Healthy Cooking Recipes: No Cookbook Required

Searching online for a recipe for a healthy dinner can be overwhelming. A Google search for a healthy chicken dinner can bring up thousands of options. Finding a few go-to sites can save you time and money. Many online resources can help you make healthy and economical meals for you and your family. Here are just a few:

  • Eating Well magazine has a great advanced search capability that allows you to check any dietary needs you have (low calorie, low sodium, diabetes appropriate), along with main ingredient, type of dish, ease of preparation, and others. The main site gives you choices for 20 minute recipes, healthy desserts, and heart smart dinner recipes. Their 500 calorie dinner menu includes healthy recipes like Seared Chicken with Apricot Sauce and Lemon Chicken Stir Fry. Each recipe includes a user rating, prep time, and nutritional information. Eating Well suggests other recipes you might like based on your selection.
  • Spark Recipes has a wealth of resources for the healthy home cook. It’s easy to browse recipes by dietary needs (such as low carb, gluten free, and vegetarian), cuisine (Italian, Mexican, and  Indian), course, occasion, and the time it takes to make. The recipe search results include nutritional information and user rating, which allows you to make more informed decisions before you click through. Spark Recipes also includes a recipe calculator, in which you input ingredients to find nutrition values per serving.
  • Cooking Light offers many of these same options. Cooking Light also offers video tutorials on how to cook healthy meals. You can find videos on everything from roasting to marinating. This site includes many articles about eating right, finding organic foods, and saving money at the grocery store. Their 5-ingredient cookbook includes 98 healthy recipes for meals that you can make with fresh ingredients and pantry staples.

Many of these websites promote a healthy living book or magazine, but their recipe sections are free to use and do not require a login.  If you’d like a more personal healthy recipe guide, look to the blogs.

Browsing through the blogosphere can lead to more diet-specific ideas.

  • The Gluten-Free Goddess, Karina Allrich, shares a wealth of information about gluten-free living, including a gluten-free diet cheat sheet. Scrolling down the sidebar brings up a list of foods to search and a list of the most popular recipes on her site. Gluten-free living doesn’t mean giving up bread forever, as evidenced by the many recipes for breads, wraps, and cookies. Every recipe comes with a story; Karina shares her story of going back to the South Beach Diet in her recipe for Quinoa Salad with Lime and Mint.

Finding healthy recipes doesn’t have to mean spending hours clicking away on a computer. By bookmarking a few sites that work for you, you can save time and still serve up a healthy meal.

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  • This is great, we could all save a lot on Dr's and medical bills if we would all do this. I know we all say we don't have time to do all of these things but if we just take time to do a little planning and shopping , we can do it.
    We will save that time by not going to Dr and the the pharmacy.
    I am not knocking Dr's or pharmacist, because there are somethings we can't help and we need them and Thank God for them.

  • I'm so glad to see this article. Usually, I am overwhelmed by all the things I am supposed to eat for health. This is a concise, managble list of foods to eat.

  • Great information about raw foods. Ezekiel breads and english muffins are made with sprouted grains, they are readily available now. Keep it in the fridge, it spoils fast!

  • Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this also – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get anything done… Regards

  • If it's a product that has only pure and natural ingredients, then I won't mind trying it out, just like the organic anti wrinkle cream that I love. Otherwise, then it won't even be worth a second look, let alone test it on my sensitive skin.

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