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58 Clean-Eating Dinner Recipes (That Taste Dirty)

New year, new menu. With a little planning and a lot of determination, you can totally eat healthier this year…without resorting to plain old salad every single night, because honestly, that sounds miserable. These 58 recipes are here to help kick start your clean eating (think minimal processed foods) without feeling deprived as your best year yet begins. And did we mention a lot of them are big-batch? Hello, bonus leftovers!

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1. Gluten-Free Cauliflower Gnocchi Pomodoro

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, vegetarian, high protein

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.

2. Vegan Slow-Cooker Detox Coconut Soup

  • Time Commitment: 7 hours, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, slow cooker recipe, <500 calories

Yep, you can be lazy and healthy. This slow cooker soup takes minimal effort and offers tons of creaminess, plus bright veggies.

3. Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Marinara Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, gluten free

This impressive Italian feast is easier to prepare than it looks, and it’s vegan if you skip your usual sprinkle of cheese on top. Double the sautéed mushrooms if you want leftovers to top off more dishes this week (you do).

4. Vegan Keto Coconut Curry

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, keto, low sugar

This luscious curry is bursting with flavor and plenty of add-ins. Enjoy it with cauliflower rice or a base of cooked ancient grains.

5. 30-Minute One-Pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, high protein

Hello, gorgeous. All you need is a small pot to make this French-style seafood stew.

6. Keto Sheet-Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, keto, beginner-friendly

So easy, so healthy and still so beautiful. Add some color to a drab January night with this clean-eating go-to.

7. Veggie Niçoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, make ahead

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.

8. Radicchio, Lentil and Apple Salad with Vegan Cashew Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes (+ soaking time)
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, crowd-pleaser

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.

9. Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, <500 calories, low sugar

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.

10. Pesto Zoodles

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <500 calories, gluten free

These delightful zoodles are the answer to your carb cravings (especially when you load them with sauce and cheese).


11. Shrimp with Cauliflower ‘Grits’ and Arugula

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, low carb

Cauliflower keeps this classic Southern dish low in carbs, and it’s perhaps even more delicious than the original version.

12. Roasted Tomato Soup

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, dairy free, gluten free

Roasting fresh tomatoes with garlic and onion adds so many layers of flavor to this super simple soup.

13. Cauliflower Fried Rice

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <500 calories

Prepare to be deceived by veggies. Seriously.

14. Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

  • Time Commitment:
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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.

15. Zucchini Noodle Pad See Ew

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, high protein

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.

16. Baked Sesame Ginger Salmon in Parchment

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, high protein, dairy free

So much flavor in one little paper packet. (Plus, no dirty dishes.)

17. Low-Carb Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, keto, low carb

This keto-friendly stir fry is super quick to prep, and you can easily make it with freezer and pantry ingredients.

18. Easy One-Pan Ratatouille

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, vegetarian, <500 calories

So photogenic, so tasty, so healthy. Queue up Ratatouille on Disney+ to watch while you eat, naturally.

19. Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, crowd-pleaser, vegetarian

Butternut squash, parsnips and sweet potatoes—plus plenty of cheese—make for a comforting, lightened up casserole.

20. Eggplant Pizza

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low carb, gluten free

Low carb, gluten free and totally delicious, eggplant is truly the ideal sub for traditional pizza crust.


21. Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, make ahead, gluten free

Eat the rainbow (and actually enjoy your meal) during the heart of dreary January.

22. Alison Roman’s Swordfish with Crushed Olives and Oregano

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients

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.

23. Roasted Squash and Tofu with Soy, Honey, Chili and Ginger

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, <500 calories

Yep, it’s just a basic sheet pan meal, but with complex flavors and healthy ingredients.

24. Chicken with Feta Cheese, Dill, Lemon and Harissa Yogurt

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, gluten free

This easy and elegant chicken dinner just screams “sweater weather.”

25. Pan-Seared Scallops with Citrusy Corn Succotash

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients, <500 calories

This bright recipe will remind you of sunny summer beach days, and all the ingredients are easily available throughout the winter.

26. Zucchini Carbonara with Parsnip ‘Pancetta’

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, low sugar

One of the most indulgent pasta recipes known to carb lovers, but lightened up and vegetarian.

27. Spicy Lemon-Ginger Chicken Soup

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low sugar, gluten free, crowd-pleaser

Clear up a winter runny nose with this zingy chicken soup that has just the right amount of spice.

28. Low Carb Zucchini Enchiladas

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, crowd-pleaser, <500 calories

Zucchini subs in for tortillas in this enchilada recipe, and the filling is customizable, so everyone at the table will love it.

29. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, vegetarian, high protein

Cooked barley has a naturally creamy consistency, making it an ideal whole grain for a risotto-style preparation. Amp it up by stuffing your homemade risotto into roasted mushroom caps.

30. Turmeric White Fish with Peanuts and Chili-Lime Cucumber

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, <500 calories

You can use hake, cod or monkfish in this easy but sophisticated recipe inspired by Vietnamese flavors.

31. Vegan Kentucky Fried Chick’n

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, high protein

OK, it’s healthy enough. You deserve a little treat to keep you going.

32. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, <30 minutes, gluten free, <500 calories

This one goes out to the mayo haters. With Greek yogurt, rice vinegar and plenty of mustard, it’s just as creamy and tangy as the original.

33. Black Bean Plantain Enchilada Bake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, vegan, <10 ingredients

Here’s proof that healthy dishes don’t have to be complicated: This riff on enchiladas needs only ten ingredients to come together. It’s also totally vegan and gluten-free.

34. Creamy Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, dairy free

Thanks to tahini, miso and a rich cashew cream, you’d never guess that this hearty casserole contains absolutely no dairy. If you want to make it gluten free, just skip the breadcrumb topping (but don’t forget the pine nuts).

35. Quiche with Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, high protein

What’s better than brinner (aka breakfast for dinner)? When it doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down with maple syrup-soaked carbs. (Not that we don’t love that from time to time.)

36. Spinach and White Bean Soup

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, dairy free

White beans and orzo meet soft, melt-in-your-mouth spinach in this hearty recipe. Best of all, it’s ready in about 30 minutes.

37. Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, low carb

We kind of have a thing for stuffed bell peppers—can you blame us? They’re crunchy, pre-portioned and give us an excuse to say we ate the bowl.

38. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, Instant Pot recipe, vegetarian

What did we do to deserve soup? It’s filling without being heavy, can feed a giant crowd and is basically the O.G. one-pot meal. This one’s packed with veggies, beans and, of course, Parm.

39. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Time Commitment: 33 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Instant Pot recipe, high protein, dairy free, gluten free

Takeout, shmakeout. Your trusty pressure cooker will give you an Indian-inspired dish that’s just as tasty and takes way less time. (33 minutes, to be exact.)

40. Healthy Turkey Chili

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, high protein

Chili is the ultimate choice for feeding a crowd and it freezes beautifully, too. This one has plenty of corn, beans and spices to keep things interesting.

41. Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, vegan

The best thing about this salad is that while you can certainly stick to the recipe, you can also add any toppings you have on hand. But whatever you do, don’t skimp on the garlicy tahini dressing.

42. Spicy Black Bean and Quinoa Burritos

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, make ahead

These aren’t just any burritos…they’re freezer burritos. Make a bunch of filling, assemble and stash away for busy nights (or whenever you’re feeling lazy).

43. Red Curry Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Kale

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, high protein

The sheet-pan meal is our knight in shining armor. Throw as many ingredients as you can fit onto one tray, and in less than an hour, you’re eating a maple-y, curry chicken dinner—minimal cleanup required.

44. Quick Gochujang Lettuce Wraps

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, low carb, <30 minutes

Gochujang, a type of Korean chili paste, adds just the right amount of sweet-spicy-funk to these effortless steak lettuce wraps. Don’t like steak? Just swap in your favorite protein.

45. Easy Southwest Black Bean Polenta Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, crowd-pleaser, gluten free

We know casseroles have a reputation for being filled with cheese and carbs, but this one is refreshingly wholesome. Beans (for protein) and plenty of vegetables blanketed in polenta—what more could you want?

46. Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, high protein

Once you take a bite, you won’t believe how simple this one-pan recipe actually is. All that garlic, dill and balsamic vinegar is deliciously, flavorfully deceiving.

47. Baked Zucchini ‘Ziti’ Spirals with Mozzarella

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, crowd-pleaser, <500 calories

Just when you thought a baked pasta couldn’t be good for you, the glorious zucchini swoops in to save the day. Here it’s used in place of noodles for a hearty-yet-healthy take on one of our all-time favorites.

48. Spiced Lamb Meatball and Escarole Soup

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pot, high protein

What’s more feel-good than a steaming pot of soup? This one tastes like a million bucks (but takes less than an hour to make).

49. Crispy Tofu Steaks with Broccoli Rabe and Romesco

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, high protein, <500 calories

Tofu comes in all different styles and textures, but our favorite way to eat it is crispy. And if you’ve never tried it yourself, this simple, flavorful rendition is a good place to start.

50. Instant Pot Harissa Bean Stew

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Instant Pot recipe, high protein, crowd-pleaser, vegetarian

This harissa bean stew starts with dried beans but takes only about an hour to make (and that includes the homemade harissa).


51. Sheet Pan Curried Butternut Squash Soup

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, low sugar, <500 calories

You’ve heard of sheet pan chicken, but soup? Believe it. Roasting the vegetables before pureeing them adds depth of flavor from all that caramelization.

52. Roasted Vegetable and Lentil Salad with Pine Nut Cream

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, <500 calories, low sugar

No one will guess this is good for you, thanks to the luscious (and vegan!) pine nut cream.

53. Antoni Porowski’s Salmon and Spinach Rice Bowl with Green Tea Broth

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, low sugar, <500 calories

Simple, nutritious and delicious is our new M.O.

54. Salmon with Pesto and Blistered Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, high protein, low carb, low sugar

Winter isn’t known for its bounty of produce, but luckily, cherry tomatoes are always tasty and easy to find. Roasting them in the oven brings out even more jammy flavor.

55. Miso-Tahini-Glazed Roasted Eggplant with Farro

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, <500 calories

Once you try eggplant like this, you might fall in love. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

56. Garlicky Spinach and Chickpea Soup with Lemon and Pecorino Romano

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, <500 calories, high protein, Mediterranean diet friendly

With starring roles from canned chickpeas and baby spinach (plus a few flavor boosters, like onions, fresh garlic, spices and the all-essential fresh lemon juice), this Mediterranean soup is as flavorful as it is protein-rich.

57. Lemongrass-Ginger Coconut Grilled Steak

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, gluten free, dairy free, low sugar

This impressive dish is slightly sweet and deeply flavorful, with a “why’s this so tasty?” secret ingredient to thank. (It’s fish sauce.)

58. Crispy Chickpeas and Scallops with Garlic-Harissa Oil

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <500 calories, high protein

If you’re craving seafood but sick of the same old salmon, try this recipe. It’s just as easy to make, but feels a little more special.