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.

Marinated Prime Rib

A wine and herb marinade gives this rib roast rich flavor for few calories. Pair with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes or a salad and dinner roll.

From Diabetic Living

Marinated Prime Rib

Rosemary-Lemon Lamb Chops with Potato and Fennel Latkes

A grill pan makes these herb-rubbed lamb chops doable any time of year. Served alongside homemade potato latkes, this low calorie dinner is a real showstopper.

From Diabetic Living

Rosemary-Lemon Lamb Chops with Potato and Fennel Latkes

Greek Frozen Yogurt

For more protein and way fewer preservatives than boxed ice cream, blend up a batch of homemade Greek frozen yogurt. This dessert is simple to customize with your favorite mix-ins!

From Diabetic Living

Greek Frozen Yogurt

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Custards

This light carrot cake custard calls for just five ingredients, making it a doable dessert any night of the week. Don't forget the whipped cream!

From Diabetic Living

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Custards

Red Velvet Cake Roll

You're on a roll! Take the red velvet trend to the next level with this slimmed-down spiral cake. One slice has less than 150 calories!

From Diabetic Living

Red Velvet Cake Roll

Chocolate-Caramel Cupcakes

Unsweetened cocoa powder and low-fat buttermilk keep these cupcakes rich-tasting yet surprisingly light. Serve them at your next birthday party or bake sale—no one will know they're a skinny sweet!

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate-Caramel Cupcakes

Strawberry-Orange Surprise Cupcakes

Orange zest and marmalade add a splash of citrus to the cupcake and the frosting. This is the perfect refreshing spring or summer dessert!

From Diabetic Living

Strawberry-Orange Surprise Cupcakes

Grilled Skirt Steak with Onion Ponzu

From Diabetic Living

Grilled Skirt Steak with Onion Ponzu

Ham and Spinach Two-Cheese Pasta

This hearty yet healthy ham and pasta bake is served in individual ramekins so there's no need to fight over the biggest portion.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ham and Spinach Two-Cheese Pasta

Vegetable Pesto Risotto Casserole

Hearty enough for a meal on its own but perfect as a side to any grilled meat, this creamy rice casserole is packed with a bounty of vegetables, including summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes and corn.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vegetable Pesto Risotto Casserole

Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust

Highlight seasonal berries in a patriotic sugar cookie tart. Fat-free cream cheese and Greek yogurt keep the frosting layer light.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust

Sweet and Spicy Apple Crisps

Forget store bought snacks and make your own afternoon treat of sweet and spicy baked apple crisps. Store them in an air-tight container for up to one week.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Spicy Apple Crisps

Gnocchi and Meatball Bake

Homemade meatballs and gnocchi come together in this cheesy bake. Bonus points: It can be made ahead so all you have to do is bake when you're ready.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gnocchi and Meatball Bake

Chicken and Lentils in Apple-Curry Sauce

Apples lend sweetness to this healthy chicken curry dinner that includes heart-healthy lentils and spinach.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Lentils in Apple-Curry Sauce

Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Inspired by a popular appetizer at Asian restaurants, these ground turkey and vegetable wraps are a quick and low carb way to start your meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Rotini with Walnut-Basil Pesto

Trust us: You'll want to make a big batch of our homemade Walnut-Basil Pesto! Toss some with this whole grain pasta salad and save the rest for sandwiches, pizzas and salads later in the week.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rotini with Walnut-Basil Pesto

Coconut Chia Oat Squares

Breakfast just got a little crunchier with these super-healthy oat squares made with almond butter, coconut, chia seeds, and brown sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Coconut Chia Oat Squares

Strawberries and Cream Quinoa

Quinoa gets a sweet twist in this dish that's perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert. Be sure to rinse your grains to eliminate any bitterness.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Strawberries and Cream Quinoa

Turkey-Pepper Brunch Strata

Jump-start your day with 27 grams of protein! Layer up this turkey and egg breakfast casserole the night before, then pop the pan in your oven an hour before you plan to eat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey-Pepper Brunch Strata

Overnight Blueberry Coffee Cake

Prepare this cake with fat-free Greek yogurt, applesauce, blueberries, and cornmeal, then chill overnight for an easy, make-ahead breakfast.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Overnight Blueberry Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Baked French Toast

This casserole-style French toast will bring everyone to the table for breakfast—or dessert if you add ice cream.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Caramel Apple Baked French Toast

Tropical Panna Cotta Parfaits

The key ingredient to transform whole milk and low-fat buttermilk into panna cotta: gelatin. This fruity dessert looks ¿¿¿¿¿ restaurant-worthy, but is a cinch to make.

From Fitness

Tropical Panna Cotta Parfaits

Chocolate Souffle Cakes

Don't worry: These light-as-air Chocolate Souffle Cakes are rich enough to satisfy in just one bite. But we won't blame you for having more!

From Fitness

Chocolate Souffle Cakes

Coconut Chicken and Waffles

Save time by using frozen whole-grain mini waffles, then save calories by baking the coconut-coated chicken pieces rather than frying for a figure-friendly soul food appetizer.

From Fitness

Coconut Chicken and Waffles

Spicy Pickled Vegetables

Add these quick pickled veggies to a sandwich, salad, pizza or Bloody Mary cocktail.

From Fitness

Spicy Pickled Vegetables

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