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.

Roasted Tomato-Bread Toss

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Roasted Tomato-Bread Toss

Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

Hearty, rich cannellini beans help make this refreshing salad both nutritious and satisfying, while a tangy, tarragon-infused French dressing provides incredible flavor to the wonderfully vibrant dish. When buying fresh green beans, look for slender beans that are crisp, brightly colored, and free of blemishes. Store in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, for up to 5 days.

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Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

Stacked Summer Vegetable Salad

Fresh, seasonal vegetables shine in this simple no-cook salad featuring zucchini, carrots, and red onion.

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Stacked Summer Vegetable Salad

Asian-Style Fried Rice and Beans

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Asian-Style Fried Rice and Beans

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon

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Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon

Ham-and-Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken

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Ham-and-Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken

Pork-Wasabi Tacos

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Pork-Wasabi Tacos

Beef and Bean Chili

With rich ground beef, peppery cilantro, and spicy jalapenos, this incredible chili has all the basics covered. But what is that flavor singing in the background? Your guests will be surprised -- and delighted -- to learn that the secret ingredient is chocolate. When buying jalapeno chiles for this dish, choose those with vibrant, blemish-free skins. And remember: the smaller the pepper, the hotter the pepper.

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Beef and Bean Chili

Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter

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Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with Red Onion and Spinach

Sharp and salty blue cheese, sweet red onion, and slightly bitter baby spinach lend balance and texture to the rich ground beef in these elegant yet satisfying burgers. When buying, look for baby spinach with dark, vibrant green leaves; avoid those that show signs of bruising or wilting.

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Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with Red Onion and Spinach

Grilled BLT Skewers

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Grilled BLT Skewers

Pork with Butternut Squash Barley Risotto

This whole grain risotto includes nutty barley instead of rice, giving each serving a heart-healthy dose of fiber. It has plenty of flavor from cubed squash and pork tenderloin, so your family won't even notice that it's good for them.

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Pork with Butternut Squash Barley Risotto

Ravioli and Greens Salad

This tortellini and vegetable salad recipe features a vinaigrette that has very little oil but tons of flavor.

From Midwest Living

Ravioli and Greens Salad

Coffee Cake

Brown sugar and cinnamon make a yummy topping for this favorite breakfast and brunch recipe.

From Family Circle

Coffee Cake

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Maple syrup provides a sweet coating to this quick chicken main dish recipe. Refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes make a delightful side.

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Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

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Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Chicken Parmigiana

Don't go to a restaurant for this classic Italian favorite. With just 30 minutes preparation time, this breaded chicken, cheese, tomatoes and herb dish can be on the table in less than an hour.

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Chicken Parmigiana

Walnut Apple Crisp

Let your slow cooker do the work in this walnut apple crisp recipe. As a simple, make-ahead dessert, it is perfect for entertaining, especially when life gets too busy for rolling pie dough!

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Walnut Apple Crisp

Chai Tea Base

Your slow cooker has probably earned a permanent position on the countertop this season. Give it a break from stews and roasts to make this aromatic, spicy tea. Honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg sweeten and balance out peppercorn, cardamom, and black tea. For a cool twist, serve over ice.

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Chai Tea Base

Two-Tomato, Herb, and Asiago Spaghetti Squash

Just like pasta only light as air and gluten free, this spaghetti squash dish makes for a perfect potluck side dish. Or, serve it as a main dish with grilled chicken or fish, or even beans on top.

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Two-Tomato, Herb, and Asiago Spaghetti Squash

Weeknight Honey-Orange Chicken with Butternut Squash

Prep this slow cooker recipe in the morning and have a delicious and healthful dinner ready when you get home from work. The flavors of ginger and soy sauce make this chicken dish even better than takeout.

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Weeknight Honey-Orange Chicken with Butternut Squash

Turkey-Swiss Chard Wraps with Apples

This turkey breast is extra tender after a stint in the slow cooker, and it's a delightful lunch or light dinner when wrapped in Swiss chard with apple, pistachios and a homemade dressing.

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Turkey-Swiss Chard Wraps with Apples

Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Wheat berries are nutty and slightly chewy, making them a comforting and nutritious addition to any meal. Can't find them near you? Substitute brown rice or whole wheat couscous.

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Wheat Berry Salad Wraps

Peppermint Candy Canes

Make these delightful "cookie canes" with either red- or green-tinted dough, or combine the two colors in one cane.

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Peppermint Candy Canes

Easy Confetti Celebration Cupcakes

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Easy Confetti Celebration Cupcakes

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