Healthy cooking doesn't mean that you have to become a gourmet chef or invest in expensive cookware. You can use basic cooking techniques to prepare food in healthy ways.

There are four main categories of recipes to choose from. Please visit the following links to find out more about the main types of recipes and methods of healthy cooking: Low Fat, Low Calorie, Low Carb, Vegetarian

Below is a collection of Healthy Recipes. *Unless specified, these recipes should not be considered low-calorie and proper portion-control should always be used.

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Low Fat Chili Con Carne Ingredients: 1 lb extra lean ground beef 1 fresh chili 1 medium onion 1 clove garlic 1 splash Tabasco sauce 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 tin kidney beans Directions: Cook meat and onions with a splash of oil in large pan with tomato sauce, garlic, chili and Tabasco. Add more of the latter if you want more zing. When...

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Low Fat Lasagna Ingredients: 3 tbl. A-1 steak sauce 1 jar Healthy Choice (32 oz) spaghetti sauce 8 oz. uncooked lasagna noodles 2 cups (16 oz) fat-free ricotta or cottage cheese 2 cups (8 oz) low-fat mozzarella cheese or Cheddar Cheese 1 cup (4 oz) low-fat parmesan cheese 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 - 10 oz. pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and well-drained,...

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 Ingredients: 1 lb Cooked spinach, (fresh or frozen) 1 lb Ricotta Cheese, part skim milk 1/4 cup Fresh parsley, chopped 3 Egg Whites 3/4 All-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups Water 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated 2 cups Marinara sauce Olive Oil    Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 160 C. Cook or thaw spinach and squeeze dry. Season with a little salt and pepper; set aside. 2....

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Merlot-Poached Figs Ingredients: 1 cup merlot wine 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup dried black mission figs, halved lengthwise 1/4 cup dried cherries 1 cinnamon stick 1 1/3 cups fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt Directions: Whisk the merlot, honey, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan until combined. Add the figs, cherries, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer,...

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Miso-Glazed Eggplant Ingredients: 1 tablespoon white or yellow miso 1 teaspoon soy sauce 2 medium Asian eggplants (long, thin eggplants), about 4 ounces Vegetable oil Directions: Position an oven rack in the upper part of the oven and preheat the broiler. Line a pan with foil. Whisk the miso and soy sauce together in a small bowl. Trim the eggplant stems and...

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Mixed Berry Salad Ingredients: This salad combines high fiber fruits with a little yogurt. Other high fiber fruits that could be used are apples, pears, blackberries, cherries, peaches, plums, and grapes. 2 tablespoons low-fat fruit yogurt Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon) 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, torn 1 cup cubed cantaloupe 4 medium strawberries, stemmed and quartered 1/4 cup...

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Molasses Bran Cookies Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 cup 100 percent bran cereal 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 cup light margarine, at room temperature 1 egg, at room temperature 1/3 cup molasses 1/4 cup sugar Directions: In a small bowl, combine flour, cereal, and baking soda; set aside. Beat brown sugar and margarine until creamy. Add egg and molasses; beat until smooth....

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New Orleans Gumbo Ingredients: 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 bay leaf 3 low-fat Italian turkey sausages (about 10 ounces), casings removed 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice 1 cup canned low-salt chicken broth or vegetable broth 2 teaspoons Creole or Cajun seasoning 8 uncooked large shrimp, peeled,...

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Ingredients: 6 Garlic cloves, (large) 6 tbsp Ice Water 4 tsp Sweet Hungarian paprika 1 tsp Hot Hungarian paprika 3/4 tsp Coarse salt 1/2 tsp Black Pepper 1/2 tsp Ground allspice 1 1/4 lb Ground pork 1/2 cup Sauerkraut, chopped, drained    Preparation: With processor running, drop garlic through feed tube and mince. Add next 7 ingredients and process until thick paste forms. Add pork and combine,...

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Yield: Ingredients: 1 pk Unflavored Gelatin 1/4 cup Cold Water 1/2 cup Skim milk 2 pk Low-cal vanilla shake mix 1 tsp Vanilla 6 Ice cubes 2 Medium peaches, peel, chopped 1/2 cup Coconut   Preparation: In a saucepan, sprinklegelatin over water and let stand for 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. In blender, mix milk, shake mix, vanilla and gelatin mixture...

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Peach Blintzes Ingredients: 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese, at room temperature 3 ounces light cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 4 fat-free 8-inch flour tortillas 1 peach, peeled, pitted, and sliced Directions: Sauce: 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 peaches, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced Beat cottage cheese, cream cheese, and vanilla until well blended. Heat a...

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Pork Tenderloin Ingredients: 2 1-pound pork tenderloins, fat trimmed off 1/4 cup apple juice 2/3 cup applesauce 1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon finely crushed fennel seed 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions: Using a sharp knife, cut a lengthwise slit down the center of each tenderloin, almost to the bottom, to form a pocket. Place in a nonmetal baking dish. Pour apple...

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 Ingredients: 2 1/2 lb Assorted Chicken Pieces 1/2 cup Onion, chopped 2 Thin lemon slices 1 Bay Leaf, (small) 1 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Pepper 2 1/2 cups Water DUMPLINGS 1 cup Flour, sifted 1 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Salt 1 tbsp Onion, chopped 1/8 tsp Nutmeg 2 Egg Yolks, beaten 1/2 cup Half-and-half cream    Preparation: In a kettle with a tight fitting lid, place the chicken, onion, lemon, bay...

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 Ingredients: 1 pk Raspberry jello 1 pt Frozen raspberries, thawed & drained -- reserve juice 1 Angel food cake, (large) Fat-free or Low-fat Vanilla Yogurt    Preparation: Dissolve the jello in 1 cup hot water, add juice from raspberries. Cool until it starts to gel. Refrigerate and when stiff enough, fold in raspbherries. Fill center of cake with raspberry mixture. Store in...

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Roasted Cauliflower Ingredients: 1/2 medium cauliflower (about 1/2 pound), leaves removed 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Cut the cauliflower through the core into 6 wedges. Lay cauliflower wedges on a baking sheet. Lightly brush both sides of the wedges with oil and season with salt and pepper to...

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 Ingredients: 1 Onion, finely chopped 1 clove Garlic, chopped 2 tbsp Olive oil 2 Tomatoes 1/2 tsp Oregano dash Salt, pepper 1/2 tsp Sugar 1 Canned chipotle, to taste    Preparation: Tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped. Canned chipotle to taste, chopped. Saute onion and garlic until tender but not brown. Add the rest and cook gently 15 minutes. ...

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 Ingredients: 1 each Lemon 12 oz Spaghetti, dry 1 lb Scallops 1/4 cup Butter, or Margarine 1/4 cup Olive oil 3 large Red bell pepper, seeded and sliced 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1/4 tsp Red pepper, flakes, crushed 3/4 cup Chicken broth 1/4 cup Lemon Juice 3/4 cup Parsley, chopped Salt and pepper    Preparation: Using a zester, cut peel (colored part only) from lemon in fine shreds (or use...

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 Ingredients: 1/2 cup Low-fat Margarine 1/2 cup Flour 1 1/2 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Pepper 3 cups Skim Milk 3 cups Lean Cooked ham, cubed 1 large Green pepper 1 large Onion 1/2 cup Light Cheddar cheese, shredded 5 cups Potatoes, pared, sliced    Preparation: Melt margarine in large saucepan over Low heat. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Add milk. Cook until thick. Fold...

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Sesame Snow Peas Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups snow peas, about 6 ounces, strings removed 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds Directions: Toss the snow peas with soy sauce and sesame oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover tightly. Microwave at full power until crisp-tender, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a serving...

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Ingredients: 2 cups Noodles, (uncooked) 1 1/2 tsp Salt 1 lb Extra Lean ground beef 1/2 cup Finely chopped onion 6 oz Tomato Paste 3/4 cup Water 1/2 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Pepper 1/2 tsp Garlic salt 3/4 cup Skim Milk 8 oz Light Cream Cheese 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated 1/2 cup Green Pepper, chopped  Preparation: 1. In a deep, 2-quart, heat-resistant, non-metallic casserole place noodles, the 3/4 cup of...

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