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 <a href="/search/?searchTerm=tofu">tofu</a> and sprouted grains. Today's home cooks have found new ways make <a href="/recipes/healthy/heart-healthy/">heart-healthy</a> meals that cut back on fat, boost <a href="/recipes/healthy/high-fiber/">fiber</a> and increase vegetables in their diet - and (gasp!) the dishes still taste good. The key to making healthy meals and <a href="/recipes/healthy/snacks/">healthy snacks</a> 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, <a href="/recipes/chicken/">chicken</a> 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.

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Salsa Roll-Ups

From Philadelphia Cream Cheese

These cheesy bites pack a little heat to keep your smart eating plan interesting. Make it basic or take it to the next level with pizza flavors or a riff on a BLT.

Salsa Roll-Ups

Roast with Spicy Potatoes

From Diabetic Living

Tri-tip roast is a boneless cut of beef from the bottom sirloin. Because of its triangular shape, it's also sometimes called triangular roast. This versatile cut tastes wonderful roasted, grilled, or broiled, and best of all it's low in calories.

Roast with Spicy Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

From EatingWell

Our savory cauliflower puree makes a perfect low-carb stand-in for mashed potatoes. It gets its fabulous flavor from garlic, buttermilk and a touch of butter and, best of all, it has about one-quarter of the calories of typical mashed potatoes. If you like, vary it by adding shredded low-fat cheese or chopped fresh herbs.

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Mahimahi with Herbed White-Wine Sauce

From Food & Wine

In this easy, elegant dish, Marcia Kiesel looks to strongly flavored herbs, such as thyme and marjoram, because she likes them with meaty mahimahi. Along with white wine, she includes clam juice to add a briny edge.

Mahimahi with Herbed White-Wine Sauce

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Chicken with Olives

From Better Homes and Gardens

Looking for a new way to cook chicken? Try this savory recipe that includes chicken, olives, garlic, tomatoes, capers, and more.

Chicken with Olives

Clams with Pork and Golden Garlic

From Food & Wine

Ground pork and clams are a common combination in Chinese recipes. Marcia Kiesel sautes the two quickly with slivers of garlic, then adds black-bean chile sauce (easy to find at supermarkets) to create a dish with deep, briny flavor and some heat.

Clams with Pork and Golden Garlic

Kana Okada
Shrimp Piccata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon, garlic, and white wine characterize this exceptionally easy, but oh-so-elegant, entree.

Shrimp Piccata

Pepper-Steak Quesadillas

From Diabetic Living

Jicama, a bulbous root vegetable especially popular in Latin America, adds lots of crunch and a slightly nutty flavor to these easy-to-make fold-overs.

Pepper-Steak Quesadillas

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

From Midwest Living

Layer the ice cream with a mixture of cookie crumbs, chocolate pieces, and pecans to make this frozen dessert. It's great for any summer party.

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Breakfast Pizza

From Better Homes and Gardens

A popular breakfast entree, your family will fall in love with this pizza recipe topped with bacon, eggs, ham, and cheese. If you like, try one of the snappy variations like shrimp or mushroom and artichoke.

Breakfast Pizza

Chicken Parmesan and Herbed Oven Fries

From Family Circle

A trio of fresh herbs--oregano, thyme, and basil--and grape tomatoes update this chicken Parmesan recipe. Fresh oregano and thyme also flavor the baked potato wedges.

Chicken Parmesan and Herbed Oven Fries

Perfect Pulled Pork

From National Pork Board

Perfect Pulled Pork

Roasted Garlic Barley Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasting the head of garlic mellows the flavors, to a near sweetness.

Roasted Garlic Barley Soup

Spicy Beef and Noodle Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

The Asian sweet chili sauce drizzled over seasoned beef and rice noodles makes a sweet and sassy salad recipe in less than 30 minutes.

Spicy Beef and Noodle Salad

Ropa Vieja

From Atkins - Phase 1

This Recipe is appropriate for ALL 4 Phases of the Atkins Diet. Join Atkins today to sign up for your Free Quick-Start Kit including 3 Atkins Bars and gain access to Free Tools and Community, as well as over 1,500 other Free Atkins-friendly Recipes.

Ropa Vieja

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cumin and nutmeg spice these ground beef and pork appetizer meatballs.

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Garlic Knots

From Family Circle

These garlicky dinner rolls are a cinch to make because you start with frozen bread dough. They're brushed with garlic butter before and after baking.

Garlic Knots

Cajun Crab Cake Sandwich and Oven Fries

From Family Circle

Cajun seasoning makes these crab cakes a bit spicier than the norm. You can make them with real crab meat, but you'll find surimi a budget-friendly choice.

Cajun Crab Cake Sandwich and Oven Fries

Pina Colada Yogurt Parfait

From EatingWell

Take a trip to the tropics with our pina colada inspired parfait. It even makes a great breakfast when you need a sunny start to your day.

Pina Colada Yogurt Parfait

Italian Veggie Dunkers

From Better Homes and Gardens

Better make lots of these crispy-coated vegetables. Kids love dipping them in pizza sauce for a snack.

Italian Veggie Dunkers

Maryland Crab Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

This Maryland specialty, pan-fried patties of crab meat coated with bread crumbs and flavored with lively seasonings, is quick to make.

Maryland Crab Cakes

Scallops and Artichokes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Scallops and frozen artichoke hearts pair up in this low-fat recipe. Serve over quick-cooking couscous for an elegant Mediterranean-inspired dish.

Scallops and Artichokes

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot and savory, Serrano chiles lend their signature kick to these amazing vegetarian quesadillas, inspired by the flavors of classic fajitas. When buying bell peppers, choose that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin.

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce

From EatingWell

Here we combine raisins, cinnamon, honey and almonds with orange juice, zest, wine and broth to make a rich, savory pan sauce for chicken. There's plenty of the gorgeous sauce, so be sure to serve whole-wheat egg noodles, couscous or rice on the side.

Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

From Old El Paso

Your family will dig into a hot-from-the-oven casserole that combines tasty taco ingredients in one dish.

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

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