The 12 Days of Healthy Dinner Recipes

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For many of us, this is the time of year when finding a balance with food can be a challenge.

Sweets, desserts, drinks, and treats are plastered all over cooking shows, magazines, blogs, and grocery stores everywhere we turn. I think I even have a pair of holiday socks with cookies on them! It’s easy to start thinking that chocolate fudge makes the perfect daily breakfast staple or washing vitamins down with spiked cider is totally normal.

Well, some days I guess. I won’t judge.

But let’s be real for a minute. Sugar overload doesn’t make most of us feel our best on a day to day basis. I love sweets and indulgences as much as the next person (ok maybe more…), but I’ll be the first to admit that too much of it can leave me feeling tired, unmotivated, and blah. Over the years, I’ve realized that food and winter blahs can be closely related. When I eat crappy, I tend to feel crappy too.

Einstein said that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” and I kind of live my life by that theory. When something doesn’t work, change it up! So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

[Did I really just quote Einstein in a food post?]

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring 12 days of healthy meal recipes** that will hopefully inspire us to stay on a healthy path over the holiday season. That’s not to say that I won’t be indulging or posting a couple holiday sweet recipes (it is me you’re talking to!), but I also want to make more of an effort to fit in healthy meals whenever possible. Eric and I are both busy with work right now (he just started a new position and I’m wrapping up my cookbook proposal), so we need these healthy meals to stay at the top of our game. Plus, more healthy food means more room for Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding, of course.

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**subject to change, based on how many casseroles I burn, how many gifts I have left to wrap, and how many cats I have to remove from the Christmas tree.

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Rachel August 21, 2016

I just made this recipe and I was surprised by the beautiful pudding consistency! It is really rich and not too sweet which makes this a double bonus! Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to have it after dinner!

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Megan November 26, 2014

Hi,
I’m new to your site and came across this blog post however, I can’t locate the 12 recipes that you added each day after this post. I’ve tried searching by ‘healthy dinners’ and also looking through recipes by date order but have no luck.

Would it be possible to add the links in, or post below please? I’d love to see these ideas.

Thanks
Megan

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Janice December 19, 2011

Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes, I have tried many and especially love the Red lentil butternut squash curried soup. Fantastic! Our family is not vegan but eat many vegitarian meals and use your recipes for all of them!!

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Michael December 18, 2011

Loved reading your post on desserts that are not loaded with too much sugar
I am guilty of my daily routine to Dunking Donuts for my coffee and donuts and yeah
too much sugar can make you tired and grumpy. I am looking to satisfy my cravings
for sweets without the intake of sugar.
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Warmly mike
The eat healthy guy
http://bit.ly/betalains_FreeReport

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Sabrina December 17, 2011

My boyfriend and I love your website. It’s like a religion in our house since we decided to become Vegan 4 months ago. In fact I’m not sure the transition would have been an easy one without you-especially for him. He lives for your carrot cake cookies and soft serve. Thank you so much for all you do. We love it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 17, 2011

Thank you Sabrina, that is so awesome to hear!

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