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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Oven-Fried Pork Chops

From Better Homes and Gardens

Coating the chops with corn bread stuffing mix gives them a delightful crispy crust, which keeps them juicy and moist inside.

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Peanut Butter Balls

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chocolate-flavored candy coating encases the creamy peanut butter filling in these easy-to-make candies.

Peanut Butter Balls

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken with Artichokes

From Midwest Living

Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken with Artichokes

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

From Midwest Living

We packed this snack mix with extra protein and nutrients by adding soy nuts. You can find plain or flavored roasted soy nuts at large supermarkets or health-food stores.

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

Chocolate Waffle Turtle Cookies

From Midwest Living

These cookies are made in a waffle iron, then are topped with a chocolate glaze and pecans to form a rich dessert. This recipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.

Chocolate Waffle Turtle Cookies

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

From Midwest Living

This five-ingredient recipe comes from the bacon pros at Nueskes meats in Wisconsin.

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

From Midwest Living

To make ginger juice, Patty Erd of the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois, squishes coarsely chopped fresh ginger in a clean garlic press.

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

Pioneer Wedding Stack Cake

From Midwest Living

This wonderfully moist and generously spiced six-layer cake is a showy spin on humble applesauce cake.

Pioneer Wedding Stack Cake

Shroom Spaghetti

From Parents

Shroom Spaghetti

Rainbow Rotini

From Parents

Multicolor pasta is mixed with chicken, beans, and vegetables to make this quick complete meal.

Rainbow Rotini

Butternut Squash Casserole

From Parents

Butternut Squash Casserole

Sunrise Smoothies

From Diabetic Living

Start the day off deliciously with this easy-to-fix melon and yogurt drink for breakfast.

Sunrise Smoothies

Picadillo Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Picadillo Dip

Shortcut German-Chocolate Cake

From Midwest Living

Coconut, pecans and caramel make a sweet sauce for a twist on German chocolate cake.

Shortcut German-Chocolate Cake

Classic Pot Roast

From Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Pot Roast

Buttermilk-Pecan Brownies with Sour Cream Frosting

From Better Homes and Gardens

You can count on these two-layer brownies to do a quick disappearing act when they're part of a potluck menu.

Buttermilk-Pecan Brownies with Sour Cream Frosting

Peppermint Cream Bites

From Better Homes and Gardens

These chocolate and mint layered dessert bars are cut into shapes after they're baked. Choose circles, squares, or even stars!

Peppermint Cream Bites

Lemony Kale Salad with Tomatoes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemony Kale Salad with Tomatoes

Grilled Vegetables with Lemon-Herb Dressing

From Ladies' Home Journal

Grilled Vegetables with Lemon-Herb Dressing

Tomatillo Chicken Soup With Hominy And Pepitas

From Ladies' Home Journal

Tomatillo Chicken Soup With Hominy And Pepitas

White Bean Soup With Lamb And Rosemary

From Ladies' Home Journal

White Bean Soup With Lamb And Rosemary

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

These minty cookies are a chocolate lover's delight. For a sweet snack at your fingertips, make ahead and freeze up to 3 months.

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

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