9 Healthy French Recipes for Feel-Good Classics

French Bread Baguettes
Photo: Blaine Moats

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

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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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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Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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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Lemon Crepes

Maple, Apple, and Date Fruit Crisp

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

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

Weeknight Boeuf 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

Cocoa-Hazelnut Macaroons

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

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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French Bread

French Bread Baguettes
Blaine Moats

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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