Healthy Dinner Recipes You Need for The New Year

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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! 

    easy healthy dinner recipes & lunch ideas

    It’s the New Year and a New Decade. Some of us may still be in the celebrating mode (Lunar New Year), 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

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    1. Ochazuke (Japanese Rice Soup with Green Tea)

    Japanese tea is poured on top of steamed rice and flaky baked salmon in a rice bowl.

    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.

    2. Miso Butter Salmon

    A white plate containing Miso Butter Salmon served with sautéed shiitake and shimeji mushrooms.

    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!

    3. Soba Noodle Soup

    A Japanese bowl containing Toshikoshi Soba Noodle Soup with fish cake and wakame seaweed.

    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.

    4. Tofu Salad with Sesame Ponzu

    Refreshing Tofu Salad with Sesame Ponzu Dressing on a Japanese blue platter.

    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.

    5. Rice Porridge

    Japanese rice porridge served in a bowl with salmon, green onion, pickled plums, and shredded seaweed.

    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. 

    6. Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

    Green salad with carrot ginger dressing on top.

    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.

    7. Instant Pot Tonjiru (Pork & Vegetable Miso Soup)

    A black bowl containing pork and vegetable miso soup (Tonjiru).

    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.

    8. Honey Sesame Shirataki Noodles

    A blue bowl containing cold and refreshing shirataki noodles with honey sesame dressing.

    Shirataki noodles are gluten-free and low in calories. They make the most refreshing noodle salad topped with powerful veggies and lean protein. 

    9. Hot Tofu (Yudofu)

    A Japanese ceramic bowl containing hot tofu.

    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.

    10. Instant Pot Nikujaga

    Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Nikujaga (Japanese Meat and Potato Stew) in a white bowl.

    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.

    11. Niratama Donburi (Chive & Egg Rice Bowl)

    A white bowl containing a soft fluffy egg stir fry with Chinese chive served over steamed rice.

    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.

    12. Vegetable Miso Soup

    Three kinds of vegetable miso soups; each served in a Japanese wooden bowl.

    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.

    13. Instant Pot Takikomi Gohan (Japanese Mixed Rice)

    Black ceramic bowls containing Japanese Mixed Rice (Takikomi Gohan).

    All the different colors, flavors, and textures of this one-pot Japanese mixed rice will keep you balanced, full and happy.

    14. Japanese Spinach Salad

    Spinach ohitashi in white ceramic plates.

    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.

    15. Salmon in Foil

    A plate containing Salmon in Foil with ponzu sauce on the side.

    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.

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