Menu Planning for the New Year: 154 Lightened Up Meal Ideas. (22 Weeks Worth!)

Happy New Year!

Are you champagned out? Ready for a spinach smoothie? Starting on Monday? <not me, not ever, nooooo…>

This is one of my favorite posts to put together, if even for selfish reasons. Easy meal planning is something I definitely need, especially now that we have a third eater in the house. And I’ve compiled lists like this in the past (with some repeats) that you can find right here:

2015 menu ideas

2014 menu ideas

…so there are TONS of options.

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We have 22 weeks worth of menu ideas (154 dishes!) – mostly healthy, some slightly indulgent. But the best part is that you can easily make swaps if desired. Zoodles for noodles, greek yogurt for sour cream (I almost always do this), use only half the cheese (ugh, sad face), double up on the veg (whhhhy), more chicken, less chicken, . Most of my recipes are super adaptable and I say, use this as your guide.

This coming month I’m going to share some tips on how I do some meal prep on the weekends (only 1 hour worth so I don’t “lose” my weekend) and plan out some dishes for ease during the work week. And remember, whatever you make, show me on instagram with the hashtag #howsweeteats. Let’s do it.

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1. easy weeknight chicken tacos

2. pineapple chorizo rice bowls

3. marinated zucchini ribbon salad

4. roast garlic bucatini with burst tomatoes

5. veggie fajita stuffed sweet potatoes

6. slow cooker short rib sauce

7. chickpea pasta soup

 

1. drunken thai zucchini noodles with honey chicken

2. skillet chilaquiles

3. my favorite greek salad

4. grilled flank steak fajitas (3 ways!)

5. chicken chili with pumpkin biscuits

6. crunch cashew kale salad

7. slow cooker sweet and spicy pork shoulder

 

1. smoky grilled chicken flatbreads with creamy feta

2. arugula kale reggiano salad

3. green chili sloppy joes with greek yogurt slaw

4. garlic kale cashew fried rice

5. one pot mushroom swiss chard pasta

6. grilled buffalo chicken caesar salad

7. chorizo and egg breakfast tacos

easy menu planning! 154 lightened up meals from the new year. 22 weeks worth of dinner ideas! I howsweeteats.com

1. BBQ chicken pineapple lettuce wraps

2. blackened broccoli pasta with goat cheese and charred lemon

3. fiery baked eggs in spicy arrabbiata 

4. winter chopped salad with roasted sweet potato

5. gruyere, fig jam and arugula breakfast sandwiches

6. cider braised chicken with butternut

7. breakfast fried rice

 

1. soba noodle salad with caramelized chicken and chili oil 

2. smoky gruyere butternut squash soup with chickpeas

3. 30 minute portobello fried brown rice

4. chipotle lime shrimp tacos

5. honey chipotle chicken bowls

6. 30 minute shallot, spinach and goat cheese pasta

7. shaved asparagus + whipped ricotta whole wheat pizza

 

1. thai steak salad

2. mushroom chicken noodle soup

3. chili garlic chicken skewers with greek yogurt dip

4. toasted coconut tilapia with pomegranate salsa

5. brussels sprouts tacos with caramelized shallot salsa

6. chipotle lime chicken skewers with avocado ranch

7. butternut squash skillet lasagna

easy menu planning! 154 lightened up meals from the new year. 22 weeks worth of dinner ideas! I howsweeteats.com

1. smoky white bean chicken chili 

2. chili garlic beef stir fry with coconut rice

3. red wine roasted mushroom toasts

4. cashew chicken chopped salad

5. cheesy double bean quesadillas with avocado ranch

6. shrimp burgers with chipotle cream

7. stuffed peppers with tomato basil cream sauce

 

1. smoky sweet potato + black bean tacos

2. roasted chicken ramen

3. toasted sesame ginger salmon

4. sweet potato cream pasta with crispy kale

5. roasted grape + goat cheese stuffed sweet potatoes

6. braised short rib beef stew

7. BBQ chicken chopped salad

 

1. garlic brown sugar flank steak with chimichurri 

2. black bean and cornbread panzanella 

3. goat cheese whole roasted chicken

4. bang bang shrimp with napa cabbage slaw

5. 30 minute buffalo chicken soup

6. no rise thin crust pizza

7. three bean chili pot pies

easy menu planning! 154 lightened up meals from the new year. 22 weeks worth of dinner ideas! I howsweeteats.com

1. toasted sesame quinoa with chicken

2. spicy parmesan shrimp skillet

3. chicken pot pie soup

4. crispy kale grilled cheese

5. marinated flank steak with caprese salsa

6. pineapple cashew fried rice

7. asian turkey burgers with spicy lime mayo

 

1. smoky sweet potato burgers

2. cauliflower crust pizza

3. 30 minutes white bean chicken soup

4. baked falafel with spicy feta dip

5. lightened up beef enchiladas

6. roasted almond crusted salmon

7. stuffed poblano peppers

 

1. soba noodle salad with caramelized chicken and chili oil 

2. smoky gruyere butternut squash soup with chickpeas

3. 30 minute portobello fried brown rice

4. chipotle lime shrimp tacos

5. honey chipotle chicken bowls

6. 30 minute shallot, spinach and goat cheese pasta

7. shaved asparagus + whipped ricotta whole wheat pizza

easy menu planning! 154 lightened up meals from the new year. 22 weeks worth of dinner ideas! I howsweeteats.com

1. tilapia burgers with watermelon salsa

2. white bean tortellini soup

3. spicy lime chicken enchiladas

4. butternut squash lettuce wraps

5. white chicken quinoa chili 

6. jerk shrimp tacos

7. black bean stuffed sweet potatoes with arugula + poached eggs

 

1. roasted jalapeño cheddar turkey burgers

2. sweet potato quinoa cakes

3. coconut baked shrimp with pineapple peach salsa

4. greek grilled chicken salad

5. thai butternut squash soup

6. skillet chicken with peppers + peanuts

7. caramelized peach caprese salad

 

1. pistachio pesto chicken

2. BBQ salmon crispy chickpea salad

3. easy double bean burgers

4. citrus crusted tilapia

5. white bean + chicken enchilada stuffed peppers

6. balsamic brussels sprouts grilled cheese

7. crockpot smoky brisket tacos

easy menu planning! 154 lightened up meals from the new year. 22 weeks worth of dinner ideas! I howsweeteats.com

1. thai steak salad

2. mushroom chicken noodle soup

3. gruyere, fig jam and arugula breakfast sandwiches

4. toasted coconut tilapia with pomegranate salsa

5. brussels sprouts tacos with caramelized shallot salsa

6. chipotle lime chicken skewers with avocado ranch

7. butternut squash skillet lasagna

 

1. smoky white bean chicken chili 

2. chili garlic beef stir fry with coconut rice

3. red wine roasted mushroom toasts

4. cashew chicken chopped salad

5. cheesy double bean quesadillas with avocado ranch

6. shrimp burgers with chipotle cream

7. stuffed peppers with tomato basil cream sauce

 

1. garlic brown sugar flank steak with chimichurri 

2. black bean and cornbread panzanella 

3. goat cheese whole roasted chicken

4. bang bang shrimp with napa cabbage slaw

5. 30 minute buffalo chicken soup

6. roasted red pepper quinoa burgers

7. three bean chili pot pies

easy menu planning! 154 lightened up meals from the new year. 22 weeks worth of dinner ideas! I howsweeteats.com

1. mushroom melts with mustard aioli 

2. honey ginger chicken tostadas

3. caramelized leek soup

4. beer glazed citrus chicken

5. spinach artichoke linguine

6. warm brussels caesar salad

7. pulled pork tacos with chili slaw

 

1. toasted sesame quinoa with chicken

2. spicy parmesan shrimp skillet

3. chicken pot pie soup

4. crispy kale grilled cheese

5. marinated flank steak with caprese salsa

6. pineapple cashew fried rice

7. mini chicken meatball soup

 

1. brussels sprouts breakfast hash

2. grilled blueberry BBQ salmon 

3. thai chicken quinoa bowls

4. roasted corn caesar salads with yogurt dressing

5. buffalo style quinoa sliders

6. simple summer chickpea salad

7. mini chicken meatball soup

easy menu planning! 154 lightened up meals from the new year. 22 weeks worth of dinner ideas! I howsweeteats.com

1. ginger garlic steak tacos with pineapple pico

2. spicy greens and parmesan white bean stew

3. butternut squash galette

4. chipotle lime whole roast chicken

5. pan crisp salmon with light dijon cream

6. whole what roasted red pepper pizza

7. BBQ quinoa salad