Healthy French Recipes

Indulgent French recipes can be yours, even if you want to eat healthy. From fruit-filled crepes to beef Bourguignon, these healthy recipes are full of French cooking techniques and ingredients, and they still fit your healthy diet.

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    Slow Cooker Coq au Vin

    Our twist on coq au vin lets you put everything in the slow cooker for an easy but authentic French recipe. The medley of chicken, mushrooms, and carrots is naturally healthy, and spooned over fluffy mashed potatoes, it's utterly delicious comfort food.

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    Duchess Potatoes

    Golden, buttery, and totally gorgeous, duchess potatoes are the perfect starter for your French meal. Though they might look intimidating, all you need to form these frilled potatoes is a pastry bag with a star tip. 

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    Steak au Poivre

    Steak au poivre's trademark is a bold black pepper rub that’s not for the faint of heart. Temper the heat and add richness with a creamy Dijon-and-brandy sauce for a healthy steak dinner.

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    Classic Roasted Chicken

    Make dinner a la Julia Child with our timeless roasted chicken recipe. A simple stuffing of onion and garlic gives the chicken light, savory flavor, while fresh herbs dress up the roasted vegetables.

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    Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

    A traditional four-ingredient genoise cake forms the base for these fluffy madeleine cookies. Even with a dollop of buttercream frosting, this fun French dessert is only 119 calories per serving.

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    Walnut-Sage Potatoes au Gratin

    Layers of Gruyere, thinly sliced potatoes, and a sage-walnut sauce give this au gratin recipe a rich flavor that’s way better than the boxed stuff. Using milk instead of cream or cheese in the sauce keeps it light.   

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    Sweet Onion Soup with Porcini Mushrooms

    French onion soup gets a sweet spin with a spoonful of brown sugar. Combined with tangy onions and salty pancetta, the hint of sugar creates a balanced blend of flavors that makes a perfect low-calorie side or lunch.  

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    Lemon Crepes

    Berries tossed in honey and mascarpone give these lemon-zested crepes a fresh spin. And if you think crepes are only for those skinny Parisians, think again. Our healthy recipe is low-sodium, low-fat, and only 139 calories!

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    Poulet Frites

    Poulet frites is a classic French recipe that stars simply seasoned, fall-off-the-bone chicken and mixed potato fries. The homemade, thyme-infused fries are baked instead of fried for a deliciously guilt-free side.

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    Weeknight Beef Bourguignon

    Don't let the name intimidate you: Our beef Bourguignon recipe is simple, and ready in under an hour. Rich sirloin and veggies simmer in a red wine and herb sauce for authentic French flavor and a deliciously easy dinner.

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    Cocoa-Hazelnut Macarons

    We love French desserts, especially when they're as cute as these chocolaty macarons. Creamy hazelnut filling sandwiched between cocoa-infused meringue cookies makes an indulgent cookie that's perfect for a party or gift.

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    French Chicken Stew

    This rustic, healthy recipe takes some French essentials, such as fresh vegetables, white wine, and herbs de Provence, and tosses them into the slow cooker for a low-calorie but power-packed dinner that's easy to pack for lunch, too.

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    Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Crepes

    Paper-thin crepes fold around flaky smoked salmon and dill-laced greens in this dinner-worthy French recipe. For a dose of creaminess, drizzle on our delectable, light goat cheese sauce.

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    Mixed-Bean Cassoulet

    Straight from the south of France, hearty cassoulet is a slow-cooked bean dish that’s as healthy as it is delicious. Beans and fresh vegetables ensure plenty of nutrients and protein, while pureed garlic, herbs, and a buttery crumb topping give this dish its rich reputation.

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    Ratatouille with Parmesan Toast

    A hearty ratatouille recipe is equal parts comfort food and classic French cooking. The saucy blend of tomato, beans, and veggies gets a fresh bite from snipped basil. Don’t forget to dip -- we love crusty French bread topped with melted Parmesan.

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    French Bread

    Making French bread is easier than you think, and the freshly baked flavor is totally worth it. Our recipe makes two loaves, so you can have one tonight and freeze one for later.

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