50 Healthy New Recipes for the New Year
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to cook at home more, or to start meal prepping your food for the week? We've got you covered. With these easy and healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and, yes, some dessert options, too—you'll have so many delicious food ideas for the year ahead.
Here are 50 healthy new recipes you can try out in 2020. We promise, there's something for everyone on this list. Eating healthier starts at home, and these recipes prove you can make many of your favorite foods have a healthier twist (think: pancakes, pasta, brownies, and more!).
Start the day off right with these healthy morning meal recipes.
With almonds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and flaxseed, this recipe mimics the consistency of oatmeal without actually using oats. And thanks to cinnamon, raisins, and whatever fresh fruit you decide to top it with, it can be customized to your liking. This oatmeal recipe is totally paleo diet-friendly, too, but it's also delicious if you're not on the diet.
Plant-Based Pancakes with Cashew Butter
Trying to add more plant-based foods to your diet this year? These pancakes are packed with protein to keep you feeling full without the carb crash. Top them with cashew butter and fresh fruit for a hearty meal, and you won't even miss the bacon and sausage.
Mediterranean Tofu Scramble
Trying to eat fewer animal products? Try swapping breakfast eggs for tofu. It's delicious when scrambled with chopped vegetables, and it has plenty of protein to fill you up. This Mediterranean version pairs olive oil and feta cheese with veggies for a delicious meal. And the best part is, you can customize all of the toppings to your liking.
Breakfast Veggie Burger
We bet you never thought about having a burger for breakfast, but when it's plant-based and protein-packed, why not? Top off the patty with an egg and some fresh veggies for a healthy, satisfying meal.
Sheet-Pan Vegan Sausage and Vegetables
Sheet pan meals aren't just a meal prep hack for lunches and dinners. These roasted vegetables and vegan sausage are delicious for an easy one-pan breakfast or brunch. Plus, if you're vegan or hosting vegan guests, it's an easy recipe to whip up in the morning that everyone will love.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Thanks to canned pumpkin, which is loaded with fiber and vitamins, your morning smoothie will get a delicious and healthy upgrade here. Think of it as a seasonal healthy treat that's better than starting your morning with a PSL.
Fiber-Filled Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast gets a bad rep for all the sugary foods people tend to consume in the mornings. But there are plenty of healthy meals that will give you your daily dose of protein and fiber, like this egg and sausage-filled burrito. Use a whole-wheat tortilla to keep this recipe filling and satisfying.
Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach
Have 10 minutes? That's all it takes to bake these mini egg cups in the oven. If you want an easy-to-prepare weekday breakfast that isn't a smoothie, you can't go wrong with this protein and veggie-packed option.
Easy and Healthy Acai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe
If you have a little more time and want to make a breakfast that's totally Instagram-friendly, you can't go wrong with a smoothie bowl. With acai fruit purée and fresh blueberries, this recipe will give you plenty of antioxidants, in addition to a perfectly 'grammable look.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Peanut butter lovers will want to try this recipe ASAP. It has all the nutritional goodness of overnight oats, with the added protein from the tablespoon of peanut butter. If you've been curious about overnight oats, this is the most beginner-friendly version.
Crunchy Breakfast Salad with Eggs
Salad for breakfast? Well, why not? This nutritious salad features butter lettuce, snap peas, and hard-boiled eggs for a protein-packed meal with a satisfying crunch. It's a creative new way to start your day.
Avocado Crispbreads with Everything Bagel Seasoning
Avocado toast is the butt of many jokes about millennials, but it's popular for a reason. Avocados are a great source of potassium and magnesium, and the crispbreads here aren't as heavy as traditional bread slices. All of that, combined with everything bagel seasoning? It's a dream come true.
Vanilla-Bourbon French Toast
If you have a sweet tooth, you'll want to check out this lower-sugar version of a breakfast classic. Thanks to vanilla extract, these French toast slices have all the sweetness of the traditional dish, with less added sugar. They'd be great for a brunch spread!
These meals are perfect for bringing to the office or eating at home.
Crispy Quesadillas with Guacamole
Quesadillas are one of the best comfort foods out there, and you can't go wrong with this recipe. There's still the delicious melty cheese, but it's paired with the added nutrients from vegetables like onion and mushrooms. And, of course, there's guacamole to serve with the quesadillas.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Is there any lunch combo more classic than soup and a sandwich? This recipe is worth adding to your repertoire—there's a reason grilled cheese and tomato soup are a perfect combination.
Spinach, Sausage, and Pepper Pizza
Have you ever heard the saying that anything you make at home will be healthier than at a restaurant? While the generalization isn't always true, it's definitely the case with options like pizza. This homemade pizza recipe gives you all the toppings you love, without all the grease that tends to come with restaurant-bought pies.
Grilled Vegetable Wrap With Balsamic Mayo
Vowed to pack your lunch more this year? You can't go wrong with this simple veggie-packed wrap. Make it the night before and add the balsamic just before eating for a simple office lunch.
Blackened Fish Sandwich with Avocado and Cabbage
Spice up your lunchtime sandwich routine with this tilapia recipe. The sriracha gives it a nice kick, and the avocado and cabbage add even more nutrients to the meal.
Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad
Instead of ordering in for lunch, why not whip up this Chinese chicken salad? It clocks in at just 380 calories, which is a lot less than you'd find in most takeout orders.
Chicken Tacos With Roasted Red Peppers
Why buy a fast-food taco when you can make a healthier (and tastier) one at home? These chicken tacos are super flavorful, and fresh ingredients like red bell pepper give this meal a satisfying crunch.
Chicken Salad Sandwich with Raisins and Curry Powder
Ditch the heavy mayo and opt for this chicken salad with raisins and curry powder instead. It's way more flavorful and nutritious than the pre-packaged stuff. Trust us, no one at your office has a chicken salad like this for lunch.
Ultimate Club Sandwich With Super Mayo
Spice up your average mayo with mustard, garlic, and oregano. This version of the classic club sandwich features turkey, ham, and bacon, but it clocks in at just 330 calories thanks to sandwich thins in place of thicker bread.
Add this timeless recipe into your lunchtime rotation. Feta cheese, chicken, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, and onion combine to make a delicious and satisfying meal or side dish.
Low-Calorie Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich
Don't head to Arby's for a Beef 'n Cheddar when you can make this recipe at home. Easy enough for a weekday lunch, this sandwich is loaded with protein and fiber.
Hearty Italian Sausage Soup
Looking for a lighter lunch option? This soup is filling but won't leave you bloated. Plus, it's way better than anything you'd find in a can.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Sandwich
You won't even miss buffalo wings when you opt for this tasty sandwich recipe. Blue cheese and buffalo sauce complement each other perfectly—no fried wings needed.
Healthy Ultimate Burger
Don't head to a restaurant for a calorie- and fat-laden burger when you can make a better one at home. The secret to these tasty burgers? Combining sirloin and brisket for a juicy, flavorful patty that's healthier than one you'd buy at a restaurant.
End your day with a delicious, healthy dinner recipe.
Spaghetti With Spicy Tomato Sauce and Bacon
Pasta gets a bad rep for being "unhealthy," but that doesn't have to be the case. This rich recipe features bacon and red sauce, lending a flavorful kick to this meal.
Best-Ever Chicken Piccata
Chicken breasts are super healthy, but they can get boring after a while. Spice things up with creamy piccata sauce and fresh lemon—this is one chicken recipe you won't get tired of.
Crock-Pot Vegetarian Chili
Think chili is only for meat-eaters? Think again. This vegetarian chili is packed with protein and fiber, and it's loaded with flavor from various spices. You won't even miss the beef or turkey.
Roast Chicken with Green Beans
Roast chicken is comfort food in its own right. While there's nothing wrong with store-bought rotisserie chicken, there's something special about making it at home once in a while, too. Serve it alongside bacon-topped green beans for a decadent meal.
Slow Cooker Shredded Pork
Shredded pork isn't just for barbecue sandwiches. This slow cooker pork recipe has all of the barbecue flavors you might expect from a BBQ joint, all from within the comfort of your kitchen.
Take a mini trip to New Orleans without leaving home. With both shrimp and chicken, this recipe is packed with filling protein and flavor.
Tender Steak With Blue Cheese Crust
Steak and blue cheese are a match made in heaven. You don't have to head to a fancy steakhouse for a tasty meal either—you can make one right at home with this recipe.
The start of the new year falls in the dead of winter. And what better way to keep warm than with a delicious tray of baked pasta? Chicken and turkey sausage round out this recipe for a healthier dish than what you might find at a restaurant.
Slow Cooker Beef and Beer
Have you ever had chuck roast cooked in beer? If not, you should try out this recipe ASAP. The result is a hearty stew that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Low-Calorie Bourbon-Glazed Ham With Peach Chutney
Ham isn't just for the holiday season! Add this recipe to your 2020 lineup for a healthy meal the whole family will love.
Prime Rib with Italian Herb Sauce
Hosting dinner guests? Impress them with this prime rib recipe. The salsa verde complements the meat perfectly, and the meal is just as tasty as what you'd find at a steakhouse.
Low-Calorie Thai Chicken Curry
Instead of ordering dinner from your favorite curry spot, try making this recipe at home. It clocks in at just 340 calories a serving, and you won't miss all the added sodium you'd find in takeout.
Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe
Step away from the penne and spaghetti boxes, and give orecchiette a try. The pasta shape holds sauce well, and it pairs nicely with the broccoli rabe.
Indulge your sweet tooth with these healthier versions of classic recipes.
Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Start off the new year with a classic recipe: chocolate chip cookies. They're popular for a reason, and the almond and coconut flours in this recipe give the cookies an extra-tasty feel. Plus, the secret ingredient—a hint of orange zest—will really take these to the next level.
Molten Chocolate Cake
Put your ramekins to good use with this molten chocolate cake recipe. With just 320 calories, this is one decadent dessert you can indulge in.
Low-Calorie Ice Cream Sandwich
Skip the scoop shop and make a tasty ice cream sandwich at home. New year, new dessert recipes! The add-ins here are what really make them unique.
The holiday season is over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop eating delicious baked goods. This apple crumble is the perfect dessert at any time of year.
Enjoy a taste of Italy right at home with this easy tiramisu recipe. Espresso adds a punch of caffeine to this sweet recipe for an energy-boosting treat.
The Best Fudgy Brownies
Start off the new year by perfecting your go-to brownie recipe. These treats will be the stars of any potluck or family gathering, and they're healthier and more delicious than your usual box mix.
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Love oatmeal cookies, but aren't crazy about raisins? This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe is the best of both worlds—and it's way healthier than store-bought cookies.
Chocolate Pudding with Olive Oil and Sea Salt
Let 2020 be the year you experiment with inventive recipes. You may not be accustomed to putting olive oil on pudding, but you'd be surprised how well they work together.
Combine two delicious fruits into one tasty dessert! This cobbler is delicious in the summertime, but it's also a warm dessert that's perfect for a cozy winter. It's a lighter take on a traditional pie, thanks to the hearty use of fruit.