10 Healthy Meals to Try in the New Year

Massaged Kale and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (my favorite!)

Today I wanted to share 10 healthy recipes that we use and love in our house that would be great motivation to eat better in the new year (we all need a little help, right?). 

Chicken Pudding
*(a skinny chicken pot pie – as seen on my snapchat @lizadamsss)

What you’ll need (serves 2-4):
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 10oz can of Rotel tomatoes
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
6 flour tortillas
1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions:

  • Preheat over to 375 F.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken breasts, bake at 375 F for 20 minutes until cooked through. Let cool and shred (this doesn’t need to be perfect, the most rustic the better).
  • In a bowl, mix together the veggies, cooked chicken, salt and pepper. Add the soup and Rotel tomatoes, mix thoroughly.
  • Layer the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish with 2 flour tortillas. Layer soup/veggie mixture, followed by 2 more tortillas. Repeat.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. If the mixture seems dry, add 1/2 cup of chicken broth with 25 minutes left. *honestly, we usually don’t add the broth because I like it to maintain the creamy texture of pot pie. Sometimes we forgo tortillas, too (maybe add a biscuit on the side).

Perfect Turkey Burgers *This is such an interesting recipe combo but seriously I could eat these every single day. They are so moist and delicious and the fixings are healthy!

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken 
*the best for busy moms! I like to serve next to roasted cherry tomatoes and crisp brussel sprouts.

Slow Cooker Banh Mi Rice Bowls
*the flavors in this are amazing. One of Dave’s favorites!

Turkey Meatballs
*probably my most requested recipe as we make these at least once a week!

What you’ll need (depending on size this should make anywhere from 8-12):
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 small white onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper (I like yellow), chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large egg
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1/4 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes (at your discretion)

Let me start by saying I have been doing this recipe for so long that I just kind of wing it. If they seem too runny I’ll add a little bit of panko breadcrumbs, if they seem too dry I’ll add another egg.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown for 3 minutes on each side (they will not be cooked through). Transfer meatballs to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (easy cleanup) and bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through. 

Dinner ideas: sometimes I throw these over chopped green peppers and mushrooms that i’ve sautéed in a pan with salt and pepper, over zucchini noodles, roasted cauliflower, etc. We use and love the Organico Bello Spicy Marinara Sauce (it has almost no sugar!) from Whole Foods. Add parmesan and serve!

Healthy Chicken Taco Recipe

Mexican Breakfast Bowl
*great for breakfast or dinner! We are obviously into the bowls. They are fresh, easy and people can assemble their own (this makes mama happy)!

Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon
*I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe but it is quick, easy and we make it once a week.

What you’ll need (2 servings):
2  6-8 oz salmon filets
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon Pepper seasoning

Preheat over to 425 F. On a baking sheet, coat filets in olive oil and generously top with lemon pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cooked through. 

Serve with a simple salad. Our favorite is mixed greens, chopped cilantro, cucumbers, pomegranate seeds and crumbled goat cheese. We usually use French Vinaigrette (sparingly) or Balsamic Vinegar as a dressing. 

Tortilla Encrusted Chicken Tenders
*because we are all kids at heart, right?

Although the new year comes with new motivation, it sometimes makes me feel discouraged. Like I didn’t do enough in the year before or like I don’t know where to start – you know? As a mom, I always want to make healthy dinners for my family but at the end of the day cooking feels like a huge task. Having new recipes gives me extra motivation and helps me plan my meals ahead of time. I hope these spark some new ideas and answer any of the questions you’ve had about the meals I make!

Do you like these posts? I’m going to start cooking more in the new year so I’ll be sharing photos of what we’re eating on my social channels and the blog. Make sure you’re following along on instagram here and snapchat (@lizadamsss). 

xoxo!

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