25 Delicious Healthy Recipes
Healthy food can also be DELICIOUS food too! This is a list of 25 delicious healthy recipes that are good for you. Your taste buds and your body will thank you.
I am always writing about how I eat. It sounds so boring when I say that I mostly eat meat, eggs, healthy fats, and vegetables.
But it’s not! Seriously, once you embrace this way of eating, you truly can eat delicious healthy meals every single day.
Delicious Healthy Foods are Not Your Typical “Diet” Food
Old school dieting was about removing the fat and substituting flavorless food-like substances. (rice cakes and skim milk, I’m looking at you.)
To get the most nutrition, it’s way better to take real food and use healthy fat and seasonings to make it delicious and satisfying.
Once you get used to eating this way—you will never want to eat any other way. Not only will your taste buds be happy but your body will be happy.
How Eating Real Food Helps Your Body
Here’s the thing. Real food makes your body feel good. Say goodbye to all the unpleasant side effects such as gas, diarrhea, and bloating. Most people have sensitivity to grains and dairy. When you eliminate those—you usually eliminate tummy problems.
More importantly, you reduce inflammation in your body and you might even lose a few pounds.
To help me convince you to try eating real food, I’ve rounded up 25 delicious healthy recipes to inspire you.
What are Delicious Healthy Recipes
These are delicious healthy recipes that use only real food. In general, this means that they contain:
- Healthy fats
A couple of the recipes include a little dairy but this can be easily omitted. If dairy isn’t an issue for you, feel free to keep it in. If you are in a Whole30, definitely leave it out!
These recipes made from real food and won’t raise your blood sugar too much. If there are certain proteins or vegetables you don’t eat on your plan, you can adjust as needed.
Delicious Healthy Recipes
I’m picky about what I cook. So here were my criteria for picking these recipes.
VARIETY I like to mix it up and eat different proteins and vegetables. Especially the vegetables! The more you can work into your diet, the better nutrition you’ll get.
WOW FACTOR. I also wanted recipes that I would order off a menu if I was eating out. Sometimes you want the wow factor in your meals. These meals all made me wish I could go out and order them!
EASY FOR THE HOME COOK. It’s important that you can actually be able to find the ingredients in your local store, or even better you have the things in your pantry.
CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS. These recipes deliver with instructions that even non-cooks like me can do.
So have fun and try some delicious meals!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner but don’t want to miss out on the flavor, you’ll love this Coconut Lime Chicken recipe.
Have you tried cauliflower rice? It’s a great substitute for grains and in this Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe, it’s delicious.
If you’re looking for a dish that hits all three – Keto, Paleo, and whole30, then try this Greek Chicken on a Stick.
This Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme recipe is perfect when you want something simple but just a little bit fancy too.
If you love Olive Garden but not all the carbs, try this Keto Tuscan Chicken recipe. This does contain dairy but you can easily modify it. I can tolerate a little dairy and it just looked too good not to include.
Here is one of my own recipes, Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinegar. It’s loaded with colorful and nutrient-packed vegetables but so good, it’s almost decadent.
When I first made it, I included feta cheese. Since posting it, I’ve eliminated most cheese from my diet and don’t miss it.
This Grilled Garlic Lime Chicken Fajita Salad is flavorful and fun to make. It includes sweet potato fries and creamy avocado.
If you think a cobb salad isn’t doable when you’re on the Whole30 diet, then you need to check out this Easy Paleo Cobb Salad.
This Taco Chicken Salad is loaded with veggies and spices and it’s low-carb! Perfect for Whole30 and Paleo meals.
A Burger Salad? Yes, please. This recipe also include a special sauce that is absolutely delicious.
I love eating burgers on salads! It feels a little decadent but if you use grass-fed beef, it’s actually very nutritious.
Add a little variety to your WHole30 meal plan with this Bolognese recipe. An added bonus is that this freezes well if you’re planning your meals ahead.
If you’re a fan of stir fry you’ll love this Keto Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe. It’s delicious and can be made in under 20 minutes.
If you prefer to make you stir fry in an Instant Pot, this Keto Beef and Broccoli recipe will be right up your alley.
Salmon and Fish Recipes
Baked salmon is one of my favorite meals and this Dijon Baked Salmon recipe is delicious. It’s healthy and can be made in under 30 minutes.
In this Grilled Teriyaki Salmon bowl, you get a meal perfect for Paleo and Whole30.
If you’ve ever struggled to get your salmon just right check out this post with instructions on how to cook your salmon perfectly every time.
This is a Kid-Friendly recipe too! My granddaughters all love this salmon prepared this way.
This recipe is from my daughter and son-in-law and I love it when they make it for a meal at their house. All their three little girls, ages 1 to 11 LOVE it too.
These Paleo Fish Taco Bowls include lots of fresh veggies, cauliflower rice with pan-fried barramundi.
Cook and Prep time is just 20 minutes so not only is it delicious but easy!
If you’re a fan of using the slow cooker for easy weeknight meals, try this Paleo and Whole30 Pulled Pork with Pineapple Cole Slaw recipe.
Try these Garlic Rosemary Whole 30 Meatballs for an easy and versatile meal. This recipe also includes some great ideas for side dishes.
You can cook these Paleo Whole30 Dijon Rosemary Pork Chops on the grill or indoors, either way, they’re delicious.
Meals in a Bowl
Here’s another one of my recipes. This is my Easy Vegetable Beef Soup and it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole 30.
For a while, I made this every week! It was so easy and it packed a lot of nutrition in one pot.
This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is perfect for when the weather starts cooling off. It’s a hearty chili and bean-free. Instant Pot and stovetop directions are also included.
Here is another great recipe if you’re looking to meal prep for your week ahead, Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls.
If you’re a fan of rice bowls, be sure to try the Spicy Shrimp Cauliflower Rice Bowl. It’s paleo and only takes 20 minutes to make.
Try this Paleo Sweet Potato Bowl for a delicious and filling breakfast.
Have Fun with Eating Whole30 and Paleo
Eating healthy is fun when you discover you can make your food delicious too! I loved trying new recipes and finding what combinations worked for me.
This Whole30 and Paleo roundup of recipes is just the start! Here are some of my favorite cookbooks too.
This cookbook is lovely, easy to read, and full of great recipes. Everything I’ve tried from this cookbook has been delicious. Best of all, you know it’s true to Whole30.
If you want fast and easy to cook Whole30 recipes, I’ve got you covered here
Well Fed Cookbooks
The first two books in this series are my favorites.
Everything that I’ve tried has been super good. What is unique about them is that each recipe gives ways that you can change them up and has suggestions for other recipes that would go well with it.
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Hi, I'm Sara and I'm so happy you're here! My Think Big Life began shortly after I turned 50. Big changes can happen with a small start, an adjustment of thought, or a simple process. Over time, you transform your life into the one you always dreamed of having.