How is it 2016 ALREADY?! Seriously, 2015 just flew right by. I like to keep things healthy in January in an attempt to shed the extra couple pounds I inevitably gain over the holiday season. Today I am rounding up my favorite easy healthy recipes for you so that we can get 2016 off to the right start.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salads are so good and they make great lunches since the brussels sprouts hold up against salad dressing better than lettuce, so that this salad and be prepared and brought to work for lunch. This simple salad has bacon, dried cranberries, walnuts, Parmesan, and a mustard dressing.
Looking for something extra healthy? This Southwest Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is topped with fresh lemon and lime juice instead of dressing.
A salad with Roasted Carrot, Avocado, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Homemade Croutons is anything but ordinary.
This Roasted Tomato and Arugula Caprese Salad is extra flavorful since the liquid from the roasted tomatoes is used as the dressing.
Farro Salad with shredded chicken, goat cheese, spinach, and tomatoes can be made in a big batch and packed for lunch throughout the week. I am a firm believer that the way to manage your weight is to pack your lunch, and this is a fine option.
Ready for another farro recipe? This Farro and Butternut Squash Salad with Goat Cheese, Walnuts, and Arugula was inspired by a salad at Davanti Enoteca and it has a wonderful rich, nutty flavor, that compliments the tender butternut squash.
This Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad Bowl is hearty enough to be a filling dinner. The buffalo sauce acts as a sauce, while the blue cheese balances out the spiciness.
Spicy Mexican Chicken Soup is loaded with veggies and it can be made in big batches and eaten throughout the week.
This Roasted Asparagus Soup is very very low in fat and calories.
I used to make this Spicy Asian Chicken Soup in big batches for Charles to bring to work. It was much healthier (and cheaper!) than the takeout he had been eating.
Beef and Asparagus Quinoa Stir Fry is loaded with vegetables and it can be prepared in just 20 minutes.
Two Bean Bison Chili will warm you up on a cold Chicago night.
Want something super simple? Remember when I shared three different snack recipes using Laughing Cow Cheese? The pretzels with spicy pepper jack cheese, turkey, and mustard taste like mini sandwiches, and the Laughing Cow cheese is conveniently portioned for you.
It turns out homemade hummus is much better than store bought. My husband loved this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
Broccomole is a dip made with broccoli instead of avocados. I love broccoli so this was a special treat for me. Meanwhile my broccoli hating husband said it was his worst nightmare. You can’t always win everyone over.
I don’t make too many desserts that can be considered healthy, but these Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches
Want even more healthy recipes? Here is a link to last year’s round up!