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.

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

These dazzling bars are a takeoff of the popular pie recipe. This version uses a graham cracker crust and a filling that blends lime-flavored gelatin, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and whipped topping.

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Slow-Cooker Cranberry Chicken

Cranberry sauce combined with tapioca and onion soup simmers to perfection in this five-ingredient main dish recipe. Serve over white rice to complete the meal.

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Slow-Cooker Cranberry Chicken

Chicken Drumsticks with Barbecue Sauce

Give your favorite bottled barbecue sauce an edge when you add extra flavors. Whether you like 'em hot and spicy or smoky sweet, everyone loves this barbecue favorite.

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Chicken Drumsticks with Barbecue Sauce

Chicken with Lime and Avocado Salsa

Cool, refreshing lime combines with avocados to make a saucy salsa and chicken main-dish recipe that's ready in less than 30 minutes.

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Chicken with Lime and Avocado Salsa

Salsa-Baked Fish

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Salsa-Baked Fish

Mint Julep

A standard refreshment at the Kentucky Derby, this bourbon-based cocktail includes a lively hint of mint.

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Mint Julep

Corn Tortillas

You need just two ingredients to make your own corn tortillas for tacos, enchiladas or fajitas!

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Corn Tortillas

Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts

In this quick-cooking dinner, boneless chicken breasts are spiced up with lemon-pepper seasoning. Serve with rice, pilaf or pasta to round our the meal.

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Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts

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.

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Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes

Caramel-Cashew Bars

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Caramel-Cashew Bars

Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

Rolled oats in this cookie recipe give these bars a chewy texture. The blend of coffee, caramel, and oats make these a perfect Christmas treat.

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Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

Pecan Pie Bars

From Heart-Healthy Living

Pecan Pie Bars

Mint Juleps

Savor this citrusy alcoholic beverage recipe on a hot summer afternoon. Serve it chilled with a garnish of mint and orange slices.

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Mint Juleps

Oatmeal Cookies

The recipes for oatmeal cookies probably equal the number of cookie bakers. Our recipe gives you options aplenty so you can make your favorite version.

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Oatmeal Cookies

Zucchini Bread

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Zucchini Bread

Indonesian Beef Curry

From Family Circle

Indonesian Beef Curry

Chicken Stew with Tortellini

Dress up leftover chicken by stirring it into this easy-to-prepare stew. Yellow squash and sweet pepper accompany plump tortellini and beet greens.

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Chicken Stew with Tortellini

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Balsamic vinegar, with its hallmark dark color, syrupy body, and slight sweetness, brings a wonderful out-of-the-ordinary touch to any recipe.

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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Hot and Cheesy Chicken Casserole

This one dish dinner recipe features a delicious mix of broccoli, chicken, green chiles, and rice.

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Hot and Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Hot and Cheesy Chicken Casserole

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Hot and Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Chipotle Chicken Quiche

Top this Mexican-flavored quiche with fresh salsa, sour cream or a sprinkle of green onion to complete the flavorful brunch dish.

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Chipotle Chicken Quiche

Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

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Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Gremolata

Ginger Tea

Soothing and healthful, this tea recipe is good three ways: hot, iced, and as a sparkling fizz.

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Ginger Tea

Banana Bread

Serve this moist banana-packed bread plain and delicious or top with honey butter for a special treat.

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Banana Bread

Overnight Oats with Fruit

Make ahead and wake up to a sweet, substantial treat with this fruit-and-nut flavored oat cereal breakfast.

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Overnight Oats with Fruit

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