Our 50 Most-Popular Healthy Recipes

Looking for a few good-for-you recipes to add to your weekly rotation? These are the ones Food Network fans love most.

January 11, 2022

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Tried and True Recipes

Healthy eating can mean a lot of different things. For some of us it’s as simple as putting a wholesome dinner on the table. For others it means incorporating more low-carb meals or plant-based dishes into our weekly routines. Whatever your approach, you’re going to need a few recipes to rely on — and nothing beats a roundup of ones that are already fan-favorites. There are lots of great eats in this collection of 50 but if you’re looking for a place to start, you can’t go wrong with a lightened-up take on a classic: chicken marsala. Smothered in sauteed mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, this dish is both healthy and satisfying. A little bit of butter goes a long way in the sauce — just a touch adds creamy richness.

Get the Recipe: Herbed Chicken Marsala

Lemony Yogurt Pound Cake

Heart-healthy olive oil and protein-rich Greek yogurt take the place of butter in this lemony pound cake. Egg whites also help reduce calories, fat and cholesterol.

Get the Recipe: Lemony Yogurt Pound Cake

Sloppy Joes

These meaty, cafeteria-style sloppy joes have all the flavor of the sandwich you grew up on, but they're extra-lean so you can feel good about making them for your family.

Get the Recipe: Sloppy Joes

Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

The star of this dish is the kale salad. It's crunchy, tangy and sweet!

Get the Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken with Broccoli

This chicken gets incredibly crunchy, thanks to a light coating of panko and Parmesan and a quick cook in the air fryer! Serve it with charred broccoli and a tangy yogurt sauce for a healthy and complete meal you can throw together any day of the week.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken with Broccoli

Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie

If you've got just 5 minutes, you've got time to blend up this nutrient-packed, 5-ingredient breakfast or snack.

Get the Recipe: Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie (and Smoothie Bowl)

Breakfast Casserole

Healthy cooking doesn't always mean using low-fat products. The full-fat Cheddar and Parmesan together are so satisfying in this easy-to-make casserole that a little goes a long way.

Get the Recipe: Breakfast Casserole

Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze

It takes less than 20 minutes to make Giada's succulent, 5-star Broiled Salmon. Make it for dinner one night, and use the leftovers to top greens or make into salmon salad later in the week.

Get the Recipe: Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze

Whole30 Bacon and Egg Cups

Everything you've ever craved from a diner breakfast is present in this Whole30-friendly recipe, which is easy to prepare for a crowd.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Bacon and Egg Cups

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

It's impossible to resist flavorful and tender pork shoulder after it's been slowly simmered in chicken broth and aromatic spices.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

Vegetable Noodle Soup

This soup is just as good for dinner as it is for lunch -- it's warming and comforting and perfect for a rainy day.

Get the Recipe: Vegetable Noodle Soup

Angel Food Cake

Alton adds orange extract to his angel food cake for a citrusy variation on this classically low-fat dessert.

Get the Recipe: Angel Food Cake

Blueberry Compote

You only need 4 ingredients to make this sweet fruit topping. Try it over steel-cut oats or whole-wheat pancakes.

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Chicken Saltimbocca

One bite and you'll see why Giada's Chicken Saltimbocca (made with tender chicken, leafy spinach, plus salty prosciutto and Parmesan) is a 5-star fan-favorite.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Saltimbocca

Lentil Chili

This hearty vegetarian chili is both nutritious and satisfying, thanks to the protein-packed navy beans and brown lentils. We added a generous dose of dried spices and other pantry staples to boost the flavor and make this dish accessible for any night of the week.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Lentil Chili

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Forget the chicken wings. Our healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce gives you all of the tangy Buffalo flavor without all the fat and calories.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Ellie's Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Roast a batch of Ellie's Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli on a Sunday, and you'll find new ways to add the veggies to dishes like salads, pastas and grain bowls all week long.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Ellie's Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Make a big batch of Ellie's comforting, veggie-packed soup and eat well all week long. It only takes 35 minutes to cook up, and clocks in at just 145 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving.

Get the Recipe: Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Mediterranean Baked Haddock

Haddock is a mild-tasting, flaky white fish similar to cod. Here it is baked to perfection atop a sweet cherry tomato sauce spiked with salty capers and olives. Pair it with some crusty bread to soak up the juices.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Mediterranean Baked Haddock

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

You won't find sticks of butter in this comfort food. Don't worry about flavor, though; these shrimp are plenty zesty from the lemon and garlic.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

Oil and Vinegar Slaw

This crunchy, tangy slaw is perfect for everything from topping turkey burgers to eating alongside seared salmon.

Get the Recipe: Oil and Vinegar Slaw

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, a "new" ingredient that has been around for thousands of years, is a tiny, high-protein grain from South America. It's nicknamed the "wonder grain" because it cooks more quickly than rice, is virtually foolproof, and is lighter and more nutritious than other grains.

Get the Recipe: Quinoa Salad

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Fresh garlic and ginger, spicy red pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds — there's so much to love about these simple (and delicious) chicken thighs.

Get the Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Ree's Shrimp Stir-Fry

Packed with color, flavor and lean protein, Ree's Shrimp Stir Fry is a fan favorite.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Stir-Fry

Vegetable and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

This dish looks particularly vibrant when you use a combination of sweet yellow, red and orange bell peppers. Pick the largest ones you can find, with the flattest, most stable bottoms so they remain standing once they're stuffed and baked in the tomato sauce. These peppers are delicious hot out of the oven or served Mediterranean-style at room temperature.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Vegetable and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Marinated Chicken Breasts

Our Marinated Chicken Breasts are just what chicken should be: juicy, tender and oh-so-versatile. Pair them with a green salad or steamed veggies for a healthy, complete meal.

Get the Recipe: Marinated Chicken Breasts

Breakfast Burrito

Ellie's whole-wheat breakfast burritos make for a hand-held, vegetable-packed way start to your day.

Get the Recipe: Breakfast Burrito

Chia Seed Pudding

Giada's creamy and sweet Chia Seed Pudding is a snap to put together. Plus, it's healthy enough to eat for a dessert, snack, or even breakfast.

Get the Recipe: Chia Seed Pudding

Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Who says you have to cut out cheese in order to eat healhy? This creamy, Cheddar-packed soup proves that good-for-you can be just as delicious.

Get the Recipe: Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

You can have fork-tender turkey meatballs that are golden yet moist, thanks to the air fryer! Pair with fun zoodles, your favorite jarred tomato sauce and an extra pinch of Parmesan for a delicious and wholesome meal.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are whole potatoes that have been cut into a fan shape, dotted with butter, then roasted. The result is a crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside spud.

Get the Recipe: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Ina's Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloins

Spend a couple minutes throwing together a citrusy, herbed marinade in a plastic bag, and then add pork tenderloins. Let the flavors meld for a few hours or overnight, roast them for just 15 minutes, and you'll see why Ina's lean and flavorful pork dish is a fan favorite.

Get the Recipe: Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloins

Rachael's Pasta e Fagioli

Rachael credits her grandpa for this warming low-fat recipe, a hearty mix of ditalini pasta, cannellini beans and veggies.

Get the Recipe: Pasta and Beans: Pasta e Fagioli

Beef Stir-Fry

"The best thing about a stir-fry is that you can substitute the vegetables you like most," Trisha says.

Get the Recipe: Beef Stir-Fry

Gazpacho

Alton's recipe for summer in a bowl uses vine-ripened tomatoes and cucumbers for a bright, clean taste studded with flavorings like balsamic vinegar and cumin.

Get the Recipe: Gazpacho

Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

Keep this recipe for garlicky, citrusy green beans in your back pocket. They go with almost anything, take just 17 minutes to make from start to finish, and clock in at only 122 calories per serving.

Get the Recipe: Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

Healthy Cauliflower Rice

Carb-conscious eaters everywhere have jumped on the cauliflower rice trend (and at about 1/4 of the carbohydrates of traditional rice, it's no wonder why). Once you see how easy it is to make this healthy side dish home, you'll never shell out for store-bought varieties ever again.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Cauliflower Rice

Oven "Fries"

Sate your cravings without all the fat and calories of traditional fries with Ellie's oven-baked version.

Get the Recipe: Oven "Fries"

Roman-Style Chicken

Giada's saucy, flavorful chicken is perfect for entertaining, since you can cook it ahead and simply heat it up when it's time to serve.

Get the Recipe: Roman-Style Chicken

Salmon Baked in Foil

Baking the salmon in foil allows it to fully soak up the lemon juice and flavor of the herbs without the need for added fats.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Baked in Foil

Garden Vegetable Soup

Tomatoes, greens beans, leeks, carrots, corn, and potatoes...they all go into the pot to make Alton's Garden Vegetable Soup. Each serving has just 255 calories.

Get the Recipe: Garden Vegetable Soup

American Macaroni Salad

Pile this crowd-pleaser into a bright bowl and watch it disappear; it's classic cookout fare at its finest. This version uses less mayo than traditional recipes, but it has all the creaminess you crave.

Get the Recipe: American Macaroni Salad

Garlic Sauteed Spinach

If you've got 10 minutes, you've got time to cook up Ina's classic lemony Sauteed Spinach.

Get the Recipe: Garlic Sauteed Spinach

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Marinate the chicken while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and this quick-cooking takeout classic is ready in under 30 minutes — that's faster than delivery, with less sodium and fat to boot.

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Lentil Soup

Alton's nourishing 5-star soup is packed with lentil and vegetables. Plus, it clocks in at 372 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving.

Get the Recipe: Lentil Soup

Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

A rub made with 6 spices and seasonings you probably already have in your pantry is the key to Ellie's tender pork dish.

Get the Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

Frozen Fruit Smoothies

Keep some fruit in the freezer, and chances are you'll always have on hand the ingredients you need to make this nourishing and highly-adaptable smoothie.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Fruit Smoothies

Roasted Carrots

Carrots, olive oil, dill, salt and pepper: that's all you need to make Ina's fan-favorite Roasted Carrots.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Carrots

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ina's tender, crispy sprouts are simply roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper for a classic side that you just can't beat. One reviewer said it even won the kids over: "My kids have always hated Brussels sprouts, until I cooked this recipe. They loved it!"

Get the Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven-Baked Salmon

Keep this recipe in your back pocket for nights it seems you don't have time to cook dinner. It takes just 20 minutes from start to finish.

Get the Recipe: Oven-Baked Salmon