Our Best Healthy No-Cook, No-Bake Recipes

Need something to eat but don't want to cook? No problem--here are 26 heart-healthy, no-oven-required recipes that range from appetizers to desserts.


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Shrimp Pinwheels
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Shrimp Pinwheels

    These festive roll-ups get their flavor from the tasty combination of avocado, horseradish, shrimp, and smoked almonds

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Chicken Salad Sandwich

    With pre-cooked chicken from your local deli, this tasty chicken salad can be whipped up in a flash.

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Herbed Cheese Mini Peppers

    When miniature sweet peppers aren't available, spoon some of this herb-flavored cheese filling onto cut pieces of regular-size sweet peppers.

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Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salsa Sandwich

    Homemade tomato salsa makes this healthful version of the BLT a cut above the rest. To make this a no-cook meal, use pre-cooked, microwavable turkey bacon.

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Avocado Soup

    This elegant first-course soup made with two ripe avocados is sublime. Blend the ingredients until they're almost but not quite smooth, with a bit of texture remaining from the onion and carrot.

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Cool Antipasto Kabobs

    Choose from a variety of fresh vegetables and reduced-fat cheeses for these colorful kabobs.

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Artichoke Spread

    This sophisticated spread also tastes terrific on thin slices of toasted French bread. At just 29 calories per serving, you'll love it as a guilt-free snack.

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Vegetable Spring Rolls

    Rice paper wraps up a mixture of zesty Daikon radishes, jalapeņo peppers, carrots, and cucumbers in this no-cook dish. You can find Daikon radishes in the Asian produce section of your supermarket or a local Asian food store

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Shrimp-Avocado Nachos

    The delicate flavors of shrimp and avocado pair wonderfully with a mild salsa. Add chips and you've got a recipe everyone can agree on.

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All-Wrapped-Up Salad

    Using whole grain tortillas helps boost the fiber in this fresh-tasting sandwich wrap.

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Sesame Chicken Salad

    Naturally sweetened orange juice and mild rice vinegar combine with nutty sesame oil to make a flavorful dressing for this salad. Pre-cooked chicken is available at your grocer's deli; toasted sesame oil is available in any Asian market.

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Benito Bean Dip

    Skip baking your own tortilla chips. An easy way to serve this as a bake-free appetizer is to buy whole grain tortilla chips.

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Macadamia Turkey Salad on Cucumber Slices

    Opt for an English cucumber for this yummy appetizer. Although it's slightly more expensive than regular cucumbers, it has fewer seeds, and the slices will be easier to pick up when they're topped with the turkey salad.

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Cranberry-Raspberry Spinach Salad

    You won't find a salad like this one anywhere. It brings together the yummy combination of heart-boosting fruits, such as raspberries and cranberries, with the important plant sterols found in spinach! It's the perfect side dish for a chicken dinner.

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Chipotle Coleslaw

    Chipotle peppers are simply smoked jalapeņo peppers. This recipe calls for ground chipotle chili pepper, which gives the fresh-veggie coleslaw a spicy kick.

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Cilantro Three-Bean Salad

    Forget old-fashioned three-bean salad-try this snazzy version that features garbanzo beans, small white beans, and baby limas fired up with jalapeņo peppers. Seasoned with cilantro and a low-carb dressing, it will jazz up any dinner.

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Pineapple Salsa

    If you're looking to add flair to your fiesta table, hollow out a mini pineapple or the bottom half of a regular pineapple for a fun, festive serving dish, then fill it with our tangy salsa.

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White Bean and Pine Nut Dip

    Similar to hummus, this easy dip trims fat and calories by blending white beans with just a dab of sour cream rather than using all sour cream or cheese like many other dips.

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Pear-Walnut Salad

    Fresh, sweet, crisp pears are tossed with walnuts for a delicious salad that is high in fiber and antioxidants.

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Curry Dip and Veggies

    Serve this easy no-cook appetizer for nibbling while you prepare your main dish.

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Black Bean Slaw with Soy Ginger Dressing

    Enjoy the exciting combination of black beans, a green apple, a red sweet pepper, and a tangy sauce made from ginger, honey, and other zesty ingredients.

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Five-Tomato Salad

    Tomatoes' sweet flavor is nicely complemented by a spicy herb vinaigrette. Take note that a light sprinkling of feta cheese adds a flavorful tang but also an extra gram of fat per serving.

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Heart-Smart Breakfast Parfait

    Including five fruits a day in your heart-healthy meal plan is easy when you jump-start your morning with this scrumptious, fat-trimmed berry or peach parfait.

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No-Bake Berry Cheesecake

    Craving a no-bake dessert? Try this creamy fruit-filled dessert that's way lighter on calories than standard cheesecake. It has all the wonderful flavor of cheesecake but with far less fat-and it's a lot easier to make!

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Sorbet Melon Parfaits

    To eliminate the need to buy three different whole melons, look for cut-up melon balls or cubes in the produce section of your grocery store. Or use 2 cups of a single melon variety.

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Chocolate Ricotta Mousse

    You won't believe how delicious a no-fat chocolate dessert can be. This mousse is so easy, you can whip it up at a moment's notice. Because you're using ricotta cheese, the mousse takes on a slightly grainy texture.

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