20 Easy & Healthy Recipes For The New Year

Last updated: June 4th, 2024

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We’ve rounded up 20 of our best easy and nutritious recipes to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions this year.

The start of a new year means most of us are extra motivated to eat healthy, get fit, and be our best selves. But we all know that it’s nearly impossible to stick to those lofty New Year’s Resolutions for longer than a few weeks – especially without a game plan. To help you actually stick with your resolutions this time around, we’ve compiled a list of our best recipes for the new year, based on 3 criteria:

  1. The recipe is easy for anyone to make
  2. The recipe is healthy (read more on our definition of healthy here!)
  3. The recipe is flavorful and tastes like something you’ll actually want to eat

Ditch the plain vegetables, boring salads, and protein shakes you think you need to be eating and instead, start 2024 off right with these nutritious, flavorful, and easy recipes!

Mediterranean chicken and rice with hummus and pita

1. Mediterranean Chicken & Rice

Packed full of protein, this Mediterranean chicken with homemade hummus and rice is a flavorful spin on a classic chicken and rice dish. Making the hummus from scratch is a healthier alternative to store-bought and adds a creaminess to this dish that makes it feel more indulgent.

Mediterranean Chicken and Rice
4 people
1 hour
602 kcal
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Udon stir fry with vegetables in a serving bowl with chopsticks

2. Spicy Udon Noodle Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry is the perfect way to load up on your daily serving of vegetables. The best part about this udon stir fry is you can add almost any of your favorite veggies to customize the flavor to your liking! The spicy sauce adds so much umami you won’t even realize you’re eating vegetables.

Spicy Udon Noodle Vegetable Stir Fry
6 servings
50 minutes
447 kcal
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A healthy power bowl with brown rice, black beans, sweet potato, peppers, onion, and avocado

3. Sweet Potato Black Bean Rice Bowl

With sweet potato, black beans, avocado, pepper, and onion, this bowl is packed with flavor, protein, and nutrients while still being a vegetarian recipe. It’s so delicious and comforting, you’ll forget you’re even eating a healthy meal! Plus, the leftovers make an easy lunch for the next day.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Rice Bowl
4 bowls
40 minutes
491 kcal
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A bowl of spinach tomato pasta with olive oil in a bowl

4. Spinach Tomato & Olive Oil Pasta

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Adding these three fresh ingredients – spinach, tomatoes, and a high quality olive oil – to your pasta is a fun, light and healthy twist on a classic pasta dinner.

Spinach and Tomato Pasta
2 servings
20 minutes
363 kcal
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A southwest salad with chili lime dressing and chicken

5. Southwest Chili Lime Salad With Chicken (Panera Copycat)

If you just can’t bring yourself to eat salad, but know that you should, try our Panera copycat southwest chili lime salad. This salad is packed full of flavor with bean corn salsa, tomatoes, and a creamy dressing – and lighter on the leafy greens – for a delicious and healthy lunch.

Panera Southwest Chili Lime Salad
1 salad
10 minutes
435 kcal
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A plate of strawberry balsamic avocado toast

6. Strawberry Balsamic Avocado Toast

This fun twist on avocado toast is a sweet breakfast treat that you don’t have to feel bad about! This recipe is all about using fresh ingredients to help get your morning started on the right foot. Sub in whole grain bread for a healthy meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied all morning long.

Strawberry Balsamic Avocado Toast
1 serving
5 minutes
549 kcal
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A plate of cashew crusted fish tacos with a lemon wedge

7. Cashew Crusted Fish Tacos

If you like fried fish, try swapping beer batter for a savory, crunchy crust made out of cashews. Served in corn tortillas with quick pickled cabbage and a lemon aioli, these seafood tacos are the perfect lighter dinner for special occasions – or Taco Tuesdays!

Cashew Crusted Fish Tacos
12 tacos
30 minutes
281 kcal
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A bowl of sweet potato black bean chili

8. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

A healthy yet comforting meal, this slow cooker vegetarian chili makes for a great dinner on a cold winter night. It’s packed with black beans, sweet potatoes, onions, and chili peppers for nutrient-rich and satisfying flavor.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
6 servings
6 hours 15 minutes
275 kcal
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A black bean and rice bake in a cast iron skillet topped with sliced avocado

9. Black Bean and Rice Bake

For simple, easy flavor on meatless Mondays, try this black bean and rice bake! Tomatoes, peppers, and a few spice rack staples bring tons of flavor and added nutrition to black beans and crispy rice in this family-style dish.

Black Bean and Rice Bake
3 servings
40 minutes
602 kcal
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A serving dish with sweet potato, pepper, and onion breakfast hash and a large spoon

10. Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

This sweet potato breakfast hash is a healthy alternative to a traditional breakfast side dish. Serve this flavorful hash with an egg casserole or omelet for a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
4 servings
30 minutes
152 kcal
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A serving dish of shredded chicken tinga with a fork

11. Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

Slow cooker chicken tinga is the perfect healthy recipe for meal prepping. This flavorful yet simple recipe is perfect for adding protein to salads, burrito bowls, tacos, and more!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga
8 servings
6 hours 5 minutes
610 kcal
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Two bowls of takeout style teriyaki chicken on white rice with sesame seeds and scallions

12. Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowl

Made with a simple store-bought marinade and glaze, it doesn’t get much easier than these Asian chicken and rice bowls. Cook the chicken while the rice steams and dinner will be on the table in just 45 minutes.

Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowl
2 bowls
45 minutes
444 kcal
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A vegetarian Mediterranean rice bowl with roasted vegetables, hummus, and tzatziki

13. Vegetarian Mediterranean Rice Bowls

If you love Mediterranean flavors, you’ll love this nutritious rice and veggie bowl served with hummus and tzatziki. The best part? You can roast the veggies and chickpeas in the oven, which means you only need about 15 minutes of hands-on time to make this easy meal.

Vegetarian Mediterranean Rice Bowls
3 bowls
1 hour
635 kcal
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A healthy acai smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit and granola

14. Dairy Free Acai Smoothie Bowl

Got a blender? Turn your morning smoothie into a protein-packed acai bowl with fresh fruit and peanut butter granola. This healthy breakfast will help you power through those Monday morning meetings – we promise.

Dairy Free Acai Smoothie Bowl Recipe
2 bowls
10 minutes
479 kcal
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A bowl of homemade cauliflower tikka masala with basmati rice

15. Cauliflower Tikka Masala

If there’s one surefire way to make cauliflower taste amazing, it’s drenching it in a spicy tikka masala sauce. Served with steamed basmati rice and a side of naan, this one-pot vegetarian dinner is comforting and healthy at the same time. Pro tip: make plenty so you can enjoy the leftovers all week long!

Cauliflower Tikka Masala
4 servings
35 minutes
455 kcal
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A Panera inspired Asian chicken salad on a plate

16. Asian Chicken Salad

This Panera-inspired Asian salad with chicken and sesame dressing is ridiculously easy to make at home, and tastes better than the original. Prep all the ingredients at the beginning of the week for easy assembly day-of and enjoy healthy (and yummy) salads for days.

Asian Chicken Salad
3 salads
25 minutes
366 kcal
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Fall vegetarian harvest bowls with quinoa.

17. Vegetarian Quinoa Harvest Bowl

Still want to cozy up with fall and winter flavors this January? Try a simple harvest bowl, made with our fall vegetable medley, quinoa, and feta cheese. It’s nothing fancy, but it hits the spot when you need both comfort and nutrition.

Vegetarian Quinoa Harvest Bowl
2 bowls
30 minutes
415 kcal
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Two halves of a spaghetti squash.

18. Lemon Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash With Spinach

Spaghetti squash is no replacement for actual spaghetti. But it’s pretty darn close, if you’re willing to make the swap for a low-carb alternative! This easy spaghetti squash is irresistibly flavorful with its punch of lemon, garlic, parmesan, and spinach.

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash With Spinach
2 servings
1 hour 2 minutes
294 kcal
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Korean inspired gochujang rice bowls with chicken and pickled cabbage.

19. Gochujang Rice Bowl With Chicken & Pickled Cabbage

Can you tell we love a good rice bowl? This Korean-inspired bowl is like many of our other favorite healthy recipes for the new year – you can prep all the ingredients ahead of time, then simply assemble when you’re ready to eat. Perfect for your weekly meal prep.

Gochujang Rice Bowl With Chicken And Pickled Cabbage
6 bowls
4 hours 55 minutes
554 kcal
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A dish of healthy chicken enchiladas.

20. Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

This healthier twist on traditional chicken enchiladas tastes just as good as any restaurant dish, but with way less calories and sodium. We swapped flour tortillas for tomato wraps, enchilada sauce for homemade ranchero sauce, and used plant-based queso for extra veggies without compromising the decadent saucy texture of true enchiladas.

Healthy Chicken Enchiladas
8 enchiladas
45 minutes
248 kcal
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