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.

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

Cheddar Pecan Crackers with Apple Butter

Welcome holiday guests with these quick-prep crackers. Made with mild cheddar and toasted pecans, they pair beautifully with chunky apple butter.

From Parents

Cheddar Pecan Crackers with Apple Butter

Zucchini, Cheddar, and Sage Crust Pizza with Chicken and Apples

Jazz up your pizza night with this creative recipe. Cheddar and zucchini add flavor to the crust, elevating it way beyond store bought.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Zucchini, Cheddar, and Sage Crust Pizza with Chicken and Apples

Chicken and Apple Stromboli

Ideal for chilly autumn nights, this cheesy stromboli is quick to make and easy to eat. Just braid dough over chicken, squash and spiced apples, then bake, slice, and serve.

From Parents

Chicken and Apple Stromboli

German Chocolate Bar Cookies

Try this German favorite for your next party. The crunchy, chocolatey cookies feature Nabisco wafers, flaked coconut and chopped pecans and can be made in just 35 minutes.

From Family Circle

German Chocolate Bar Cookies

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

A bit of maple syrup gives these cookies a deeply sweet flavor. Oats and raisins add hearty texture—and add nutritious value to boot.

From Family Circle

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

A bit of maple syrup gives these cookies a deeply sweet flavor. Oats and raisins add hearty texture—and add nutritious value to boot.

From Family Circle

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Almond Lace Cookies

Paper-thin but intensely flavorful, these dainty lace cookies are a snap to make. Simply combine five ingredients, mix in sliced almonds, and bake.

From Family Circle

Almond Lace Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

These cookies combine soft and crunchy textures for a delicious treat. Pretzel pieces mixed in with chocolate dough make for a sweet and salty snack.

From Family Circle

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Walnut Apple Crisp

Let your slow cooker do the work in this walnut apple crisp recipe. As a simple, make-ahead dessert, it is perfect for entertaining, especially when life gets too busy for rolling pie dough!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Walnut Apple Crisp

Banana-Nut Oatmeal

For a sweet and nutritious breakfast that'll keep you going all morning, try this oatmeal made with ripe bananas, steel-cut oats, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts.

From Family Circle

Banana-Nut Oatmeal

Jerk Chicken and Slaw

From Better Homes and Gardens

Jerk Chicken and Slaw

Bear Chaser Blueberry Pies

A cream cheese filling is spread on the pie shell, then topped with a blueberry, pineapple juice, and whipping cream mixture to make this fantastic dessert.

From Midwest Living

Bear Chaser Blueberry Pies

Pina Colada Cupcakes

From Midwest Living

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Luscious Lemon Bars

Sweet and tart, these moist, powdered-sugar-topped dessert bars will disappear fast.

From Midwest Living

Luscious Lemon Bars

Chocolate Pavlova

Fresh fruit tops crispy meringue and cream in this dessert recipe.

From Midwest Living

Chocolate Pavlova

Tropical Berry Pops

This season's best berries bring a color palette of red, purple and blue to star in good-for-you desserts. They're light on calories and heavy on flavor.

From Midwest Living

Tropical Berry Pops

Vanilla Cake Batter Ice Cream

This easy dessert recipe uses a white cake mix to make homemade ice cream.

From Midwest Living

Vanilla Cake Batter Ice Cream

Mini Bacon-Broccoli Quiches

Mini quiches are perfect for brunch, or to feed hungry family members during a busy holiday weekend.

From Family Circle

Mini Bacon-Broccoli Quiches

Strawberry and Mango Smoothies

From Midwest Living

Strawberry and Mango Smoothies

Carrot-Coconut Bread

Carrot may seem a surprising addition to a sweet bread, but it's actually a perfect fit—it adds moisture and it's a sneaky way to add more veggies to your diet.

From Family Circle

Carrot-Coconut Bread

Apple-Cinnamon Parfaits

Combine crunchy and creamy textures when you make this parfait. Layered spiced apples, apple-cinnamon yogurt, and crunchy granola make it look as good as it tastes.

From Family Circle

Apple-Cinnamon Parfaits

Turkey-Swiss Chard Wraps with Apples

This turkey breast is extra tender after a stint in the slow cooker, and it's a delightful lunch or light dinner when wrapped in Swiss chard with apple, pistachios and a homemade dressing.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Turkey-Swiss Chard Wraps with Apples

(Almost) Everybody Can Eat 'Em Apple Muffins

Made with soy milk and dairy-free margarine, these flavorful muffins are safe for lactose intolerant snackers. Shredded apples and raisins add a hearty texture.

From Parents

(Almost) Everybody Can Eat 'Em Apple Muffins

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

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