58 Clean-Eating Dinner Recipes (That Taste Dirty)

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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!

80 Keto Dinner Recipe Ideas to Try Tonight

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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Helene Dujardin/The Vegan Keto Cookbook

  • 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.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Aran Goyoaga

  • 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.

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Erin McDowell

  • 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.

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  • 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).

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75 Easy Lunch Ideas for Stressed-Out People

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes

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

Prepare to be deceived by veggies. Seriously.

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Erin McDowell

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  • Why We Love It:

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.

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Liz Moody/Healthier Together

  • 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.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

  • 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.)

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I Am a Food Blog

  • 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.

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Erin McDowell

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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25 Healthy Midnight Snacks for Late Night Munching, According to a Nutritionist

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  • 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.

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Michael Graydon and Nicole Herriott/Nothing Fancy

  • 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.

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Laura Edwards/From The Oven To The Table

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

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Laura Edwards/From The Oven To The Table

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes

  • Why We Love It: high protein, gluten free

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

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Erin Kunkel/The Vibrant Life

  • 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.

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David Frankiel/Little Green Kitchen

  • 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.

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Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Aran Goyoaga

  • 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.

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28. Low Carb Zucchini Enchiladas

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Nassima Rothacker/California: Living + Eating

  • 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.

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Simon Smith/Vegan 100

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Minimalist Baker

  • 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.

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Nisha Vora

  • 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).

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  • 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.)

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Damn Delicious

  • 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.

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The Modern Proper

  • 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.

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Pinch of Yum

  • 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.

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Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

  • 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.)

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Ambitious Kitchen

  • 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.

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Minimalist Baker

  • 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.

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The Simple Veganista

  • 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).

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Feed Me Phoebe

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.

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Gimme Some Oven

  • 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.

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Cotter Crunch

  • 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?

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Half Baked Harvest

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.

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  • 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.

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48. Spiced Lamb Meatball and Escarole Soup

Linda Puglise/Help Yourself

  • 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).

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Linda Puglise/Help Yourself

  • 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.

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Ghazalle BadioZamani/Instant Pot Miracle Vegetarian Cookbook

  • 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).

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The 65 Best Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

Katherine Gillen

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.

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Aran Goyoaga

  • 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.

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Paul Brissman/Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes

  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, low sugar, <500 calories

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

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54. Salmon with Pesto and Blistered Tomatoes

ELIZABETH VAN LIERDE & ABAGAIL HALSTEAD/EVERYDAY ENTERTAINING

  • 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.

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JULIA GARTLAND/DADA EATS

  • 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.

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CAITLIN BENSEL/THE MEDITERRANEAN DISH

  • 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.

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Chelsea Kyle/For the Table

  • 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.)

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Caitlin Bensel/The Mediterranean Dish

  • 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.

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