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.

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

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

From Better Homes and Gardens

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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

Barley-Squash Gratin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barley-Squash Gratin

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

From the crust up, this amazing blueberry pie is like nothing you've tasted before. Sweet almonds, tangy cr¿me fraiche, and bright lemon zest all lend their signature notes. When buying blueberries, choose those that are firm, uniform in size and indigo blue with a silvery frost; discard any berries that are moldy or shriveled.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Granola, Yogurt & Berry Parfaits

From Family Circle

Granola, Yogurt & Berry Parfaits

Cranberry-Apple Crisp

From Family Circle

Cranberry-Apple Crisp

Espresso Chiffon Torte

The light and airy coffee filling is a pleasing contrast to the crisp chocolate cookies. Make this refrigerator dessert early in the day so it has plenty of time to set up.

From Family Circle

Espresso Chiffon Torte

Cranberry Twist Bread

This holiday yeast bread is sweetened with an orange-flavored drizzle. Simply omit the icing to reduce the calories.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry Twist Bread

Spinach and Gruyere Quiche

Fat free half and half and refrigerated egg product make this egg dish lower in calories and fat than most other recipes.

From Diabetic Living

Spinach and Gruyere Quiche

Maple Nut & Pear Scones

Delicate pears, pecans and maple flavor make these scones really special. Our makeover of this tender, flaky breakfast pastry uses reduced-fat cream cheese, canola oil and just a touch of butter to replace 1 1/2 sticks of butter. The addition of rolled oats and whole-wheat pastry flour boosts fiber and enhances the nutty flavor. For more fruit intensity, serve with pear butter.

From EatingWell

Maple Nut & Pear Scones

Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Fajitas

From Family Circle

Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Fajitas

Chicken Stuffed with Tomato and Cheese

From Family Circle

Chicken Stuffed with Tomato and Cheese

Turkey Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette

From Family Circle

Turkey Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette

Broccoli-Onion Pie

From Family Circle

Broccoli-Onion Pie

Meatballs in Creamy Dill Sauce

From Family Circle

Meatballs in Creamy Dill Sauce

Pork Medallions with Apples

From Family Circle

Pork Medallions with Apples

Chocolate Blitzen

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chocolate Blitzen

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

There's a surprise hiding inside these beef and lamb meatballs: a piece of creamy feta cheese. Simmer a batch in your slow cooker for a party-friendly appetizer or serve a few on a baguette for a super sub sandwich.

From Midwest Living

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Savory Thyme Granola

Seasoned with bold flavors such as Parmesan cheese and Worcestershire sauce, this savory thyme granola is a homemade snack mix you're sure to come back to again and again.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Savory Thyme Granola

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