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30 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

This time of year, after all the holiday indulgences, I like to get back on track with some of my favorite healthy recipes. I’ve got so many great options for you to check out like all of my favorite cauliflower recipes, some low-carb keto recipes, a few of my favorite healthy meal prep ideas, and several zucchini-based recipes to help you get on track, too! So, if you’re ready to lighten things up in the new year take a browse through all 30 recipes – I’m sure you’ll find some new ones to try!

Cauliflower Recipes

I love how versatile cauliflower is. Not only can it be used as a meat substitute, but it can be used to make bread, bagels, pizza crust and more. It’s a great way to add more vegetables in your diet and keep recipes low carb.

Honey Garlic Cauliflower

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower | One of my favorite cauliflower dishes of all time. Cauliflower is breaded, baked until crispy and coated in an addictive honey garlic sauce.

Roasted Honey Garlic Cauliflower | This dish is similar to the one above but without the panko breading. It’s faster, healthier, less work and still flavorful and tasty.

photo of garlic parmesan caulilfower rice

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Rice | This is my favorite rice substitute. It’s so flavorful on its own and it works well with any dish.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust | It’s hard to switch to healthy eating after all the holiday decadence and so this gluten-free crust made with cauliflower is a great way to transition. You can satisfy a pizza craving without all the guilt!

Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins | I’m a snacker and so when I focus on eating healthier, I like to have savory bites on hand to keep me away from the potato chips and other salty snacks. These cute cauliflower muffins are low-carb, gluten-free, and delicious. Or try my cauliflower pizza muffins for a pizza-inspired take on these muffins.

Cauliflower Bread Buns | These bread buns are made with cauliflower and are a great substitute for hamburger buns or sandwich bread. They’re gluten-free and low-carb, too.

Cauliflower Breadsticks | These cheesy breadsticks are made with cauliflower, but you can’t tell! They are super delicious and a great low-carb alternative to regular breadsticks.

Cauliflower Bread | This cauliflower bread is the best cauliflower bread I’ve ever made. It is low carb, gluten free, paleo, and keto. It can be used as toast, sandwich bread, and for any other bread substitution you need.

Cauliflower Bagels | Crusty, chewy, fluffy bagels made with cauliflower! These bagels are low carb, keto, flourless, and gluten-free.

Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches | One of the most popular recipes on my blog. I love a comforting grilled cheese sandwich and this cauliflower crusted grilled cheese sandwich is my favorite way to get my fix without all the carbs.

Low Carb/Keto Recipes

If you follow a low-carb or keto diet you know that bread and other high carb treats are a no-no, so I’ve gathered up all of my keto-friendly recipes for you to try. From breadsticks to biscuits there are quite a few ways to make your favorite bread-based recipes without all the carbs.

low carb mug bread

Keto Low Carb Mug Bread | In less than 10 minutes you can make this mug bread. You can tear it or slice it just like regular bread and it holds up well as sandwich bread or piece of toast in the morning. All you need is a mug and a microwave!

Keto Breadsticks | These cheesy breadsticks are keto, low carb and gluten-free. They are easy to make and ready in about 30 minutes.

top down view of bagels

Low Carb Keto Bagels | I show you step-by-step how to make these keto bagels. You only need five ingredients!

3 Ingredient Flourless Cheese Breadsticks | These cheesy breadsticks are super easy to make – they only require three ingredients and are gluten-free and low carb.

Microwave Paleo Low Carb English Muffin | I love a toasted English muffin and so I came up with this four-ingredient low-carb microwave muffin as an alternative to regular English muffins. Or if you prefer to use the oven check out my regular low-carb paleo English muffins.

Low Carb Keto Biscuits | These low carb keto biscuits are so tender and fluffy, you won’t believe they are flourless. They take less than 30 minutes! If you’re a fan of Red Lobster biscuits be sure to check out my Keto Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

Microwave Low Carb Bread Grilled Cheese | These cheesy sandwiches are made with an easy-to-make low-carb and gluten-free bread you can make either in the microwave or the oven.

Low Carb Bread Bun |These low-carb bread buns are an easy bread solution if you are eating gluten-free or low carb. They are great for breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches.

Meal Prep Recipes

One of the best ways to stay on track during the week when you’re trying to eat healthier is to prep your meals ahead of time, but it can get boring eating the same thing for a few days. So, I’m sharing six of my favorite make-ahead meal prep recipes that are packed with flavor and easy to make – you won’t get tired of these!

Turkey Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice Meal Prep | These skinny taco bowls with black beans, lean beef, corn, and avocado are super easy to prep!

Zucchini Chow Mein Meal Prep | These stir-fried zucchini noodles are a healthier version of chow mein that you can easily make ahead to have on hand for healthy lunches and dinners all week.

Skinny Bang Bang Zucchini Noodles Meal Prep | I love bang bang sauce – a simple sweet and spicy sauce – and for this meal prep recipe I created a lightened-up version and tossed it with zucchini noodles and shrimp for a light and healthy meal.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Meal Prep | Inspired by P.F. Changs lettuce wraps, these chicken lettuce wraps are a delicious low-carb meal that you can make ahead.

california sushi roll bowls

California Sushi Roll Bowls with Cauliflower Rice Meal Prep | Readers love these colorful California sushi roll bowls! They’re packed with avocado, imitation crab, and cucumbers along with cauliflower rice.

Fajita Bowls with Cauliflower Rice Meal Prep | These fajita bowls are loaded with lean meat, fresh veggies, and cauliflower rice and are so easy to prep ahead for easy meals later in the week.

Zucchini Recipes

Whether you spiralize them, roast them, or use them as a base for pizza or bread, zucchini is a great way to have some favorite dishes that are lightened up on calories and carbs!

Garlic Parmesan Hasselback Zucchini | These hasselback zucchinis are a fun way to eat roasted zucchini. They’re stuffed with some Parmesan cheese and garlic for a cheesy twist.

Taco Zucchini Boats | For taco night, skip the tortillas and load up all your favorite taco fillings into zucchini boats. They’re a great way to get a taco fix without all the carbs!

One Pot Taco Zucchini Noodles | This one-pot dinner is a lightened-up version of my taco pasta. This dinner, with zucchini noodles and ground turkey in a homemade taco-spiced tomato sauce, is one of our favorites easy dinners when we want to eat low-carb. Looking for more 30-minute ideas? Be sure to check out my 30-Minute Meals recipe round-up.

Zucchini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Zucchini Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwiches These sandwiches are made with a zucchini “bread” and are a great way to get a low-carb grilled cheese fix. Be sure to check out my zucchini crusted pizza grilled cheese sandwiches and zucchini waffle grilled cheese sandwiches, too.

Zucchini Crust Pizza | This zucchini pizza crust is crispy and a great way to get some extra veggies. I like to top it with cheese and fresh basil – it’s like a low-carb margarita pizza.

Zucchini Breadsticks | These zucchini breadsticks come out of the oven crispy and chewy with bubbling hot cheese. You won’t miss regular breadsticks after you try these!


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