20 Weeks of (different!) Lightened-Up Dinners.

The happiest of the new years to you!

Since you may be in massive dinner planning mode with the new year, I wanted to share a ton of my favorite meals. These are the meals that we constantly eat for dinner – the ones on permanent rotation. These are what I consider some of my favorite healthier meals – the meals that we go to when salad and chicken are just way too boring. For me, healthy dinners can still include things like moderate amounts of cheese and brown brown and heck, even a little bacon every now and then. If those don’t jive with you, feel free to leave them out, swap them for something else or just use this list as some general inspiration for the new year. I didn’t include anything extra super cheesy… but a little here and there? YES.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to really plan our meals in advance and be prepared ahead of time with LOTS of variety. That’s what keeps us excited. I hope to carry it over into the new year so we don’t end up eating something for dinner that I really prepped at 10AM for photography purposes.

Feel free to share any of your go-to dinner ideas in the comments below. I’m alllll about new and exciting dinners.

20 weeks of healthier meals I howsweeteats.com

1. autumn veg burgers with apple cider slaw

2. mushroom and chicken noodle soup with poached eggs

3. roasted tomato caprese panzanella

4. grilled corn, mushroom + roasted poblano tacos

5. bbq salmon + crispy chickpea salads

6. crockpot turkey quinoa meatballs

7. stuffed peppers in tomato basil sauce

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1. asiago portobello burgers

2. toasted coconut tilapia with pom salsa

3. chipotle lime chicken skewers with avocado cream

4. thai butternut squash soup

5. lightened up beef enchiladas

6. grilled watermelon caprese salads

7.whole goat cheese roasted chicken

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1. pineapple cashew fried rice

2. pistachio pesto chicken

3. roasted tomato, tuna and white bean cups

4. white chicken quinoa chili

5. sweet potato quinoa cakes with blackberry salsa

6. tilapia burgers with watermelon salsa

7. zucchini breakfast skillet with poached eggs

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1. toasted sesame ginger salmon

2. roasted red pepper bean burgers

3. caramelized shallot, spinach and goat cheese pasta

4. springtime veggies skillet lasagna

5. thai beef tacos

6. mini chicken meatball soup

7. cauliflower pizza crust

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1. autumn arugula salad

2. whole wheat pasta + our favorite crockpot tomato sauce

3. black bean + sweet potato tacos

4. apple bacon stuffed sweet potatoes

5. creamy tomato soup with garlic brown butter croutons

6. bbq salmon burgers

7. thai curry pomegranate chicken

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1. chickpea chicken soup

2. bbq portobello sliders

3. mushroom melts with homemade dijon

4. summertime chopped salad

5. spicy parmesan shrimp skillet

6. red wine risotto with caramelized mushrooms

7. coconut crusted baked chicken fingers with peach honey mustard

20 weeks of healthier meals I howsweeteats.com

1. spicy brown sugar salmon

2. grilled greek chicken salad

3. whole roasted chipotle lime chicken

4. creamy verde pasta

5. crockpot springtime minestrone soup

6. thai turkey burgers

7. bbq chicken enchiladas

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1. grilled blueberry chicken skewers with coconut rice

2. whole wheat fontina portobello pizza

3. smoky white bean chicken chili

4. roasted grape stuffed sweet potatoes

5. thai butternut squash lettuce wraps

6. grilled blueberry bbq salmon

7. skillet chicken with peppers and peanuts

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1. one pot chicken tortilla soup

2. roasted garlic + veggie tostadas

3. red wine marinated flank steak with caprese salad

4. double bean quesadillas with avocado cream

5. portobello gouda burgers

6. creamy tomato chicken pasta

7. homemade fish sticks

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1. brown butter tilapia

2. spinach and artichoke linguine

3. crispy kale salad

4. shrimp burgers with chipotle cream + coconut peach salsa

5. cheesy chicken and rice bake

6. brussels sprouts breakfast hash

7. black bean + cornbread panzanella salad

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1. jerk shrimp tacos

2. buttermilk almond crusted chicken fingers

3. coconut lime tilapia tacos with kiwi salsa

4. thai steak salad with roasted chili mango vinaigrette

5.  sweet potato + crispy kale pasta

6. roasted chicken noodle soup

7. buffalo style quinoa sliders with sweet corn + scallions

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1. honey ginger chicken tostadas with pom salsa

2. crispy shrimp tacos

3. honey roasted vegetable pasta

4. double bean burgers with avocado cream

5. brown sugar whole roasted chicken

6. mother lovett’s bean soup

7. chickpea curry with coconut rice

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1. chicken salad with corn and greek yogurt

2. roasted red pepper penne

3. macaroon tilapia

4. pan toasted gnocchi

5. toasted sesame chicken quinoa

6. 3 bean chili pot pies

7. 20 minute turkey taco nachos

20 weeks of healthier meals I howsweeteats.com

1. sweet potato burgers

2. layered autumn quinoa salad

3. skillet lasagna

4. smoky chicken tacos with goat cheese queso

5. light crab cakes

6. warm winter chickpeas

7. roasted corn caesar salads with greek yogurt dressing

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1. citrus crusted tilapia

2. crunchy honey chicken

3. cream cauliflower soup

4. crispy quinoa sliders

5. tequila lime chicken + black bean burritos

6. whole wheat shrimp flatbreads

7. thai chicken enchiladas

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1. triple berry kale salad

2. whole wheat roasted red pepper pizza

3. summer bean burgers

4. lightened up chicken enchiladas

5. pan crisped salmon with light dijon cream

6. roasted jalapeño cheddar turkey burgers

7. whole wheat chicken lasagna

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1. greek chicken tostadas

2. brown butter garden vegetable pasta

3. salmon blt sliders

4. asian turkey burgers

5. sticky pomegranate chicken

6. thai chicken crunch salad

7. broiled shrimp with tomatoes, basil and brie

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1. crab cake sliders with pineapple kiwi salsa

2. cashew chicken

3. thai chicken quinoa

4. chicken enchilada stuffed peppers

5. light sesame chicken skillet

6. bbq salmon burgers

7. white bean chicken soup

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1. enchilada spaghetti

2. crispy salmon + basil noodles

3. coconut baked shrimp with pineapple peach salsa

4. autumn panzanella salad

5. harvest chicken soup

6. sweet potato chili cheese rounds

7. thai chicken quesadillas

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1. blt salad with corn, feta + avocado

2. bbq chicken burgers

3. crispy honey lime tilapia with blueberry salsa

4. portobello fajitas with fontina queso

5. cheesy black bean stuffed sweet potatoes with poached eggs

6. pecan crusted chicken wraps with strawberry honey mustard

7. bourbon glazed salmon