Healthy Cooking Methods & Styles

Explore methods for healthy cooking including grilling, baking, one-pot meals and crockpot recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
Sure, the slow cooker's great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve with: Garlic bread and a green salad.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 153
In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
Roasting isn't usually the first cooking method you think of for cauliflower but the results are quite delicious. The florets are cut into thick slices and tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and herbs. Wherever the flat surfaces come into contact with the hot roasting pan, a deep browning occurs that results in a sweet, nutty flavor.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Use-All-the-Broccoli Stir-Fry

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Spiralized broccoli stems transform into tender noodles in this lo mein-inspired vegetarian recipe. Serve on top of brown rice or buckwheat soba noodles.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
For a fast weeknight pasta dinner, why not cook your sauce and pasta all at once? By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta--no colanders here--the starch that cooks off into your pasta water, which you usually drain away, stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

German Potato Pancakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Using starchy potatoes is essential for making German potato pancakes. Russet, Idaho and Yukon Gold potatoes all work. There is no flour in these potato pancakes so they're gluten-free. The natural starch from the potatoes binds the mixture together. The potato pancakes should be served straight from the pan or oven (you can skip the oven part if you don't mind standing at the stove while everyone else is eating).
Nadia Hassani
By Nadia Hassani

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 35
This creamy rotisserie chicken soup has a delicious chicken pot pie feel to it. We call for rotisserie chicken to streamline your prep time--look for a nice big one with lots of breast meat on it. Pair this comforting and easy soup recipe with a green salad, or, if you're really hungry, a grilled cheese sandwich.

Twice-Baked Potatoes Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
This twice-baked potatoes casserole has all the classic fixings in a creamy, smooth casserole. Leaving the potato skins on adds texture, while the bacon adds a little crunch. This crowd-pleasing casserole can be prepped ahead of time, making it perfect for your next big gathering.
Jasmine Smith
By Jasmine Smith

Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cabbage

Rating: 5 stars 1
Cabbage gets transformed in the oven with garlic, Parmesan and olive oil in this simple vegetable side. This irresistible side dish would make a welcome addition to any meal—try serving it alongside chicken or steak.
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By Wendy Lopez

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

Rating: 4 stars 23
Whether you scored wild mushrooms at the farmers' market, found cultivated maitake or shiitake at the supermarket or just have some baby bellas on hand, this healthy creamy chicken recipe is delicious with any of them. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Lemon-Blueberry Poke Cake

This lemon-blueberry poke cake is tender and light. Holes are poked into the cake after baking to let the tangy-sweet glaze seep in.
By Carolyn Casner

Baked Bean Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This tangy, quick and easy baked bean casserole is a great alternative to the sugary canned beans you see on grocery store shelves. These beans are well balanced and can feature your favorite barbecue sauce.
Julia Levy
By Julia Levy
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Inspiration and Ideas

Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Drumsticks
This sticky honey-orange slow-cooker chicken recipe is a great alternative to traditional barbecue and can be made right in your crock pot for an easy potluck recipe.
5 Tips for How to Cook Grilled Vegetable
Move over, meat: it’s time to grill some vegetables. Use these tips to cook delicious grilled vegetables.
One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Broccoli
Rating: 5 stars 5

Shrimp cooks quickly in this easy, one-pot recipe, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Serve over whole grains or rice.