90 Healthy Recipes For National Nutrition Month

While there's a time and place for a cheeseburger and French fries, we're celebrating National Nutrition Month in March with a list of 90 of our favorite healthy recipes to help inspire and ignite your inner nutritious cravings. And we're not just talking plain 'ol salads with lettuce, cucumber, and just a drizzle of dressing. Here, we've compiled a list of hearty soups great for cold March days, various preparations of vegetables, chicken, fish, and other proteins, Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and even cookies. That's right, we said cookies. Who said with the right ingredients and preparation that cookies can't be nutritious?

So, this March, avoid the urge to pull into the fast food drive-thru lane and instead make the effort to prepare something healthy for you and your family. And, don't worry, not all healthy recipes have to be complicated. Some of these dishes take just 15 minutes and most take under half an hour to prepare. What are you waiting for? Dig into this list, pick your favorites, make a grocery list, and get cooking!

Minestrone Soup

Sometimes a nice, warm, homemade soup is exactly what you need for a chilly March afternoon lunch, and bonus points when it's a healthy soup like our minestrone. The soup is chock full of vegetables including onions, carrots, and celery, and is made from a base partly consisting of a whole can of tomatoes, which are full of antioxidants, helping to prevent heart disease and cancer. Recipe developer Sher Castellano recommends using Cento San Marzano brand tomatoes — one of the best out there – with basil for optimal results.

Recipe: Minestrone Soup

Strawberry Salad

If you're looking for a light lunch option with servings of both fruits and veggies, look no further than this strawberry salad made with mixed greens — you can also use spinach or arugula in a pinch — sunflower seeds, some light feta cheese, and strawberries marinated in a "sweet and tart" dressing. Strawberries, like many fruits, have lots of Vitamin C along with magnesium and potassium, making this salad the ideal healthy choice for combating viruses during cold and flu season.

Recipe: Strawberry Salad

Baked Chicken Wing

Move over, frying! For this baked chicken wing recipe, you'll use your oven to cook the wings, eliminating some of the unwanted health drawbacks of frying foods. Baking is a healthier option because it helps avoid the addition of excess, unwanted fat to the finished product. Recipe developer Keith Kamikawa walks you through how to prepare the chicken wings in a manner that makes sure they don't skimp on taste and that coveted crispy texture.

Recipe: Baked Chicken Wing

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

This vegan shepherd's pie recipe substitutes plant-based ingredients, such as lentils, chickpeas, and some frozen vegetables, for the common meats used in the dish: lamb and mutton, or, in the Americanized version, ground beef. Vegan diets are noted to have several health benefits, including helping with weight loss and improving your heart health. Of course, you'll still top this vegan shepherd's pie with plenty of mashed potatoes, adding the traditional creamy goodness to the dish. Cook time is almost an hour, so be sure to wear your patience pants.

Recipe: Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Creamy Avocado Pasta

How can you make your favorite creamy pasta dish a little healthier? Ditch the Alfredo or the ever-popular vodka sauce and instead opt for a creamy sauce with an avocado base. Not only do avocados have lots of vitamins in them, they are additionally famously known for having "good fats" and lead to increased energy. There is also spinach, cherry tomatoes, basil, lemon zest, and garlic in this dish to add some veggie servings and plenty of flavor.

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Pasta

Spicy Chinese Eggplant

This spicy Chinese eggplant recipe comes from recipe developer Miriam Hahn, who is also a wellness coach, so you know it has to be abundantly healthy. The secret to reaping the health benefits is keeping the skin on the eggplant, which Hahn says adds to the veggie's levels of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. After sautéing the vegetables together, you'll make a sauce based of soy sauce and rice vinegar to pour over them before mixing in and enjoying.

Recipe: Spicy Chinese Eggplant

Air Fryer Falafel

We all love our air fryers, and falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish that is adored by people around the world. There are a lot of ingredients necessary to make these air fryer falafels, but actual prep involves only some light mixing and using your food processor to make sure everything is blended properly. The falafel are made with plenty of garbanzo beans and a bit of jalapeño for spice, the latter of which contains a cell damage-fighting antioxidant.

Recipe: Air Fryer Falafel

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

Finally, a brand new way to prepare a potentially bland chicken breast. Prep is as easy as searing your boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a cast iron pan, pour in your sauce made from chicken broth, garlic, honey, and tamari, then pop the whole thing in the oven for a bit. The addition of the honey – which may help with gastrointestinal health and mental health — and garlic – which can help keep your heart healthy — makes you feel extra good about serving this dish to your family or enjoying it on your own.

Recipe: Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Who says dessert has to be unhealthy? Not us, that's for sure! That's why we elicited the help of recipe developer Maren Epstein, who specializes in healthy recipes. The cookies get their health kick by using natural maple syrup – which may help with brain health and preventing Alzheimer's Disease — instead of sugar. Of course, there are also plenty of oats in these cookies, which contain lots of fiber and may help prevent heart issues. "These are so healthy that you really could eat them for breakfast," Epstein says.

Recipe: No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Cauliflower Nuggets

If you're looking for a veggie alternative that tastes just like chicken nuggets, move along, as this isn't the recipe for you. However, if you want a fun breaded snack with more health benefits, check out these cauliflower nuggets, which are made from an entire head of cauliflower, which yields two dozen nuggets. Cauliflower helps with memory and can be anticarcinogenic, among other health perks. You can use any dipping sauce you'd like for these cauliflower nuggets, but recipe developer Catherine Brookes suggests ketchup, mayo, or sweet chili sauce.

Recipe: Cauliflower Nuggets

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

Ditch the pasta and sub in strips of zucchini to make this classic Italian dish a bit healthier. Recipe developer Kristen Carli shows you how to properly cut the zucchini then layer it with tomato sauce and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses for best results. Not only does the zucchini, which can help with diabetes management and digestive health, pack a healthy punch, this lasagna is also gluten free. Carli recommends serving with some chicken or roasted broccoli.

Recipe: Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

Warm Spinach Salad

This warm spinach salad combines protein, nutrients, and flavor to create a salad that's both delicious and that you can feel good about eating. Recipe developer Christina Musgrave walks you through how to perfectly hard boil the eggs and make the dressing of apple cider vinegar – which is great for cholesterol and blood pressure — and Dijon mustard. The salad will take you only about 15 minutes to make from start to finish and is perfect for a healthy lunch.

Recipe: Warm Spinach Salad

Healthy Tuna Wrap

This healthy tuna wrap is easy to whip together if you're looking for a quick lunch or snack but still want to make sure you're eating healthy. You'll sub out the mayonnaise you're probably used to using to make the tuna salad for Greek yogurt, which has plenty of probiotics for gut health as well as calcium. Recipe developer Susan Olayinka says this switch "not only makes this recipe healthier but also gives it a bit of a tangy flavor."

Recipe: Healthy Tuna Wrap

Quick and Easy Cabbage Steak

This cabbage steak recipe is certainly quick and easy, involving just five minutes of prep time and five ingredients: cabbage, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. The cabbage steaks are not only healthy – cabbage is low in calories and a great source of Vitamins A and C — they're mighty tasty and can be paired with just about any entree like a perfectly roasted, crispy chicken or you could chop them up to use in soups or salads.

Recipe: Quick and Easy Cabbage Steak

Spicy Shrimp Bowl

This spicy shrimp bowl requires a long list of ingredients, but worry not, it will take just half an hour from start to finish to make. In addition to shrimp – which has omega-3 fatty acids and lots of iodine in it — there is broccoli and zucchini in this dish, veggies that also add health benefits. After cooking your shrimp in a wok, you'll toss in a sauce made of soy sauce, honey, and Sriracha, as well as a little garlic and ginger. Serve with jasmine or basmati rice.

Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Bowl

Instant Pot Turkey Soup

We all know our good friend chicken soup has plenty of health benefits and is a favorite when fighting a cold or the flu, but subbing out the chicken for turkey – which contains Vitamins B-6, B-12, and zinc — in this recipe helps add more health benefits. What's even better is that you can whip up this turkey soup right in your Instant Pot and be enjoying it in no time. After sautéing the onions and the veggies, you'll add in the broth and turkey, then the noodles, and let the Instant Pot work its magic.

Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Soup

Healthy Sweet Potato Quesadillas

You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't love taking a big bite out of a cheesy chicken quesadilla dipped in sour cream. This unique sweet potato quesadilla recipe takes the classic recipe one step further and includes multiple ingredients with numerous health benefits, such as the sweet potatoes themselves, which are a superfood known to help with controlling diabetes, improving eye health, and battling obesity. The recipe also calls for organic garbanzo beans, avocado, and cilantro. Yum!

Recipe: Healthy Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Broccoli Salad

Looking for a healthy salad that's "crunchy, tangy, and packed with salty and sweet flavors?" We've totally got you with this broccoli salad from recipe developer Monica Nedeff. In addition to broccoli  — which is full of fiber to help with digestive health — of course, this salad has several healthy ingredients including apples, carrots, onions, peanuts, and a dressing with some apple cider vinegar in it. Nedeff likes to serve this broccoli salad with baked ham during the cooler months.

Recipe: Broccoli Salad

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

What better way to enhance a protein like salmon than with a crunchy pistachio crust? The chopped pistachios – which also contain protein as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories — are adhered to the salmon by a honey glaze, which adds a bit of sweetness to the dish. After baking the pistachio-crusted salmon, squeeze a bit of lemon on top and serve with a healthy side like a roasted veggie, mixed green salad, or spinach salad.

Recipe: Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

Crispy Chilli Tofu

According to recipe developer Catherine Brookes, "the secret to perfect tasting tofu is in the sauce." For this tofu recipe, you'll be making a sweet chilli sauce to accompany your crispy tofu fried in sesame oil. This dish is vegan and gluten-free, plus the tofu has great health benefits including helping to keep your bones strong, avoiding osteoporosis, and perhaps helping to prevent colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. Brookes walks you through how to properly prep and fry the tofu as well as make the chilli sauce. Serve with white rice.

Recipe: Crispy Chilli Tofu

Easy Red Lentil Soup

This red lentil soup is so easy to make, recipe developer Susan Olayinka calls it "pretty foolproof." Main ingredients include chicken broth, a can of crushed tomatoes, a sweet potato, spices, and, of course, red lentils. Besides the healthy benefits gleaned from the superfood sweet potato, the red lentils have their own health benefits, including being high in fiber, containing various necessary vitamins and minerals, and having lots of protein. Making the soup is as easy as cutting up the sweet potato, measuring out the other ingredients, and then being sure to stir the soup while it simmers.

Recipe: Easy Red Lentil Soup

3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Recipe developer Kate Shungu calls this three-bean vegetarian chili "warming and comforting," making it perfect for dinner after a chilly March day. You'll probably already have most of the ingredients this recipe calls for on hand, including onion, tomato sauce, spices, and three cans of beans: pinto beans, kidney beans, and black beans , the latter of which has plenty of protein, calcium, and multiple B vitamins. Top with some shredded cheddar cheese or a dollop of sour cream for an extra treat.

Recipe: 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Easy Chicken Kabob

These chicken kabobs are not only simple to make, they're sure to be a hit in your home, whether you're serving them to your family members or party guests. You'll use your oven to cook up these kabobs instead of your grill. Recipe developer Susan Olayinka walks you through the easy prep of cubing the chicken and adding spices, slicing the veggies, including onions and bell peppers – a great source of Vitamins C and A — and assembling the kabobs on skewers.

Recipe: Easy Chicken Kabob

Roasted Carrots

Adding some roasted carrots to your plate is a great way to get in a serving of veggies as well as some serious health benefits. Carrots have lots of fiber, potassium, which helps with controlling your blood pressure, and Vitamin A, which is important for maintaining eye health. We all should be eating more carrots! Here, recipe developer Susan Olayinka shows you how to prep the carrots for the best results before seasoning and baking them. Olayinka recommends serving these roasted carrots with a protein like roast chicken, or if you're a vegetarian, some hummus.

Recipe: Roasted Carrots

15-Minute Chickpea Vegetable Curry

While full of nutritious veggies like peppers, onions, and zucchini, this chickpea vegetable curry gets most of its healthiness from the chickpea , which helps with your cholesterol, can help prevent cancer, and helps with blood sugar regulation. Plus, this dish is great because it has that classic curry seasoning and flavor you know and love. Recipe developer Catherine Brookes serves the finished curry with white rice and a bit of either yogurt or sour cream.

Recipe: 15-Minute Chickpea Vegetable Curry

Avocado Tomato Salad

This colorful salad is full of red onion, sweet corn, and, naturally, cherry tomatoes and avocado, and is dressed in a balsamic vinegar , which not only adds a tangy kick, but might also help with digestion, making it the perfect healthy lunch or snack. It will take you only eight minutes to make this salad from start to finish, most of that time being cutting up the veggies. Recipe developer Susan Olayinka shows you how to pick the ripest avocados for the best tasting salad.

Recipe: Avocado Tomato Salad

Simple Ceviche

While you can use multiple types of fish, including the popular white fish, to make this traditional South American dish, recipe developer Maren Epstein opts for salmon for this recipe, but also notes shrimp would suffice, too. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help prevent cancer, dementia, and improve heart health. Plus, here the salmon is cured in lime and the ceviche is full of fruits and vegetables like mangos, radishes, and English cucumbers.

Recipe: Simple Ceviche

Baked Oatmeal

Eating a healthy breakfast is key to starting your day off right. That's why recipe developer Kristen Carli came up with this unique baked oatmeal recipe, which she says has the consistency of cake. Here, old-fashioned oats , a good source of fiber, magnesium, and zinc, are mixed with brown sugar, cinnamon, and peaches for a delicious breakfast dish that's easy to eat on the run. Carli emphasizes the importance of using old-fashioned oats — aka rolled oats – versus other types, noting their partially cooked nature leads to ideal results.

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal

Roasted Vegetables

We love us a good batch of roasted vegetables around here, which are not only tasty, but pack plenty of health benefits. This roasted vegetable recipe contains broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and yellow onions, which are seasoned with some garlic and salt and pepper and drizzled with olive oil before getting popped in the oven. Prep is easy and mostly includes time spent cutting up the veggies. Keep it healthy by serving these roasted vegetables with chicken or fish or over a bed of brown rice.

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Recipe developer Hayley MacLean subs out sloppy Joes' traditional ground beef for lentils in this recipe for a vegan version of the favorite sandwich. MacLean uses red lentils, which she says lends to the "most meat-like texture," and shares that "lentils are such a great staple for protein because they are made up of more than 25% of it." Looking to keep things even healthier? Ditch the bun and serve on lettuce or with steamed vegetables.

Recipe: Vegan Sloppy Joes

15-Minute Loaded Sweet Potato

As you already know, we love sweet potatoes, not only because they're especially yummy, but also for their great health benefits. This loaded sweet potato recipe is a superb alternative to just slapping some butter on top, opting instead for Greek yogurt, black beans, and corn, among other ingredients. What's even better, these loaded sweet potatoes are quick and simple to make and you won't even have to turn on your oven as you'll be cooking them in the microwave.

Recipe: 15-Minute Loaded Sweet Potato

Instant Pot Gobi Masala

The health benefits of cauliflower are undeniable, and when prepared in the proper spices, it can also be undeniably delicious. Miriam Hahn shows you how to make this entire dish in your Instant Pot, including how to season the cauliflower florets with coriander, ground cumin, salt, garam masala, chili powder, ginger powder, and turmeric , the latter of which can help with inflammation, keeping your muscles healthy, and even with anxiety. Serve this dish as a side dish to a protein or with vegetables and beans.

Recipe: Instant Pot Gobi Masala

Zucchini Enchilada Boats

These zucchini enchilada boats are easy to make and a healthier alternative to a traditional enchilada with the zucchini as the shell. You'll use ground turkey instead of ground beef for this recipe because it is leaner, adding to the health benefits of this dish. Recipe developer Carrie Madormo shows you how to make the enchilada sauce, which has chili powder for an extra kick. After assembly, sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese atop the boats and bake for about half an hour before enjoying.

Recipe: Zucchini Enchilada Boats

Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Breasts

This easy sheet pan chicken breast recipe sure is healthy, right down to the organic butter used. The chicken is seasoned with oregano , which is thought to help with digestive issues and asthma, garlic powder, and onion powder and baked alongside cut up carrots and broccoli florets. Recipe developer Maren Epstein recommends adding some lemon zest or pomegranate seeds to the top of the finished chicken breasts to add some pizzazz, color, and extra flavor.

Recipe: Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Breasts

Cobb Salad

Cobb salads are always a delight, and this one from recipe developer Kristen Carli is full of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, skinless chicken breasts, and hard boiled eggs , the latter of which can help with eye health, weight loss, and brain function. While the recipe also calls for bacon, which isn't typically healthy besides providing a serving of protein, and ranch dressing, you can always swap out the ranch for a lighter dressing such as a vinaigrette.

Recipe: Cobb Salad

Fried Brown Rice

Here we note the health benefits of brown rice, that is it's full of protein, fiber, and important minerals, versus white rice, which is mostly starch. This recipe also calls for lots of veggies like onions, carrots, corn, and edamame , the latter of which can help reduce bad cholesterol and the severity of adverse menopause symptoms. Recipe developer Alexandra Shytsman walks you through how to cook the vegetables, add in the rice, and make the egg- and soy sauce-based sauce.

Recipe: Fried Brown Rice

Easy Moroccan Pumpkin Stew

Sometimes spending an hour in the afternoon on a cold March day making a stew is exactly what you need. This colorful Moroccan pumpkin stew has lots of ingredients, but the main ones are sweet potato and pumpkin. Pumpkin has Vitamin A to help with reproductive health and potassium to help fight hypertension. Once you've added all the ingredients to your pot per recipe developer Miriam Hahn's instructions, you'll allow the stew to simmer before spooning into bowls and digging in.

Recipe: Easy Moroccan Pumpkin Stew

Szechuan Chicken

This classic Chinese dish inspired by the cuisine of the province of Szechuan comes to us from recipe developer Kristen Carli who carefully crafted this recipe to make sure it's extra healthy with its skinless chicken breasts, plethora of veggies, and rice noodles. Rice noodles are great because they're gluten free and don't contain lots of sodium. This Szechuan chicken takes only ten minutes to prep and 25 minutes to cook, so you'll have a great dinner to serve in just over half an hour.

Recipe: Szechuan Chicken

Cucumber Tomato Salad

This cucumber tomato salad is super simple to make and makes for super clean eating. The salad includes veggies like English cucumbers, tomatoes — recipe developer Cecilia Ryu recommends using the "freshest tomatoes available" — and red onion – which both kill bad bacteria and are good for bone health — herbs like parsley, basil, and oregano all dressed in a red wine vinegar-based dressing. Eat this cucumber tomato salad on its own for a healthy lunch or pair with grilled chicken for a healthy dinner.

Recipe: Cucumber Tomato Salad

Lentil Meatballs

Using a plant-based protein like lentils instead of ground beef in your meatballs will certainly make them healthier, but don't worry, these lentil meatballs don't skimp on taste. First, you'll cook the lentils, then add all the ingredients into a food processor and blend. Next, form and sear the meatballs in a frying pan, then transfer to a baking sheet before popping them in the oven. Serve with pasta — or maybe zoodles to keep things even healthier — and some marinara sauce.

Recipe: Lentil Meatballs

Easy Jerk Salmon

This spicy salmon is topped with a sweet mango slaw, resulting in a perfectly tasty, nutritious meal. Mangos are both rich in vitamins and minerals and can help reduce the risk of cancer and keep your heart healthy. Don't like mangos? No worries! Recipe developer Sher Castellano says you could easily sub nectarines or peaches. After rubbing the salmon filets with jerk seasoning, you'll make the slaw while you wait for them to cook. The whole process from start to finish will take you just 15 minutes!

Recipe: Easy Jerk Salmon

30-Minute Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed bell peppers are fully vegetarian, removing the traditionally included ground beef and the fat associated with it. Recipe developer Sher Castellano makes a filling of tomato sauce, brown rice, basil, white beans – which are full of protein and fiber — cheese, and salt and pepper. After cooking the peppers, grate some Pecorino Romano cheese on top before serving. This dish is sure to be a family hit that you'll make time and time again whether they're vegetarian or not.

Recipe: 30-Minute Stuffed Peppers

Quick Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp is a great protein to add to your pasta and salads or as a side with veggies thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of iodine, which help keep your thyroid working properly. Plus, with this grilling technique thanks to recipe developer Maren Epstein which involves just a bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper, they're pretty darn tasty. Epstein walks you through how to devein the shrimp — we promise, it's not as scary as it sounds — put them on the skewers, then cook the shrimp on the grill.

Recipe: Quick Grilled Shrimp

Instant Pot Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

We already know that broccoli and cauliflower are good for you, but when blended together in this amazing broccoli cauliflower soup, they're as good as gold. Recipe developer Ting Dalton came up with this recipe, which will take you just 25 minutes from start to finish, thanks to your trusty Instant Pot. The flavor profiles of the broccoli and cauliflower are enhanced by the addition of some garlic and onion, curry powder, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Recipe: Instant Pot Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Savory Roasted Beet Salad

Recipe developer Susan Olayinka teaches you how to perfect roasted beets for this beet salad recipe, claiming that "caramelizing them ... makes [them] sweeter." Not only are these beets tasty, but they're also darn good for you, as they get their purple color from an antioxidant called betalain, which helps prevent inflammation. You'll toss the roasted beets with some mixed greens and add in walnuts and goat cheese on top, along with a Dijon mustard- and white wine vinegar-based dressing.

Recipe: Savory Roasted Beet Salad

Healthy Quinoa Spanish Rice

This quinoa Spanish rice recipe is not only "approachable for home cooks," it's full of nutrients, thanks to the quinoa, which is a protein that contains amino acids, known for helping build healthy bones and muscles. There are lots of ingredients necessary for this recipe, but worry not, most of the spices involved are ones you probably already have in your spice cabinet. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn pairs this rice with tacos and burritos, sometimes adding in black beans.

Recipe: Healthy Quinoa Spanish Rice

Peanut Butter

If you're intimidated by making your own peanut butter and think it's more convenient to run to the store to buy a jar, think again. This peanut butter recipe from recipe developer Susan Olayinka is simple and involves just whipping up some peanuts, honey, and salt in a blender. Easy peasy! Peanut butter is great for your health, too, as research has proven those who eat it have less of a risk of getting heart disease. One important tip from Olayinka: be careful not to over blend the peanut butter.

Recipe: Peanut Butter

Sheet Pan Chicken and Kale

Recipe developer Catherine Brookes notes not only the great flavor of this sheet pan chicken and kale recipe, but also that it's a great weekday meal and doesn't require slaving over the dishes, thanks to the fact it's all cooked on a single sheet pan. The chicken, kale – a superfood with lots of Vitamin A and important minerals — potatoes, and red bell peppers are topped with a lemon garlic sauce that marinates the entire dish and adds a kick of flavor.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken and Kale

Cabbage Salad

This cabbage salad recipe from recipe developer Kristen Carli is a delight and perfect for lunch or as a side for dinner. It's chock full of cabbage and complete with a dressing made from unsalted peanut butter, sesame oil, and soy sauce , which, if you have seasonal allergies, rejoice! Soy sauce can help prevent them. Carli advises to make the dressing just before serving to prevent separation. You'll also put some actual whole peanuts and cilantro in the salad itself.

Recipe: Cabbage Salad

Simple Kitchari

Kitchari is a super cool dish made of rice along with mung beans or lentils. Here, recipe developer Kristen Carli uses yellow split peas, which is interesting because it is traditionally consumed when cleansing, creating energy as toxins exit the body. The dish is fairly simple to make, requiring only 10 minutes of prep time and about half an hour to simmer until the rice and peas are perfectly cooked. Also mixed in are some frozen mixed vegetables, coconut, and spices for added nutrition and a flavor kick.

Recipe: Simple Kitchari

Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets

We all love chicken nuggets — especially the kiddos and especially when they're shaped like dinosaurs — but we know they aren't the healthiest. Enter these air fryer tofu nuggets, which offer a more nutritious alternative with their tofu base, and because they are made in the air fryer instead of deep fried. Also, tofu has great health benefits, such as including vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn walks you through how to press the tofu, create the crispy coating, and air fry the nuggets.

Recipe: Air Fryer Tofu Nuggets

15-Minute Veggie Lo Mein

Lo mein from a Chinese takeout restaurant isn't always healthy, but recipe developer Miriam Hahn has created a nutritious version of the recipe you'll want to make time and time again. Hahn shows you how to stir fry the vegetables — including red peppers, broccoli, carrots, purple cabbage, and edamame – cook the lo mein noodles, and make the delectable sauce. This dish is as colorful as it is tasty and a great meat-free version of the classic Asian dish.

Recipe: 15-Minute Veggie Lo Mein

Mixed Vegetable Paratha

Recipe developer Kristen Carli calls her take on paratha, a traditional Indian dish, "essentially a veggie flatbread." Carli omits the usual butter and adds in green cabbage, shredded carrots, red bell pepper, and yellow onion in this dish, adding tasty, healthy flavor and pops of color to the flatbread when finished. Extra flavor also comes from the spices, which include turmeric , known to help in the fights against both cancer and depression. Enjoy this paratha with some hummus and dal.

Recipe: Mixed Vegetable Paratha

Quick Turkey Chili

Chili is a great dish for a cold March afternoon, and this version subs out the usual ground beef for ground turkey, which is usually leaner, and, therefore, healthier. Cooking the chili is simple; just be sure to add the ingredients to your Dutch oven in the correct order. Recipe developer Kristen Carli notes you could add some cayenne pepper or diced jalapeño for extra spice. Top with just a little shredded cheese, sour cream, and cilantro, if you like it.

Recipe: Quick Turkey Chili

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

Sure, we all like our ham and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but sometimes, it's time to switch things up. That's where this grilled vegetable sandwich comes in filled with eggplant, squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, arugula, basil pesto, and mozzarella for a touch of cheesiness, all served between two slices of grilled ciabatta. The vegetables obviously add the selling point of being healthy, but the fact that this sandwich is mighty tasty doesn't hurt either.

Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

With just five minutes and five ingredients, you can make this scrumptious, healthy Mediterranean-inspired pesto chickpea salad, perfect for lunch, as a side with a sandwich, or, as recipe developer Kristen Carli suggests, with some fruit. You'll need a can of chickpeas, grape tomatoes, pesto, feta cheese, and kalamata olives , which are healthier than most olives and contain healthy fats and antioxidants, to execute this recipe. There is also the added benefit of the rich fiber and protein in the chickpeas.

Recipe: Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

15-Minute Halibut Parcels

How about some fish for dinner tonight? We tried it just for the halibut! All joking aside, this 15-minute halibut parcels recipe is both quick and easy and results in a healthy protein that can be served with any side you desire. Halibut is great for your heart and can help prevent cardiovascular diseases. Recipe developer Susan Olayinka walks you through how to make the marinade of lemon and olive oil then wrap the fish in parchment paper along with some tarragon and rosemary before cooking in the oven.

Recipe: 15-Minute Halibut Parcels

Avocado Toast

Do a quick search for #avocadotoast on Instagram and you'll find over 2 million posts. Avocado toast is without a doubt a popular dish, but for good reason. Depending on the recipe, it can not only be downright delicious, but also healthy. We love this avocado toast recipe from recipe developer Maren Epstein which shows you how to make the base of the dish and then provides some suggestions for optional toppings, including eggplant caponata or chives and goat cheese.

Recipe: Avocado Toast

Easy Moo Goo Gai Pan

You'll need quite a few ingredients for this moo goo gai pan recipe, but most are for the sauce, and recipe developer Kristen Carli assures the dish is easy to make. In addition to chicken, this moo goo gai pan has lots of veggies including green onions, baby bella mushrooms, carrots, celery, snow peas, and water chestnuts , the latter of which can help with blood pressure and weight loss efforts. Carli also makes suggestions on how to prepare this dish vegetarian.

Recipe: Easy Moo Goo Gai Pan

Simple Collard Wrap

These simple collard wraps are pretty darn healthy with their main ingredients being falafel, which is made from nutritious chickpeas and spices like cumin and coriander, among others, and collard greens , which contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, and choline, a neurotransmitter which studies show may help improve depression. Recipe developer Maren Epstein also gives instructions for making a "zesty yogurt dipping sauce," AKA tzatziki, with a Greek yogurt base, lemon, and dill, and shows you how to wrap the falafel in the collard greens so the wraps don't fall apart.

Recipe: Simple Collard Wrap

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

This cold peanut soba noodle salad is full of healthy veggies — we're talking Persian cucumbers, red bell peppers, and kale — and, of course, soba noodles, all dressed in a "rich and nutty" peanut sauce. Recipe developer Alexandra Shytsman shows you how to make the creamy sauce, perfectly cook the noodles — word of warning, soba noodles will cook faster than regular pasta — and assemble the salad for ideal results. In addition to the health benefits you're getting from the veggies, soba noodles also contain essential vitamins and minerals and are a good source of protein.

Recipe: Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Air Fryer Corn Fritters

Corn fritters  are traditionally deep-fried or baked in the south, but recipe developer Susan Olayinka walks you through how to prepare them in a healthier style: in your air fryer. Olayinka uses sweet corn for this recipe, which is full of Vitamin C. Prep involves adding the sweet corn along with all-purpose flour, eggs, and shredded Parmesan cheese to a blender before transferring to a bowl and adding in some flavorful spices. Then you're ready to form the corn fritters into circles and cook them in the air fryer, being sure to flip them when they're halfway done.

Recipe: Air Fryer Corn Fritters

Easy Ratatouille

Our ratatouille dish is inspired by the genius of none other than Chef Remy of the Disney hit movie "Ratatouille," who perfected the dish with his unique presentation. The classic southern French dish is easy to make and certainly healthy with plenty of slices of zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, red and yellow bell pepper, and potato, which you'll season with garlic, thyme, and rosemary after arranging the slices atop tomato sauce in a baking dish. Prep and cook times are both about 45 minutes, so have patience. It will be worth it!

Recipe: Easy Ratatouille

Classic Nicoise Salad

Recipe developer Maren Epstein says it was the "simplicity of fresh French cuisine" that made her think to create this classic Nicoise salad. And simple and classic it is with its fingerling potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, green beans, cherry tomatoes, and, of course, Nicoise olives. Olives contain lots of Vitamin E and may help prevent osteoporosis. You'll serve this Nicoise salad with a vinaigrette made of olive oil and lemon. This salad takes just under 20 minutes to make, so you'll be enjoying it in no time.

Recipe: Classic Nicoise Salad

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

This recipe for easy slow cooker chicken tacos offers a healthy option for your Taco Tuesday dinner. To prepare, you'll simply dice up an onion and put it in your slow cooker along with three boneless chicken breasts, a jar of salsa – Tostitos brand is a popular choice – and some spices. Cook on high for four hours, then shred the chicken before serving. Recipe developer Kristen Carli suggests serving on corn tortillas with shredded cheese, cabbage, salsa, and perhaps some sour cream.

Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos


Aguachile can be described as "ceviche's bright green cousin." Recipe developer Ksenia Prints' version is made with shrimp, which you'll cure with lime, as well as healthy foods like red onion, chiles, avocados, cucumbers, and radishes , the latter of which can help regulate blood pressure. Prints walks you through how to butterfly the shrimp and make the spicy, citrus-forward dressing. After marinating the shrimp, add the toppings and serve with tortilla chips for dipping, if desired.

Recipe: Aguachile

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

We already know cauliflower is good for us, but it's also no secret that it can be frankly, well, fairly bland on its own. That's where this sticky sesame cauliflower recipe comes in. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn notes the dish is both "sweet and spicy" and "exactly like Chinese takeout." Have we got you hooked yet? We bet we do! Hahn shows you how to batter the cauliflower florets, bake them, then make the sweet and spicy sticky sauce to coat them with.

Recipe: Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Sheet Pan Garlic Salmon

Recipe developer Catherine Brookes loves this sheet pan garlic salmon recipe because it "require[s] minimal prep and washing up." Plus, of course, it's downright tasty. The health benefits of salmon are undeniable, and there are plenty of veggies — such as zucchini, red bell pepper, and red onion — cooking alongside the salmon to help you get in your daily required vegetable servings. Brookes advises on what type of potatoes to use and how to cook the sheet pan garlic salmon if you like your salmon on the rarer side.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Garlic Salmon

Spicy Lentil Soup

There's nothing like a warm soup on a brisk March day, and we love the option of this spicy lentil soup from recipe developer Sher Castellano. As noted, lentils are a nutritious legume with a variety of health benefits, and the addition of some crushed red pepper to this soup adds a kick of spice. To make, you'll sauté up some onion, celery, and carrot, then add in the lentils, vegetable broth, and spices before allowing the soup to simmer.

Recipe: Spicy Lentil Soup

Easy No-Bake Energy Bites

Sometimes you need a quick, healthy snack, but are craving chocolate. Instead of reaching for a Hershey's bar or a bag of M&M's, turn instead to these double chocolate no-bake energy bites. The bites include walnuts, peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, chia seeds, dates, almond milk, and are coated in cocoa powder. Dark chocolate , as opposed to milk chocolate, is more likely to help with heart health due to its high levels of cacao. You'll need a food processor or blender to make these no-bake energy bites.

Recipe: Easy No-Bake Energy Bites

Everything Bagel Chicken

What's better than a breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs and orange juice with a perfectly-crafted everything bagel covered in cream cheese or butter on the side? Luckily for you, recipe developer Carrie Madormo has created a recipe that gets you your "everything" fix without all the carbs, plus adds in some protein in the form of chicken. It's a win-win! The "everything" seasoning is a mixture of minced garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried onion, and kosher salt. To add a little decadence, you'll stuff the chicken breasts with cream cheese before slathering them in the "everything" mix and baking.

Recipe: Everything Bagel Chicken

Greek Salad

Greek salad is a classic Mediterranean dish, and, as we know, eating a Mediterranean diet can have health benefits as dishes generally contain healthy fats, such as olive oil, that can help with cholesterol levels and add in some omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, there are plenty of veggies in this salad like cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, and lettuce — recipe developer Melissa Olivieri recommends using iceberg lettuce. Olivieri's tip? Be sure only to dress the portion of the salad you plan to eat immediately to avoid sogginess.

Recipe: Greek Salad

3-Ingredient Pumpkin Hummus

Hummus is a great snack for when you're looking for something quick and healthy, especially when you enjoy it with some freshly cut crudité. It's healthy too, with its abundance of chickpeas. This pumpkiny twist on classic hummus couldn't be easier to make as the recipe calls for just store-bought hummus, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. You'll mix together the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Top with some pepitas if you're feeling fancy.

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Hummus

Easy Tuna Steak

Recipe developer and holistic dietitian Jaime Bachtell-Shelbert touts the health benefits of tuna, noting it has plenty of protein and Vitamins B and D. Bachtell-Shelbert shows you how to perfectly season and marinate your tuna steaks in a soy sauce-based marinade before cooking them on the stove in a quality frying pan. Top with some green onions and sesame seeds. Bachtell-Shelbert recommends serving this tuna steak alongside a healthy veggie like steamed broccoli or bok choy.

Recipe: Easy Tuna Steak

Coconut Red Lentil Dal

Make recipe developer Catherine Brookes' twist on the traditional Indian dal recipe, which she says has "creamy, coconutty tomato, a little spice, and lots of flavor." Red lentils are undeniably healthy, and with just 40 minutes, you can have a fantastic dal to make a meal out of with the addition of some white rice and a dollop of yogurt on the side. If you want to add some more protein — although lentils are already laden with protein — you could serve this dal with some tandoori chicken or chicken biryani.

Recipe: Coconut Red Lentil Dal

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

We love good soups around here, and we're even bigger fans of soups that can be easily made in a slow cooker. That includes this chicken noodle soup from recipe developer Kristen Carli, which is not only a hearty choice for a cold night, but might actually help you recover from a cold as chicken soup has been shown to enhance mucus flow, therefore helping to get the virus out of the body. Prep for this soup is as simple as adding all the ingredients to your slow cooker, then shredding the chicken and adding in the noodles to cook after a few hours.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy Homemade Poke Bowl

A poke bowl is a traditional Hawaiian dish that has become a favorite international cuisine. But you don't have to head to the Aloha State to enjoy a good poke bowl; in fact, recipe developer Cindy Chou shows you how to make a mighty delicious poke bowl in the comfort of your own kitchen. You'll probably have to head to the grocery store to collect the ingredients, and maybe even an Asian market and fish market for the yellowfin tuna, as it's important to ensure it's sushi-grade.

Recipe: Easy Homemade Poke Bowl

Grilled Chicken

It's important to have a trusty standby grilled chicken recipe in your repertoire, whether you're serving it as a dinner entree with a side of veggies and rice or are looking to slice it up and serve it over a salad. Here, recipe developer Maren Epstein shows you how to perfectly prep chicken breasts then marinate them in an orange juice, soy sauce, and olive oil-based marinade with lots of herbs and spices. Follow the instructions for how and how long to grill the chicken breasts and voila, you're ready to enjoy.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken

15-Minute Spicy Thai Tofu Tacos

Sometimes, regular 'ol ground beef tacos just don't cut it. Perhaps you're looking for a creative twist and a few different flavors to spice up your Taco Tuesday, and maybe you're looking for something a little healthier. Check out these vegetarian spicy Thai tofu tacos, which can be made in just 15 minutes. New to tofu? Don't worry; recipe developer Miriam Hahn walks you through how to prep and dry the tofu before frying it, covering it with a homemade peanut sauce, and assembling the tacos.

Recipe: 15-Minute Spicy Thai Tofu Tacos

One-Pot Vegetarian Mushroom Goulash

Goulash is traditionally a Hungarian dish, and here, recipe developer Ksenia Prints puts a flavorful spin on the classic. We note that goulash gets its red coloring from a healthy amount of paprika, but the dish as a whole is not overly spicy. You'll use onions, celery, and potatoes as the base of the goulash, adding in cabbage and mushrooms — Prints recommends Cremini or white mushrooms, but notes that really any kind will work — later on in the preparation. This vegetarian mushroom goulash will take about two hours from start to finish, so be patient and enjoy the process.

Recipe: One-Pot Vegetarian Mushroom Goulash

Seared Salmon With Chickpeas and Kale

We've already noted the health benefits of all three major ingredients in this dish: salmon, chickpeas, and kale, so you know with this powerhouse trifecta, it's certainly nutritious. Executing the recipe is simple: you just season the salmon, sauté mushrooms, kale, onions, and chickpeas in some olive oil before adding a bit of balsamic vinegar, then sear the salmon — ideally in a cast iron skillet – before serving the fish atop the veggie and chickpea mixture.

Recipe: Seared Salmon With Chickpeas and Kale

Chicken Stir Fry

A good chicken stir fry is a great recipe to have in your back pocket, as it's easy to make, pleases just about everyone in the family, and has good health benefits gleaned from the protein in the chicken and the plethora of vitamins and minerals in the veggies. Plus, you'll use a low-sodium soy sauce for this recipe, which has nearly half the sodium of regular soy sauce. Recipe developer Melissa Olivieri has a unique method of mixing together the sauce and shows you how to perfectly season the chicken with spices such as ginger and cook it for optimal tastiness.

Recipe: Chicken Stir Fry


Maybe you never graduated from preparing the instant ramen you used to make in your microwave in your dorm room in college. If that's the case, this ramen recipe will absolutely blow your mind with its flavorful, healthy ingredients. Plus, it's super tasty. Recipe developer Tricia Wheeler calls this ramen a "meal in a bowl," which is a great description given that it has veggies, peanuts, soft-boiled eggs, plenty of spices, and, of course, ramen noodles.

Recipe: Ramen

Overnight Oats

Recipe developer Kristen Carli is a big fan of these overnight oats not only because the rolled oats pack plenty of nutrition, but because they're convenient in that they can be made the night before to make a great healthy grab-and-go breakfast for the morning. Carli prepares these overnight oats with rolled oats, unsweetened Greek yogurt, and milk, but notes you can add in some blueberries and cinnamon for some extra flavor. Be sure to let these overnight oats sit in the fridge for a full six hours before enjoying.

Recipe: Overnight Oats

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

We've noted the superfood powers of sweet potatoes and the health benefits of black beans, both of which come together to make some pretty darn tasty tacos perfect for dinner any night of the week. To prepare, first you'll chop up and cook the sweet potatoes, then sauté the onions, black beans, and spices to add the bit of kick we all know and love with our tacos. Assemble the finished products in taco shells and top with some guacamole and salsa, if desired.

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Greek Sheet Pan Chicken

What could be better than an easy sheet pan chicken dish that lends to quick clean up as you'll only have to wash one dish? One with amazing Greek flavors, extra virgin olive oil – known as the healthiest type of olive oil with its abundant antioxidants — feta cheese, and nutritious vegetables like bell peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, artichokes, and olives. After arranging the veggies on the sheet pan, you'll add the chicken and coat it with an olive oil, balsamic, and garlic-based sauce before baking.

Recipe: Greek Sheet Pan Chicken

Smoked Salmon Sushi

Are you a little scared of sushi? This smoked salmon sushi is a great entry-level sushi dish that recipe developer Catherine Brookes shows you how to make in your own kitchen. Plus, you can get a little creative when preparing your rolls, wrapping the sushi rice, smoked salmon, and some sliced avocado in seaweed , which can help with thyroid health and managing blood sugar. Top with spicy mayo or Sriracha for some added spice or serve with soy sauce for dipping.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Sushi

Easy Okonomiyaki

We call this traditional Japanese-inspired dish "quite possibly the easiest okonomiyaki recipe you'll ever make." Also known as Japanese pancakes or Japanese pizza, this okonomiyaki is made from shredded green cabbage, panko breadcrumbs, and green onions. The mixture all held together by egg, which allows you to form it into patties before frying them. You can also add some seaweed or dashi powder for some umami flavor. Top with some Sriracha mayo drizzle or sesame seeds, if desired.

Recipe: Easy Okonomiyaki

5-Ingredient Soba Noodle Bowl With Mushrooms And Broccolini

As the name states, you'll only need five ingredients to prepare this delicious and nutritious soba noodle bowl: white mushrooms, broccolini, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and, of course, soba noodles, which we know are often healthier than traditional pasta like spaghetti. Prep is as simple as cooking the noodles, sautéing the veggies together, then adding in the sauce before mixing it all together. Want to add a little more nutrients? Try some crispy tofu or chicken.

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Soba Noodle Bowl With Mushrooms and Broccolini

Lettuce Wrap

Let us wrap — pun totally intended — up this recipe roundup with a delightful lettuce wrap recipe that features carrots and peppers cooked in some soy sauce, kecap manis, and mirin along with some ground beef, all well-seasoned with garlic and ginger. You'll skip a traditional wrap and instead spoon the mixture into lettuce leaves, reducing carbs and adding the nutritional value of the lettuce. Looking for a plant-based alternative to ground beef? Recipe developer Susan Olayinka recommends your favorite vegan meat alternative.

Recipe: Lettuce Wrap