15 Healthy Dinners You Should Resolve to Make in the New Year
For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.
No need to overhaul the entire way you eat when the calendar flips to 2018 — quick and easy dinners and healthy, flavorful meals are the secret to starting off your new year right. Drastic lifestyle changes can affect your thyroid, not to mention result in a general sense of defeat if you're unable to keep up with an unrealistic new diet. Instead, try making achievable, effective changes like cooking healthy meals at home. Here are 15 of our favorite original Brit + Co recipes to get you started on the right path.
Jackfruit Burrito Bowls: Jackfruit is one of those meat substitutes that can be easily overlooked. When you're in need of inspiration for Meatless Mondays, grab a can or two of jackfruit and get creative... like making this burrito bowl. (Photo via Brittany Griffin / Brit + Co)
Tahini Salmon Salad: By January you've probably had a few too many slow-cooker recipes and are in need of something lighter. This salad is the perfect compromise. It takes 20 minutes to prepare and the filet of grilled salmon prevents it from being too cold to stomach during the winter months. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Chickpea Salad Sandwich: Substitute butter lettuce for bread to make this chickpea salad even healthier. Prep it for fast and easy dinners when cooking is so not happening. (Photo via Brittany Griffin / Brit + Co)
Honey Mustard Chicken: The maximum amount of effort put into this dish is the arrangement of the ingredients on the sheet pan. Other than that, all you need is 35 minutes and a glass of something tasty as you wait for your healthy dinner. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Cashew Milk Alfredo Pasta: Alfredo is a classic worth upgrading in the new year. Cashew milk automatically elevates this sauce while lowering the calorie count. Sub in zucchini noodles for the pasta to make it resolution-friendly. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Slow-Cooker Veggie Grain Bowl: The beautiful thing about a grain bowl is that it's essentially a healthy canvas on which you can create. Once you've mastered making the base, add a fried egg, avocado, or some sliced scallions. Whatever path you choose, the world is your oyster (or grain bowl). (Photo via Cody Towner / Brit + Co)
Kimchi Tofu Ramen: Stove-top ramen becomes restaurant-worthy with the addition of tofu and a few vegetables. Seriously, this ramen upgrade is so easy you can even accomplish culinary decadence in your dorm room. Substitute instant whole-wheat ramen or soba noodles if you so desire. (Photo via Chris Andre / Brit + Co)
Hawaiian Salmon Burger: Just because you want to eat healthily does not mean you have to give up burgers. This salmon version is light, fresh, and full of herbs, so it'll satisfy even the most devoted carnivores. Go bun-less for a low-carb meal. (Photo via Brit + Co)
One-Pot Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili: Various vegetables are the stars of this one-pot dish. With only a sprinkle of cilantro and a dollop of sour cream, this healthy weeknight dinner is not only wholesome but inarguably delicious. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Zoodle Pad Thai: When the urge for something bright and colorful kicks in during the dingy months of late winter, there's no better solution than to add a handful of the most colorful vegetables you can scrounge up to any recipe. Here you can use this fail-proof technique to jazz up a satisfying dish of zoodles. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Watermelon Radish Salad: Watermelon radish, beets, and arugula are all in season in January. Combine 'em together for a simple side salad. Then add a little feta for protein. (Photo via Chris Andre / Brit + Co)
Goat Cheese Frittata: Four ingredients plus salt and pepper are all you need to get this frittata going. Since asparagus is technically in season during the spring, opt for a wintry vegetable like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or squash. (Photo via Brittany Griffin / Brit + Co)
Herbed Quinoa Bowls: Transform your fridge's contents into tonight's dinner on the fly with these high-protein, high-veg quinoa bowls. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Cape Cod Paella: The layers of goodness packed into this seafood paella is what dinnertime was made for. Plus, the more vegetables you add, the healthier it gets. Bonus points if you opt for a short grain brown rice instead of arborio. (Photo via Brit + Co)
Stuffed Artichokes: Couscous and pomegranates stuff these artichokes, for a dish you'll want to bring out on every occasion. Try whole-wheat couscous and sub olive oil for the butter for a few healthier swaps. (Photo via Brit + Co)
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