One of the best ways to get your new year off to the healthiest start is to have a variety of delicious and nutritious meals ready to add to your recipe arsenal. Regardless of if you are looking for a quick weeknight meal on the go or a more intricate recipe to dive into, putting health at the forefront of your requests will ensure that you nourish your body right. Here are nine healthy meals to add to your recipe collection heading into the new year.
Grilled Salmon Steaks with Blueberry Sauce: This recipe delivers quite the nutritional power punch. You can grill the salmon on an indoor or outdoor grill, depending on the season and what you have available to you. With this recipe, you will receive the omega-3 fatty acids of the salmon paired with the antioxidants of the blueberries. This salmon pairs well with a green salad or a side of orzo pasta with fresh lemon. The entire recipe also comes together in about 30 minutes, making it a good choice for when you do not have a lot of time to prepare a healthy meal.
Lemon Dijon Pork Sheet Pan Dinner: Sometimes you just want a healthy meal that you can make on one pan and call it good. This lemon dijon pork dish certainly fits the bill. The bright colors of this dish are as attractive as they are tasty. The earthiness of the pork combines with the crispy Brussels sprouts and the creamy sweet potatoes for an explosion of flavors and textures. As a bonus, clean-up is a breeze with just one sheet pan needed for this dish to come together.
Black Bean Breakfast Bowl: Do not limit your healthy cooking to lunch and dinner alone. Breakfast also deserves a spot on your list. It may sound cliche but breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Make it count with this quick and healthy breakfast bowl idea. This protein-rich meal combines eggs and black beans and tops it with heart-healthy avocado slices and salsa for a simple yet satisfying start to your day. Best of all, you can bring it all together in less than 15 minutes.
Creamy Pasta Primavera: When spring rolls around, you are going to want to take advantage of the bounty of the season with a dish that showcases the best fresh vegetables. This is where this creamy pasta primavera dish comes in. You will love the convenience of this one-post dish that combines spiral pasta with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and carrots. You can cut the fat and calories even further by substituting milk for part of the heavy whipping cream.
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai: Join the other health-conscious individuals who have discovered how substituting your normal pasta dishes with spaghetti squash can deliver exceptional taste and texture without all of the calories and carbohydrates. This spaghetti squash pad Thai dish is a great substitute for your local takeout option. You will love the complex layers of flavor in this interesting dish. The savory dish also boasts an interesting balance of textures with the tender squash and the crunchy bean sprouts.
Black Bean and Mango Salad:Black beans and mango combine to provide an easy salad that you can munch on all week for lunch. You can have this salad prepared and ready to go in under 15 minutes, making it a great standalone entree for lunch or a side dish for your dinner. The salad is a delicious complement to grilled chicken breast. In addition to the nutrient-dense black beans and mango, the salad also features tomatoes, bell peppers, fresh lime juice, and cilantro.
Healthy Sloppy Joes: If you are a parent, you understand the challenges that come with trying to balance healthy eating with the demands of picky eaters. These healthy sloppy joes will please even the pickiest kids while still making you feel good about what you are serving on your table for dinner. While the recipe calls for lean ground beef, you can also use ground turkey instead. The addition of the beans adds another dose of protein along with an extra layer of texture. Serve these sandwiches with a side of fruit and some baked sweet potato fries for a well-rounded dinner that the entire family will devour.
Slow-cooker Pork Tacos: Make your next taco Tuesday night a healthy endeavor with these slow-cooker pork tacos. You will not miss your usual greasy tacos when you bite into these beauties. You can make these tacos as spicy as you want them by adjusting the number of chilies in the recipe. This is also a great meal if you are hosting a crowd. Be sure to set out all of the fixings for a taco bar so that people can customize their meals to fit their tastes.
There is no limit to the healthy meals that you can create this year. This list will provide you with a little inspiration as you get started on making delicious meals that also ensure that you nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods.