Top 35 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

by jenna on January 2, 2014

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Friends!

A new year is upon us! I hope everyone had a great holiday. We originally had planned to get a fancy schmancy hotel room in the city and go out to a fun dinner but I ended up feeling really exhausted after a two day holiday travel adventure {cancelled flights, rerouting, random hotels in random states…} that we decided to just stay in. I cooked up a big Southern-style New Years feast for just the two of us – hoppin’ john, collard greens, beer bread, skillet cornbread, grilled italian sausages and flourless chocolate cookies – then soaked in a hot bath and was in bed by 10pm. It was amazing. I felt bad that we cancelled our plans but staying in was just what the doctor ordered. I felt a zillion times better the next day!

I feel like everyone in the Internet world is posting their favorite healthy recipes to start the new year and I guess I’m no different. I love starting each new year out on a healthy foot because, let’s be honest, it usually just ends with butter, bacon and brown sugar anyway.

I’ve been pretty good about eating healthy this pregnancy. We got a juicer and I’ve been making green juice daily {kale, cucumber, green apple, ginger and lemon} and snacking on a lot of raw almonds, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. There’s also been plenty of golden grahams, brown sugar pop tarts and Wendy’s frosty cones, don’t get me wrong. It’s never been so much fun to gain weight before.

Here are some of my very favorite “healthy” recipes! These are the ones that I reach for every January after I have mega-overindulged and need a clean break. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Lightened Up Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Peanut Soba Noodle Bowls

Linguine with Broccoli, Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts {photo above}

Foil Baked Fish with Summer Veggies {sub out any veggies you want here}

Mediterranean Baked Salmon

Italian Tuna Salad

Carrot Ginger Soup

Curried Butternut and Red Lentil Soup

Kale and White Bean Soup with Golden Beets and Spicy Sausage

Coconut Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Greek Vegetable “Stoup”

Roasted Root Vegetable Bisque

Boyfriend Approved Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Gingery Lentils and Rice

Spicy Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Channa Masala

Plant Burgers {wrap in a lettuce leaf instead of a bun for GF goodness!}

Crock Pot Moroccan Stew

Crock Pot Tex-Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps¬†<—a top pinned recipe!

Yogi Trail Mix Bars

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Balls

Garlicky Eggplant and Greek Yogurt Dip

Kale Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Whole Wheat Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Simple Quinoa Fried Rice

Skillet Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese and Grape Tomatoes

Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pancakes {try sweet potato for a fun variation!}

My Favorite Spinach Smoothie

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Whole Wheat Applesauce Loaf Cake

Vegan Thin Mint Cookies

Oil-Free Pesto Sauce {try it over spaghetti squash – mmmmmm}

Baked Stuffed Apples

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Nicole January 2, 2014 at 4:04 am

Yum, thanks for list collection of recipe. Can’t wait to start cooking more this year!

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Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes January 2, 2014 at 4:30 am

Everything looks so delicious! We got a ton of snow the past couple days so all of those warm soups are calling my name. :-)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 2, 2014 at 4:47 am

These all sound delicious Jenna! I’ve been looking for some new dinner inspiration so this is perfect. I’m sorry to hear you weren’t feeling so fabulous on NYE, but it sounds like you still had a great time. Happy New Year!

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Lea January 2, 2014 at 4:52 am

I got a juicer as an early Christmas gift as well and absolutely love it. It’s so fun experimenting with different combinations of fruit and veggies, and surprising what works well together. =)

Happy new year!

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C. January 2, 2014 at 5:10 am

Love this list! I am definitely in need of some healthy, detox recipes for January. I ate way too many cookies this year, per usual:) Happy New Year!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 2, 2014 at 5:39 am

Happy New Year!! Big changes coming for 2014! :)

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 2, 2014 at 5:52 am

Yum these all look like great recipes! I will have to bookmark this so when I need some healthy inspiration later I know where to go :)

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

Great list — I can’t wait to have a more in-depth look at them!

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erin @hooleywithaz January 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

it was like -20 on nye in minnesota, so instead of going out, we had a low-key dinner with friends and i have never felt better on new year’s day! i do love your healthy recipes…and since a couple of my husband’s resolutions are about getting (even) healthier, i’ll need these!

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Katy January 2, 2014 at 7:05 am

I LOVE the black bean burgers–even better than store bought, much cheaper, and so easy. I made them earlier this week and am definitely having one for lunch today; thanks! Also, thank you so much for getting me hooked on Barre3–I love the workouts and the app is awesome!

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Amy January 2, 2014 at 8:17 am

Yum! Can’t wait to try some of these out! I have a question about the juice you make: any tips for getting the kale to actually juice rather than just fly through the shoot? I have a similar juicer to yours (aka not one of the ones that is made for greens) and I don’t feel like I ever get any juice from the kale or spinach I send through. Would love any advice!!

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Heather C January 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

I have the same juicer Jenna has. It is not going to juice greens as well as a masticating juicer would. But I feel like it juices the greens pretty well given its limits. My husband and I put spinach and kale through along with a carrot or cucumber and that helps. Maybe try that and see how it works for you!

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Morgan January 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I have found that my juicer (probably a very similar one to hers…the one they use in Fat Sick and Nearly dead) and while it hates a loose leaf (like a bag of TJ’s Tuscan kale), it LOVES a full leaf of kale. I wonder if the stem has a lot of nutrients, but probably a lot of water.

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Amy January 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

Thanks Heather and Morgan for the tips- I’m going to give them a try!

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Heather C January 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

My husband bought me that same juicer for Christmas. So far we love it! My favorite combo right now is kale, cucumber and carrot. :) our 6 year old daughter loves the juice too.

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jan January 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

Thanks for posting so many healthy ideas!

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Bryony @ Friday Night Dinners -- PDX January 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

These sound delicious! Happy New Year, Jenna!

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Kate January 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

These recipes look and sound fantastic. I am particularly looking forward to trying the Italian Tuna Salad. Thanks!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I need those baked stuffed apples in my life asap!

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Kim January 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Wow!! This is awesome – I think I just pinned at least 10 of these! Thanks for sharing them like this!!

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Morgan January 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Love to hear that you’re juicing! Be sure to drink your juice within 15 minutes of juicing to avoid the growth of bacteria

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Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists January 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I’m so exciting to browse thru these and get inspired for healthier meals!

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Alanna January 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm

All of your recipes sound delicious…and nutritious :)

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Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 3, 2014 at 5:57 am

The recipe list is awesome. I love all the health-focused post that come along during around new years; I really think I helps to give you a jump start!

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Ice January 3, 2014 at 6:02 am

This is a very good list! I’ll try each and everyone of them.

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Camille @ Challenge Mantra January 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

I just discovered your blog and am so happy I did! That green drink looks fantastic and the Chana Masala recipe is calling my name.

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Joshua Hampton January 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

A bit late, but Happy New Year! This is an awesome list – and just what I need too, because I’ve resolved to eat healthier this year. Thanks for this.

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Emily @ Life on Food January 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

I like to say I eat healthy all year round but there is nothing like a bit of regrouping in January. Great list. Happy New Year!

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Bill January 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Lots of great recipes here. I like the idea of the alphabet stoup and the carrot ginger soup. And the Channa Masala? Looks long to make but is it like a chilli stew? Kinda looks like it

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

Bookmarking this post now! So many wonderful recipes to try out this year :D

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Kim January 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I made your Mediterranean salmon for dinner tonight, and my husband loved it! so easy. it’s going into rotation for sure. Happy NewYear!

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Caitlin January 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

Just have to say that I love the Simple Quinoa Fried Rice recipe! Made it last night and am currently eating the leftovers for lunch. So easy and healthy! Thanks!

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Catherine January 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

These look and sound delicious. Can’t wait to make some of these. Great blog!

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Aqiyl Aniys February 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

Thanks for the healthy recipes. Have a blessed 2014.

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