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50 Healthy New Recipes to Try in 2020

If you're looking to cook more this year, try making one of these must-have dishes.

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!).

Breakfast

acai blueberry smoothie bowl on white background
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Start the day off right with these healthy morning meal recipes.

1

Customizable Oatmeal

coconut paleo oatmeal
Rebecca Firkser / Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Customizable Oatmeal. 

2

Plant-Based Pancakes with Cashew Butter

whole grain plant based pancake stack
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Plant-Based Pancakes. 

3

Mediterranean Tofu Scramble

mediterranean tofu veggiescramble
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Mediterranean Tofu Scramble. 

4

Breakfast Veggie Burger

plant based cali veggie burger with egg
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for the Best-Ever Breakfast Veggie Burger. 

5

Sheet-Pan Vegan Sausage and Vegetables

vegan sausage sheet pan
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Sheet-Pan Vegan Sausage and Vegetables. 

6

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkin pie smoothie in glass
Rebecca Firkser/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. 

7

Fiber-Filled Breakfast Burrito

Healthy breakfast burritos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for a Fiber-Filled Breakfast Burrito. 

8

Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach

Baked eggs with mushroom and spinach
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach. 

9

Easy and Healthy Acai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

acai blueberry smoothie bowl on white background
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

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.

Get our recipe for an Easy and Healthy Acai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl. 

10

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

spoonful of peanut butter overnight oats over a jar
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. 

11

Crunchy Breakfast Salad with Eggs

breakfast salad with eggs on pink plate and marble background
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Crunchy Breakfast Salad with Eggs. 

12

Avocado Crispbreads with Everything Bagel Seasoning

avocado crisps with lemon and radish
Carlene Thomas/ Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Avocado Crispbreads with Everything Bagel Seasoning. 

13

Vanilla-Bourbon French Toast

Low-carb vanilla-bourbon french toast
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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!

Get our recipe for Vanilla-Bourbon French Toast. 

Lunch

Paleo blackened fish sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These meals are perfect for bringing to the office or eating at home.

14

Crispy Quesadillas with Guacamole

Healthy crispy quesadillas with guacamole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Crispy Quesadillas with Guacamole. 

15

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Vegetarian grilled cheese and tomato soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. 

16

Spinach, Sausage, and Pepper Pizza

Healthy spinach sausage pepper pizza
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Spinach, Sausage, and Pepper Pizza. 

17

Grilled Vegetable Wrap With Balsamic Mayo

Healthy grilled vegetable wrap
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for a Grilled Vegetable Wrap With Balsamic Mayo. 

18

Blackened Fish Sandwich with Avocado and Cabbage

Paleo blackened fish sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

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Get our recipe for a Blackened Fish Sandwich with Avocado and Cabbage. 

19

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad

Healthy chinese chicken salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad. 

20

Chicken Tacos With Roasted Red Peppers

Chicken red pepper taco recipe on a plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Chicken Tacos With Roasted Red Peppers. 

21

Chicken Salad Sandwich with Raisins and Curry Powder

Chicken salad sandwich with curry and raisins
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Chicken Salad Sandwich with Raisins and Curry Powder. 

22

Ultimate Club Sandwich With Super Mayo

Healthy ultimate club sandwich with super mayo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for the Ultimate Club Sandwich With Super Mayo. 

23

Greek Salad

Healthy greek salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Greek Salad. 

24

Low-Calorie Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich

Low-calorie roast beef and cheddar sandwiches with horseradish mayo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for a Low-Calorie Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich. 

25

Hearty Italian Sausage Soup

Paleo italian sausage soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Hearty Italian Sausage Soup. 

26

Grilled Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Sandwich

healthy buffalo chicken and blue cheese sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for a Grilled Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Sandwich. 

27

Healthy Ultimate Burger

Vegetarian mushroom melts
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for a Healthy Ultimate Burger. 

Dinner

Crock pot jambalaya in a bowl on a bed of rice ready to eat.
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

End your day with a delicious, healthy dinner recipe.

28

Spaghetti With Spicy Tomato Sauce and Bacon

Healthy spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Spaghetti With Spicy Tomato Sauce and Bacon

29

Best-Ever Chicken Piccata

chicken piccata
Shutterstock

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.

Get our recipe for the Best-Ever Chicken Piccata

30

Crock-Pot Vegetarian Chili

Crock pot vegetarian chili recipe with cheese and cornbread for the table
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

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.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Vegetarian Chili. 

31

Roast Chicken with Green Beans

keto roast chicken on cooling rack with stringbeans
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

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.

Get our recipe for Roast Chicken with Green Beans. 

32

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

keto shredded pork shoulder in a white bowl
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

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.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Shredded Pork. 

33

Crock-Pot Jambalaya

Crock pot jambalaya in a bowl on a bed of rice ready to eat.
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Take a mini trip to New Orleans without leaving home. With both shrimp and chicken, this recipe is packed with filling protein and flavor.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Jambalaya. 

34

Tender Steak With Blue Cheese Crust

Paleo steak with blue cheese crust
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Tender Steak With Blue Cheese Crust. 

35

Baked Ziti

Healthy baked ziti
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Baked Ziti. 

36

Slow Cooker Beef and Beer

Slow cooker beef and beer
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Beer. 

37

Low-Calorie Bourbon-Glazed Ham With Peach Chutney

Low-calorie bourbon glazed ham with peach chutney
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Ham isn't just for the holiday season! Add this recipe to your 2020 lineup for a healthy meal the whole family will love.

Get our recipe for Low-Calorie Bourbon-Glazed Ham With Peach Chutney. 

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

38

Prime Rib with Italian Herb Sauce

Low calorie prime rib with italian herb sausage
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Prime Rib with Italian Herb Sauce. 

39

Low-Calorie Thai Chicken Curry

Healthy thai chicken curry
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Low-Calorie Thai Chicken Curry. 

40

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe

Healthy orecchiette broccoli rabe
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe. 

Desserts

Low-calorie fudgy brownies
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Indulge your sweet tooth with these healthier versions of classic recipes.

41

Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies on a plate with two cups of milk in the background
Shutterstock

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.

Get our recipe for the Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

42

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten chocolate cake
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake. 

43

Low-Calorie Ice Cream Sandwich

low calorie ice cream sandwiches
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for an Easy, Low-Calorie Ice Cream Sandwich. 

44

Apple Crumble

Apple crumble
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for The Best Apple Crumble. 

45

Healthy Tiramisu

Low calorie tiramisu
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Healthy Tiramisu. 

46

The Best Fudgy Brownies

Low-calorie fudgy brownies
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for The Best Fudgy Brownies. 

47

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy oatmeal–chocolate chip cookies
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

48

Chocolate Pudding with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Chocolate pudding with olive oil and sea salt
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Chocolate Pudding with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. 

49

Banana Pudding

Low-calorie banana pudding
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Whether or not you grew up in the South, this banana pudding recipe is sure to please. It's best served with barbecue and mac and cheese for a true country meal.

Get our recipe for Banana Pudding.

50

Blueberry-Peach Cobbler

Healthy blueberry-peach cobbler
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

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.

Get our recipe for Blueberry-Peach Cobbler.

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