Our 47 Healthiest Recipes of All Time

Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous
Photo: Alison Miksch

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.

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Peanut-Broccoli Stir-fry

Peanut-Broccoli Stir-fry
Jennifer Davick

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.

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Sweet Potato and Edamame Hash

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.

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Sesame Chicken Tacos

Sesame Chicken Tacos
Brian Woodcock

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.

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Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: 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.

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Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Cooking Light

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.

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Cornbread Crab Cakes

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.

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Healthy Turkey Lasagna

Lean Lasagna
Hector M Sanchez

Recipe: Healthy Turkey 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.

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Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits
Jennifer Davick

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.

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Turnip Greens Stew

Turnip Greens Stew

Recipe: Turnip Greens Stew

Get a healthy serving of greens and beans in this delicious and easy-to-prepare stew.

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Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks

Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks
Southern Living

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.

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Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Greg DuPree

Recipe: 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.

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Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale

Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous

Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous

A bright and sunny vinaigrette made with lemons, limes, and oranges gives this chicken salad sunny flavor.

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Spice-Rubbed Pork with Roasted Butternut Salad

Spice-Rubbed Pork with Roasted Butternut Salad
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss

Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Greg DuPree

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.

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Dixie Chicken Salad with Grapes, Honey, Almonds, and Broccoli

Breaded Chicken Salad with Grapes, Honey, Almonds, and Broccoli
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Soulful Chicken Soup

Soulful Chicken Soup
Iain Bagwell

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.

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Pork, Mango, and Tomato Salad

Pork, Mango, and Tomato Salad
Iain Bagwell

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.

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Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime

Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime

This richly spiced chicken chili is so flavorful you won't need to drown it in cheese, sour cream, and other fattening toppings. (Although a small dollop of our Lime Cream won't hurt.)

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Pork Tenderloin Wraps with Grilled Corn Salsa

Pork Tenderloin Wraps with Grilled Corn Salsa

Recipe: 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.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Serve this vegetable-packed chicken stew over whole-wheat pasta or farro for a serving of whole grains.

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Pan-Seared Trout with Italian-Style Salsa

Pan-Seared Trout with Italian-Style Salsa
Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: 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!

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Grilled Shrimp and Green Bean Salad

Grilled Shrimp and Green Bean Salad
Southern Living

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Green Bean Salad

Leave the bacon off this shrimp salad and you've got a complete, summery meal in a bowl.

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Squash Frittata

Squash Frittata
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad

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.

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Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs

Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs
JENNIFER DAVICK

Recipe: Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs

A pepper jelly marinade gives these simple chicken skewers sweet and spicy flavor without adding extra fat.

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Big-Batch Veggie Chili

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.

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Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
Alison Miksch

Recipe: 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.

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Turkey Tortellini Soup with Greens

Turkey Tortellini Soup with Greens
Greg DuPree

Recipe: 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.

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Southwest Chicken Tortillas

Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas

Use low-fat mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt in the spicy sauce to make this dish even lighter.

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Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers

Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Italian Turkey Meatloaf

Italian Turkey Meatloaf
Alison Miksch

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.

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Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa

Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa

This colorful, tangy salsa made with strawberries, radishes, and avocadoes, perks up plain chicken.

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Chicken Stir-Fry

Chicken Stir-Fry
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry

This recipe calls for a bag of frozen vegetables but you can substitute any fresh vegetables you'd like.

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Peach-Rhubarb Crisp

Peach-Rhubarb Crisp
SL Van Chaplin

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.

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Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding
Southern Living

Recipe: Banana Pudding

We kept the creamy, dreamy goodness of banana pudding while lowering the fat and calories.

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Beet-Poppy Seed Muffins

Beet-Poppy Seed Muffins
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Beet-Poppy Seed Muffins

These not-too-sweet muffins are a fun twist on the usual carrot or zucchini muffins.

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Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please. Especially when they are low in fat and rich in whole grains.

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Made with gluten-free sorghum and rice flours, this bread bakes up tender and moist.

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Festive Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint-Lime Simple Syrup

Festive Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint-Lime Simple Syrup
Alison Miksch

Recipe: 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.

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Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Jennifer R. Davick

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.

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Berry and Spice Whole Wheat Muffins

Berry and Spice Whole Wheat Muffins

Recipe: 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.

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Tomato-and-Fruit Salad

Tomato-and-Fruit Salad
Hector Sanchez

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.

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