Our recipes for healthy food bring together healthy eating recipes for a wide variety of tastes and dietary needs. Use these easy healthy recipes to whip up a quick breakfast to fortify you for your day, or impress your friends at an elegant dinner party.
Healthy eating does not have to involve complicated recipes or hard-to-find ingredients. Most of our recipes for healthy food use items already in your pantry, or are at least easy to find at your local farmers' market or grocery store. And the preparation time for most recipes is 20 minutes or less, which is great for people who feel they don't have time to cook healthy food.
Most people think that healthy cooking has to involve eliminating as much fat as possible from recipes. In fact, you will likely eat less and feel more satisfied if you cook with moderate amounts of good, healthy fats. Our recipes will not advise you to remove the skin from the chicken or substitute cooking spray for butter.
Your cookware is almost as important as what you put in it. Never cook with aluminum cookware, as it will leach into your food and can cause heavy metal poisoning. It's a good idea to invest in some healthy cookware, such as high-quality stainless steel or enameled cast iron cookware. Plain cast iron that you "season" yourself is good too, though you should avoid cooking anything acidic in them, such as vinegar, wine or lemon, as it can create an "off" taste in your food. Cast iron cookware cooks your food evenly and the only thing it will leach is a little iron.
These free recipes for healthy food will show you how to cook healthy
meals at home and give you some useful cooking tips, saving you money
and making a positive difference in your health.
Cheap Healthy Recipes
Eating healthy on a budget is important in today's economy, and it is easy to do with these inexpensive recipes for healthy food. Foods such as beans, rice and pulses are inexpensive and easy to cook, providing a lot of nutrients for little money. They can be a hearty meal in themselves, or a significant side dish, allowing you to stretch your food money further.
Healthy Appetizer Recipes
Whether you make them for entertaining or just for a nutritious snack between meals, these healthy appetizer recipes will keep you from munching on prepackaged snacks that are loaded with unhealthy trans fats, sugar and sodium.
Healthy Fast Recipes
Everyone is pressed for time these days, but if you want to keep eating healthy it's important to cook your own food as often as possible. If you're in a hurry you can use one of these quick easy recipes for healthy food for a tasty meal in 20 minutes or less.
Healthy Breakfast Recipes
Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the best things you can do for your health. Try to stay away from refined sugar as much as possible. Most breakfast cereals contain far too much sugar to be considered a healthy choice. Better to choose eggs, fruit, dairy and whole grains, which will provide you with steady energy to last throughout the morning.
Healthy Chicken Recipes
Chicken may be one of the most versatile meats there is. It adapts well to a lot of different cooking methods, and is complemented by a wide variety of ingredients. Roasting and broiling are among the healthiest methods of cooking chicken, however, braising and stir frying also work well and are great for a quick chicken meal. Grilled chicken is also relatively quick and easy, and if you learn some healthy grilling methods (such as not charring the meat), it can be a pleasant change from working over a stove, especially in summer, when being in a hot kitchen is not very pleasant!
Healthy Chili Recipes
Chili is a great dish to make in large quantities because it freezes well. Make up a big batch on the weekend and save it in smaller containers, which allows you to have a quick and healthy dinner during the week when you don't have much time to cook. And the flavors actually have a chance to combine and mellow if not eaten immediately. It can be made either with or without meat, and is another meal great for those who are interested in eating healthy on a budget.
Healthy Fish Recipes
If you have avoided cooking fish because you are not sure what to do with it (which is how I felt for years), try some of our easy recipes for fish. Fresh fish makes for a very quick meal, generally cooking in only 5 to 10 minutes. Studies have found that eating on to two servings a week of omega-3-rich fish reduces the risk of coronary death by 36% and total mortality by 17%. Because omega 3 fatty acids have been found to be so beneficial to cardiovascular health, our healthy fish recipes can be used as part of a heart-healthy diet.
Healthy Low Calorie Recipes
With beach season approaching most of us would like to slim down a bit, and these low calorie recipes for healthy food will help you to do just that! Though they may be low-calorie, they are delicious and satisfying enough to keep you from feeling the need to snack between meals.
Low Glycemic Recipes
Low glycemic diets are popular because they help keep your blood sugar at an even level. Many people feel sleepy after eating or have sudden energy crashes that are caused by high glycemic foods. But if you are afraid a low glycemic diet will mean enduring boring, tasteless meals, then think again....Our recipes for healthy food use low glycemic index foods in a way that allows you to eat healthy but still be a hedonist!
Healthy Muffin Recipes
Nothing like a warm muffin right out of the oven to bring back childhood memories. They are remarkably simple to make, and with some healthy fruits added to the batter, they are good for you too! Bake up a pan of them and take one each day for a snack at work so you can avoid the ever-tempting candy machine.
Healthy Pancake Recipes
A simple mixture of flour, egg, milk and baking powder, pancakes have always been a special breakfast treat. While many people would not consider pancakes as being categorized under recipes for healthy food, using whole wheat flour and adding fruit makes them healthier than what comes out of a cereal box. Served with a little butter and fresh maple syrup, it's a breakfast that will keep you going until lunchtime!
Healthy Quiche Recipes
Quiche is making a comeback! Made fun of in the '80s for being a food for "girly men", it is now seen for the savory and nutritious meal it is. It is high in protein and vitamins from the eggs and vegetables added, and makes a great lunch or light dinner. For those looking to reduce calories it's possible to make it without a crust.
Healthy Soup Recipes
There's nothing quite like a hot bowl of hearty soup on a cold, wet day. Soup is a meal that's generally easy to make. You just throw a bunch of ingredients in a big pot, add liquid, and leave it to simmer for an hour or two. Soups can be made from a wide variety of ingredients and help to stretch the family budget a little further.
Healthy Vegetarian Recipes
Of all the recipes for healthy food, vegetarian ones may be the healthiest. Eating more vegetables has been shown to be good for our bodies and for the planet too! And good quality, fresh organic fruits and vegetables are packed with flavor so you feel satisfied after a meal. Try to buy fruits and vegetables as local as you can so you get the most nutrients and freshest produce.
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