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From heart-warming soups, vibrant salads to pressure cooker meals, here you’ll find healthy dinner recipes that will become your favorites year-round!
It’s the New Year and a New Decade. Some of us may still be in the celebrating mode, but many of us are also ready to embark on a healthy reset. After all the eating, drinking and merrymaking, it’s time for a slow down and gives our bodies the extra care.
At Just One Cookbook, our focus is always on nourishment and sustenance. So there won’t be any full-on fasting or plain smoothie diet. Instead, we share tasty foods that make you feel good. Think healthy fats, calcium, iron, vitamin D – to help you build stronger immunity and to promote health.
Here, we’ve gathered all the delicious, healthy dinner recipes you need for a healthy new year. Since they are also easy to make, we know they’re going to be your favorites even after the detox month has passed. Cheers to vibrant health!
Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes You Need for the New Year
This simple Japanese rice dish soup is topped with salmon, seaweed, herbs and submerged in green tea or dashi. You can switch it up with other savory ingredients or greens like spinach for an extra boost of vitamins. It’s light, easy, and so tasty. Ochazuke is particularly comforting when you feel under the weather. But we can really live on it all year round.
Looking to eat more salmon for those all-important omega-3 fatty acids? Add this Miso Butter Salmon to your weeknight meal routine. Pan-fried in a delicious savory sauce, a healthy dinner meal is done in less than 30 minutes!
The Japanese usher in the New Year with a simple bowl of soba noodle soup because soba represents good luck, longevity, and good health. It’s also low in calories and excellent for cleansing. We know you’re going to enjoy this flavorful noodle soup more than just on New Year’s eve.
For many Asian cultures, rice porridge is the chicken noodle soup for the soul. It’s homey, soothing and ultra comforting. You can keep the rice porridge plain or serve it with simple leftovers like salted salmon, nori, hard-boiled egg, kimchi or a side of pickles. It will keep you nourished and the chill at bay.
Finely grated carrot and ginger are both super healthy and full of antioxidants! When combined with miso, it makes a flavorful salad dressing that delivers lots of health benefits. Make extra and pack it for your work lunch too.
A bowl of warm, hearty soup can boost your energy to face whatever that comes your way in the new year. The combination of pork belly and root vegetables provides all the health-promoting nutrients in this flavorful soup. You’ll love that it’s packed with collagen, which is great for the skin.
Shirataki noodles are gluten-free and low in calories. They make the most refreshing noodle salad topped with powerful veggies and lean protein.
With just tofu and dashi kombu, you can enjoy this warm, protein-rich and nourishing vegetarian dish at home. If you’d like, bulk it up with vegetables, mushrooms or other ingredients.
When feeding a family, we look for healthy, well-balanced meals that are also simple to prepare. With sliced meat, vegetables, and potatoes simmered in dashi broth, this Instant Pot Nikujaga is going to be your all-time favorite dinner to cook for the family.
Soft fluffy egg stir fry with Chinese chive served over steamed rice – Niratama Donburi is the easiest way to get your protein, vitamins, and fiber. The chives give the omelette a distinct flavor but feel free to replace it with other leafy greens such as spinach, baby kale, pea shoots, etc. If you prefer, you can switch the steamed rice with brown rice or cauliflower rice.
A simple mix of comfort and nutrition, this vegetable miso soup can improve digestion and boost your mood. It’s delicious as breakfast for something savory in the morning or a light dinner with a side of protein like tofu or salmon.
All the different colors, flavors, and textures of this one-pot Japanese mixed rice will keep you balanced, full and happy.
If eating more greens is something you’d like to achieve this year, you can rely on this Japanese Spinach Salad to make it happen! It uses a simple method called the Ohitashi to infuse vegetables with umami and subtle flavor. The salad goes so well with any Japanese or Asian dishes that you can dish up anytime.
Cooked in a savory dashi broth with vegetables, eggs, and whatever you have on hand, this Japanese rice soup is a nourishing meal that helps refuel your energy. Easily customizable and done in 30 minutes!
15. Salmon in Foil
Wild-caught salmon with mushrooms and vegetables cooked in a foil, this is an ideal dish for a healthy weeknight meal. The best part is how fast you can pull this together.
This Japanese Tofu Salad with Sesame Ponzu Dressing is a refreshing salad with leafy greens, tofu, corn, and wakame seaweed. The tangy ponzu sauce is an absolute jam. It is super easy to make and substantial enough to be eaten alone.
This one-bowl meal is one of the classics in Japanese home cooking. First, you poach the chicken thighs in dashi with sweet onion, then add in the eggs to create a fluffy sauce. It’s wholesome and utterly comforting!
18. Vegetarian Udon
This is a lighten up noodle soup that can be enjoyed year-round. Feel free to go with your own favorite toppings, but a side of greens and simple proteins like tofu make great options!
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