Free Healthy Recipes

Many of the following recipes are from the cookbook Recipes to Remember: Heart Healthy Can Be Delicious. Try them today and enjoy in good health!

Feta Stuffed Strawberries

The great combination of sweet strawberries and salty cheese will appeal to both your sweet and salty taste buds. The added protein of the cheese will help tide you over until your next meal! Stuffing the strawberries with feta cheese makes an easy snack to take on the go. You can also create a salad by mixing sliced strawberries and cubes of feta cheese over romaine lettuce and drizzling with a little balsamic vinegar.

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Banana Chocolate “Ice Cream” Pops

These bananas are dipped in a little bit of chocolate and then frozen on a Popsicle stick. They are great for when you feel a craving for ice cream because they end up with that wonderful creamy texture but without all the calories!

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Braised Chicken Breasts with Chickpeas, Portabella Mushrooms and Rosemary

This recipe offers a flavorful meal that is perfect for a weekend dinner. The delicious combination of onions, garlic and rosemary makes these chicken breasts anything but bland. This chicken dish is also full of hearty, healthy ingredients like Portabella mushrooms and chickpeas so that no side dish is needed!

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Chickpea Vegetable Patties

These Chickpea and vegetable Patties are wonderful as a vegetarian side dish to brighten up a meal, or great on their own as a main course. They are fun to eat wrapped in a piece of lettuce or whole wheat bun with some vegetables. They freeze beautifully, so I will sometimes cook up a large batch and then freeze them in packs of two. On a day where I will be out for a few hours, I can just grab two from the freezer in the morning, and eat them for lunch or as a “midday pick me up snack” once they have defrosted.

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Savory Oatmeal with Mushrooms, Shallots and Rosemary

Oatmeal is generally thought of as a sweeter dish but savory oatmeal is a twist on the classic sugar and cinnamon breakfast dish. This savory oatmeal is great as an afternoon snack as it really keeps your hunger at bay between lunch and dinner when the “munchies” kicks in. It reminds me a little bit of a creamy risotto in texture, yet it is much easier and quicker to make!

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Creamy Baked Oatmeal with Apples and Dates

This oatmeal is a little bit of a change from the typical oatmeal that is made over the stove. As opposed to a more porridge-like consistency, baked oatmeal is more similar to a bread pudding. It is great as a breakfast or even a filling snack. It can be prepared the night before and put in the refrigerator overnight. Then in the morning, all you need to do is re-heat in the oven or microwave and you have a hot fresh breakfast!

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Hearty Quinoa Vegetable Soup

There is nothing like sitting down to a bowl of steaming hot soup after coming inside from the biting winter cold and stinging rain. When the soup is hearty, chock full of vegetables, and topped off with a nourishing grain like quinoa, it cures all the winter woes! This soup also freezes beautifully, so feel free to double it and stock up your freezer!

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Roasted Pepper and Edamame Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is so simple to prepare and with a few additional ingredients, you can impress your family or guests with a nutritious salad that can be used as a side dish or even an appetizer. It is pleasing to the eyes and mouth as it is both colorful and tasty with a mixture of textures. Roasted peppers add a lot of flavor to the salad as roasting brings out the sweetness of the peppers. The edamame add an extra dimension to the salad in both their flavor, crunch and nutrient content.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin is a favorite throughout the fall season and these muffins are a perfect way to enjoy it the healthy way. This recipe combines the harvest flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg into a warm, tasty treat that your whole family will love!

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Creamy Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

The colder weather is coming and what better way than to warm yourself up than with a piping hot bowl of tomato and garlic soup. This recipe is especially tasty due to first roasting the tomatoes and garlic. Enjoy.

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Roasted Tomato, Mushroom and Halloumi Cheese Salad

One of my favorite food combinations of all time, is tomatoes and cheese, be it raw like in a Caprese salad, or in the cooked forms of such as pizza and lasagna. For salads, I love to cook with a low fat Halloumi cheese. It is great because of its unique ability to maintain its shape and form even in high temperatures. This gives it the best of both worlds; it has the great taste of melted cheese, yet it looks elegant on top of a salad or even on a skewer! This salad can be a beautiful appetizer for entertaining that does not require lots of effort, or just an enjoyable meal for the family. I actually skewered the tomatoes, mushrooms, and halloumi cheese and laid them over a bed of lettuce for a more elegant display, but you can also just mix them in with lettuce and serve it like a regular salad. ~ Charna Sheinfeld, Nutrition Intern

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Cauliflower Pizza

When I first heard of the concept of substituting flour for various types of produce for a pizza crust, I was skeptical at best. How could a healthy vegetable achieve that chew and crispy texture that we have all grown up to love? Well, after some research and lots of experimenting, I was pleasantly surprised. The key to a great crust is squeezing out all the moisture in the vegetable, which in this case is cauliflower. You will be surprised how delicious this low calorie slice of pizza tastes!

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Cauliflower Parsnip Puree with Fresh Pea and Feta Garnish

This dish is a wonderful substitute for those comfort food mashed potatoes that we all crave. The parsnips contribute to the fluffy consistency and add a hint of sweetness to the dish. The Greek yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream and lends a creamy tanginess to the puree. The Pea and feta cheese garnish is optional but it definitely adds a fun sweet and salty dimension.

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Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette

Asparagus has never tasted so good! The mustard vinaigrette is a tasty addition to this nutrient packed vegetable…your family will be begging for more.

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Marinated Beef Skewers

Why not try something different this Passover other than a brisket? Marinated Beef Skewers’ is a great recipe that will not skimp out on flavors! Best of all, they are quick and easy to make!

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Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple dessert that we all love to enjoy around the holidays. Pumpkins are a type of squash whose nutrients are often masked by tons of heavy cream and sugar. This pumpkin pie recipe allows you to satisfy that fall time craving guilt-free!

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Crunchy Blueberry Granola Bars

Pack one of these bars with your sandwich for lunch or enjoy one as a post workout snack. This recipe is simple to make and your children will love them also. Oats provide fiber to help keep you full. Here’s a hint…they are even tastier and crunchier the day after!

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Banana Bread

There is nothing better than a warm, homemade loaf of banana bread. This recipe uses some of my favorite healthy substitutes to reduce fat and calories without sacrificing the moistness of the bread, and the delicious banana flavor we all love!

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Tofu Veggie Burgers

Your family will never miss the meat in these tofu Veggie Burgers. Packed with flavor, they also contain a serving of vegetables in each burger! Who could ask for more between two buns!

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Hearty Vegetable Chili

Feel like a bit of spice for dinner tonight? This hearty vegetable chili is full of fiber, nutrients, and best of all its delicious! Enjoy with a side of brown rice and a fresh green salad for dinner. I know you will be satisfied.

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