

Phyllo-Crusted Melon Cheesecake

Chocolate Caramel-Peanut Crunch Pie

The classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter gets an extra flavor boost from caramel ice cream topping.

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate Caramel-Peanut Crunch Pie

Caramel Crunch Apple Crisp

It takes only a little sugar-free caramel ice cream topping to add the crowning touch to this old-fashioned apple crisp dessert.

From Diabetic Living

Caramel Crunch Apple Crisp

German Chocolate Trifle

From Diabetic Living

German Chocolate Trifle

Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies

These two-tone brownies are so rich and luscious, no one will believe how low in fat and calories they are.

From Diabetic Living

Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies

Chicken Alfredo and Rice Casserole

Looking for a yummy casserole recipe? This old-fashioned chicken and rice main dish is truly comfort food at its best.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Alfredo and Rice Casserole

No-Bake Apricot-Almond Balls

These energy bites are a nutritionally balanced snack that tastes like dessert, thanks to peanut butter, nuts and a chocolate drizzle. Make this recipe your own by substituting any dried fruit in for the apricots.

From Diabetic Living

No-Bake Apricot-Almond Balls

Mini Pizza for One

Let your imagination run wild with the pizza toppings! Each snacker can customize his or her own creation with vegetables, meats and cheeses.

From Diabetic Living

Mini Pizza for One

Nutty Chocolate Crunch

From Diabetic Living

Nutty Chocolate Crunch

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