The Delicious Dozen: Twelve Recipes For a Healthier Year


with Stephanie Bullen
Chief Flavor Advisor
February 1, 2016
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The Delicious Dozen: Twelve Recipes For a Healthier Year

Starting to cheat on those healthy eating resolutions? Here are a dozen delicious recipes that will help keep you eating healthy all year.


1. Easiest Ever Slow Cooker "Roast" Chicken

It’s hard to say what the best thing about this recipe is. It’s healthy, easy, requires few ingredients, and you can use just about any Savory seasoning for flavor. To get even more bang for your buck, save the bones. Place the bones and some veggie ends (onion peels, carrot tops, parsley stems) back in the slow cooker and cover with water. Cook on low overnight, strain, and enjoy homemade chicken broth.

2. Sweet Roasted Root Vegetables

Your chicken needs a side and this recipe is just the thing. Carrots, parsnips, turnips, and potatoes are suggested but use any combination of root vegetables you’d like – we suggest trying squash or swapping in sweet potatoes. The most difficult part of this recipe is simply peeling and cutting the vegetables of your choice (don’t forget to save the scraps for broth!)

3. Homemade Sriracha

Studies suggest that capsaicin in chiles may boost metabolism. This spicy condiment has become a ‘go-to’ for adding a burst of heat to just about any dish. Making your own sriracha allows you to pare down the ingredients – it’s simply chiles, vinegar, and salt. No additives or preservatives in this recipe!

4. Chai Chia Pudding

Chia seeds have been called “the ultimate superfood.” Packed with healthful qualities, they allow you to have your pudding and eat it too. Another recipe that requires very little prep time (it ‘cooks’ overnight) this is a dessert that you can feel good about enjoying – it’s gluten-free, salt-free, and can easily be made sweetener-free and vegan-friendly by use nut or soy milk and omitting the honey.

5. Capitol Hill Cashews and Asparagus

This recipe is perfect for the early spring appearance of tender, young asparagus in the produce section. Easy enough for a quick, vegan, weeknight dinner this recipe contains good fats, vegetables, and whole grains. As a bonus, it features one of our customer favorites – Capitol Hill Seasoning.

6. Green Peach Ginger Smoothie

Smoothies are definitely associated with healthy eating (or drinking?), and for good reason! They can be a great way to squeeze in leafy greens without constantly resorting to salads. This go-to breakfast may get its color from fresh baby spinach, but the flavor is all sweet peach, zingy ginger, and creamy yogurt.

7. Grilled Steak Salad

This bold salad is a great way to enjoy plenty of veggies with your meat. Some people hear ‘salad’ and think of soggy iceberg lettuce but this salad has a ‘wow’ factor. Zucchini, squash, sundried tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, romaine – and don’t forget the steak – make this a colorful feast for the eyes as well as an explosion of flavor.

8. Raw Almond Creamy Dip

If you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating plan and are missing creamy dressings and dips, this recipe is for you. You can use more liquid for a more pourable dressing consistency or less for a creamy dip. Choose your favorite flavoring option and make it ahead – the flavors will deepen after some ‘chill’ time.

9. Olympic Chicken

This August brings the summer Olympics. Greek flavors inspired this chicken dish, which uses Greek yogurt (rather than heavy cream) for a tangy sauce. Serve with a salad for a light, summer option or with a side of your favorite whole grain (rice, quinoa, etc.) for a family-friendly dinner.

10. Quick Pickles

In late summer the garden is an embarrassment of riches. Just add vinegar, water, salt, and spices and you can ‘quick pickle’ so many things. Quick Pickled Dilly Beans showcases our Citrus & Savory Brining Spice Ready Mix while Quick Pickled Carrots highlight Pickling Spice, onion, and garlic. Experiment with different flavors, like Shrimp and Crab Boil or Pike’s Peak Butcher’s Rub, when making Quick Pickled Onions. If you’re like me, you’ll simply snack on these pickled items – but you can also use them to add acid and crunch to salads, wraps, tacos, or burgers.

11. Fall Farro Risotto

The classic Italian comfort food gets a healthy update. Nutrient rich farro has a nutty flavor that is complemented by sweet root vegetables, earthy mushrooms, and fresh spinach. The recipe is vegan friendly but feel free to top it with a sprinkling of salty feta cheese.

12. Coconutty Almond Bars or Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Eating healthy certainly doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of a sweet treat now and then. The Coconutty Almond Bars are low-sugar and vegan, and they can easily be made gluten-free (just check your oats!). When this recipe came through the test kitchen, those of us with a little bit of a sweet tooth found ourselves wandering in for a little snack. The Chocolate Avocado Pudding can be adapted to suit a variety of palates. The creamy texture comes from avocados and coconut milk, so it’s loaded with good fats. For a lower glycemic option, swap the maple syrup for honey.

For more healthy eating tips, read our “Free” Your Food and Flavor Will Follow post, or check out the article about 10 (of our favorite) Salt-Free Seasonings.

Have a favorite healthy recipe? We’d love to hear about it! Click here to submit your recipe to Savory’s Test Kitchen.


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