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.

Spring Vegetable Risotto

From Family Circle

Spring Vegetable Risotto

Herb Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

You can prepare this delicious lemony side dish recipe from start to finish in just 20 minutes. Top with sliced radishes before serving.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herb Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Fresh Asparagus Ribbon Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh Asparagus Ribbon Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

A simple red wine vinegar dressing makes this pasta salad side dish lower in fat and calories than most deli pasta salads.

From Diabetic Living

Italian Pasta Salad

Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta

Asparagus-Tuna Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asparagus-Tuna Casserole

Spring Chicken Stew

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spring Chicken Stew

Honey Roast Chicken with Spring Peas & Shallots

From Better Homes and Gardens

Honey Roast Chicken with Spring Peas & Shallots

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Mini Party Quiches

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mini Party Quiches

Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta

Pistachio-Honey Cake with Berries and Cream

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pistachio-Honey Cake with Berries and Cream

Fried Pickles

From Family Circle

Fried Pickles

Roasted BLT Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted BLT Salad

Open-Faced Hummus BLTs

From Family Circle

Open-Faced Hummus BLTs

Herb-Roasted Turkey

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herb-Roasted Turkey

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce

Barley-Squash Gratin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barley-Squash Gratin

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

From Better Homes and Gardens

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

strawberry mousse

This frozen strawberry dessert is so refreshing on a hot summer day. Made with only egg whites, sugar, and chopped strawberries, it's virtually fat-free.

From Family Circle

strawberry mousse

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Bright green pistachios and spice give this buttery chocolate cookie plenty of personality. It's like shortbread, perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee.

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Smoky Gouda-Sauced Broccoli

Kids actually eat their broccoli? This side dish, made irresistible with Gouda cheese, can be served with something simple in flavor, such as a pork roast or grilled pork chops.

From Diabetic Living

Smoky Gouda-Sauced Broccoli

Tomato-Basil Corn Pudding

From Diabetic Living

Tomato-Basil Corn Pudding

Smoky Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole

This easy chicken and cheese casserole is made in the slow cooker.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Smoky Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole

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