Five recipes we love for eating clean in the New Year
If you’re trying to be healthier this year, you’re not alone.
A recent survey on New Year’s resolutions found that 46 percent of Americans want to lose weight. A close 42 percent want to improve their overall health.
A good starting point? Eating cleaner. Bye-bye to processed foods. Hello to filling your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and adding lean meats, fish, and whole grains into the mix. Whether you’re trying to get in more heart-healthy proteins or just looking to eat more meals at home, these easy recipes will make reaching your goals a little easier.
- Healthy sausage and veggies
One-pan dishes couldn’t be easier to prepare–or clean up–making them perfect for the newbie cook or someone looking to get dinner on the table fast. In just 40 minutes, you can enjoy this dish from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. It combines your favorite vegetables, lean protein, and your choice of nutritious grain for a quick weeknight meal.
- Caprese zoodles
If you don’t have a spiralizer, you may want to get one. This inexpensive gadget allows you to turn vegetables like zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cucumbers into strings resembling pasta. This recipe from Delish turns traditional spaghetti with tomato and mozzarella into a healthier version thanks to ribbons of zucchini. Fresh basil and a light balsamic dressing make this a great choice for a no-cook lunch, or a dinner, paired with a lean protein.
- Shrimp and basil stir-fry
Who doesn’t love stir-fry? Problem is, takeout can be expensive calorie bombs. Luckily, you don’t have to give up your favorite Asian dish thanks to a healthier, cheaper alternative from Bon Appetit , which also offers a great way to get more seafood into your diet. It’s super-easy to pull together; with just two steps, you can have dinner on the table in about 15 minutes. Pair with a side of vegetables for a satisfying takeout alternative.
- Oven-baked salmon
Omega 3-rich seafood like salmon can lower your risk of heart disease, making it a healthy alternative to red meat. Don’t let fish-cooking intimidate you. This Food Network recipe keeps things simple: season salmon fillets with salt and pepper, then bake. Serve alongside grilled vegetables for a simple, filling, heart-healthy meal.
- Shaved Brussels sprouts salad
Salads are a great way to eat your vegetables, but drenching them with oily dressings to add flavor makes them pretty unhealthy. This hearty salad from Country Living is tasty without the fat, thanks to a light vinaigrette and sweet-and-salty ingredients like apple slices and chopped hazelnuts. Save time by using packaged, shaved Brussels sprouts. Top with a lean protein like grilled chicken for a fast, rewarding salad.