My Favorite Healthy Meals + My Go-To “Dieting” Tips

My Favorite Healthy Recipes

I am certainly not a bona fide healthy recipe blogger, but I do happen to have a couple hundred healthy-ish recipes residing on this blog, and because it seems as though every January brings forth the same tidal wave of searches for healthy recipes, I hand-picked my favorite 50 healthy recipes so you can catch them all in one place (below!).

Little Quinoa Patties

Of course, I must give the disclaimer that some of these may not fit everyone’s definition of healthy.

I get that.

But these are, in my mind, lightened up, healthy meals that still pack a delicious punch.

I am a firm believer (and encourager) of making intuitive changes to help a recipe be even healthier or adapt it to your dietary needs.

For instance, if you are eating low-carb, make that skillet chicken taco filling and eat it over quinoa or lettuce, don’t hesitate to go easy on the cheese, swap a healthier oil for butter…you know, things like that.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos

I actually despise the topic of dieting, I really do.

I don’t do well when I omit whole food groups for dieting purposes – as in, I get sad, angry, and I usually fail and end up binge-eating the very thing I was supposed to go 30 days without.

I’m definitely more of a moderation type gal.

However, I certainly can’t get away with eating anything I want whenever I want (I wish!), so I have a few little standby rules that help this old, mom-of-5 body stay on track and continuously try to slim down and tone up.

1) I don’t eat after dinner (we usually finish up eating by 6:45 or 7:00 p.m.).

Sure, there’s the occasional holiday/church/friend party, birthday, or hormonal fluctuation that break this rule quicker than you can say “late night snack,” but in general, I try to live by the mantra that once dinner is finished, so am I.

2) I drink lots of water…and hardly anything else.

I shoot for the standard eight glasses of water a day and am really stoked if I can get 10. I know it sounds terribly boring, but I don’t usually drink anything other than water (besides my beloved kefir smoothies in the morning and my hot chocolate fix).

I’d much rather eat my calories than drink them.

3) I exercise to support my eating habit. My goal is 3-5X a week for 30-45 minutes.

I have more exercise videos than should be legal, and so I rotate through them (including some very, very old school ones I love more than life).

Lately, I’ve been doing weights 3X a week and fitting cardio in the other days (often HIIT or Tabata workouts).

I also love Fitness Blender for free workouts and club.teambeachbody.com to stream some of my favorite Beachbody workouts, like P90X3, T25, Insanity Max 30 (not affiliated with any of the above).

Chicken Taco Salad

So yeah, the above tips are obviously not rocket science, but since I get asked about it constantly, those are a few rules the little angel on my shoulder always reminds me of.

Stop eating! Drink more water! Get off your lazy behind and workout!

And now that I’m done talking, I hope you love this roundup of my favorite healthy meals!

20-Minute Asian Noodles

30-Minute Asian Garlic Noodles with Shrimp {or Chicken}

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Quick and Delish}

BBQ Chicken Salad Cilantro Lime Rice Bowl

BBQ Chicken Salad Cilantro Lime Rice Bowls

Black Bean and Butternut Enchilada Skillet

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos

Butternut Squash and Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp and Rice Noodles

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps {30-Minute Meal}

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Pepeprs

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers {With a Slow Cooker Variation}

Ham and Cheese Quinoa Bites

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Quinoa Bites

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Chicken and Black Bean Chili {Pressure Cooker}

Chicken and Butternut Squash Quinoa Stew

Chicken and Butternut Squash Quinoa Stew

Chicken and Mango Basil Stir Fry

Chicken and Mango {Or Pineapple} Basil Stir Fry

Chicken Apple Sausage Couscous

Chicken Apple Sausage Couscous

Chicken Curry in a Hurry

Chicken Curry in a Hurry

Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Taco Salad {InstantPot, Slow Cooker, or Stovetop}

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup {Instant Pot, Stovetop, Slow Cooker}

Chili Lime Tacos with Mango Salsa

Chili Lime Tacos with Mango Salsa {Grill or Instant Pot}

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Chopped Cashew Chicken Salad

Chopped Cashew Chicken Salad with Homemade Creamy Cashew Dressing

Chopped Taco Salad

Chopped Taco Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing

Chopped Thai Crunch Salad

Chopped Thai Crunch Salad with Sweet and Spicy Dressing

Fabulous Orange Chicken

Fire Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup

Fire-Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Soup with Fresh Corn Salsa

Foil Packet Sweet Potato Tacos

Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Ginger Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Greek Pita Salad

Greek Pita Salad

Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers with Yogurt-Hummus Sauce

Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers with Yogurt-Hummus Sauce

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Lime Coconut Chicken with Coconut Rice

Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken with Coconut Rice

Broiled Fish Tacos

Healthy and Delicious Broiled Tilapia Tacos {30-Minute Meal}

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

Healthy Chicken Nuggets {Baked}

Little Quinoa Patties

Little Quinoa Patties

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad

Mexican Chopped Salad with Simple Honey Vinaigrette

Creamy Spinach Chicken Soup

No-Cream Creamy Basil Spinach Soup

30-Minute Quinoa Enchilada Skillet Meal

Quick and Easy Quinoa Enchilada Skillet Meal

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Roasted Balsamic Vegetable Pasta Sauce

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad

Shrimp and Mango Lettuce Wraps {20-Minute Meal}

Simple Orange Chicken with Broccoli

Simple Orange Chicken with Broccoli

Skillet Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos

Skillet Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos

Skillet Honey Garlic Chicken {20-minute meal}

Skillet Honey Garlic Chicken {20-Minute Meal}

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

Stir Fry Basil Chicken

Stir Fry Basil Chicken

Simple Chicken Lo Mein

Stir-Fried Chicken and Vegetable Lo Mein

Stuffed Zucchini Enchilada Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Enchilada Boats

Thai Chicken Crunch Wraps

Turkey and Brown Rice Taco Burritos

Turkey and Brown Rice Taco Burritos

White Bean and Sausage Ragout

White Bean and Sausage Ragout {with Tomatoes, Kale and Zucchini}