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10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011

By: Matthew Kaplan, Editor, FaveHealthyRecipes.com

2011 has been quite the whirlwind year for us! To honor everything that's happened over the past 12 months, here are 10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011 as chosen by readers. From healthy recipes for dinner to low calorie recipes for dessert, this healthy cooking list covers the very best of what we have to offer. These ten healthy diet recipes are proven winners, and all are bound to be a hit in your home too. Enjoy them all!

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Slow Cooked Detox Soup - 10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011
Slow Cooked Detox Soup

Submitted By: Adele of Vegie Head

This healthy eating recipe was the surprise smash hit of 2011, quickly proving to be one of the most popular recipes on the site. The best part about this recipe is how effectively it combines ease, health and taste in one convenient cooking idea. You can barely call this a healthy cooking idea only because it is so incredibly simple to make. The slow cooker is the domain of heavy meat-based recipes no longer.

 

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No Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies - 10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011
No Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

Submitted By: Anne Colagioia

2011 was the year of healthy dessert recipes, as many of the most beloved ideas of the year were for sweets. One look at this cookies recipe in particular though, and you can easily see why it shone over others. Not only does this require no baking at all, but this recipe has only five ingredients and is fit for a gluten free diet. Plus, when one of the few ingredients is Nutella, you know you're in for a real treat.

 

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Tomato and Garlic Bread Soup - 10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011
Tomato and Garlic Bread Soup

Submitted By: Roman Meal

Tomato soup and garlic bread are two classic recipes that so many of us grew up eating. When you combine them, you get one of the tastiest healthy easy recipes on this list. The heartiness of the Roman Meal is what makes this soup more than just another starter and into one of the best healthy cooking ideas for a soup.

 

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Spicy Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Tortilla Soup
Spicy Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Tortilla Soup

Submitted By: Jackie of Jackie's Kitchen

This is the second soup and the second slow cooker dish on this healthy diet recipes list. This dish definitely deserves a place on this list for no other reason than its ability to perfectly balance health considerations with bold flavors. It is almost guaranteed that you have never had a tortilla soup quite like this healthy eating dish.

 

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Crunchy Parmesan Chicken - 10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011
Crunchy Parmesan Chicken

Submitted By: DeLallo Foods

Of all the healthy recipes for dinner on this list, this is quite possibly the easiest one to make. When a complete dinner only calls for three ingredients, you know that you're not going to be spending hours in the kitchen making dinner. If you need more simple low calorie recipes to feed many people, then check out this recipe.

 

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Festive Lasagna Roll-Ups with Salsa Rosa Sauce - 10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011
Festive Lasagna Roll-Ups with Salsa Rosa Sauce

Submitted By: Dreamfields Pasta

The best part about this healthy cooking idea is that it has you using lasagna noodles in a totally unexpected way. Dreamfields noodles help to keep you full off of less food, and the sauce elevates the flavor here to new heights. Try out this recipe to add some needed diversity to your suppers.

 

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Oven Fried Chicken Parmesan - 10 of the Best Healthy Easy Recipes of 2011
Oven Fried Chicken Parmesan

Submitted By: Anne Colagioia

Chicken Parmesan is a delicious staple dish found in many Italian food restaurants. This recipe is so unique because it shows you how to get a golden crust on the chicken without frying it. The crust is made using Bisquick, meaning you probably have all of the ingredients to make this recipe on hand in your kitchen right now.

 

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Lemon Chicken with Dill Orzo and Chickpeas
Lemon Chicken with Dill Orzo and Chickpeas

Submitted By: DeLallo Foods

For a completly satisfying meal, this healthy cooking dish is awfully hard to beat. Chicken and pasta is a classic combination for healthy recipes for dinner, and the chickpeas contribute taste and texture to the mix. This is one of the best low calorie recipes for those looking to add more protein to their diets.

 

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Chicken Lo Mein
Chicken Lo Mein

Submitted By: Anne Colagioia

Certain dishes are always associated with takeout, and this is one of them. By making this recipe instead of ordering in, you end up consuming far less fat and sodium. Fear not though, as this healthy cooking recipe expertly perfects that takeout flavor that you've grown to love, just with far better statistics.

 

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Spaghetti with Wild Mushroom Sauce
Spaghetti with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Submitted By: Dreamfields Pasta

Since pasta cooks up in no time at all, it is the savior for the time-strapped home cook. This healthy eating dish was so popular in part because it avoids some of the pitfalls of typical pasta dishes. It uses low carb noodles to make it healthier, and it uses wild mushrooms to make it interesting. If you are looking for a uniquely healthy pasta dinner, then this is one of the best healthy diet recipes for you.

 

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