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Try These Light & Hearty Dinners In January

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Start the New Year with some new recipes to add to your repertoire. You might have written a resolution to eating healthier in 2017. If this is the case, these meal ideas are perfect for you! But even if you aren’t looking to drop a few pounds, you most likely wouldn’t mind eating better in general. Even if you don’t fall into either of these categories, perhaps you need new meal ideas. Wherever you find yourself this January, you should try these hearty and healthy dinner recipes.

Sausage & Squash Lasagna

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Lasagna is satisfyingly delicious to me, so hearty too! I love the combination of pasta, meat, and cheese all in a single bite. I also enjoy that there are so many variations to this dish. You can go vegetarian, add more cheese than required or, as in the case of this recipe, add squash!

1958 Minestrone Soup

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Just because December is over does not mean that winter is. We still have cold months ahead, and chili is perfect for ridding yourself of that bitter winter chill. This is an inexpensive meal that takes about 30 minutes to prepare!

Paprika Shrimp & Green Bean Sauté

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Shrimp is one of my favorite kind of seafood, and the great thing about it is you can eat more of it before you start getting full. This meal combines delicious shrimp and tasty green beans making it super healthy while still hearty. Additionally, this dish is dairy-free, gluten-free, it is high in fiber, and low added sugars.

Marmalade Chicken

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I’m a fan of Chinese Orange Chicken and this is practically the same thing. It goes well with rice, so the dish is even more filling. You just can’t go wrong with chicken!

Spaghetti With Avocado Sauce

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If you like avocado then this recipe is for you. Try this new spin on the old classic of spaghetti, and see what you think! The good news is, this meal only takes 30 minutes to prepare!

Easy 20 Minute Turkey Bolognese

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Talk about hearty! What could be more filling than pasta? After all, runners load up on pasta before races. And, this meal only takes 20 minutes to prepare.

30 Minute Greek Chicken Orzo Pot

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This dish is a perfect combination of chicken and orzo, delicious! If you are looking for a warm dish with protein and veggies you need to try this recipe!

Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

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It wasn’t this exact recipe, but on New Year’s Eve I had pulled chicken for dinner (thanks Chelsea!) and it was delicious! What I like about this recipe is once you prep the chicken and throw it in the crock pot you let it do its thing. No need for constant supervision. All you need to do is plan ahead when you know you want this dish for dinner, so you can have it in the slow-cooker early enough.

Skillet Chicken Fajitas

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I like this recipe because of its simplicity (and I love fajitas!). Once you throw the ingredients in a skillet you leave it alone for it to cook. While it’s cooking you can prepare fresh guacamole and salsa if you so desire!

Broccoli And Cheddar Four-Cheese Pizza

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As a healthier alternative to pizza, this recipe will save you on the calorie intake but it will still satisfy your hunger. Now some might stick their noses up at broccoli on pizza, but if you crave pizza at least you can eat this kind while still being healthy. If you find that you are hesitant about the broccoli, just give it a try!

Veggie Black Bean Enchiladas

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I think Mexican food should be a love language, feeding me this cuisine speaks to my heart! This dish is healthy compared to some other variations because it’s vegetarian, using beans instead of meat. You can’t go wrong with some satisfying enchiladas!

Singapore Zoodle Stir Fry With Chicken & Shrimp

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Another shrimp recipe! So, of course, I love it! This meal is well-balanced because it includes protein, veggies, and carbohydrates. Perfect for every appetite and craving.

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