31 Clean-Eating Dinners (That Taste Dirty) to Eat Every Night in January
New year, new menu. With a little planning and a lot of determination, you can totally eat healthier this month...without resorting to salad every single night, because honestly, that sounds miserable. These 31 recipes let you meal plan a new dinner every night (bonus: lunch leftovers) so you can eat clean (think minimal processed foods) without feeling deprived as your best year yet begins.
January 1: Gluten-Free Cauliflower Gnocchi Pomodoro
Your kitchen may not be clean after making this veg-packed gnocchi from scratch, but at least your dinner will be. This hearty dish is gluten-free and vegetarian, and because it serves six, you can host a gnocchi-loving group.
January 2: Vegan Slow-Cooker Detox Coconut Soup
Yep, you can be lazy and healthy. This slow-cooker soup takes minimal effort and offers tons of creaminess, plus bright veggies.
January 3: Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Marinara Sauce
This impressive Italian feast is easier to prepare than it looks, and it’s vegan if you skip the sprinkle of cheese on top. Double the sautéed mushrooms if you want leftovers to top off more dishes this week (you do).
January 4: Vegan Keto Coconut Curry
This luscious curry is bursting with flavor and plenty of add-ins. Enjoy it with cauliflower rice or a base of cooked ancient grains.
January 5: 30-Minute One-Pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse
Hello, gorgeous. All you need is a small pot to make this French-style seafood stew.
January 6: Keto Sheet-Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies
So easy, so healthy and still so beautiful. Add some color to a drab January night with this clean-eating go-to.
January 7: Veggie Niçoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans
Spice up the classic Niçoise salad with curry paste–covered green beans. Throw some tuna, salmon or tofu on top if you want extra protein.
January 8: Radicchio, Lentil and Apple Salad with Vegan Cashew Dressing
So decadent, you wouldn’t think it counts as a salad, but it totally does. Memorize this cashew dressing recipe, because you’ll want to slather it on everything.
January 9: Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower
It’s cauliflower steak night! Serve a nice hunk of this roasted cauli on top of salad, cooked greens or whole grains to round out your dinner.
January 10: Pesto Zoodles
These delightful zoodles are the answer to your carb cravings (especially when you load them with sauce and cheese).
January 11: Shrimp with Cauliflower ‘Grits’ and Arugula
Cauliflower keeps this classic Southern dish clean and low-carb, and it’s perhaps even more delicious than the original version.
January 12: The Best Damn Tomato Soup
Roasting fresh tomatoes with garlic and onion adds so many layers of flavor to this super simple soup.
January 13: Cauliflower Fried Rice
Prepare to be deceived by veggies. Seriously.
January 14: Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken
There may be no dinner as elegant as an impeccably roasted chicken. And once you eat it, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to add to salads and use for sandwiches.
January 15: Zucchini Noodle Pad See Ew
Thinly slicing a whole zucchini with a vegetable peeler creates a long, ribbon-like noodle that rivals the real thing. Your favorite Thai restaurant is going to miss seeing you after you master this recipe.
January 16: Baked Sesame Ginger Salmon in Parchment
So much flavor in one little paper packet. (Plus, no dirty dishes.)
January 17: Low-Carb Beef And Broccoli Stir-Fry
This keto-friendly stir-fry is super quick to prep, and you can easily make it with freezer and pantry ingredients.
January 18: Easy One-Pan Ratatouille
So photogenic, so tasty, so healthy. Queue up Ratatouille on Disney+ to watch while you eat, naturally.
January 19: Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin
Butternut squash, parsnips and sweet potatoes, plus plenty of cheese, make for a comforting and clean casserole.
January 20: Eggplant Pizza
Low-carb, gluten-free and totally delicious, eggplant is truly the ideal sub for traditional pizza crust.
January 21: Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
Eat the rainbow during the heart of dreary January.
January 22: Alison Roman’s Swordfish with Crushed Olives and Oregano
It’s kind of ridiculous that this restaurant-worthy recipe only takes half an hour to prepare and cook! Invite someone you want to impress over for dinner.
January 23: Roasted Squash and Tofu with Soy, Honey, Chili and Ginger
Yep, it’s just a basic sheet pan meal, but with complex flavors and healthy ingredients.
January 24: Chicken with Feta Cheese, Dill, Lemon and Harissa Yogurt
This easy and elegant chicken dinner just screams “sweater weather.”
January 25: Pan-Seared Scallops with Citrusy Corn Succotash
This bright recipe will remind you of sunny summer beach days, and all the ingredients are easily available throughout the winter. (We won’t judge if you change into shorts for dinnertime.)
January 26: Zucchini Carbonara with Parsnip ‘Pancetta’
One of the most indulgent pasta recipes known to carb lovers, but lightened up and vegetarian.
January 27: Spicy Lemon-Ginger Chicken Soup
Clear up a winter runny nose with this zingy chicken soup that has just the right amount of spice.
January 28: Low-Carb Zucchini Enchiladas
Zucchini subs in for tortillas in this enchilada recipe, and the filling is customizable, so everyone at the table will love it.
January 29: Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto
Cooked barley has a naturally creamy consistency, making it an ideal whole grain for risotto. Amp it up by stuffing your homemade risotto into roasted mushroom caps.
January 30: Turmeric White Fish with Peanuts and Chili-Lime Cucumber
You can use hake, cod or monkfish in this easy but sophisticated recipe inspired by Vietnamese flavors.
January 31: Vegan Kentucky Fried Chick’n
OK, it’s clean enough. You deserve a little treat to keep you going.