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Best Recipes for a healthy new year

If you are anything like me, you’ve had plenty of egg nog and eaten your weight in holiday goodies by now. Also, right about now, I start craving healthy recipes to get my body back on track. Well, at least more healthier meals in between stuffing myself with The Best Shortbread Cookies.

So, I went in search of the best healthy recipes that feel like a splurge but are still healthy. All of these recipes are lighter versions of the foods you love that show healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. In this roundup, you’ll find healthy dinner, lunch, snacks, and side ideas to help you refresh your healthy eating habits after the holiday.

Whether you are vegetarian, paleo or just starting out lightening up your diet, these recipes are so tasty that you won’t miss all that pie, cookies, and mashed potatoes you’ve been eating the last few weeks. Well, probably won’t miss them. Alright, I’m putting down the cookies now and grabbing the kale.

Best Healthy Recipes for the New Year

A bowl of rice and Thai chicken curry with a spoon inside.

Crockpot Thai Chicken Curry

Crockpot Thai Chicken Curry is one of the easiest meals to make and is so tasty. Curry paste, coconut milk, and ginger add a ton of flavor to this healthy dinner recipe. Put everything into your crockpot then walk away until dinner!
4.49 stars (147 ratings)
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A plate filled with green goddess chicken with some of the green dressing in a bowl.

Green Goddess Chicken

Green goddess chicken is juicy and deliciously flavorful. Chicken thighs are marinated in our favorite green goddess dressing and then quickly cooked in a pan. It's a healthy dinner recipe that's easy to make and big on flavor.
4.97 stars (30 ratings)
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Spaghetti squash shrimp scampi in a pan with some spinach.

Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi

Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi is a delicious dinner made with saucy garlic lemon shrimp tossed with noodle-like spaghetti squash. It's a simple and healthy recipe that everyone loves! 
4.96 stars (47 ratings)
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A pan with crispy salmon and cabbage.

Crispy Coconut Salmon with Curried Cabbage

We love this 25-minute salmon and cabbage dinner! The salmon is coated in coconut then pan-fried until crispy. It is served with curried coconut cabbage for a filling low-carb meal.
5 stars (36 ratings)
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Coconut Red Lentil Peanut Soup in a soup pot with a ladle.

Coconut Red Lentil Peanut Soup

Coconut red lentil peanut soup is a hearty, meat-free, West African inspired soup recipe. The coconut milk and lentils make it thick and creamy and the peanut butter gives it the best flavor. Bonus that it's easy to make, healthy, and incredibly delicious.
4.91 stars (42 ratings)
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A pan of this mango chicken curry recipe.

Mango Chicken Curry

Mango chicken curry is an incredibly delicious Indian curry recipe. The fresh or frozen mangos give the curry the perfect sweetness without adding any sugar. This easy 30-minute dinner recipe is sure to become a family favorite!
4.87 stars (53 ratings)
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Creamy Tortellini Soup in a bow with a spoon.

Healthier Creamy Tortellini Soup

This crazy delicious Creamy Tortellini Soup is a cozy weeknight dinner recipe that is made in only 25 minutes and is surprisingly healthy, too. Instead of being loaded with cream (like most tortellini soup recipes), this one is thickened and made creamy with a little cashew butter. It's our favorite trick for making healthy cream sauces. You'll never guess that this is a healthy soup recipe!
4.95 stars (37 ratings)
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A bowl of vegetarian chili with some chips on top.

Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe (vegan chili!)

This easy vegetarian chili recipe is our family's go-to, one-pot dinner. It's full of vegetables, made with pantry staple ingredients, and is so easy to make. It's a delicious vegan chili that everyone raves about!
4.86 stars (108 ratings)
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A bowl of cauliflower rice with carrots, peas, and cashews.

Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice

Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice is INSANELY delicious. It's an easy to make and low carb option for when you're craving Chinese takeout. Made with cauliflower, eggs, your favorite veggies, garlic, ginger, cashews, and sesame seeds. Yum!
4.91 stars (10 ratings)
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Baked Fish with Lemon Garlic Butter in a white baking dish with parsley on the top.

Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Fish

This baked fish is our absolute favorite baked white fish recipe. It's cooked in a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce until tender and flaky. It's a 20-minute dinner recipe you don't want to miss! 
4.76 stars (133 ratings)
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A close up of creamy pesto chicken in a pan with some cherry tomatoes.

Creamy Pesto Chicken

Creamy Pesto Chicken is easy to make and SO DELICIOUS. It's made with a cashew butter cream sauce so it's completely dairy-free. It's so rich and creamy that you'd never guess this is a healthy recipe!
4.91 stars (11 ratings)
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A white bowl filled with Curried Quinoa Vegetable Stew with a pot of the stew in the background.

Curried Quinoa Vegetable Stew

Curried Quinoa Vegetable Stew is an easy to make and hearty vegan dinner recipe. It's loaded with veggies and quinoa and dotted with black beans and has tons of flavor. It is my favorite vegan stew recipe!
4.89 stars (17 ratings)
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A fork taking a piece of tender baked salmon,

8 Minute Baked Salmon

This baked salmon is our favorite baked salmon recipe ever. It cooks in only 8 minutes and always turns out perfect. Learn how to bake salmon so that it turns out flaky and tender every single time!
4.89 stars (62 ratings)
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Greek Chicken Skillet

Greek Chicken Skillet

This Greek chicken skillet is an easy, one-pan meal made with seasoned Greek chicken breasts simmered in a delicious sauce made with tomatoes, olives, and feta.
4.84 stars (24 ratings)
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a bowl of mexican quinoa soup with a spoon.

Mexican Quinoa Soup

This hearty, one-pot Mexican quinoa soup is comfort in a bowl. It's fresh and flavorful and jam-packed with protein. Add your favorite toppings like this sliced jalapeños, avocado, sour cream, crispy tortilla strips, or avocado for extra nutrition, flavor, and fun!
4.87 stars (15 ratings)
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A few recipes for a healthy new year from our friends: