5 healthy recipes to prepare for the New Year

If you’re looking forward to eating healthy food in the new year, that doesn’t mean you should say goodbye to favorite comfort foods. With nutritious wraps, you can still enjoy staples like mashed “potatoes” (say hello to broccoli!) and buffalo chicken dip.

Keep reading for culinary inspiration.

Stuffed mashed cauliflower

“In my 10 years on a low-carb diet, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to stay on a healthy diet is to make sure you never feel deprived. So I still make my favorite recipes, but I use healthier alternatives,” he says. Vered DeLeeuw from HealthyRecipesBlog.com. “Stuffed mashed cauliflower is the perfect example: It’s just as tasty and fun as the original, but using cauliflower in place of potatoes saves you some serious carbs and calories.”

Mashed Cauliflower Loaded by Vered DeLeeuw, founder of a healthy recipes blog (Vered DeLeeuw, healthy recipes blog)

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Mashed Cauliflower from Vered DeLeeuw, Founder of Healthy Recipes Blog

Makes 4 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

ingredients:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Half a teaspoon of black pepper

4 slices of bacon

1 medium head cauliflower

cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons minced chives

Get the full recipe at HealthyRecipesBlogs.com here.

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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Sauce

“It turns out that buffalo chicken dip can actually be decadent and kinda healthy at the same time,” shares Kara Lanz of MidwesternHomeLife.com. “I traded cream cheese and packed marinade for easy white bean hummus, hummus, Greek yogurt, and blue cheese, then piled on tons of spicy white chicken, and that’s enough. [Colby-Jack] cheese to make it sticky.”

Cara's Healthy Buffalo Chicken Sauce, Midwestern Home Life (Midwesternhomelife.com)

Cara’s Healthy Buffalo Chicken Sauce, Midwestern Home Life (Midwesternhomelife.com)

Cara’s Healthy Buffalo Chicken Sauce, Midwestern Home Life

Makes 8 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes (oven); 1 hour (slow cooker)

ingredients:

15 ounces northern beans, washed and drained

2 tablespoons tahini

1 lemon (divided)

1 teaspoon garlic powder (divided)

salt pepper

Half a cup of Greek yogurt

½ cup blue cheese

2 cups cooked chicken breast

¼ cup buffalo sauce

½ cup colby jack cheese

Green onions, blue cheese and buffalo sauce, for serving

Get the full recipe at MidwesternHomeLife.com here.

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Healthy chicken with chili

“No one said comfort food couldn’t be healthy. So I filled this chicken chili with white meat, three types of beans, and a warm, tangy sauce,” Lanz says. “It’s kind of a dish that fills you up and warms your soul. And since there’s no meat to brown, you can just throw everything in it and get on with your day.”

Healthy Chili Chicken by Kara Lanz, Midwestern Home Life (Midwesternhomelife.com)

Healthy Chili Chicken by Kara Lanz, Midwestern Home Life (Midwesternhomelife.com)

Healthy Chili Chicken by Kara Lanz, Midwestern Home Life

Makes 8 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 4-9 hours

ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

1 can of black beans

1 can black-eyed peas

1 can of hot pepper in hot sauce

1 can homini

1 28 oz. Tomatoes can be cut

1 4.5 ounce can green pepper or jalapeno

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 14.5 oz. Tomatoes can be cut

16 oz. can tomato paste

Served with shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions and fresh corn

Get the full recipe at MidwesternHomeLife.com here.

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Heart Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa and Roasted Pine Nuts by Serena Boone, CN, CHC, CHN, Holistic Nutritionist and Chef, SerenaLoves.com

“The flexibility of these recipes leaves plenty of room for versatility and creative energy—it gives everyone a chance to be a chef in their own kitchen,” says Serena Boone, holistic nutritionist and chef at SerenaLoves.com. “For example, I used butternut squash, but you can also make the recipe with acorn squash, kabocha, etc., and changing the choice of nuts adds a different, earthy touch to the final product.”

Heart-stuffed butternut squash with quinoa and toasted pine nuts by Serena Poon at SerenaLoves.com (Serena Poon and SerenaLoves.com)

Heart-stuffed butternut squash with quinoa and toasted pine nuts by Serena Poon at SerenaLoves.com (Serena Poon and SerenaLoves.com)

Makes 4 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 75 minutes

ingredients:

2 medium butternut squash, halved, seeded

4 teaspoons of avocado oil

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup tri-colored quinoa (any other quinoa is good, too)

1 1/2 cups low-sodium or homemade vegetable broth

1 handful of curly kale, stems removed, and left coarsely chopped

2 sprigs fresh thyme

½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt to taste

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon ground white pepper, to taste (optional)

15 oz. cooked chickpeas (if using canned or bottled, rinse and drain)

1 medium sized grated orange

Half grated orange juice above

Half a cup of fresh pomegranate

½ cup pine nuts (raw or toasted, optional)

Get the full recipe at SerenaLoves.com here.

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Black peas and rice

“Leave dried black-eyed peas in the pantry (or shelf) and throw away cooking hours for one dish,” comments KeyVion Miller, a registered dietitian. “Get a can of black-eyed peas and a few other ingredients to make a healthy dish in 20 minutes. You’ll thank yourself for that later.”

KeyVion Miller Black-Eyed Peas and Rice (KeyVion Miller RDN, LD/N/Registered Dietitian)

KeyVion Miller Black-Eyed Peas and Rice (KeyVion Miller RDN, LD/N/Registered Dietitian)

Black-Eyed Peas and Rice KeyVion Miller RDN, LD/N/Registered Dietitian

Makes 9 servings

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 20 minutes

ingredients:

1 1/2 cups canned peas

1 cup brown rice

1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken broth, 2 cups if making a stovetop version

5 dried bay leaves

Half a teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

Get the full recipe at TheMillersKitchen.com here.

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