We’ve done several Italian-inspired recipe compilations on the blog before, but usually they are all about pasta or pizza. If that’s what you’re after, you can check out this pizza blog, this pasta blog, and this spaghetti blog. This blog is all about healthy Italian recipes that are NOT pizza or pasta. I felt we needed a blog like this to highlight some of the amazing recipes we have in this genre without being overrun by pizza and pasta dishes.
These 10 healthy Italian recipes are not even all of the recipes we have in our database that fit this description. These are just the current favorites as I’m writing this blog. You can check out all of the Italian recipes (including pizza and pasta recipes) in our recipe search section under “cuisines” and then “Italian”. Just click “Recipes” in the main menu on the site or here is a direct link.
Disclaimer: If you’re a technical person (like me), you may already be incensed that I included “Pizza Waffles” and “Pizza Grilled Cheese” in this compilation when it clearly says “no pizza”. I totally understand your frustration, which is why I feel the need to put this disclaimer. I didn’t feel that those two recipes violated the blog title because they are not very close to traditional pizza. They are more “pizza-inspired”. Are we ok?
What makes them "Healthy Italian Recipes"?
- Whole, Fresh, Real Foods: These recipes just use real food. Most of the ingredients are things that don’t even have a nutrition facts label at the store (things like chicken, vegetables, whole grains and fruits) because they are just whole foods.
- No Added Sugar: The ingredients called for in these recipes have no added sugar. You won’t find ingredients that typically have cane sugar, maltodextrin, dextrose, or artificial sweeteners.
- No Other Red Tier Ingredients: We never use red tier ingredients in our recipes. That is, we never use ingredients listed on our red tier which lists the foods that we do not eat on a daily basis.
These recipes are free of refined grains, refined sugars, and preservatives and are made from REAL FOOD!