Food

10 Healthy Winter Recipes to Get You Back on Track


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.В 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 toВ 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 cookiesВ 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 theВ 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 fromВ the lavish holiday season. Here are 10 delicious dishes that you can try right away to kick-start yourВ New Year's resolutions.В

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Eating Bird Food

The Recipe:В 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 warmВ you up and deliver on nutrients.В

The Pro Tip:В 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.

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker Crock Pot $49 $37Shop

Broccoli Salad

Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe:В 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.

Juliska Stonewood Stripe Salad Servers $98Shop

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Grain Bowl

Joyful Healthy Eats

The Recipe:В Delicious Fall 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:В Krista Rollins of Joyful Healthy Eats suggests topping your bowl with whatever seasonal fruits you're craving.

Canvas Home Oslo 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting $94Shop

Cauliflower Curry

The Modern Proper

The Recipe:В Cauliflower Curry

The Hero Ingredient:В 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.

TVS Nonstick Pot $80Shop

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Minimalist Baker

The Recipe:В Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pasta

The Hero Ingredient: Instead of traditional noodles, spaghetti squash takes center stage in thisВ play on the Italian classic.В 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 someВ 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.

Cuisinart Food Processor $80 $75Shop

Breakfast Skillet

The First Mess

The Recipe:В Cozy and Spicy Breakfast Skillet with Cilantro JalapeГ±o Sauce

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.В

The Pro Tip: Laura Wright of The First Mess suggestsВ serving the skillet with cilantro, warm tortillas, and hot sauce.

Smithey Ironware Co. Cast Iron Skillet $106Shop

No Noodle Pad Thai

The Modern Proper

The Recipe:В No Noodle Pad Thai

The Hero Ingredient: Almond butter gives this healthy sweet potato and carrot pad Thai the perfect flavor forВ the nutty sauce.В 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.

Gourmia Electric Spiralizer $35Shop

Roast Salmon

Stuck in the Kitchen

The Recipe:В 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:В Sarah Tuck of Stuck in the Kitchen recommends leaving the salmon on the baking paperВ until serving because it will be extremely tender after baking.

Bicyclette Oxidized Oak Serving Board $150Shop

Rustic Winter Salad

The Original Dish

The Recipe:В Rustic Winter Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and Torn Croutons

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.

Magnus Design Modern Maple Cutting Board $52Shop

Ginger Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup

Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe:В 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.

Cost Plus World Market Stripe Chopsticks $14Shop

Up next: 10 keto soup recipes with so much flavor you'll need a bigger spoon.