Top Healthy Recipes

Eat well every day with our top healthy recipes, from light, nutritious breakfasts to fresh, flavorful dinners and low-calorie desserts.

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Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote

By baking salmon in parchment paper with just a couple tablespoons of an Asian-style marinade and crispy vegetables, Kelsey renders the fish extremely flavorful and moist.

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Bal's No-Butter Chicken

Unlike creamy curries and other high-calorie Indian dishes, this chicken gets its flavor (and there's plenty of it) from a mixture of spices and aromatics and just a dash of low-fat yogurt. There's a reason this speedy dinner recipe is one the most popular recipes on Cooking Channel.

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Blueberry-Almond Griddle Cakes

Whole-wheat flour and toasted sliced almonds add nutty flavor and substance to these blueberry-packed griddle cakes. Fluffy, browned and nutritious? Sounds like brunch to us.

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Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Kelsey's healthy slow-cooker recipe relies on strong spices, herbs and fresh vegetables, not fats, to flavor her pork.

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Chicken Parmesan

We can’t stop drooling over Ellie’s healthier Chicken Parmesan — baked, not fried, and breaded with fiber-rich whole-wheat crumbs. Mix part-skim mozzarella with regular Parmesan for full flavor and fewer calories.

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Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie

Bobby Deen subs fat-free frozen whipped topping and low-fat milk in for cream, turning out this still-creamy version of his mother Paula's frozen chocolate pie.

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Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce

Roasted red peppers and naturally light feta cheese are blended to form this pasta’s indulgent yet lower-calorie creamy sauce.

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Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Ellie’s chipotle cream — made out of yogurt, mayo and chipotles in adobo — is so flavorful, you only need to dress these lean fish tacos in a tablespoon of the sauce.

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Bobby's Southwestern-Style Pizza

Bobby loads his pizza with fresh veggies, spices and a moderate amount of reduced-fat cheddar, making this Southwestern twist much healthier than your ordinary pie.

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Breakfast Burrito

Ellie’s healthy breakfast burrito — a whole-wheat tortilla packed with healthy ingredients like peppers, black beans, tomatoes, avocados and cheese — will keep you full all day.

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Three Bean and Beef Chili

Extra-lean beef and three types of fiber-filled beans assure maximum heartiness in Ellie Krieger's healthier chili.

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Vegetable Chow Mein

Chow mein doesn’t have to be an oily fat trap — Ching-He uses little more than a tablespoon of oil and one or two tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce to soften and flavor the dish’s fragrant vegetables.

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Monster Mushroom Burger

Bobby Deen's trimmed-down mushroom burger is topped with baby arugula, balsamic vinegar and roasted red pepper, and then sandwiched between whole-grain peasant bread.

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Lighter Brownies

Yes, you can even enjoy brownies while trying to lose weight. This lighter recipe eliminates butter, gains flavor from instant coffee powder and relies on yolk-free egg whites for binding.

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BLT Steak Salad

Bobby deconstructs everyone’s favorite sandwich by serving it as a salad topped with lean, trimmed flank steak and subbing in just two slices of turkey bacon for flavor. To replicate the creaminess of mayo, Bobby dresses the salad in a vinegar, oil and Dijon mixture and sprinkles the salad with just enough blue cheese.

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Jeffrey Saad's Chicken Stir-Fry Soup

Half chicken stir-fry, half chicken soup, this bowl gains flavor from a hot and spicy preparation of the chicken and low-sodium additions to the stock.

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Grapefruit Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing

Bobby dresses antioxidant-packed grapefruit wedges with honey (for balancing sweetness) and refreshing sprigs of mint. What better way to start the day?

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Unfried Chicken

This "unfried" chicken is baked instead of deep-fried and its cornflake-crumb coating gives it the crispy outside and moist inside of classic fried chicken.

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Mediterranean Chick Pea Stew

Nadia G.'s slimmed-down stew makes a flavorful starter — scoop it like a dip with whole-wheat pita wedges — or a light lunch. This recipe promises to deflate your mate (or, you).

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Low-Fat Creamy Mushroom Cavatappi

Low-fat and creamy rarely go hand-in-hand, but with one-percent milk, cornstarch and a touch of Parmesan, this cavatappi is both.

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Sausage, Egg and Cheese Strata

Bobby Deen lightens up this breakfast casserole with fat-free milk, egg whites, reduced-fat cheese, whole-wheat bread and turkey sausage patties.

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Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes

You’d never know that these fluffy, marshmallow-topped cupcakes are made with low-cal hot cocoa mix, egg whites and a no-cal sweetener. The marshmallow and chocolate chips are the real deal, though.

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Mediterranean Chicken Stew

Reduced sodium chicken broth forms the base of this stew, which gains flavor from aromatic veggies, herbs and some white wine. The lean proteins — chicken thighs trimmed of fat and cannellini beans — bulk up the dish and make it a meal.

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Fettuccine with Broccoli Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Though oh-so-delicious, pesto is not very healthy thanks to high-fat pine nuts, cheese and oil. Bobby makes his with just a few tablespoons of leaner walnuts and Pecorino Romano cheese, and then bulks the sauce up with broccoli florets — perfect for topping nutritious whole-wheat fettuccine.

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Sesame Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Homemade stir-fries are an easy, much-healthier dinner option than takeout. This fresh shrimp and asparagus recipe has great flavor thanks to sesame seeds and fresh grated ginger.

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Turkey Meatballs on a Bed of Leeks

Gabriele's simple turkey meatballs — made with shallots, parsley and Parmesan — become extraordinary when served over a bed of slow-cooked leeks and doused in the oniony sauce, made rich with turkey juices.

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Garden Vegetable Frittata

Kelsey’s vegetable frittata, filled with fresh seasonal veggies, stalks of green onions and a sprinkling of basil, brings the garden to your breakfast plate.

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Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth

Ellie gives mild halibut distinct Thai flavor with red curry paste, coconut milk and fresh lime juice.

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Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos

A fragrant chili powder, cinnamon, garlic and cayenne pepper rub-readies lean sirloin steak for grilling in this unbelievably tasty taco recipe. The limey avocado salsa — made lighter with crunchy cucumber — balances all that spice.

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Caprese Di Farro

Debi and Gabriele deliver an alternative to the simple classic tomato, mozzarella and basil salad from Capri. By adding farro and kalamata olives, they give the dish substance and salty flavor.

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Triple Chocolate Cookies

Triple the chocolate, one-third the calories? Ellie’s chocolate cookies with both dark and milk chocolate chips will help you get your cocoa fix for only 100 calories.

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Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

By stuffing sweet red peppers with lean ground beef and loads of veggies and topping the halves with a sprinkling of lean feta cheese, Ellie creates a meal that tastes indulgent but will only cost you about 200 calories.

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Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Ellie makes a few tablespoons of fragrant thyme and sage go a long way in this low-calorie, veggie-loaded soup.

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Healthy French Toast

This French toast is made with low-fat milk and egg whites, so even when it's topped with berries and syrup, it still has less than 400 calories per serving.

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Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf

Juicy pomegranate seeds, slivered almonds and scallions liven up Kelsey’s simple quinoa recipe, making it appropriate for entertaining or an everyday meal.

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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

By finishing the cooked chipotle-marinated chicken in a broth along with the onions, peppers and garlic, you'll ensure that your fajita chicken is super moist and infused with the flavors of the other ingredients.

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Spinach and Tortellini

Nutrient-rich spinach, peas, cherry tomatoes and portobello mushrooms bulk up this cheese tortellini dish.

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Lighter and Leaner Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

Low-fat mozzarella, Greek yogurt and whole-wheat bread help Bobby trim down Paula's Pimento Cheese Sandwiches without sacrificing any of the flavor.

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Morning Glory Muffins

Combine old-fashioned oats with cinnamon, molasses, dried plums and carrots (yes, carrots) for fiber-rich, surprisingly low-calorie muffins (165 each) that will surely make your morning glorious.

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Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

With brown sugar, old-fashioned oats and semisweet chocolate chips, these cookies have the same rich flavor and hearty texture you want, without all that butter you don't need.

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Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

Ellie enhances tomatoes' natural sweetness by roasting them in the oven with just a touch of olive oil. All her pasta dish then needs is some aromatic roasted garlic cloves.

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Lighter Shrimp and Polenta

To re-create Bobby Deen's healthy remake of mother Paula's Shrimp and Grits, sub out heavy cream for Greek yogurt, Canadian bacon for ham and polenta for grits.

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Chicken Breasts with Apple-Curry Sauce

Sauces can be silent diet-killers, packing sugar and calories, but not this apple-curry chutney. Pour it over chicken, steamed broccoli and wild rice for a hearty, balanced meal.

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BBQ Mango Tilapia

Hungry Girl transforms mild tilapia fish with a sweet-and-tangy tomato-based barbecue sauce and a chunky mango salsa.

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Pasta with Winter Squash and Tomatoes

Sweet, hearty butternut squash adds substance and nutrients to this pasta dish. Once the squash has been cooked, it becomes so soft it acts as the pasta’s sauce and eliminates the need for fatty cheese.

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Thai Fruit Salad

Bobby Deen skips the cream cheese and pecan topping in his makeover of Paula's Fruit Salad and opts instead for an exotic coconut, honey and Sriracha drizzle.

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Exploding Chicken Taquitos

Great as an appetizer or a light dinner recipe, these baked taquitos possess all the flavor of the favorite fried dish thanks to taco seasoning and fragrant salsa, but they are only 100 calories per wrap.

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Bal's Lentil Cookies

Every one of our recipe reviewers gave this cookie four or five stars, remarking on its great nutty flavor and healthy ingredients.

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Mushroom Spinach Thai Salad

By adding soy sauce, basil, sesame seeds and jalapeños to a bed of spinach — rather than a wok — you can enjoy some of your favorite Thai flavors in lighter form.

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Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese

This simple mac and cheese recipe calls for whole-wheat pasta and frozen broccoli, which makes it a healthier, faster version of everyone’s favorite comfort food dish.

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