Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, a new goal, or a doctor’s recommendation, changing eating habits can be really tough. But it can also be fun! Find meals you love, then look for easy ingredient substitutions like veggie noodles instead of pasta. Every little change you make is a small win! Those small wins will slowly build up as you continue with a healthy lifestyle. To help you get started, here are seven easy, healthy recipes you can get on the table quickly.
One easy food change you can make for a healthy lifestyle is swapping out pasta for zucchini noodles. The crunch and flavor from the zoodles will make you wonder why you ever needed the carbs in the first place. You can try the simple noodle swap with this five-ingredient recipe that comes together in about 20 minutes!
It’s important to eat meals that are high in protein and fiber and have a good source of vitamins. This recipe helps you do just that thanks to the black beans and sweet potato. This is a weeknight comfort food your family will love, and you can get on the table in under 30 minutes.
This vegan soup will become one of your new favorites. The subtleness of the lentils gets a boost of flavor from the cumin, coconut, and lime. It’s low-calorie, gluten-free, and cooks quickly in a pressure cooker.
4. Chicken Pho
This spin on the classic Vietnamese soup is healthier and easier to make. The traditional soup usually takes one day to make, but with a few easy ingredient substitutions, you can make it in 30 minutes. And make it healthier by replacing the noodles with a spiralized sweet potato and using low-sodium chicken stock instead of regular stock.
Looking for an easy stew to add into your dinner rotation? Look no further than this quick and delicious stew. Besides great flavor, it’s full of healthy ingredients. Kale is one of the most nutritious plant foods you can eat, and white beans are a great source of protein.
6. Romesco Soup
Inspired by the classic Spanish sauce, this soup is made with all of the Romesco flavors like tomatoes, red peppers, garlic, and almonds. This recipe calls for Israeli couscous and fresh spinach leaves which add a more unique taste.
Make this healthy, one-pot dinner in a pressure cooker in under an hour. The orange and thyme mixture pairs well with the salmon and side of green beans. And since it’s made in a pressure cooker, the veggies retain more of their nutrients.
This post has been updated since it was originally published in July 2015.