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.

4 Ways with Skillet Corn Bread

The Southern staple is elevated by vegetables, cheese, bacon and more. Try each of our four customizable cornbread recipes, then ask your family to choose a favorite!

From Better Homes and Gardens

4 Ways with Skillet Corn Bread

Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes

A small amount of dried lavendar makes a big impact in the flavor of these light single-serving pudding cakes. You can bake in any 6-ounce oven-safe dishes—try heart-shaped molds for Valentine's Day or anniversaries.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes

Fish and Corn Chowder

Sprinkle a few rye croutons over the chowder just before serving to add a bit of crunch and contrast to the sweetness of the corn.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fish and Corn Chowder

Fish and Corn Chowder

Sprinkle a few rye croutons over the chowder just before serving to add a bit of crunch and contrast to the sweetness of the corn.

From Midwest Living

Fish and Corn Chowder

No-Fry Shrimp Stir-Fry

From Diabetic Living

No-Fry Shrimp Stir-Fry

Nutty Chocolate Crunch

From Diabetic Living

Nutty Chocolate Crunch

Oat-Crusted Chicken with Maple Sweet Potatoes

From Family Circle

Oat-Crusted Chicken with Maple Sweet Potatoes

Nori-Wrapped Arctic Char with Pickled Beet and Carrot Salad

From Diabetic Living

Nori-Wrapped Arctic Char with Pickled Beet and Carrot Salad

Nutty-Caramel Pumpkin Bars

For a simpler and more seasonal alternative to a cinnamon roll, bake up a pan of these pecan-studded pumpkin bars. The browned butter frosting used in this recipe would be equally delicious on cookies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Nutty-Caramel Pumpkin Bars

Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies

Dried apricots brighten this oatmeal cookie. Bake a batch for lunch box treats or after-school snacks.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies

No-Fry Fries

Oven-frying takes the mess out of making these french-fry look-a-likes and lessens the fat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

No-Fry Fries

Nut-Crusted Turkey Breast

Spiced almonds make a flavorful crust and send a wonderful aroma through your kitchen while the turkey breast roasts.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Nut-Crusted Turkey Breast

Nut Caramels

Sweetened condensed milk makes these caramels less temperamental than those made with whipping cream. They still possess all the chewy, buttery goodness of classic caramels.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Nut Caramels

Nutty Blue Cheese Pastries

Made with refrigerated piecrust, this flaky appetizer belongs in your file of easy-to-make recipes under the category oh-so-delicious.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Nutty Blue Cheese Pastries

Nutty Cheese-Topped Figs

When you have a craving for a bit of something sweet, try one of these bite-size treats. The combo of figs, nuts, and cream cheese will satisfy you--at only 3 g carbs per bite.

From Diabetic Living

Nutty Cheese-Topped Figs

Oatmeal Brunch Casserole

Oats and the soluble fiber that comes with them help moderate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion. They taste great combined with fruits and nuts in this hearty breakfast casserole.

From Diabetic Living

Oatmeal Brunch Casserole

Oatmeal-Applesauce Cake

This hearty whole grain cake is perfect for dessert or a snack. The applesauce imparts flavor, moisture, and replaces some of the fat.

From Diabetic Living

Oatmeal-Applesauce Cake

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

New World Chili

Not your ordinary chili recipe, this slow cooker version combines turkey with butternut squash, corn, cranberries, and jalapeno pepper for a unique taste sensation.

From Better Homes and Gardens

New World Chili

New Potato Salad

This low-carb potato salad recipe, ideal for potlucks, has just 3 grams of fat per serving. Serve it for diabetic meal plans along with burgers, chicken, and other grilled favorites.

From Diabetic Living

New Potato Salad

No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This luscious swirled cheesecake dessert is a no bake, mix-and-chill recipe. Plus, each slice is under 200 calories!

From Diabetic Living

No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

New Millennium Macaroni and Cheese

Serve this protein-rich main dish to vegetarian friends and family. The mac-and-cheese recipe is bound to becomes a favorite casserole.

From Better Homes and Gardens

New Millennium Macaroni and Cheese

No-Bake Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Make slicing this elegant cheesecake easier and keep the swirls in place by dipping your knife in water between cuts.

From Diabetic Living

No-Bake Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

New England Clam and Corn Chowder

From Family Circle

New England Clam and Corn Chowder

No-Boil Vegetable Lasagna

From Diabetic Living

No-Boil Vegetable Lasagna

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