Our 50 Healthiest Recipes of All Time
Yes, you can eat healthy and have plenty of fun too. Choose from dozens of quick and easy dinner recipes and don’t forget dessert—we have plenty of healthy options for sweets as well.
Recipe: Peanut-Broccoli Stir-fry
Tofu and brown rice make this quick stir-fry healthy; peanut butter, lime juice, and a dash of soy sauce make it full of flavor.
Sweet Potato and Edamame Hash
Recipe: Sweet Potato and Edamame Hash
Here’s a healthy new spin on a classic Southern breakfast. Enjoy this protein-packed hash on its own or add a poached egg.
Sesame Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Sesame Chicken Tacos
Tender chicken thighs are tossed in a spicy-sweet mixture of honey, chile paste, sesame oil, and garlic then folded into soft tortillas for a delicious dinner that’s still low in calories.
Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon
This might not sound like healthy dinner, but trust us on this one. Made with low-fat milk, sharp Cheddar, and a hint of turmeric (to enhance the orange color), it’s a lightened-up indulgence.
Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Recipes: Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
We swapped out some of the mayonnaise in this salad for fat-free Greek yogurt. Dried cherries, walnuts, green onions, and celery make the one of our favorite chicken salads.
Cornbread Crab Cakes
Recipe: Cornbread Crab Cakes
Enjoy a guilt-free serving of these hearty crab cakes with a rich dollop of cilantro-jalapeño sour cream. Add fresh greens to your plate for extra goodness.
Recipe: Lean Lasagna
This crowd-pleasing lasagna doesn’t taste lightened up even though it is made with ground turkey, low-fat dairy, and packed with vegetables.
Shrimp and Grits
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits
Parmesan cheese gives these creamy grits loads of flavor without the added fat and calories of butter and cream. The shrimp are cooked simply with chicken stock, olive oil, and two cups of healthy spinach.
Turnip Greens Stew
Recipe: Turnip Greens Stew
Get a healthy serving of greens and beans in this delicious and easy-to-prepare stew.
Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks
Recipe: Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks
These drumsticks are coated in crushed cornflakes and Parmesan cheese and then baked in the oven for a satisfying crunch without deep-frying.
Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
A shredded rotisserie chicken, canned beans, and steam-in-bag snow peas make this healthy and filling salad come together quickly on a busy weeknight.
Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale
Recipe: Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale
Here’s a healthy way to enjoy steak for dinner. This warm salad of sliced beef, kale, and sautéed onions is a tasty low-carb option.
Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous
A bright and sunny vinaigrette made with lemons, limes, and oranges gives this chicken salad sunny flavor.
Spice-Rubbed Pork with Roasted Butternut Salad
Use any store-bought spice rub on this grilled pork that you like, but be sure to pair it with this tangy-sweet fall salad.
Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Wait until summer to make this salad, then buy the best tomatoes you can find. This simple chicken salad is a delicious and easy way to show them off.
Dixie Chicken Salad with Grapes, Honey, Almonds, and Broccoli
Each bite of this salad is a delicious mix of flavors and textures from crispy oven-fried chicken, to juicy grapes, to crunchy broccoli florets and almonds.
Soulful Chicken Soup
Recipe: Soulful Chicken Soup
Made with the usual chicken noodle soup suspects—chicken, carrots, onion, and celery—plus leeks and celery root, this soup is a bowl of comforting goodness.
Pork, Mango, and Tomato Salad
Recipe: Pork, Mango, and Tomato Salad
Grilled pork tenderloin is paired with chopped mango, tomatoes, cucumber, and romaine lettuce in this colorful and delicious salad.
Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Recipe: Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Made with canned tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and a small amount of cream, this is a robust take on tomato soup.
Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
Pork Tenderloin Wraps with Grilled Corn Salsa
Grilled corn and pork are a great combo on their own, and especially when sprinkled with cilantro and wrapped in warm flour tortillas.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Serve this vegetable-packed chicken stew over whole-wheat pasta or farro for a serving of whole grains.
Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Lean ground turkey replaces the usual ground beef in this richly spiced, veggie-rich chili.
Pan-Seared Trout with Italian-Style Salsa
This delicious Mediterranean-inspired fish dinner only requires a short list of ingredients and less than 20 minutes to take—and it’s good for you too!
Grilled Shrimp and Green Bean Salad
Leave the bacon off this shrimp salad and you’ve got a complete, summery meal in a bowl.
Recipe: Squash Frittata
Eggs make a filling—and protein packed—dinner when you’re short on time. This tasty frittata is also filled with potatoes and zucchini.
Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Recipe: Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Is it a salad or pasta? Either way, you’ll love this light and fresh recipe made with tender green beans, peppery arugula, and bright lemon zest.
Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta, and Dried Cherries
This flavorful whole grain salad makes a filling side dish or a light but satisfying meatless main.
Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad
Recipe: Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad
When it’s prime time at the farmers’ market, make this simple pasta brimming with fresh herbs, colorful vegetables, and shredded smoked chicken.
Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Enjoy a delicious and complete meal in a single bowl with this hearty mix of smoky grilled chicken thighs and vegetables and whole grain farro topped off with a tangy dressing.
Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs
Recipe: Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs
A pepper jelly marinade gives these simple chicken skewers sweet and spicy flavor without adding extra fat.
Big-Batch Veggie Chili
Recipe: Big-Batch Veggie Chili
Packed with vegetables and two kinds of beans, this meatless chili serves 12 to 15 people. It’s great for a crowd, but it also freezes well.
Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
This comforting, wholesome chicken dinner cooks on a single sheet pan with just a little bit of olive oil and fresh herbs.
Turkey Tortellini Soup with Greens
If you don’t have homemade stock, use sodium-free stock in this comforting soup to keep the salt low.
Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Use low-fat mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt in the spicy sauce to make this dish even lighter.
Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers
Recipe: Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers
Made with lean ground turkey, these burgers are served on tostada shells, but you can also use whole wheat buns.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa
Quinoa is a smart addition to this simple-to-prepare turkey chili. You probably won’t notice this tiny whole grain, but it is packed with nutrients.
Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice
Cooking the chicken, rice, and vegetables on a single sheet pan saves on clean up time and brings all three components together into one richly flavored dish.
Italian Turkey Meatloaf
Recipe: Italian Turkey Meatloaf
This old-fashioned comfort food gets a modern makeover with lean ground turkey and mushrooms, which make the meatloaf more savory and tender.
Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa
This colorful, tangy salsa made with strawberries, radishes, and avocadoes, perks up plain chicken.
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry
This recipe calls for a bag of frozen vegetables but you can substitute any fresh vegetables you’d like.
Recipe: Peach-Rhubarb Crisp
This homey dessert is made with frozen fruit, whole grain oats, and much less butter than traditional crisp recipes. Top with low-fat ice cream or Greek yogurt.
Recipe: Banana Pudding
We kept the creamy, dreamy goodness of banana pudding while lowering the fat and calories.
Beet-Poppy Seed Muffins
Recipe: Beet-Poppy Seed Muffins
These not-too-sweet muffins are a fun twist on the usual carrot or zucchini muffins.
Recipe: Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please. Especially when they are low in fat and rich in whole grains.
Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Recipe: Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Made with gluten-free sorghum and rice flours, this bread bakes up tender and moist.
Festive Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint-Lime Simple Syrup
Fruit for dessert doesn’t have to be boring. This colorful fruit salad is dressed up with a mojito-inspired syrup.
Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Cheesecake isn’t usually considered a light dessert, but our test kitchen experts managed to cut back the fat and calories without sacrificing flavor or creamy texture.
Berry and Spice Whole Wheat Muffins
Packed with fruit and nuts and flavored with warm spices, these muffins make a great on-the-go breakfast.
Recipe: Tomato-and-Fruit Salad
This sweet-meets-savory side dish tastes as good as it looks. We love the colorful combination of fruit in the recipe, but you can mix and match any of the ingredients to make your own custom salad.