11 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 12:14 PM, January 4, 2015

Rachael Ray Show

Aired January 4, 2015

The holidays are over, and it’s time to start fresh. If you’re looking for easy, healthy and delicious recipes to keep your New Year's resolutions, we’ve got the perfect dishes and snacks for you. Lean meats, fish, fresh veggies, fruits, and proteins are packed with antioxidants and vitamins to keep you and your family healthy this coming year.

1.) Bob Harper's Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This is one of our favorite, nutritious and delicious casseroles. We swap spaghetti for squash and mix in ground white turkey, roasted veggies, marinara and low-fat cottage cheese. Load up your plate with this casserole and don’t feel guilty about it.

 2.) Lettuce Tacos with Sesame-Cumin Beef

Put down the Chinese Take-Out Menu! Try making your own healthy take-out dish. We marinate flank steak in soy, mirin, ground cumin and spices. Combine the steak with fresh veggies like red chili pepper, sweet peppers, lots of garlic and onion. Drizzle in soy and sesame oil for extra flavor. Stuff the meat and vegetables inside Bibb lettuce leaves. To bump up your protein, serve with freshly steamed edamame.

3.) Cinnamon Dusted Apple Chips

If you’re looking for a slightly sweet snack, try Graham Elliot’s Cinnamon Dusted Apple Chips. Take Honeycrsip, Gala, or Granny Smiths applies and slice as thin as possible using a mandolin. Lay the apple slices evenly on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon.

4.) Black Bean and Shrimp Soup

There’s nothing better than a healthy, hearty black bean soup to warm you up on a cold winter day. Mash up black beans with smoky, fire-roasted tomatoes, sautéed onions, veggie stock, chili powder, and garlic. We top with butterflied shrimp marinated in a little olive oil red pepper flakes, lime zest and parsley.

5.) Sunny Anderson's Pesto Chicken Wings

If you're looking for a full flavor, healthier option for chicken wings, then look no further. These Pesto Wings are baked in the oven until golden brown. We slather them with fresh basil, parsley, walnuts, zesty lemon juice and olive oil. Toss the wings in the pesto sauce and serve with sliced lemons.

6.) Kale Chips

We love kale chips because it’s loaded with protein, fiber and packed with vitamins. We massage the kale with olive oil and sea salt, and then bake on a cookie sheet until crisp. It’s a quick, healthy snack that we can’t get enough of!

7.) Michael Chernow's Spaghetti Squash with Chicken Meatballs

The Meatball King, Michael Chernow shares his recipe for savory chicken meatballs with roasted spaghetti squash. Ground chicken thighs, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, white wine, egg and chopped parsley are formed into golf-sized balls and baked in the oven. They burst in flavor and are a perfect edition to your spaghetti squash with tomato marinara.

8.) Travis Stork's Nutty Berry Smoothie

For a quick breakfast, this Nutty Berry Smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, protein and calcium. The best part? It takes only 30 seconds to make. Jump start your diet with this recipe.

9.) Roast Branzino with Fennel Celery Slaw Topping

This is a simple seafood dinner that’s super flavorful and healthy. Stuff each cleaned branzino with lemon, crushed garlic, fresh herbs and spices. In a roasting pan, take shallots and cherry tomatoes and pile the fish on top of the fresh veggies and place in the oven. When you're doing roasting, the aroma of fresh herbs, crispy branzino, zesty lemon and bursted cherry tomatoes will have your mouth watering. Top with our Fennel Celery Slaw and you have one tasty, healthy meal.

10.) Kirstie Alley's Parmesan Chicken and Veggies

This is one of our most popular recipes ever. We lightly brush chicken breasts in organic sour cream, toss in low-fat parmesan cheese, season with salt and pepper, and then bake in the oven. Serve with non-starchy veggies, like roasted cauliflower. After making this chicken recipe, you’ll never want to eat regular chicken fingers again.

11.) Grilled Lemon-Orange Chicken with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Brown and Wild Rice

We love this dish because it’s a quick way to pickle a protein. We grill thinly slice chicken and season with red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. We douse them with grilled lemon and orange slices. The salt helps to draw out some of the liquids and the citrus breaks down the chicken even more. We serve with brown and wild rice, roasted garlic and baby kale.