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.

Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

Two-Bean Enchilada Casserole

From Diabetic Living

Two-Bean Enchilada Casserole

Chunky Applesauce

This fruity side-dish recipe is the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chunky Applesauce

Herbed Tofu Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Tofu Cakes

Five-Spice Beef Kabobs

To make your own five-spice powder, simply mix equal parts of five ground spices: cinnamon, cloves, star anise, szechuan peppercorns and fennel.

From Midwest Living

Five-Spice Beef Kabobs

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

This five-ingredient beef and broccoli main-dish recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Bottled ginger salad dressing makes a simple and delicious sauce.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

From Midwest Living

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Chicken Breasts with Herbs

The herb mixture used in this 30-minute recipe is a variation on the traditional Italian condiment, gremolata.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Breasts with Herbs

Chicken Breasts with Herbs

The herb mixture used in this recipe is a variation on the traditional Italian condiment, gremolata.

From Midwest Living

Chicken Breasts with Herbs

Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

This one-dish recipe features a delicious blend of chicken breast, orzo, and zucchini. Ready in under 30 minutes, this is a perfect weeknight meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

Eggplant Parmesan Heros

Eggplant slices breaded in crushed croutons turn this sandwich in to a thoroughly satisfying meat-free meal. When purchasing eggplants, select one that is firm and heavy for its size.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Eggplant Parmesan Heros

French Chicken Stew

Layer this chicken and vegetable stew recipe in your slow cooker and let the delectable aroma greet you when you arrive home to a ready-made meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

French Chicken Stew

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

An enticing combination of salmon, fettuccine noodles, baby spinach, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing is the perfect weeknight recipe that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

From Midwest Living

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Families continue to reach for this classic holiday recipe that utilizes the convenience of canned pumpkin.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Citrus Salsa Salmon

This salmon recipe features a refreshing blend of oranges, cherry tomatoes, and grapefruit. Ready in under 30 minutes, it's a perfect meal anytime.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Citrus Salsa Salmon

Falafel Patty Melt

From Better Homes and Gardens

Falafel Patty Melt

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

A fennel seed rub coats this pork with extraordinary licoricelike flavor, while the golden-orange potatoes add just the right amount of sweetness.

From Midwest Living

Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Thighs with Braised Greens and Grapes

A coating of pecans, wheat crackers, and nutmeg adds delicious flavor to this simple chicken dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Thighs with Braised Greens and Grapes

Bruschetta

Fresh chives are a welcome addition to this low-fat, tomato based bruschetta spread. A taste sensation when made with summer-ripe tomatoes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bruschetta

Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Pastry shop perfect, these pretty little cookies pair the super compatible flavors of cherry and almond. To keep maraschino cherries from running into the frosting, blot them dry with a paper towel before applying to the cookie top, and do so no more than a few hours before serving.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Creamed Corn Casserole

Corn and sweet peppers are the stars of this homey casserole that includes cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamed Corn Casserole

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