50 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off 2012

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Happy New Year! Many of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions and healthy eating is often at the top of the list. If you are setting a goal to eat healthy in 2012, here are 50 healthy recipes to help you get started.


Easy Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

Blueberry Mango Smoothie


Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Whole Wheat Kefir Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Pumpkin Granola

Roasted Plums with Greek Yogurt, Honey, and Almonds

Broiled Grapefruit

Steel Cut Oats

Maple Almond Granola

Roasted Strawberries with Greek Yogurt

Honey Yogurt Waffles


Peanut Butter Granola Balls

Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Rosemary Roasted Almonds

Tzatziki Sauce

Cilantro Lime Hummus

Strawberry Mango Salsa

White Bean and Artichoke Dip

Edamame Guacamole

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Peach Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean Dip

Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Black Bean Corn Salsa


Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Kale, & Dried Cranberries

Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes

Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

Black Bean, Avocado, & Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime

Grilled Corn Salad

Strawberry Mango Jicama Salad

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Agave and Fresh Rosemary

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries


Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Easy Vegetarian Chili

Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach

Easy Minestrone Soup

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup

Vegetarian Lentil Soup

Main Dishes

Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

Orecchiette with Slow Roasted Tomatoes & Artichokes

Whole Wheat Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Vegetables

Black Bean and Mango Tostadas

Mexican Rice Bowl

Black Bean Sweet Potato Tostadas

We hope you found  a few healthy recipes to try! Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What a roundup!

    Does this mean it’s time to put down the Christmas cookies and holiday treats? Oh darn! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  2. I’m definitely looking forward to eating healthy again after the holidays! Hope you and your family have a wonderful new year:-)

  3. What a delicious round-up! I’m totally eyeing those kefir pancakes! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  4. Yum! What tasty ways to eat healthy! Looking forward to trying some new healthy things soon! Happy New Year!

  5. What a great line-up of healthy treats to start off the new year! May 2012 bring you tremendous blessings. I look forward to seeing your new creations!

  6. Christmas cookies be gone! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I started off 2012 with a pumpkin smoothie this morning. Love this round up. We’ve got one more “indulgent” family meal today and then it’s definitely back to greens for me!
    Happy New Year!

  7. This looks like a perfect compilation of recipes. Can’t wait to try some of them. Thanks for always having such awesome recipes, Maria & Josh! Happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. love it!! Thanks for sharing..I think it is highly a time to not touch all those Christmasy/New year treats and get back into shape!

  9. I love this post! With all the amazing treats I want to try from your site I sometimes forget about your delicious healthy options ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Just the inspiration I need to get into the healthy kick after the sweet feast of the holidays. Happy New Year!

  11. mmmmmmm…those all sound so wonderful! I need a total holiday food detox and lots of these will do the trick!!!
    Happy New Year to you Maria!

  12. You guys are awesome. I’m just sorry that it took me so long to find you! I hope you have a wonderful, happy, and healthy new year! I look forward to trying many of your recipes!

  13. Great recipes! These look so tasty, I would have no problem leaving behind all my junk food in 2012 if I could just eat these dishes for breakfast lunch and dinner!

  14. i am 100% drooling…i’ve been craving such healthy, fresh food lately and this all looks perfect!

  15. Wow! What a great list! I’ll be going to the grocery store tomorrow. Cilantro Lime Hummus, Stacked Roasted Veggie Enchiladas! Love it! I’ll be coming here to make some of my meal plans this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Thank you Maria and Josh:

    I have bookmarked quite a few and will tentatively try them. What I mean by tentatively, is I have my Mama living with me and she doesn’t like to eat healthy.
    Usually I give in and eat her way, because it is too much energy to cook two meals.
    Every so often I slip something in and she semi-likes it, so that is what I will do with the recipes that I bookmarked.

    I want to say thank you for your blog and the work you put into it.
    I enjoy it so much!

    Wishing all of you a year filled with blessings.


  17. Great list! I don’t change my eating habits a lot come the new year, but I always need some new healthy recipes to try out!

  18. Mmm there are several that are calling my name right now! Love the soups! Wishing you and yours a lovely and very Happy New Year!

  19. Awesome recipe round up. Healthy eating doesn’t need equal bland, boring food – and these post really demonstrates that. Our activity level took a nose dive after Baby Boy was born, so we’ve been trying to eat healthier even if not exercising as much (hard to motivate yourself to get on the tread mill when you’ve only slept 4 hours – I’m sure you know!). Great round up – looking forward to trying some of these out.
    Happy New Year!

  20. Trying a few today so when I am tired from work and school I can still have something healthy. Thank You and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Love all your healthy recipes! I am working on a healthy recipe post too as i really need to get back on track. Happy New Year!

  22. Wonderful round up of recipes Maria – I think we will all be making many of these dishes over the next few weeks and months!

  23. Wow, there are SO many great options to consider on this list – I don’t even know where to start. I’m especially loving that so many of your healthy options are rich in fiber. Getting enough fiber on a regular basis is a great start towards eating healthier.

  24. This is an amazing list! I just made the Mexican Rice Bowl for dinner and it scored majorly with my husband. I can’t wait to try the rest!

  25. I’ve recently become allergic to mangoes – some of your 50 healthy recipes (which I can’t wait to try) include them – what would be a good substitution?


  26. You’re recipes look wonderful. Thanks for posting meals that are both healthy and delicious. Great inspiration to get cooking!

  27. Love the whole wheat kafir pancakes with blueberry sauce. Thanks for sharing this list — so many great recipes!

  28. Those are great smoothie ideas. I’m also intrigued by some of the soups. Thank you for sharing so many great looking recipes!

  29. Those tostadas look amazing! I’m going to try that tonight with a butternut squash I need to use up in place of the sweet potato

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