Ellie Krieger's Best Healthy Recipes

Ellie Krieger makes cooking healthy food quick, easy and of course, delicious.

Photo By: Tara Donne

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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.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Parmesan

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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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.

Get the Recipe: Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Lettuce Cups with Tofu and Beef

Though lettuce wraps may seem like a healthy menu option, the fillings are often made with high-calorie, high-sodium sauces. Ellie uses a moderate amount of sweet hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce and powerful chili-garlic paste that flavors her lettuce cups, and saves calories by mixing lean ground beef with tofu.

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Three Bean and Beef Chili

If you're looking for chili that's as light as it is delicious, you can "go for two" with this recipe. Loaded with vegetables and lean ground meat, Ellie Krieger's chili is equally hearty and healthy.

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Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers

A quick marinade of lemon juice, cumin and coriander lends moisture and bright flavor to Ellie's chicken skewers. Use a grill pan with a quick spritz of cooking spray to get smoky, char-grilled flavor and beautiful grill marks.

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Jewel Roasted Vegetables

Roast beets, carrots and Brussels sprouts form a rainbow-colored vegetable dish that's as enticing as the stuffing, cranberry sauce and other bread-based sides.

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Sloppy Joes

These meaty, cafeteria-style sandwiches have all the flavor of the ones from your school days, so you won't realize they're leaner.

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Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Ellie Krieger knows that ruby red grapefruit have a lot to offer: They are sweet and sour, they offer 75 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C intake and their bright pink color looks beautiful on any plate. Here, they provide pleasant sweetness to the flexible fish.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Penne With 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.

Get the Recipe: Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

Mom's Turkey Meatloaf

Quick-cooking oats add fiber, protein and great texture to this leaner turkey meatloaf without the carb count of breadcrumbs.

Get the Recipe: Mom's Turkey Meatloaf

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.

Get the Recipe: Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Macaroni With Four Cheeses

Ellie Krieger includes pureed winter squash in her mac 'n' cheese recipe to lighten up the indulgent dish, add nutrients and fiber and lend it bright orange photo-ready color.

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Green Beans with Mushroom and Shallots

Assorted mushrooms and shallots make the perfect accompaniment for fresh, snappy green beans.

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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.

Get the Recipe: Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth

Pasta Puttanesca

Ellie melts powerful anchovy paste into her puttanesca sauce to deepen the flavor and adds crushed red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca

Balsamic Strawberries With Ricotta Cream

Balsamic syrup adds a rich, savory note to a bowl of berries, best complemented by a super-sweet ricotta, honey and vanilla cream.

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Cracked Pepper Potato Chips with Onion Dip

Potato chips are the epitome of crave-worthy snacks — but they also happen to be one of the most caloric. Make Ellie Krieger's, however, and you can enjoy crispy, pepper-speckled potatoes with a fraction of the fat.

Get the Recipe: Cracked Pepper Potato Chips with Onion Dip

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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Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Ellie Krieger re-creates a favorite childhood snack by topping low-sugar, part whole-grain cupcakes with a rich chocolatey layer and just a squiggle of cream cheese icing.

Get the Recipe: Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Breakfast Burrito

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

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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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Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Most artichoke dips can be a killer when it comes to calories, but not Ellie Krieger's version. With reduced-fat sour cream, part-skim mozzarella and light cream cheese, she slims down the classic dish so you can indulge.

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Lobster Roll

This lightened-up lobster sandwich has all the flavor of the classic shore food without the guilt.

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Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast might sound nutritionally irresponsible, but these hearty breakfast cookies are made with whole-wheat flour, rolled oats and bran cereal, so they're actually a quick and wholesome option for those on-the-go mornings.

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Wheat Berry Salad

Tender cooked wheat berries form the base for a salad filled with nuts, herbs and fried fruits. Fresh lemony vinaigrette balances out all the sweetness, making this salad perfect for pairing with meaty mains or as a meal unto itself.

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Apple Muffins

At only 200 calories a muffin, Ellie's apple, pecan and cinnamon muffins are a less sinful but sweet start to your morning.

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Five Layer Mexican Dip

By scaling back on each layer and subbing out caloric refried beans for a homemade chipotle-lime black bean dip, Ellie Krieger proves that Mexican doesn't have to mean unhealthy.

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Not sure what to toss into your cookies? Ellie opts for everything but the kitchen sink (that is: dried cherries and apricots, toasted walnuts, cinnamon for spice and chunks of dark chocolate). At 200 calories a pop, these ingredient-packed sweets are a low-calorie, but decadent treat.

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Ellie's simple lean ground turkey patties gain extra flavor from a mozzarella cheese stuffing and tangy roasted red peppers.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Turkey Burgers