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.

Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Elevate boxed macaroni and cheese by adding extra cheddar and cream cheese, a handful or peas and a crunchy cracker topping.

From Family Circle

Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Coconut Macaroon Cheesecake

The topping on this cheesecake tastes like a light macaroon cookie.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Coconut Macaroon Cheesecake

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Who needs flour? Peanut butter, sugar and egg combine for a tender and tasty gluten-free dessert option.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Cornmeal Blueberry Cookies

From Parents

Gluten Free Cornmeal Blueberry Cookies

Gluten Free Cornmeal Blueberry Cookies

From Parents

Gluten Free Cornmeal Blueberry Cookies

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

Hearty Vegetable, Bacon, and Quinoa Quiche

From Diabetic Living

Hearty Vegetable, Bacon, and Quinoa Quiche

Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Cashews

From Better Homes and Gardens

Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Cashews

Curried Chicken

A jalapeno provides the heat in this flavorful chicken main dish. The robust flavor of curry is enhanced by the sweet, chewy raisins and aromatic garlic.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Curried Chicken

Three-in-One Primavera

Start with pasta and fresh vegetables, then pick the sauce that fits your mood: lemon-basil, creamy Parmesn or peppercorn-ranch.

From Midwest Living

Three-in-One Primavera

Sherried Fruit

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sherried Fruit

Chicken Bratwurst and Onions with Broccoli Slaw Salad

Take the stress out of your next tailgate by preparing the sausages in your slow cooker rather than on the grill.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Bratwurst and Onions with Broccoli Slaw Salad

Christmas Ribbon Salad

Layers of sparkling green and red gelatin surround the creamy lemon layer in this pretty side salad recipe.

From Diabetic Living

Christmas Ribbon Salad

Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding

Prepare this slow cooker French toast dish the evening before you plan to cook it, then chill in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to meld.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding

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

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie

Substitute these low-fat, whole grain cookies for a sugary pastry at breakfast and you'll feel more energized. They make a great snack, too.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie

Cauliflower Spread

Surprise dinner party guests with this creamy, vegetable-packed spread. It looks like it's just cheese, but this recipe packs in six cups of cauliflower!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cauliflower Spread

Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

Flash-Braised Vegetable Medley

For a one-pan side dish, saute seasonal vegetables in a flavorful white wine and chicken broth sauce.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Flash-Braised Vegetable Medley

Spicy Carrot Chicken Salad

This looks like your traditional chicken salad sandwich, but it's hiding a couple standout ingredients: harissa paste (for a bit of spice) and roasted carrots (for some sweetness)!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Carrot Chicken Salad

Cream of Carrot Soup

Just a drizzle of cream is required to make this carrot and potato soup cream. Most of the decadent texture is the result of blending just prior to service.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cream of Carrot Soup

Pappardelle Primavera with Spring Vegetables

For a complete pasta dinner in 20 minutes, toss steamed spring vegetables with pasta and a light white wine and garlic sauce. Add grilled steak, chicken or shrimp for more protein.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pappardelle Primavera with Spring Vegetables

Chipotle Stewed Chicken

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chipotle Stewed Chicken

Classic Chicken and Dumplings

From Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Chicken and Dumplings

Bean and Sweet Potato Patties with Lime-Jalapeno Cream

Walnuts keep these sweet potato, quinoa and pinto bean patties from being too squishy. Serve in pitas, on top of lettuce leaves or in the middle of a sandwich bun.

From Midwest Living

Bean and Sweet Potato Patties with Lime-Jalapeno Cream

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