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16 Simple Southern Style Recipes

By: Jeanette Benoit, Editor,

We all know there's nothing quite like a hearty meal of classic country cooking. Unfortunately, southern cooking doesn't always fall under the category of healthy cooking. Lucky for you, we've found a handful of healthy versions of your favorite southern style recipes. We've gathered some of the best quick and easy southern recipes that the whole family is sure to love. If you're craving country cooking but want to stay on track with your diet, be sure to take a look at these 16 Simple Southern Style Recipes. From southern fried chicken recipes to recipes for southern desserts, we've got your healthy country-inspired cooking covered. Try these southern recipes tonight for a budget-friendly and heatlhy dinner!

16 Simple Southern Style Recipes Table of Contents

Appetizers and Side Dishes


Drinks and Desserts


Appetizers and Side Dishes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

These dishes are the best compliments to your southern dinners. From baked beans to sweet potatoes, there is a healthy country-inspired appetizer for everyone's taste buds!

Blooming Onion with Creamy Light Dip: A healthy version of Outback Steakhouse's most popular appetizer.

Baked White Beans with Bacon: Because bacon makes everything better.

Amazing Cracker Barrel Style Green Beans: You'll love this healthy, homemade version of Cracker Barrel's green beans.

Sweet Carrot and Apple Bake: A sweet side dish that's perfect for fall.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes: High in nutritional value and made with low fat cheese for a tasty side dish.

Blueberry Surprise Potato Salad: Blueberries add the perfect healthy touch to this delicious potato salad.


Hoppin JohnThese hearty and healthy southern recipes taste delicious and will leave you feeling satisfied and guilt-free. From fried chicken recipes to macaroni and cheese, we've highlighted some of our favorite heatlhy country recipes that the whole family will enjoy.

Healthy Oven Fried Chicken: Baked instead of fried with the perfect mixture of seasoning.

Spicy Oven Fried Chicken: Spice things up with this healthy version of fried chicken.

Three Bean Stew: A healthy and hearty stew full of protein.

Hoppin John: This vegetarian dish is a Southern variation of traditional rice and beans.

Super Chili Corn Bread: A sweet and spicy accompaniment to your favorite bowl of chili.

Cheesy Baked Macaroni: Made with whole wheat pasta and reduced fat cheese for a lighter version of classic Southern baked macaroni and cheese.

Drinks and Desserts

Whole Grain Bread Pudding with Caramelized Bananas There's always room for dessert, especially when they're as healthy and delicious as these! Satisfy your sweet tooth with our favorite tasty southern dessert recipes.

Bread Pudding with Pears: Classic bread pudding with a little extra sweetness

Whole Grain Bread Pudding with Caramelized Bananas: Bananas and whole wheat make this the perfect healthy Southern dessert.

Guilt-Free Pecan Pie: A healthy version of pecan pie that's ready in under an hour.

Southern Style Sweet Tea:Quench your thirst with this homemade sweet tea.

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I can't wait to try the Sweet Carrot & Apple Bake......those are 2 of my all-time favorite foods. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world! Jan


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