Healthy Recipes for the New Year!
The start of each new year often comes with a desire to eat cleaner, healthier, feel good food. While we’re not in favor of promoting restrictive diets or trends, we like the idea of whole ingredients and nutrient-dense meals that keep you eating balanced. You know, with a chocolate chip cookie thrown in there somewhere…
We’ve included our go-to gluten-free, dairy-free soup (it is thickkkk and creamy, don’t you worry!), our favorite roasted vegetable salad, and some of our most loved, feel good chicken recipes. There’s such a great variety that we’re certain these will keep your dinner rotation fresh and exciting all month long!
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to try our whole wheat morning glory muffins or our carrot cake loaf, both perfect for breakfast, dessert, or even a mid-afternoon snack. They’ve got veggies, so they must be good for you, right?!
If you have been searching for healthy recipes for the New Year, be sure to check out these fan favorites below!
Creamy Cauliflower and White Bean Soup
This is the absolute best cauliflower soup you’ll ever make! It’s filled with sautéed onions, fennel, garlic, white beans, and creamy coconut milk. Add browned Italian sausage for a rich, spicy flavor or simply stir in additional white beans to leave vegetarian. So thick, so creamy, and healthy too!
Also check out: Garlic Spinach and White Beans
Roasted Vegetable Salad
Roasted vegetable salad of potatoes, brussels sprouts, and crisp haricots verts come together to form the perfect vegan and Whole30 salad! Serve with a homemade shallot dressing that goes well on everything!
Also check out: Strawberry Chicken Salad With Spinach
Green Shakshuka with Feta
Green shakshuka with feta is a twist on the Middle Eastern classic! It’s a healthy, easy breakfast, loaded with Swiss chard, spinach, fresh herbs and spices that cooks on the stove top, then finishes with gently poached eggs in the oven. It is so completely soul satisfying that you will make this again and again, any time of day!
Also check out: Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Quiche
Warm Lentil Salad
This warm lentil salad with dijon vinaigrette is a healthy, nutritious, and filling meal that is both cozy and warm. French green lentils cook in a rice cooker, giving them a perfectly creamy texture with the slightest bite. The warm lentils are tossed with an easy dijon and balsamic vinaigrette. Add bacon, capers, and fresh herbs, then serve warm. You’ve never enjoyed a lentil salad like this before!
Also check out: Charred Radicchio Salad
My preferred method for cooking lentils is in a rice cooker!
Chicken Provencal looks and tastes fancy, but is quick to prep and simple to make. Roast chicken quarters seasoned with Herbs de Provence over a bed of shallots, garlic, and green olives. The sauce is made from combining Vermouth (or wine) with creamy artichoke spread. Serve with Provencal vegetables (ratatouille or tian would be great!) and crusty baguette.
Also check out: Rosemary Roasted Chicken With Grapes And Shallots
Skillet Chicken with White Beans and Kale
When you’re looking for a simple weeknight chicken recipe that is healthy, hearty, and easy to execute, look no further than skillet chicken with white beans and kale! This one pot dinner comes together quickly and is flavored with garlic, lemon, and capers. A perfect dish to prepare both on busy weeknights or a special date night in!
Also check out: Tomato And White Bean Kale Soup
Above: Staub braiser
Miso cod is an elegant dish that is deeply flavored with miso paste, sake, soy, ginger, honey, and sesame. Serve with fluffy rice, earthy shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and blistered scallions. Quick enough for a weeknight, but special enough to entertain with!
Also check out: Miso Eggplant
Skillet Chicken with Anchovies
Skillet chicken with anchovies is a flavor packed, Whole30 weeknight dinner with garlic, anchovies, and capers. Our family enjoys this at least 2x a month as it’s the ultimate guilt-free comfort meal.
Also check out: Za’atar Roasted Chicken
Above: Staub braiser
Asian Stuffed Peppers
Asian stuffed peppers are filled with traditional dumpling filling, then baked and topped with soy sauce or coconut aminos. GF, DF, and Whole30. Quick enough to prep on a weeknight after a busy day at work!
Also check out: Sausage Stuffed Peppers
Let’s make chicken puttanesca! It starts with pan fried chicken thighs and a classic puttanesca sauce made with anchovies, garlic, capers, and red pepper flakes. Add lots of fresh basil to brighten the garlicky tomato sauce. Serve with crusty bread or over your favorite pasta!
Also check out: Lemongrass Thai Chicken
Above: Demeyere skillet
If you make any of these healthy recipes for the new year, please let us know by leaving a review below or on the specific blog post!
Looking for more light and fresh ideas? Check out these vegetable recipes!
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