We open 2016 with the following formula: a healthier, fitter you = exercise + healthy, balanced diet. The following 12 recipes will be essential to helping you reach your goals.
Some of the dishes are vegetarian or even vegan, but fear not, omnivore friends! You can either give your body a break from meat for one meal once in a while or use the recipes as a base, customizing them as you see fit.
From: Nutmeg Nanny
This spicy cashew chicken is better than take out. Why? It's made with delicious fresh ingredients and ready in just 30 minutes. Nutmeg Nanny calls it fake out take out and we love it.
From: Pineapple & Coconut
Pineapple & Coconut found a recipe for simple avocado corn chowder soup and amped things up by adding grilled chicken and coconut milk. Presto! There's dinner done.
From: The Fit Foodie Mama
What do you do when you have cooked sweet potatoes in the fridge? Make them into a sauce for this decadent pasta that will make anyone feel like they are cheating on their diet. It happens to be vegan and gluten-free, which for non-vegans who can get their gluten on simply means consuming fewer calories than the usual dinner. Give it a try and save the extra calories for a drink on the weekend. And of course, you can customize this recipe as you desire.
From: Cooking on the Weekends
Creamy, rich, spicy and sweet, the mango sauce really does take baked chicken to the next level of yum. Pair it with this recipe for Coconut Cilantro Rice. You're welcome.
From: I Am a Food Blog
Simple roasted cauliflower is delicious. This Sriracha roasted cauliflower, however, is freaking perfection. It’s spicy, savory and tastes like a meatless buffalo wing. This recipe serves two generously, and since it's cauliflower, the extra won't hurt your waistline.
From: Muy Bueno Cookbook
Breakfast for dinner: you're doing it right.
From: The Live-in Kitchen
This eggplant parmesan has less fat and is faster to make than the traditional dish. The eggplant is broiled then baked with a layer of cheese, sauce and breadcrumbs. A healthier dish you can whip up on a busy week night? Win.
From: A Life of Geekery
How about a bowl of delicious comfort food? We can't think of a better way to treat ourselves after a long, hard day at work. Serve in bowl and enjoy while curled up on sofa and catching up on telly.
From: Averie Cooks
We're huge fans easy, one-skillet dinners that are ready in 30 minutes — especially when they are tasty and filling.
From: Lazy Cat Kitchen
This curry's spiciness is balanced by soothing coconut. Is your mouth watering yet?
This pared down version of the classic French dish may be perfect for laidback holiday entertaining, but nothing says you can't treat yourself to a fancy Friday dinner. Kick off the weekend right.
From: Connoisseurus Veg
Although we were lured in by the clever blog name, it was this recipe that kept us hanging around. Drooling. As the squash cooks, it gives off a little bit of starch and thickens up the curry base. This isn’t one of those curries where you veggies swim in coconut milk, explains Connoisseurus Veg. Rather, they stew in it, infusing it and becoming one with its richness.