Get a jump on your resolutions with these 12 healthy dinner recipes


Eat healthy in 2016

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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.


1. Spicy Cashew Chicken

Nutmeg Nanny 

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.


2. Avocado Chicken Corn Chowder

Pineapple & Coconut  

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.


3. Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta

The Fit Foodie Mama 

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.


4. Coconut Mango Baked Chicken

Cooking on the Weekends 

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.  


5. Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

I Am a Food Blog 

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.


6. Huevos Rancheros with Chorizo Refried Black Beans

Muy Bueno Cookbook 

From: Muy Bueno Cookbook

Breakfast for dinner: you're doing it right.


7. Easy Eggplant Parmesan

The Live-in Kitchen 

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.


8. Squash & Sage Risotto

A Life of Geekery 

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.


9. Easy One-Skillet Sausage and Peppers with Rice

Averie Cooks 

From: Averie Cooks

We're huge fans easy, one-skillet dinners that are ready in 30 minutes — especially when they are tasty and filling.


10. South Indian Coconut Curry

Lazy Cat Kitchen 

From: Lazy Cat Kitchen

This curry's spiciness is balanced by soothing coconut. Is your mouth watering yet?  


11. Easy Cassoulet

The View From Great Island 

From: The View From Great Island

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.


12. Butternut Squash, Kale and Chickpea Massaman Curry

Connoisseurus Veg 

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.