A new year calls for a new menu, and after all that holiday grub (and bubbly), we're craving better-for-you fare that actually tastes good. With a little forethought, you can eat healthier this month without resorting to salad every single night, because honestly, that sounds miserable. These 31 January dinner recipes will help you plan for a nutritious meal every night of the month. The ingredients are pretty darn clean (think vegetables, lean proteins and minimally processed foods), but these dishes will still leave you satisfied and impressed, not deprived. Promise.
31 Healthy January Dinner Recipes to Make All Month Long
An Insta-worthy meal if we've ever seen one. This vegetarian take on tandoori chicken (meaning chicken cooked in a tandoor, a type of clay oven) stars a spiced yogurt marinade that's so good, you might want to straight-up drink it.
Even self-proclaimed seafood haters will swoon after one bite of this briny dish. In case you've never tried it, swordfish is a lot like chicken…only a million times tastier (and just as easy to prepare).
You can make these no-cook wraps ahead of time (up to two days in advance, to be exact) and they won't get soggy in the fridge. In other words, we know what you're having for lunch on the 13th.
Our favorite cruciferous veggie proves that it can handle just about any recipe, including a mean Alfredo sauce. (Don't worry, the dish still calls for plenty of Parmesan cheese.)
It's so luscious and creamy that you won't believe how healthy it actually is. This polenta alternative, starring pureed cauliflower, is low carb, gluten free and surprisingly high in protein.
This dinner doubles as a work of art, if we do say so ourselves. Serving this salmon is sort of like putting a painting on your dinner table instead of a wall.
Fewer dirty dishes means more time to catch up on your Netflix queue. Any flaky fish you enjoy will do here, like salmon, cod, sea bass or halibut.
Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She used to sling sugary desserts in a pastry kitchen, but now she’s an avid home cook and fanatic baker.
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.