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12 “Healthy Your Way” Contest-Winning Recipes

When it comes to creating healthy recipes that are fun and flavorful, these winning home cooks know their way around the kitchen.

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Grand Prize: Asiago Mashed CauliflowerTaste of Home

Grand Prize: Asiago Mashed Cauliflower

Asiago and fresh parsley help turn this mashed potato alternative into a flavorful side dish that won't leave you feeling guilty or completely stuffed. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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1st Place: Chicken & Falafel WafflesTaste of Home

1st Place: Chicken & Falafel Waffles

These gluten-free waffles made from garbanzo beans perfectly complement Moroccan-spiced chicken with cucumber relish. They're a savory, low-carb spin on a classic comfort dish. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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2nd Place: Zippy Turkey ZoodlesTaste of Home

2nd Place: Zippy Turkey Zoodles

Eating healthy doesn't mean sacrificing flavor—and these spiced-up zoodles prove it. If you don't have a spiralizer, simply slice the zucchini julienne-style. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

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3rd Place: Apple Cider Chicken Quinoa SkilletTaste of Home

3rd Place: Apple Cider Chicken Quinoa Skillet

Since I’m especially busy with three active teenagers, I don’t have much time to get dinner on the table in the evening. Instead, I rely on quick options, like this one-skillet dish that boasts essential proteins, veggies and good carbohydrates. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Runner Up: Apple-Cinnamon Quinoa PancakesTaste of Home

Runner Up: Apple-Cinnamon Quinoa Pancakes

My daughter and daughter-in-law got me hooked on quinoa. I dressed up a regular pancake recipe to create these delicious apple-cinnamon breakfast treats. The shredded apple remains slightly crunchy with the short cooking time, and it nicely complements the chewy texture of the quinoa. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Runner Up: Golden Butternut Squash SoupTaste of Home

Runner Up: Golden Butternut Squash Soup

I created this soup for my vegan relatives for Christmas Eve, but everyone ended up loving it, too! It's so creamy and delicious. —Susan Sabia, Windsor, California

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Runner Up: Chia Seed Protein BitesTaste of Home

Runner Up: Chia Seed Protein Bites

I keep these little bites on hand in my refrigerator and grab them for breakfast or a snack when I'm in a hurry. We have a lot of food allergies in our family and I like to keep healthy snacks around that everyone can eat. This recipe has no gluten, eggs, dairy or corn, so it's the perfect go-to treat in our house. —Tanja Miller, Peoria, Arizona

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Runner Up: Lentil Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Runner Up: Lentil Sloppy Joes

When I experimented with making more vegetarian-friendly recipes, this was one of my biggest hits—we still eat it weekly! My preschooler will always eat every bite of these tangy lentil joes. —Christina Rock, Covington, Washington

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Runner Up: Powered-Up Molasses CookiesTaste of Home

Runner Up: Powered-Up Molasses Cookies

These tender cookies are so soft and flavorful. You'd never guess they're also lower in fat! —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin

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Runner Up: Brain Food SmoothieTaste of Home

Runner Up: Brain Food Smoothie

My grandson refuses fruits and vegetables almost completely. After he and our son moved home, I tried everything to improve his diet. This smoothie was one of the only ways I could sneak him something nutritious, and he loves it! —Sandra Roberts, Dexter, Missouri

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Runner Up: Modern Tuna CasseroleTaste of Home

Runner Up: Modern Tuna Casserole

I loved tuna casserole as a kid and found myself craving it as an adult. However, the massive amounts of fat and salt in the traditional recipe were a turnoff healthwise, and it just didn't taste as good as I remembered. I reconfigured the recipe to include more vegetables and the result was delicious. —Rebecca Blanton, St. Helena, California

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Runner Up: Yogurt-Ricotta CheesecakeTaste of Home

Runner Up: Yogurt-Ricotta Cheesecake

I’ve always liked Italian ricotta cheesecakes, but they have too much sugar for me. I made a diabetic-friendly version, and my family could not even tell! Try this with strawberry ice cream topping (sugar-free!) and berries. —Diane Shipley, Mentor, Ohio

 

Originally Published in Taste of Home

Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who shares her passion for travel, food and the beauty of American landscapes. When she's not wielding her red pen, she can be found tending her flower gardens, remodeling her house, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry or dancing to "Uptown Funk."

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