Healthy Habits! Quick and Easy Recipes for the New Year

Healthy habits start in the kitchen! These quick recipes are delicious and packed full of nutritious ingredients, so you can feel energized and ready for whatever 2022 throws your way.

Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Lemon Pasta

This healthier take on a quick weeknight pasta dish uses tender asparagus, herbs, and lemon. Instead of heavy creams and cheeses, the sauce relies on goat cheese for flavorful, creamy bites, while the tender asparagus and lemon juice add a fresh, tangy crunch. The best part about this recipe is that all of the ingredients can be adapted to suit your dietary needs and preferences. Swap out the asparagus for string beans, or mix in salmon or chicken for added protein.

Citrus Avocado Salad

Salads aren’t just for summertime! Use your favorite winter greens like arugula and kale, along with some seasonal oranges and avocado to make this citrus avocado salad. It’s as simple as tossing the greens, nuts, avocado, and oranges in some feta and a fresh tahini vinaigrette. The recipe calls for toasting the walnuts, but you could easily cut down on prep time by buying them already toasted or simply tossing them in raw. This dish is so pretty, you’ll want to serve it at your next dinner party.

Seafood Chowder

Eating more fish and seafood is a great way to increase your intake of vitamin D and other essential nutrients. This seafood chowder recipe is perfect on a chilly winter evening and comes together in about 30 minutes. It can also be keto-friendly by swapping out half-and-half for heavy cream and omitting the flour. This cold-weather comfort food is one to keep in the recipe box!

Sheet Pan Chicken With Rainbow Vegetables

While this method takes a bit longer to prep than the other recipes here, it has the added benefit of being easy to make in batches that can be frozen and reheated at a later date. Sweet potatoes and broccoli introduce heaps of vitamin C and fiber to the dish, along with the complete protein of chicken in every bite. Simply chop everything up, throw it on a sheet pan, and bake! Swap out the veggies seasonally for a fresh take on this easy dish all year round.

Mushroom and Spinach Frittata

Shake up your morning routine with a new heart-healthy breakfast option. Pre-sliced mushrooms and baby spinach add essential nutrients to this delicious vegetarian frittata recipe, which comes together in about 20 minutes. Frittatas are a great option to add to your cooking arsenal, since they are keto, low-carb, and easy to adjust to your preferences.

Starting new healthy habits can be difficult, but these delicious meals make it easy to add a little extra nutrition to your daily routine. Get a fresh start on the new year in one of our spacious apartments at The Windemere, a 55+ community. We offer a variety of floorplans and amenities, including updated kitchens, so you can fully enjoy your new home. Contact us today to learn more.

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