From savory sides to sweet desserts, from spicy main courses to simple snacks, this collection of healthy recipes includes dishes as unique and flavorful as the culinary professionals who crafted them.
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by Dr. Jessica B. Harris
This simple, fresh recipe for Brazilian Greens is the perfect complement to any healthy meal. Serve them as is, or kick up the flavor by topping them with your favorite hot sauce.
The flavors in this recipe, from the slightly tart Granny Smith apples to the sweet, spicy chili mixture, meld together to create the perfect dinner-party dish.
Blackened Tilapia and Strawberry Kiwi Salsa
by Tia Berry
The mild flavor of tilapia provides the perfect base for a flavorful spice mixture of cumin, garlic, chili and paprika. Topped with salsa made from tangy kiwi, sweet strawberry, crisp cucumber and fresh cilantro, this is a healthy, must-try meal.
by Toni Tipton-Martin
Dessert lovers, rejoice: this frosted walnut brownie provides a guilt-free indulgence. Toni Tipton-Martin’s recipe reflects her desire to satisfy an insatiable sweet tooth while watching her weight, her passion for light cooking, and her dedication to the stories and recipes of ancestors.
Curried Shrimp with Pearl Couscous and Vegetables
by Matthew Raiford
Curry, paprika, garlic and coconut milk combine with shrimp, couscous and vegetables for an exotic taste that is both healthy and flavorful.
Mexican Chopped Salad with Yogurt Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
by Rodney K. Taylor
Greek yogurt and cilantro combine for a refreshingly flavorful dressing that perfectly complements a salad of fresh chopped vegetables. It’s the ultimate summer side dish.
Chicken Creole with Shrimp
by Leah Chase
Healthy food tastes better. That’s what chef Leah Chase proves with this authentic Creole dish, which combines fiber-filled okra, lean chicken and antioxidant-rich shrimp.
JR’s Fisherman Soup
by James “Chef JR” Robinson
Warm up with James Robinson’s savory version of fisherman soup, a hearty stew of shrimp, clams, mussels, lobster and crab.
“No Bahn Mi”: Shiro Miso Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Vegetables
by Elle Simone Scott
With this creation, Elle Simone Scott plays on the Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich. Bahn Mi means “bread” in Vietnamese, but Scott’s twist on the classic dish uses lettuce instead, while keeping the meat and pickled vegetables – hence the name, “No Bahn Mi.”
BBQ Jackfruit Sloppy Joe Sandwich with Apple Slaw
by Haile Thomas
This healthy take on the Sloppy Joe sandwich replaces meat with jackfruit for a unique yet satisfying comfort meal.
Texas Caviar on Grilled Rustic Bread
by Bryant Terry
One of the many creative ways Southerners use black-eyed peas is by combining them with tomato, bell pepper and onion and tossing it all with a tangy vinaigrette to create Texas caviar. Bryant Terry spoons his onto thick slices of rustic bread for a party-perfect appetizer.
Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa
by Kashia Cave
Fresh herbs, greens, fruit and even edible flowers make this a creative, colorful dish that is packed with healthy ingredients and easy to prepare.
Chipotle Cocoa Rub Chicken with Mango Chutney
by Maxcel Hardy III
Chipotle and sugar combine to give this chicken recipe a sweet kick. Add in honey and cocoa powder, top with a flavorful mango chutney, and you have a dish that’s unexpectedly delicious.