Healthy Birthday Recipes

Find healthy, delicious birthday recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Rating: 4 stars
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This no-bake cherry cheesecake is an easy summertime treat. This no-bake cheesecake recipe has omega-3-rich walnuts in the graham cracker crust and uses nonfat Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese in the filling to keep saturated fat in check. If you want a bright red topping, use sour cherries. Sweet cherries give it a more purple hue. To make gluten-free no-bake cherry cheesecake, use gluten-free graham crackers.

Chocolate-Fudge Pudding Cake

Rating: 4.67 stars
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When you have a craving for a comforting dessert, try this pudding cake, which forms its own rich-tasting sauce as it bakes. The coffee flavor is subtle, but it adds complex depth to the cake's flavor.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Fruit Bars

Rating: 4.25 stars
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Strawberry and rhubarb are a classic combination--try them in these easy-to-make fruit bars.

Cornmeal-Yogurt-Lemon Cake

Rating: 5 stars
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Topped with fresh raspberries and lemon zest, this cake is a beautiful dessert you'll be proud to serve at special meals.

Shrimp Ceviche

Rating: 4.66 stars
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Traditional ceviche recipes consists of raw seafood tossed with an acidic marinade (think: citrus juice or vinegar) that “cooks” the fish. In this shrimp ceviche recipe, we cook the shrimp before marinating it in lemon, lime and orange juices, plus chiles for some heat. Avocado adds creaminess to help the dish come together. Serve this shrimp ceviche with tostones (fried plantain chips) or tortilla chips. Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Rating: 5 stars
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This pretty pink cocktail would be perfect for a bridal shower luncheon. Any leftover pureed juice is refreshing on its own.

Peach Custard Pie

Rating: 4.83 stars
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We use low-fat milk along with nonfat Greek yogurt in the creamy custard for this peach pie. The yogurt gives the custard a smooth texture without using cream or too many egg yolks. A slice is just as delicious served warm from the oven as it is chilled. For an added treat, serve topped with fresh blueberries.

Cherry Sorbet

Try this cherry sorbet recipe with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or some more chopped cherries on top.

Dried-Fruit Bars

Rating: 5 stars
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Make a batch of these easy homemade dried-fruit bars to tuck into your kid's lunchbox all week.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.02 stars
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Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad.

Black Bean Quesadillas

Rating: 4.64 stars
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In a hurry? These satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make. We like them with black beans, but pinto beans work well too. If you like a little heat, be sure to use pepper Jack cheese in the filling. Serve with: A little sour cream and a mixed green salad.

Parmesan-Squash Cakes

Rating: 5 stars
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In this recipe we shred summer squash and use it like shredded potatoes to make tasty little pancakes flavored with Parmesan cheese and shallots.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Berry Chantilly Cake

Making a beautiful cake doesn't have to be difficult. See how to make a healthy layer cake recipe for a show-stopping dessert.

Chocolate Souffle

Soufflés may look like a restaurant-only dessert, but they are easy to make. Whip them up after dinner and enjoy while they're warm from the oven.

Almond-&-Lemon-Crusted Fish with Spinach

Rating: 4 stars
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Coating fish with nuts and baking it is an easy, foolproof way to cook it elegantly. And it is especially nice with a mild white fish like cod or halibut. The spinach turns a little yellowy because it's cooked with the acidic lemon juice, but what you lose in green color is more than made up for in great flavor.