Jan 1

Recipes for Health & Weight Loss in 2014

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Dive into these healthy recipes for a year of healthy living and weight loss. There’s something for everyone, from snacks and soups to vegetarian dishes and desserts.
Recipe for Health & Weight Loss in 2014

Add six weeks to January 1st and you hit the time that knocks the resolve out of most New Year’s resolutions. If promises to yourself involve losing weight or eating healthfully, don’t fall into that trap where you find yourself eating the same thing everyday for lunch, or a pile of lettuce with a tasteless piece of chicken for dinner.

Just say “NO!” to boring food.

When I started my weight loss and healthy living journey, resulting in a loss of 30 pounds (see before & after photos), I knew one thing for certain…

If it didn’t taste good, I wouldn’t be eating it for long.

And then a wheel of Brie would somehow make it into my fridge. Then everything would go to the dogs.

That’s where this massive list of recipe ideas, from my blog and some of my favorite blogs around the web, comes in. The recipes on Cookin’ Canuck, as well as a couple of the other blogs, include nutritional information for those who are keeping track of calories, saturated fat, sodium, and so on.

All of these recipes were chosen because they are exactly the sorts of things that my family and I love to eat. There are plenty of herbs and spices, there is comfort without the calorie overload and there’s flavor in every bite.

They’ll make you forget that “diet” word and make you fall in love with good, clean eating all over again.

For more recipes ideas, check out round-ups from previous years:
Recipes for Good Health & Weight Loss in 2012
New Year’s Recipes for Good Health in 2011
New Year’s Recipes for Weight Loss & Healthy Living in 2010


3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe | cookincanuck.com #appetizer
Cookin’ Canuck’s 3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Appetizer with Caper Yogurt
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Goat Cheese, Roasted Pepper & Capers
Kim’s Healthy Eats’ Black Bean Chicken Enchilada Cups
The Healthy Apple’s Mini Lemon Thyme Potato Bites
Lauren Kelly Nutrition’s Gluten Free Spinach Quinoa Balls

Click here for more Appetizer Recipes.


Sweet Potato Hash Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com #sweetpotato #avocado #breakfast
Cookin’ Canuck’s Sweet Potato Hash with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Cookin’ Canuck’s Skinny Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole
Cookin’ Canuck’s Make–Ahead Baked Egg with Turkey Sausage, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
Cookin’ Canuck’s Quick Mushroom, Zucchini & Thyme Saute with Fried Egg
The Vintage Mixer’s Sugar Free Pumpkin Oatmeal
Love & Olive Oil’s Ginger Spinach Green Smoothie
Clean Eating Veggie Girl’s Broccoli Cauliflower “Rice” Egg Cups

Click here for more Breakfast Recipes.


No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites Recipe {Low Sugar} #recipe #snack #healthy
Cookin’ Canuck’s No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites {Low Sugar & Gluten-Free}
Cookin’ Canuck’s No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites {Gluten-Free & Vegan}
Cookin’ Canuck’s Asparagus Hummus
Cookin’ Canuck’s Creamy Curry Hummus
Kicking It In’s Road Warrior Granola Bars
Healthful Pursuit’s Grain-Free Chai Granola Bars
Hungry Healthy Girl’s Healthy Whole Wheat Applesauce Bread
Cookie + Kate’s Lemon, Parmesan & Black Pepper Popcorn

Click here for more Snack Recipes.


Light Turkey (or Chicken) & Corn Chowder Recipe | cookincanuck.com #lowfat #soup #leftovers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Light Turkey (or Chicken) & Corn Chowder
Cookin’ Canuck’s Winter Vegetable Soup with Butternut Squash & Cauliflower
Cookin’ Canuck’s Hearty Chicken Sausage, Roasted Pepper & Whole Wheat Orzo Soup
How Sweet It Is’ Mushroom & Chicken Noodle Soup with Poached Eggs
The Little Kitchen’s Tofu, Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Ramen Noodle Soup
The Bojon Gourmet’s Curried Red Lentil, Kale & Sweet Potato Soup
The Perfect Pantry’s Turkey Soup with Dark Leafy Greens
Eats Well with Others’ Vegetarian Pho

Click here for more Soup Recipes.


Beef & Lamb

Mini Muffin Tin Meatloaf Recipe with Barbecue Sauce & Corn | cookincanuck.com #dinner
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mini Muffin Tin Meatloaf with Barbecue Sauce & Corn
Cookin’ Canuck’s Irish Stew with Lamb, Potatoes & Guinness Beer (for allParenting)
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Southwestern Beef Stew with Tomatoes, Olives & Chiles
Fifteen Spatulas’ Beef, Broccoli & Snow Pea Stir Fry
Skinny Mommy’s Garlic & Peppercorn Steak Marinade

Click here for more Beef, Lamb & Bison Recipes.

Chicken & Turkey

Chicken Hoisin Rice Bowl Recipe with Mushrooms & Zucchini | cookincanuck.com #chicken
Cookin’ Canuck’s Chicken Hoisin Rice Bowl with Mushrooms & Zucchini
Cookin’ Canuck’s One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes
Cookin’ Canuck’s Baked Turkey, Quinoa & Zucchini Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps
Cookin’ Canuck’s Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Goat Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Skinnytaste’s Easy Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
Gimme Some Oven’s Chicken & Asparagus Stir-Fry
The Lemon Bowl’s Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Eat Good 4 Life’s Moroccan Chicken
Knead to Cook’s Orange Balsamic Glazed Chicken Thighs

Click here for more Chicken & Turkey Recipes.


BLT Naan Pizza Recipe with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato | cookincanuck.com #recipe
Cookin’ Canuck’s BLT Naan Pizza with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato
Kim’s Healthy Eats’ Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Homemade Peach Salsa
The Realistic Nutritionist’s Pork Tenderloin Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
The Wanderlust’s Kitchen’s Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle-Cranberry Sauce

Click here for more Pork Recipes.

Fish & Seafood

Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe in Foil with Ginger & Soy Sauce | cookincanuck.com #recipe #salmon
Cookin’ Canuck’s Easy Grilled Salmon in Foil with Ginger & Soy Sauce
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shrimp Puttanesca Rice Bowl with Capers & Tomatoes
Cookin’ Canuck’s 10-Minute Thai Shrimp, Cucumber & Avocado Salad
Cookin’ Canuck’s Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping
A Spicy Persepctive’s Grilled Shrimp & Corn with Lime Vinaigrette
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s Roasted Chili Orange Salmon
Foodiecrush’s Baked Salmon with Spicy Plum Preserves
Inspiralized’s Broccoli Breadcrumb Baked Salmon with Butternut Squash Noodles
Food Faith Fitness’ Pineapple Ceviche {Low Carb & GF}

Click here for more Fish & Seafood Recipes.


Black Bean Sliders Recipe with Creamy California Avocado Sauce | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s Black Bean Sliders with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Cookin’ Canuck’s Barley Stew with Caramelized Onions, White Beans & Spinach
Cookin’ Canuck’s Curry Red Lentil Stew with Tomatoes
Mountain Mama Cooks’ Summer Vegetable Tacos
Three Many Cooks’ Butternut Squash & Kidney Bean Chili
My Whole Food Life’s Potato & Green Pea Masala

Click here for more Vegetarian Recipes.


Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Grapes & Feta Cheese | cookincanuck.com #recipe #salad #vegetarian
Cookin’ Canuck’s Chopped Kale Salad with Grapes & Feta Cheese
Cookin’ Canuck’s Lemon Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Cookin’ Canuck’s Strawberry, Pistachio, Feta Cheese & Basil Salad
Cafe Johnsonia’s Shaved Fennel Asian Pear Salad with Pomegranate & Watercress
Aggie’s Kitchen’s Garden Farro Salad with Feta
Two Peas and Their Pod’s Asian Quinoa Salad
The Reluctant Entertainer’s How to Make a Superfood Salad Mix
Fabtastic Eats’ Mango & Jicama Slaw
Happyolks’ Roasted Spring Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Click here for more Salad Recipes.


Roasted Tomato & Chicken Sausage Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe | cookincanuck.com #pasta
Cookin’ Canuck’s Roasted Tomato & Chicken Sausage Whole Wheat Pasta
Cookin’ Canuck’s Chinese Noodle with Chicken, Bok Choy & Hoisin
Cookin’ Canuck’s Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Eggplant, Zucchini & Feta Cheese
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce
Naturally Ella’s Roasted Butternut Squash & Udon Noodles with Cilantro-Tahini Sauce
The Realistic Nutritionist’s Tuna & Kale Pasta Salad

Click here for more Pasta Recipes.

Side Dishes

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Pistachios, Cranberries & Parmesan | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios, Cranberries & Parmesan
Cookin’ Canuck’s Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin & Paprika
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash with Feta Cheese & Roasted Peppers
Picky Palate’s Honey Thyme Roasted Butternut Squash
Prevention RD’s Parmesan Gremolata Smashed Potatoes
The Healthy Apple’s Gluten-Free Crispy Toasted Quinoa

Click here for more Side Dish Recipes.


Cranberry Oatmeal Yogurt Bars Recipe | cookincanuck.com #lactosefree #dessert
Cookin’ Canuck’s Cranberry Oatmeal Yogurt Bars
Cookin’ Canuck’s Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Cookies
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Low-Sugar Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp
Skinnytaste’s Mini Sweet Potato Meringue Pies
The Roasted Root’s Black Bean Brownies

Happy New Year and good health to you and your family!

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1 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness January 1, 2014 at 5:58 am

I was totally looking for a new, but healthy, pizza recipe for this weekend…that BLT bacon naan pizza looks like a winner! In fact, all of these recipes look like winners Dara!
P.s just realized we are both “Canucks” livin’ in the USA! I may be a little late to the party on that realization, but it’s nice to “meet” a fellow Canadian! Happy New Year! God bless :)


2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

That BLT Naan pizza is one of my favorites and I think it needs to be on the menu again this week! I’m late to that party, too! Where in Canada are you from, Taylor?


3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 1, 2014 at 7:14 am

Drooling over these recipes Dara!! And I can’t agree more about variety being the key to long term healthy eating habits!!! Happy New Year my friend! I hope our paths finally cross in person in 2014!!!


4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

You said it, Liz…variety is key! And yes, it is well past time that we met in person. Let’s make that happen this year!


5 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl January 1, 2014 at 9:19 am

What an awesome roundup! I’m definitely pinning to refer back to. Thanks so much for including my applesauce bread…. truly one of my family’s favorite healthy breads!!! Here’s to a FANTASTIC 2014 to the both of us!


6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

Thanks, Kim. Happy New Year! The applesauce bread caught my eye immediately. It looks fantastic!


7 Liz January 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

Thank you, Dara, for all the beautiful recipes. Happy New Year!


8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

Happy New Year to you, Liz!


9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 1, 2014 at 10:33 am

If this is what healthy eating looks like, I am all in! Love the diversity of flavors in these recipes. Happy New Year!


10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 1, 2014 at 10:39 am

Thanks, Laura. There are so many recipes out there that truly make “healthy” look and taste fantastic. Happy New Year to you!


11 Cindy @ Kicking it In January 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Hello, my friend! This post is like a grift – thank you! You just made my new year recipe search a snap and, actually, all done! I added this post to my iPads’s home screen and now there will be no more recipe rut for me in 2014. Happy new year!


12 Cindy @ Kicking it In January 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Oops – lol! GIFT, not grift!


13 Josie Tavares January 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Hi Dara, just stopping by to wish you a very happy New Year! xoxo -Josie


14 Amy @Very Culinary January 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm

You make dieting look easy and delicious! Happy New Year, Dara!


15 Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living January 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm

A great roundup of recipes to start 2014 out right. Your chopped kale salad recipe with grapes sounds delicious. Best wishes in 2014!


16 Joanie @ ZagLeft January 2, 2014 at 7:40 am

What a great group of recipes, thank you! Your shredded brussels sprouts salad looks and sounds delicious! I’m looking forward to trying many of these.


17 Ali @ Inspiralized January 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

Love this – thanks for including me in the roundup!


18 Aimee @ Simple Bites January 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

Fantastic!! Very inspirational. Happy New Year!


19 Natalie @ Paper & Birch January 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Great round-up Dara! Definitely going to be trying the Kale, Feta & Grape Salad next week. Happy New Year!


20 Nutmeg Nanny January 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Oh gosh, that sweet potato hash look incredible! Loving this list :)


21 Jamie Eberle January 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Looking at the list of delicious foods which not only are mouth watering dishes but are also helpful in keeping one fit and healthy is simply unbelievable.The soups look soul soothing while the salads look just gorgeous. If healthy cooking could be so flavorful and great with the recipes keeping a tab on the intake of calories,saturated fats and sodium, then eating could be so enjoyable.I am certainly going to try a few of these lovely recipes soon and try and keep up with my new year resolution of keeping a check on the intake of calories,and eating healthy.


22 Nicole, RD January 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Better late than never, right? Thanks for including one of the recipes from my site on this DELICIOUS, healthy round-up! :) Bring it on, 2014! :)


23 Kim February 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

Yummy! So many healthy recipes to choose from! Thank you for including my Black Bean Chicken Enchilada Cups in your round up!


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