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Sharing My Favorite Healthy Recipes for 2021 + Healthy January. The new year is almost here, so let’s start it off right with my favorite healthy, balanced, and of course, delicious recipes. I’ve included all of my favorites – everything from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner, to dessert. Each and every one of them is delicious, just a little more balanced and made with plenty of vegetables. I’m excited to start January off with lots of color…and deliciousness too. Which of these recipes are your personal favorites?

30 Minute Thai Chicken Meatball Khao Soi | halfbakedharvest.com #thai #coconut #healthyWelcome to the final post of 2020. I know everyone is saying the same thing right now, it’s been a rough year and we’re all looking forward to 2021. And yes, I know this year has been hard for so many of you, but I’m really trying to look at the positives the year brought. It just feels weird to end the year with so much negativity, you know?

So I’m starting 2021 with a positive mindset, excitement for the year ahead, and like every other year in HBH history, with a new batch of recipes focused more on health. This will be our 5th Healthy January and it’s become a month I look forward to!! Here’s the thing, I view healthy eating in a bit of a different way than most. I don’t like any kind of diet or diet food. Diets are temporary, why not take little steps to make permanent healthy changes.

So instead of dieting, I really try to focus on using only real food within the recipes I share. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, proteins, and healthy carbs…yup, I’m still doing carbs, but I might switch it up and use more quinoa or spaghetti squash.

I understand we all want to eat healthier after the holidays, but I still want to enjoy warm and cozy foods. Thankfully this can be done…and I have the recipes to prove it! Yes, some of them have butter, many probably have cheese. But each recipe is filled with wholesome ingredients, plenty of vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and good for us proteins too.

My motto is everything in moderation, a little of this, a little of that, and maybe a cookie on Friday night if you need one…which you probably do.

So yes, I strongly believe in eating unprocessed food. But in addition to bright and colorful fruits and vegetables, there are also cozy plates of pasta, soups, sheet pan dinners, and yes, even desserts. Wholesome is the keyword.

And as I often like to say, no boring salads, just really GOOD food.

This month I’ll be sharing the same warm and cozy recipes you love to see from me, but with a healthy spine. They’ll be lots of really good soups, one-pot dinners, slow cooker meals, salads, pizzas, and pasta too. And since you know we can’t go without chocolate, that will be included as well…I think my mom is most excited for those recipes! Lots of deliciousness to come this month!

Question: what recipe would you love to see? Is there a dish you’d love to see made healthier? Let me know and I’ll do my best!

Have a very Happy New Year! No matter what 2021 brings, we’ll find a way to make it great! Already feeling like it’s going to be a good year! No post tomorrow, but we’ll see you Sunday for the first Favorites post of the year. Then back to business as usual on Monday with a new recipe!!

Breakfast…

Eggs in Purgatory with Chile Butter and Feta | halfbakedharvest.com #breakfastrecipe #eggs

Eggs in Purgatory with Chile Butter and Feta

Vanilla Chai Lemon Ricotta Muffins | halfbakedharvest.com #breakfast #brunch #healthyrecipes #lemon #winter #chai

Vanilla Chai Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Turkish Eggs with Chile Butter and Whipped Feta

Breakfast Quesadilla with Soft Scrambled Eggs and Avocado Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com #breakfast #mexican #easyrecipes #brunch #eggs #avocado

Breakfast Quesadilla with Soft Scrambled Eggs and Avocado Salsa

Chai Cashew and Hemp Latte | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Chai Cashew Latte

Immune Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest #smoothie #winter #recipe

Immune Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie

One Bowl Chocolate Chunk Chai Banana Muffins | halfbakedharvest.com #healthy #bananabread #muffin

One Bowl Chocolate Chunk Chai Banana Muffins

Sides and Salads…

Greek Chicken Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette | halfbakedharvest.com

Greek Chicken Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette

Kale Caesar Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Chickpeas | halfbakedharvest.com #caesarsalad #kale

Kale Caesar Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Chickpeas

Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts | halfbakedharvest.com #wontersalad #healthy

Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts and Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette

Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Salted Honey | halfbakedharvest.com #brusselssprouts #healthy

Roasted Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Salted Honey

Super Green Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Salad with Crispy Chickpeas | halfbakedharvest.com #healthyrecipes #salad #easyrecipes #chickpeas #feta

Super Green Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Sweet Potato Fry Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Butter | halfbakedharvest.com

Sweet Potato Fry Steak Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette | halfbakedharvest.com #healthyrecipes #salad #cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Fall Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad | halfbakedharvest.com #salad #autumnrecipes #easyrecipes #healthy #butternutsquash

Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad

Baked Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots | halfbakedharvest.com #sweetpotatoes #healthy #easyrecipes #gameday #tatertots

Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken and Avocado Cobb Salad with Tahini Ranch | halfbakedharvest.com #salad #easyrecipes #healthy #chickenrecipes

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken and Avocado Cobb Salad with Tahini Ranch

Soups and Stews…

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup | halfbakedharvest.com

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips | halfbakedharvest.com

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips 

30 Minute Thai Chicken Meatball Khao Soi | halfbakedharvest.com #thai #coconut #healthy

Weeknight Thai Chicken Meatball Khao Soi

Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup | halfbakedharvest.com #chickensoup #kale #healthyrecipes #winter

Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice | halfbakedharvest.com #soup #healthy #dinner #autumnrecipes #vegan

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice

Persian Herb and Chickpea Stew with Rice | halfbakedharvest.com #healthy #soup #easyrecipes #chickpeas

Persian Herb and Chickpea Stew with Rice

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #chili #healthyrecipes #turkey

Healthy Slow cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili

20 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen | halfbakedharvest.com #soup #instantpot #ramen #fallrecipes

30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

Gingery Coconut Sweet Potato and Rice Stew with Chili Oil | halfbakedharvest.com

Gingery Coconut Sweet Potato and Rice Stew with Chili Oil

Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili | halfbakedharvest.com

Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili

Easy Lunches and Dinners…

Sesame Chicken Dumplings in Spicy Broth with Garlic Crisps | halfbakedharvest.com

Sesame Chicken Dumplings in Spicy Broth with Garlic Crisps

Sheet Pan Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts | halfbakedharvest.com

Sheet Pan Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts

30 Minute Coconut Milk Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Rice | halfbakedharvest.com #instantpot #easyrecipes #healthy

30 Minute Coconut Milk Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Rice

Chinese Mushroom Dumplings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sesame Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #dumplings #potstickers #chinese

Chinese Mushroom Dumplings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sesame Sauce

Easiest Coconut Cauliflower Adobo | halfbakedharvest.com #cauliflower #vegan #filipino

Easiest Coconut Cauliflower Adobo

Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes | halfbakedharvest.com #sheetpan #salmon #healthy

Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes

Persian Herb and Beef Stew | halfbakedharvest.com #beefstew #whitebeans #healthy

Persian Inspired Herb and Beef Stew with Rice

Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken with Lemon Olive Dressing | halfbakedharvest.com #chicken #sheetpan #easyrecipes

Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken with Lemon Olive Dressing

Crispy Quinoa Burgers Topped with Sweet Potato Fries and Beer Caramelized Onions | halfbakedharvest.com #quinoaburger

Crispy Quinoa Burgers Topped with Sweet Potato Fries and Beer Caramelized Onions

Better Than Takeout Garlic Butter Shrimp Pad Thai | halfbakedharvest.com #padthai #garlicbutter

Better Than Takeout Garlic Butter Shrimp Pad Thai

30 Minute Saucy Ginger Sesame Noodles with Caramelized Mushrooms | halfbakedharvest.com

30 Minute Saucy Ginger Sesame Noodles with Caramelized Mushrooms

Creamy Golden Rice with Spiced Chickpeas | halfbakedharvest.com

Creamy Golden Rice with Spiced Chickpeas

Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Ranch | halfbakedharvest.com

Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Ranch

Cauliflower Shawarma with Green Tahini and Fried Halloumi | halfbakedharvest.com

Cauliflower Shawarma with Green Tahini and Fried Halloumi

One Pot Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com

One Pot Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

One Skillet Greek Meatballs and Lemon Butter Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com

One Skillet Greek Meatballs and Lemon Butter Orzo

Saucy Tahini Noodles with Honey'd Sweet Potatoes | halfbakedharvest.com

Saucy Tahini Noodles with Honey’d Sweet Potatoes

Crispy Chicken Tinga Taquitos with Salty Lime Avocado Crema | halfbakedharvest.com

Crispy Chicken Tinga Taquitos with Salty Lime Avocado Crema

Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Dijon Chicken and Potatoes with Feta Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com

Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Dijon Chicken and Potatoes with Feta Goddess Sauce

Lebanese Chicken with Charred Lemon Cauliflower | halfbakedharvest.com

Lebanese Chicken with Charred Lemon Cauliflower

25 Minute Thai Black Pepper Chicken and Garlic Noodles | halfbakedharvest.com

25 Minute Thai Black Pepper Chicken and Garlic Noodles

Sheet Pan Blackened Salmon Bowl with Potatoes and Avocado Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #shetpan #healthyrecipes #easyrecipes #bowlfood #salmon

Sheet Pan Blackened Salmon Bowl with Potatoes and Avocado Goddess Sauce

Artichoke Pesto and Burrata Pizza with Lemony Arugula | halfbakedharvest.com #pizza #healthy #burrata #easyrecipes

Artichoke Pesto and Burrata Pizza with Lemony Arugula

Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower | halfbakedharvest.com #healthyrecipes #Indian #cauliflower #30minutes #easyrecipes

Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

30 Minute Spicy Indian Butter Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

30 Minute Spicy Indian Butter Chicken

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins | halfbakedharvest.com #sweetpotatoes #healthyrecipes #chicken

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

Healthier 30 Minute Beer Braised Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com #chicken #instantpot #slowcooker #easyrecipes

Healthier 30 Minute Beer Braised Chicken

Asada Mushroom Tacos with Lime Smashed Avocado | halfbakedharvest.com #tacos #healthy #dinner #mexican

Asada Mushroom Tacos with Lime Smashed Avocado

Better Than Takeout 20 Minute Peanut Noodles with Sesame Halloumi | halfbakedharvest.com #quick #easy #noodles #Thai #recipes

Better Than Takeout 20 Minute Peanut Noodles with Sesame Halloumi

Desserts…

Healthier Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

Healthier Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

5 Minute Molten Chocolate Mug Cake | halfbakedharvest.com

5 Minute Molten Chocolate Mug Cake

Healthyish Homemade Samoas Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

Healthy…ish Homemade Samoas Cookies

Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #brownies #healthy

Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Homemade Vegan Twix Bars | halfbakedharvest.com #vegan #chocolatebar

Homemade Vegan Twix Bars

Healthier Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars | halfbakedharvest.com

Healthier Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com #bananabread #easyrecipes #healthyrecipes #chocolate #dessert

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread

Vegan Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake | halfbakedharvest.com #chocolate #vegan #easyrecipes #dessert #cake #healthyrecipes

Vegan Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

No Fuss Lemon Tart | halfbakedharvest.com #lemontart #dessert #summer #nobake #easyrecipes

No Fuss Lemon Tart

Vegan Chocolate Custard Cake | halfbakedharvest.com #chocolate #dessert #healthy #vegan #nobake

Vegan Chocolate Custard Cake

5 Ingredient Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com #healthy #cookies #dates #glutenfree

5 Ingredient Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

My Favorite Healthy Recipes for 2021

If you make any of My Favorite Healthy Recipes for 2021, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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  1. My mom got me hooked on your page. Your recipes are to die for! So delicious. The Eggs In Purgatory sooo good! Also your Avocado Goddess Dressing on the Salmon with feta is super tasty. Thank you for sharing such yummy recipes.

  2. You are so talented!! These recipes, every single one, looks so so good. How you do it, I hope to one day find out, but I will be making all the others ones I haven’t made yet. Especially the spicy butter chicken. Loved that one.

  3. I love your blog and have made so many of your recipes!! My suggestion is recipes using horseradish! There aren’t many on the internet really and you’re so creative with strong flavors!

  4. Yesss! I’ve been craving for Indian Butter Chicken for weeks now I’m so excited will definitely make this with your naan recipe as well! I always look forward to your posts! Thank you Tieghan & Happy New Year!!! ❤️

    1. Hey Beatriz,
      I hope you love the recipe! Thanks so much for reading along:) Wishing you a happy and healthy new year! xTieghan

  5. Love this blog the most, and love the healthy January stuff! I would love an HBH vegan/less dairy mac and cheese recipe. Maybe some hidden veggies, like a cauli/cashew/optional cheese sauce. Thanks for all the great recipes and beautiful photos. I’ll be cooking out of the Super Simple cookbook tonight!

    1. Hey Tessa,
      Thank you so much for your kind message! I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes:) Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021. xTieghan

  6. I saved so many of these! I would love to see an Italian wedding soup recipe – HBH style. Looking forward to making more HBH recipes in 2021!

  7. Everything looks so delicious! I’ve made a ton of your recipes and none have disappointed!

    Is there any way to get more of the nutritional info besides just kcals?

    Thanks so much for re-inspiring my cooking game!

  8. I am really glad I found your instagram. You have encouraged me to start cooking more at home! I love that your meals are delicious, full of color, incoporated herbs and greens. I absolutely love the way you think. I have tried sticking to diets but that NEVER happens. You have really changed the way I eat 🙂 I would say, way more healthier!

    1. Hey Sharon,
      Thank you so very much for following along and giving the recipes a try! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  9. Oh my gosh! What a beautiful post! When it comes to.eating , you’re my kind of gal! No dieting but eat real.food. thats what makes me happy! I just recently started following you and I get so excited about cooking! Happy new Year. Thanks for all you are doing!

  10. Happy 2021! Some of my favorites are on this list… most especially the cauliflower and chickpea salad. I have made it soooo many times, and thanks to this little reminder I’ll be making it again this week.

  11. HNY Tieghan to you and your family. I have to mirror what so many others have said you have changed the way our family eats. We are super healthy here and cook everything from scratch. Your meals are a revelation, all tasting incredible. I quite often half the cheese(watching our waistine’s) and they still taste amazing. I have both your cook books and often do your daily recipe from website. Have you another cook book in the making i wonder? Although don’t know where you would find the time! How you think of a new recipe very day is beyond me. Thank you, you are truly marvelous and look forward to your 2021 recipes. Stay safe and well.

    1. Hey Chloe,
      Thank you so much for your super kind message and following along! Thanks for trying so many recipes! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  12. Awesome! I would love to see substitutes for pasta and some healthier-ish 😉 meals. I can only do small amounts of rice and pastas. It causes inflammation for me. I’ve really like the cauliflower rices.
    Thank you

  13. They all look so delicious and some of them are already my favourite meals. Would love to see more vegetarian options, and for example tom kha soup. Healthy and comforting is what I need in January after this holiday season haha. Thanks for all your beautiful recipes!

  14. I’d love some more meatless/vegetarian adaptable plant-based meals! I love your blog SO much and your recipes are the best. I am shifting to a plant based whole foods diet and I don’t want to leave your blog behind!!

  15. All your recipes and pictures are amazing, the only problem I don’t think I’ll live old enough to make them all.

  16. I lovvvvvvve all of these beautiful ideas and can’t wait to make some! However, not before making a traditional iced New Years pretzel to celebrate!! Any chance you would post a recipe? Could I use any cinnamon roll dough you may have already posted to create such a festive & delicious treat? I’ve been scouring the internet to find one but have come up disappointed. Happy New Year Tieghan!❤️🥳

  17. I love your recipes and eating them. However…I wouldn’t say Healthy is your wheelhouse! Your recipes are fairly high in calories but that does make them delicious!

  18. You have truly changed my cooking life, Tieghan. I have become so passionate about cooking because of you. I mean, look at this huge list of recipes, the possibilities are endless! And I’m really excited for more quinoa and spaghetti squash added into the mix. I’ve been subbing spaghetti squash out for pasta sometimes. Why do orzo and white rice have to taste so amazing?! Happy new year to you and your family! Can’t wait to see what you create in 2021.

    Take care,
    Jenn

    1. Hey Jenn,
      Thank you so much for following along and trying so many recipes! This makes me so happy that you have been enjoying them:) Happy New Year! xTieghan

  19. yayyy thanks for this round-up! For healthier recipes, my favorites of yours are the Thai and Indian inspired dishes that are packed with flavor – like your curries and soups. Those also tend to be one pot, which is an added bonus, especially when I can add a few handfuls of kale or arugula to the top to sneak in some extra nutrients.

  20. Love all of your recipes and I’m thankful 2020 brought me to your blog and both of your cookbooks! For some 2021 healthy recipes, I would love to see your take on some one skillet potato hash recipes or different takes on Buddha bowls!

  21. I cannot tell you how many of your recipes I made this year! It really was a highlight of the year for me. I have always loved cooking and this year I found myself cooking a lot more being shut in a bit with my small community. I’m a working mom with 3 young kids and with your recipes I can manage tasty and wholesome weeknight dinners that work for me (vegetarian) and the rest of my family (very not vegetarian). So THANK YOU!! I hope 2021 is a wonderful year for you 🙂

    Also – I agree with your approach to health – moderation and wholesome eating. Thanks for making that accessible! I am going to be eating lots and lots of veggies in January!!

    1. Hey Jenna,
      Thank you so much for your kind message and reading along today! I hope you love the recipes:) Happy New Year! xTieghan

  22. Just went on a pinstorm! One of my resolutions (or something I will aim for anyhow) is to try one new recipe a week. Can’t wait to try some of these!

  23. These recipes look delicious! I love how healthy eating doesn’t mean plain and boring. I would love to see more easy breakfasts. As delicious as those look, I don’t have the desire to cook that early. Something that could be thrown together with a few ingredients and preferably contain some carbs would be great. Thanks and happy new year!

  24. So many great recipes here, I’ve made a good number of them! My really love the sweet potato red lentil soup with rice, though I tend to do it for lunch with no rice. Must have made it 10+ times now, and am making it again this week!

    This year in Spring when Covid was making itself known, I remember you posting a cute teddy bear cookie, it was somehow like a sign there was hope and happiness to be enjoyed, even in times of great worry.

    Thank you for all your great recipes, pictures and posts this year. May you and team HBH go from strength to strength.

    Happy new Year! Hope it’s filled with good things. 💖🎉🌟 xx

    1. Hey Kelly-Jane,
      Thank you so much for your super kind message and reading along today. I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  25. Thanks for this list, all look great. For the new year, I’d love to see some new healthy breakfast ideas, especially involving vegetables. Thanks!

  26. Another great blog post Tieghan and soooooo many photos of recipes that I am pinning to make in January and February 2021. I am currently following a program which concentrates on pre to menopause, yes I am at that stage in my life 🙂 The program advises to eat lots of proteins for breakfast and lunch and save the carbs for the evening meal as this will help you sleep. For me this does work, however for the winter I am struggling with ideas for lunch, especially when I am working. Please can you create a few interesting lunch options? Also, I am not a dessert person, however I agree that a choccie treat is a definite when you need it. I also love lemon, so please can you suggest/create a few lemon delights as well? Wishing you and your family a peaceful and relaxing New Year and I hope that 2021 is a good year for you. xx

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thanks so much for your kind message and reading along! Love this lunch ideas:) Happy New Year! xTieghan