New Year's Eve has come and gone, marking the start of a new year and all of the new goals that come along with it. Gone are the days of festive parties, warm gatherings, long dinners, and endless homemade desserts. If you're like most, transitioning from the easygoing holiday season to the resolution-oriented new year can be a bit jarring. Come January 1, there's a seemingly universal switch from relaxing and indulging to working out and refocusing on health goals. While it can be tough to adjust, it's not impossible.
If you had one too many sugar cookies last year, now's the perfect time to nourish your body with the healthy meals it's been missing. It's time for a total body reset. That means no more eating leftover pie for breakfast (no judgment). Instead, turn to a few healthy recipes for meals and soups that are still warm and satisfying.
Trade-in heavy mac and cheese for a creamy vegetable soup and skip the rich pasta dish for a healthier alternative like spaghetti squash. There are so many healthy winter recipes that will soothe your body while helping it recover from the lavish holiday season. Here are 10 delicious dishes that you can try right away to kick-start your New Year's resolutions.
Curried Pumpkin Soup
The Recipe: Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin is the star of this wintery vegan, dairy-free soup. Along with coconut milk and cannellini beans, you'll be left with a protein-packed, creamy concoction that will warm you up and deliver on nutrients.
The Pro Tip: Make this recipe in a slow cooker for a truly hands-off weeknight dinner. "The soup comes out tasting delightfully flavorful and super creamy," writes Brittany Mullins of Eating Bird Food.
The Recipe: Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad
The Hero Ingredient: While a salad may not sound like the most appealing dish in the wintertime, pomegranate arils make this meal fit for the season. There's also broccoli, kale, bell peppers, carrots, and blood orange slices in the seasonal mix.
The Pro Tip: According to Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest, this salad can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just top with an egg and a side of toast for a hearty morning meal.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Grain Bowl
The Hero Ingredient: The perfect way to start a cold winter's day, this breakfast bowl is packed with nutrient-rich gluten-free oatmeal. Paired with quinoa, almond milk, coconut milk yogurt, apple slices, and pecans, it's flavorful and healthy.
The Pro Tip: Krista Rollins of Joyful Healthy Eats suggests topping your bowl with whatever seasonal fruits you're craving.
The Recipe: Cauliflower Curry
The Hero Ingredient: cauliflower. This healthy, vegetarian curry is high in good fats and low in carbs thanks to the cruciferous vegetable and other healthy ingredients. It also fits nicely into Keto and Whole30 diets.
The Pro Tip: Natalie Mortimer of The Modern Proper notes that you can toss in additional vegetables if you want to add some more flavors and nutrients. You can also include a cup of shredded chicken if you're not sticking to a vegetarian meal.
Spaghetti Squash Pasta
The Recipe: Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pasta
The Hero Ingredient: Instead of traditional noodles, spaghetti squash takes center stage in this play on the Italian classic. Because it's a vegan, gluten-free dish, you'll make a cashew-based cheese sauce to top your "noodles." You can also whip up some vegan meatballs to go along with the upgraded comfort food.
The Pro Tip: You can cut your spaghetti squash into rings before roasting to get longer noodles, according to Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker.
The Hero Ingredient: Sweet potatoes. Heat up the orange veggie with tempeh, black beans, potatoes, and tomatoes for a savory, warm meal that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Pro Tip: Laura Wright of The First Mess suggests serving the skillet with cilantro, warm tortillas, and hot sauce.
No Noodle Pad Thai
The Recipe: No Noodle Pad Thai
The Hero Ingredient: Almond butter gives this healthy sweet potato and carrot pad Thai the perfect flavor for the nutty sauce. You can prepare the sauce in a blender or food processor and combine it with spiralized sweet potatoes and carrots, eggs, and chicken breast.
The Pro Tip: The sauce will stay fresh for two weeks if stored in an airtight container, according to The Modern Proper's Holly Erickson. Save your leftovers to eat throughout the week.
The Recipe: Roast Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze
The Hero Ingredient: Greek yogurt serves as the base for the herb yogurt mayo that you can serve with this perfectly roasted salmon. You'll also coat the fish with olive oil and pomegranate molasses dressing before cooking.
The Pro Tip: Sarah Tuck of Stuck in the Kitchen recommends leaving the salmon on the baking paper until serving because it will be extremely tender after baking.
Rustic Winter Salad
The Hero Ingredient: Homemade croutons give this winter salad just the right amount of crunch. They complement the sweet vinaigrette and fresh vegetables like beets, radishes, and fennel.
The Pro Tip: Keep the croutons simple and tear some bread to toast in olive oil in a pan, Kayla Howey of The Original Dish explains.
Ginger Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup
The Recipe: Ginger Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Traditional chicken noodle soup is completely upgraded by the ginger flavors in this warm winter meal. It has just the right amount of spice paired with other ingredients like shredded chicken, vegetables, egg noodles, and roasted peanuts.
The Pro Tip: "You can keep the broth on the stove or in the slow cooker all day long, then just boil some noodles and serve," Gerard of Half Baked Harvest points out.