50 Healthy and Delicious Dishes



If your 2012 resolution is to eat healthier and fresher, you should know that you don’t need to sacrifice flavor for fewer calories. The options for enjoyable, easy and wholesome meals are endless, and in this post I’m sharing with you 50 ideas for more healthy appetizers, desserts, side dishes and full meals!

Whether your goal is to cleanse yourself completely of fatty foods or simply still enjoy the things you love in moderation, you are making a wise choice and a smart one for your body and overall well being. Learning to cook is an invaluable tool in developing a cleaner diet since you know exactly what goes into everything you eat! Many of the meals listed below can be frozen ahead of time as well, including my Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Shells, Hearty Vegetarian Chili with Polenta Cakes and Mom’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup. So, really, you’re saving both time and calories!

Click below for plenty of delicious, nutritious recipes, including my personal favorites, Artichoke Stuffed Baked Potato Bites, Spiced Chicken with Tropical Salsa and Mini Apple and Cherry Pies. There’s plenty to choose from and inspire you to make 2012 your healthiest year yet!


Roasted Almonds

Appetizers & Snacks

Oven Baked Onion Rings

Pico de Gallo

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Artichoke Stuffed Baked Potato Bites

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Spicy Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Mini Apple Pies


Mini Peach Tarts

Strawberry Galette

One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Mini Apple and Cherry Pies

Refreshing Watermelon Granita

Cherry Crisp

Pear Ginger Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

Mini Caramel Apples

Honey Dijon Chicken Tenders

Main Dishes

• Beef

Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches

Deep Dish Sausage Pizza with Spinach Salad


• Chicken

Spiced Chicken with Couscous Salad

Spiced Chicken with Tropical Salsa

Tandoori Chicken with Basmati Rice

Honey-Dijon Chicken Tenders with Zucchini Rice

Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Caesar Salad with Herb Grilled Chicken

• Pork

Country Frittata with Ham, Cheddar and Basil

Cranberry-Walnut Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

• Seafood

Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Basil Pesto

Grilled New England Seafood Bake

Potato-Crusted Snapper with Bell Pepper Salsa

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Red Snapper with Tomatoes, Olives and Onions 

Steamed Mussels in White Wine and Tomato Sauce

Sautéed Citrus-Herb Salmon

• Turkey

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy

Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Shells

Turkey Chili

• Vegetarian Friendly

Lemon Orzo with Sautéed Zucchini and Tomatoes

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Parmesan

Rigatoni Peperonata

Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Eggplant Parmigiana on a Toasted Baguette

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

Side Dishes

Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes


Basil Pesto Potato Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Baked Zucchini Fries

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette


Caprese Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Greek Panzanella Salad

Strawberry and Mixed Green Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Vegetable Chili


Mom’s Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Hearty Vegetarian Chili with Polenta Cakes

Acorn Squash Soup with Swiss Crostini

Join the Conversation

  1. This is a fantastic post. I’m one of those whose main resolution for 2012 is to eat *better*. By better, I mean seasonal, healthy, unprocessed food. I’m excited to go through each of those 50 recipes.

  2. I am going to bookmark this post for the coming year!
    :-) Mandy

  3. This is a huge and impressive list Georgia. I will be referring to if often. It seems that I indulged a bit too much over the last couple of weeks. Healthy eating can still be fun and flavorful thanks for the recipes.

  4. I have bookmarked your excellent post! Thank you very much for sharing your delicious recipes. I can’t wait to get started :)

  5. Wow..that is a very delicious round up on healthy recipes.!! Happy New Year to you

  6. Holy cow! What a list! Happy 2012 – Beautiful photos!

  7. Great collection! Bookmarked and buzzed! Happy New Year!

  8. This is the perfect post Georgia, always looking for new healthy recipes.

  9. Fantastic compilation post and one that must be revisited throughout the year. Thank you!

  10. I just had the same thing on the works since I did not do a round up of fav posts for the new year ;-) those zucchini fries are my ultimate favorite side dish/appetizer!! Happy new year.

  11. What a fantastic lineup Georgia! I really love your vegetarian chili…
    well and everything else :)
    Happy New Year!

  12. Wow, great list! So many things jumped out at me to make in the near future!

  13. There are just too many delicious things to choose from here! I must have just bookmarked at least 5 different delicious looking things. Thanks for the round-up of healthy recipes!

  14. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

  15. What a great list! Will definitely be pulling this out as I try to stay healthy in 2012 (since who doesn’t at least somewhat have that resolution!). Thanks for posting!

  16. Okay….I looked at some of your delicious food pics & recipes…and now I’m a ‘follower’! YUM! Keep posting!

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