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.

Korean Tacos

What makes these steak tacos Korean? A spicy sriracha-soy sauce marinade, plus Asian-inspired toppings like pickled cucumbers, sesame seeds and sliced radishes.

From Family Circle

Korean Tacos

Avocado Smash

Ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, no-oven-required avocado toasts are all the rage. This open-faced sandwich is a complete meal on one plate!

From Family Circle

Avocado Smash

Berry Cheesecake Pops

Pick your favorite fruit preserves to stir into these rich-tasting cake pops or do a mix to please any palate at your next party.

From Family Circle

Berry Cheesecake Pops

Shortcut Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops

Serve strawberry shortcake layered in a cute push pop container for automatic portion control in a pretty, kid-friendly package.

From Family Circle

Shortcut Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops

Brownie Pops

Cure a craving for chocolate in one bite! These coconut-coated Brownie Pops pack a ton of flavor in a small package.

From Family Circle

Brownie Pops

Mexican Shepherd's Pie with Black Beans and Yams

This quick-to-prepare Mexican entree is the perfect dinner to serve to kick off a cozy weeknight in.

From Parents

Mexican Shepherd's Pie with Black Beans and Yams

Vegetable Soup with Cheesy Biscuit

This summery soup calls for the kernels and cobs (don't worry—you'll remove the cobs before serving!) to give the broth a slightly sweet, more intense corn flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vegetable Soup with Cheesy Biscuit

Classic Eggplant Parmesan

Lasagna fans will rave about this noodle-free Italian casserole. Shh...the kids don't need to know it's packed with vegetables!

From Parents

Classic Eggplant Parmesan

Veggie Burgers with Brown Rice Fresh Parsley and Chickpeas

Plate these vegan burgers with pickles and fries or chips for the quintessential fast food experience at home.

From Parents

Veggie Burgers with Brown Rice Fresh Parsley and Chickpeas

Broccoli Smoked Mozzarella and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata

For a balanced brunch, serve this frittata alongside a wedge of ciabatta and a fruit cup.

From Parents

Broccoli Smoked Mozzarella and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata

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

Crispy Cereal Bars

Ditch the preservatives by mixing up your own granola bars with oatmeal, nuts and dried fruit.

From Parents

Crispy Cereal Bars

Graham Cracker "Nachos"

If you don't have ricotta cheese handy, feel free to substitute Greek yogurt.

From Parents

Graham Cracker "Nachos"

Chocolate Fondue

If you have leftovers after your dunking session (although we doubt you will!), drizzle the chocolate over ice cream, a cup of fruit or stack of pancakes.

From Parents

Chocolate Fondue

Creamy Strawberry Mousse

This five-ingredient dessert tastes decadent, but it's actually made with protein-rich Greek yogurt (making it perfectly acceptable to eat at breakfast!).

From Parents

Creamy Strawberry Mousse

Classic Deviled Eggs

Offer a colorful deviled egg spread by mixing up the fillings. From bacon and cheese to edamame-stuffed, you'll have something that pleases every party guest.

From Parents

Classic Deviled Eggs

Chicken Chili with Cilantro Pesto

This comforting chicken chili receives an additional pop of freshness from a dallop of cilantro pesto. Serve with a side of tortilla chips.

From Family Circle

Chicken Chili with Cilantro Pesto

Seafood and Spring Veggie Chowder

Shrimp, scallops and crab combine in this hearty seafood and potato chowder. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare before the seafood and vegetables stew in your slow cooker!

From Family Circle

Seafood and Spring Veggie Chowder

Cucumber-Feta Dip

A garnish of pomegranate seeds and mint gives holiday spark to this Greek dip, but this healthy appetizer is so tasty you'll want to make it throughout the year.

From Midwest Living

Cucumber-Feta Dip

Creamy Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Chips

Wonton wrapper chips definitely add to the crab rangoon-like vibe, but rice crackers, sugar snap peas or baby bok choy leaves would also make good Asian-inspired dippers.

From Midwest Living

Creamy Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Chips

Sweet Potato Hummus

This Mexican hummus is creamy (sweet potato!), crunchy (pepitas!) and spicy (chipotle peppers!). Try this appetizer for a starter that's exploding with flavor.

From Midwest Living

Sweet Potato Hummus

Triple B Dip

Save time by substituting refrigerated roasted beets for freshly roasted ones. Serve this dip with sliced apples, celery sticks or toasted baguette slices.

From Midwest Living

Triple B Dip

Classic Soft Pretzels

An egg wash gives our doughy pretzels the perfect crispy exterior. Dunk in cheese sauce or mustard for a snack that's better than the ballpark version.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Soft Pretzels

Fennel and Asparagus Pie

Spring vegetables brighten up this meatless quiche. Don't worry, baking novices: this recipe starts with a refrigerated pie crust.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fennel and Asparagus Pie

Corn and Basil Tart

Cover the cornmeal crust in foil for the first 10 minutes of baking to allow the inside to fully cook before crisping up the top.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Corn and Basil Tart

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