50+ Healthy Dinner Ideas

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    50+ of the BEST healthy dinner recipes that don’t skimp on flavor! These meals are easy, delicious and great for meal prep and eating clean. 

    This list of healthy dinner ideas is great for meal prepping and eating clean. It’s filled with all types of salads, soup recipes, side dishes and more. The ultimate list to jump start your New Year with nutritious dishes!

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    As soon as the New Year approaches, I’m always on the hunt for healthy dinner ideas to enjoy throughout the week. There’s something about starting the year off with clean eating and nutritious recipes that feels SO good. I love to get organized and meal prep at the beginning of the week. It’s so helpful and makes it much easier to stay on track…especially with a busy schedule.

    With this list of 50+ healthy dinner ideas, you’ll find lots of delicious and flavorful recipes that make the perfect quick healthy dinner. Whether you’re looking for salads, low carb dinners, soup recipes, side dishes and more…there are plenty of recipes to choose from. There are even different types of cuisines too…like healthy Mexican food and Chinese food. Yum!

    Salads

    Sometimes you just need a big salad that’s filled with lots of veggies and protein! This list of healthy salads is so versatile…you’re bound to find a recipe that you’d enjoy! You’ll find both sweet and savory salads with delicious toppings like strawberries, avocados, chickpeas, feta, pistachios and more. So flavorful and delicious!

    how to make taco salad
    Taco Salad
    A delicious and easy taco salad recipe that's made in just 20 minutes! Filled with chopped greens, taco meat, rice, corn, beans, tomatoes and your favorite salad dressing.
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    asian chicken salad in white bowl
    Asian Chicken Salad Recipe
    This Asian chicken salad is everything you want in a salad recipe...fresh, light, crunchy and delicious. It's super flavorful and is loaded with all your favorite toppings! 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    spinach salad with fresh berries and sliced almonds
    Spinach Berry Salad Recipe
    A refreshing salad made with spinach, mixed berries, almonds and a red wine poppyseed vinaigrette. Delicious, healthy and easy to make!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    cobb salad
    Cobb Salad Recipe
    A delicious cobb salad that's fresh, flavorful and full of your favorite toppings! Makes the perfect lunch or dinner any day of the week. This recipe is a staple at our house.
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    bbq chicken salad
    BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe
    A hearty chopped BBQ chicken salad tossed with fresh greens, BBQ chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, tortilla strips and a delicious cilantro lime dressing. My absolute favorite salad!
    Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
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    mediterranean salad
    Mediterranean Salad Recipe
    This Mediterranean salad with creamy balsamic dressing is full of greens, protein and flavor! Comes together super quickly and tastes so fresh and delicious. Plus it's healthier than most restaurants, too!
    Total Time: 5 minutes
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    A bowl of mandarin orange salad
    Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe
    This mandarin orange salad is fresh, sweet and loaded with flavor. It is topped with an amazing homemade orange salad dressing that you can't live without!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    chicken taco salad with salsa ranch dressing in a white bowl
    Chicken Taco Salad
    Shredded chicken taco salad loaded with lettuce, black beans, grilled corn, avocado, tomatoes and bell peppers. Topped with a creamy ranch salsa dressing. Simple, flavorful and delicious!
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    strawberry spinach salad
    Spinach Strawberry Salad
    A light and refreshing strawberry spinach salad filled with fresh strawberries, almonds, feta and greens. Top with poppy seed dressing to make the perfect summer salad recipe!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    Italian salad
    Italian Salad
    Quick and easy Italian chopped salad loaded with tons of fresh and flavorful ingredients. This big Italian salad makes the perfect lunch, dinner or side salad recipe.
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    fajita chicken salad in white bowl
    Chicken Fajita Salad
    EASY fajita salad recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes or less. Packed with flavorful seasoned chicken, fajita veggies, diced tomatoes, avocado and fresh green salsa. 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    strawberry burrata salad on a white plate
    Strawberry Burrata Salad Recipe
    Strawberry, pistachio, and burrata salad with a poppyseed dressing...super fresh, flavorful and satisfying! This strawberry salad has the most perfect combination of flavors and will become your new favorite!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    steak salad with avocado in white bowl
    Steak Salad Recipe
    A fresh and delicious salad made with lettuce, grilled corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, avocado and tender sliced steak. Then topped with a sweet and tangy balsamic dressing.
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    wedge salad on plate
    Wedge Salad
    A classic wedge salad recipe is a deliciously simple wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce topped with a creamy tangy blue cheese dressing, sprinkled with crispy smoky bacon or your choice of garnish. A light salad rich in flavor and texture is the perfect side dish for any meal!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    quinoa mediterranean salad ingredients in bowl
    Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
    Make this delicious Mediterranean quinoa salad in minutes! A vibrant, fresh, and highly nutritious salad combining bold flavors, crunchy textures, and wholesome ingredients all tossed in a tangy vinaigrette!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Soups

    I’m a big fan of soup recipes…they’re easy, comforting and filling! There are lots of healthy soups that are so flavorful and don’t taste like ‘skinny’ recipes. Plus I love that you can throw in any veggies and meats that you have on hand and easily whip something up. Be sure to check out this list of soup recipes below…they won’t disappoint!

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    Slow cooker cabbage soup
    This cabbage soup is not only delicious and flavorful but chock full of vegetables with lots of fiber and is very satisfying. All you need to do is dump everything in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you!
    Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
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    bowl of turkey chili
    Healthy Turkey Chili
    This healthy turkey chili recipe is hearty and delicious with plenty of flavor! Can easily be made in the slow cooker as well. Nothing beats a comforting bowl of chili!
    Total Time: 1 hour
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    pan of hearty vegetable soup
    Hearty Vegetable Soup
    This one-pot hearty vegetable soup is easy to make, healthy and completely delicious! It's jam packed full of veggies and is Whole30 approved, gluten-free and paleo.
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    A close up of a bowl of roasted cauliflower soup
    Roasted Cauliflower Soup
    Creamy cauliflower soup filled with juicy roasted vegetables, crisp bacon and topped with parmesan cheese. So comforting and full of flavor. This is a soup that you can feel good about eating!
    Total Time: 1 hour
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    Mexican chicken soup in white bowl
    Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe
    Paleo, gluten-free and Whole30 friendly! An easy crock pot soup recipe that takes just 5 minutes of prep. This Mexican chicken soup is packed with veggies and is healthy and delicious!
    Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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    sweet potato soup
    Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
    A hearty and easy main dish soup recipe that's perfect for colder weather. This creamy sweet potato soup is a delicious vegetarian recipe everyone will love!
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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    minestrone soup in a white bowl
    Minestrone Soup
    A hearty and flavorful minestrone soup packed full of fresh veggies. This healthy soup recipe is easily made in one pot in just 30 minutes!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    chicken taco soup in bowl
    Chicken Taco Soup
    Easy chicken taco soup made in just one pot in 30 quick minutes. Our favorite hearty and flavorful soup recipe to enjoy during the fall season. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Healthy pasta fagioli recipe
    Pasta e Fagioli
    This pasta e fagioli is an easy Olive Garden copycat that's perfect on a cold winter day. It's loaded with fresh veggies, beans, ground beef, seasonings and ditalini pasta. Super hearty and delicious! 
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    chicken and rice soup
    Chicken and Rice Soup
    Chicken and rice soup is a comforting and delicious one-pot meal that the whole family will love! Makes the perfect soup recipe for chilly weather!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Taco soup
    Best Taco Soup
    The world's best taco soup recipe that's fast and easy to make in one pot with staple ingredients! This taco soup is by far the most requested meal at my house.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Low Carb Dinners

    If you’re following a low carb diet like keto, atkins or paleo, these low carb dinners are great to add to your menu! You won’t even miss the carbs in these healthy dinner recipes…they are packed with flavor and are so delicious. My personal favorite is the Balsamic Chicken and Veggies recipe. It’s made in just one pan and takes only 5 ingredients. So easy!

    One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies ...a healthy, EASY and delicious dinner recipe! A meal the whole family will love!
    Balsamic Chicken
    This one-pan balsamic chicken and veggies is a healthy, EASY and delicious dinner recipe that's full of flavor. A meal the whole family will love!  
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    healthy turkey meatballs
    Turkey Meatball Recipe
    Easy, healthy and full of flavor. Low in carbs and fat and high in protein. This turkey meatball recipe makes the perfect weeknight dinner!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    roasted sausage and veggies on a wooden spoon
    Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables
    This sheet pan sausage and vegetables is made in just 30 minutes with hardly any cleanup! It's healthy, loaded with flavor and is Whole 30 approved. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
    Flavorful roasted spaghetti squash boats topped with a hearty meat sauce. This delicious stuffed spaghetti squash is a healthy, low carb version of an Italian classic. 
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    sliced turkey meatloaf
    Turkey Meatloaf
    This ground turkey meatloaf is a lighter spin on a classic comfort food. It's packed with lean protein and tastes moist, tender and super flavorful. 
    Total Time: 55 minutes
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    lemon chicken
    Lemon Chicken Recipe
    Tender baked lemon chicken coated in a flavorful lemon butter sauce. An easy 30-minute meal that requires only 7 simple ingredients!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    bruschetta chicken
    Bruschetta Chicken Recipe
    This bruschetta chicken is an easy and delicious dinner recipe that has the perfect combination of flavors. So fresh and is one of our favorite summer meals!
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    Pizza Chicken Roll Ups
    These pizza chicken roll ups are stuffed with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and marinara sauce. A dish the whole family will love!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    chicken club lettuce wraps with ranch drizzled on top
    Chicken Club Lettuce Wrap Recipe
    Chicken Club Lettuce Wraps... a quick and easy lunch idea made with only a few ingredients!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    sliced pork tenderloin on a plate with green beans
    Pork Tenderloin Recipe
    Only 5 simple ingredients and done in less than 30 minutes. Tender and juicy on the inside, with a flavorful seared outside.
    Total Time: 27 minutes
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    grilled BBQ chicken and veggies in foil
    Grilled BBQ Chicken Foil Packets
    This grilled BBQ chicken foil dinner takes 5 simple ingredients and only 30 minutes to make! An EASY and delicious dinner with no clean up. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    buffalo chicken sweet potato on white plate
    Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato
    A delicious buffalo chicken sweet potato is loaded with zesty buffalo chicken and topped with your choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing. With only a handful of ingredients, this easy dinner idea is filled to the brim with flavor!
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Crispy, bibb lettuce topped with shredded buffalo chicken, tomatoes, avocado, red onion and a drizzle of ranch dressing. These easy buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are packed with flavor in every bite! 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Burger in a Bowl
    Make this burger in a bowl as light or as loaded as you'd like! It's a healthy gluten-free, low-carb, whole 30 alternative to a traditional hamburger. It's perfect for lunch on the go or a light dinner at home! 
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    Grilled Salmon Recipe
    This easy recipe for grilled salmon is one of the best ways to enjoy this delightfully tender fillet of fish! With a simple seasoning and just 20 minutes, the results are flaky, flavorful, and beautifully charred! 
    Total Time: 17 minutes
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    Mexican Food

    I could eat Mexican food every day! It’s my favorite cuisine and seriously never gets old. And if you give me healthy Mexican food, I love it even more! These healthy dinner ideas don’t skimp on that great Mexican flavor, but have a few healthy swaps that makes these recipes guilt-free. You can’t go wrong with any of these Mexican recipes!

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    Sweet Potato Bowls
    These one pot sweet potato bowls are an easy vegetarian meal option that's ready in just 30 minutes! Loaded with diced sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, rice and seasonings, this delicious dinner packs a punch of flavor. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
    These sheet pan chicken fajitas are made with only 5 ingredients in just 30 minutes. A quick and easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    lettuce cup with taco meat and pico de gallo
    Taco Lettuce Wraps
    Taco lettuce wraps are a healthy, flavorful and delicious alternative to hard shell tacos. Plus they're paleo, Whole30 and gluten-free!
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    taco bowl with toppings
    Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowl Recipe
    Easy instant pot chicken taco bowls that take just 5 minutes of prep. A family favorite meal idea that's perfect for busy weeknights. Just simply dump and go! 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    chicken stuffed peppers in a baking dish
    Chicken Stuffed Peppers
    Chicken stuffed peppers made with 5 simple ingredients in just 30 minutes! A flavorful family-favorite that's perfect for busy weeknights!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    fajita bowl topped with sour cream and cilantro
    Chicken Fajita Bowl Recipe
    Make-ahead chicken fajita bowls are an easy and healthy recipe for weekday lunches away from home. One of my favorite meal prep recipes!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    salsa chicken
    Salsa Chicken Recipe
    This crockpot salsa chicken takes just 2 simple ingredients and is one of the easiest recipes ever! Perfect on salads, bowls, tacos, burritos and more. 
    Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
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    Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls
    A delicious taco bowl loaded with cilantro lime rice, seasoned chicken, black beans and corn. Easily made in the slow cooker and dinner is ready when you are!
    Total Time: 4 hours
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    salsa verde chicken
    Salsa Verde Chicken Recipe
    Flavorful and juicy salsa verde chicken made in the crockpot or instant pot. Takes only 7 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! 
    Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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    bbq chicken stuffed sweet potato with cilantro
    Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe
    Deliciously stuffed sweet potatoes made 4 different ways. This easy dinner idea is loaded with flavor and is super filling! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing... an easy and delicious summertime meal!
    Mexican Salad
    A fresh and flavorful Mexican salad recipe surrounded by baked tortilla strips and topped with a homemade chipotle dressing. Easy to make and even more delicious to eat!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Southwest Quinoa Salad
    This southwest quinoa salad makes a delicious and flavorful side dish or main meal. You can feel great about eating this healthy, protein-packed salad all summer long!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Chinese Food

    I love Chinese food, but ordering take out is usually not the healthiest. That’s why I love to make healthy Chinese food at home, where I can make simple swaps and know exactly what I’m putting into my dishes. Still so much flavor, but on the lighter side!

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    Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe
    This easy egg roll in a bowl is made in just one pot in 20 quick minutes. A healthy, low carb dinner idea that's loaded with flavor. 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    PF Changs lettuce wraps on white plate
    Pf Chang's Lettuce Wraps Recipe
    These copycat PF Chang's lettuce wraps taste just like the real deal! Make this easy takeout recipe in just 20 minutes in the comfort of your own home. 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    close up of teriyaki chicken in a bowl with rice and veggies
    Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Recipe
    Topped with a delicious teriyaki sauce and served with steamed vegetables, this baked teriyaki chicken bowl is a yummy dinner recipe that tastes better than the take-out!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    chicken stir fry recipe
    Chicken Stir Fry
    This chicken and vegetable stir fry is an easy 30-minute meal that's perfect for busy weeknights. It's loaded with fresh veggies and coated in a delicious stir fry sauce. Serve over rice or noodles for the ultimate take-out style dish!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    cashew chicken
    Cashew Chicken
    These easy cashew chicken lettuce wraps are made in one pot in just 20 minutes! A better-than-takeout recipe that the whole family will love.
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    crockpot honey garlic chicken
    Slow Cooker Honey Chicken Recipe
    Slow cooker honey chicken is one of my favorite crockpot chicken recipes that's quick, flavorful and absolutely delicious. It comes out perfectly tender every time!
    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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    Beef Ramen
    Make your own take out at home with this easy veggie beef ramen recipe! This dish is filled with tender steak, crisp vegetables and the perfect sauce.
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    teriyaki chicken in the crock pot
    Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
    Flavorful and easy teriyaki chicken made in the crockpot! Only 5 minutes of prep and an instant family favorite!
    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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    Side Dishes

    There are all types of healthy side dishes that can be easily whipped up to serve alongside your dinner. My favorite is baked veggies…they get perfectly crispy and caramelized in the oven. You can bake all types of healthy side dishes with vegetables…like baked zucchini fries, sweet potato fries, parmesan broccoli, roasted carrots and more. Delicious!

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    Roasted Vegetables
    Delicious baked vegetables coated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and flavorful spices. Perfectly crispy and roasted to perfection. These oven roasted veggies are always on repeat!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    Baked Sweet Potato Fries
    These baked sweet potato fries are so easy to make and tastes absolutely DELICIOUS! Healthy, crispy and full of flavor. Makes the perfect side dish or snack!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    Baked Zucchini Fries Recipe
    These baked zucchini fries are loaded with flavor and a crispy parmesan topping. They make the perfect side dish for any meal. Plus, they're healthy too!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    bowl of parmesan roasted broccoli
    Roasted Parmesan Broccoli Recipe
    This parmesan roasted broccoli is the best broccoli ever! Such a simple, yet tasty side dish. Perfectly crispy and full of flavor!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Roasted Asparagus Recipe
    Perfectly seasoned oven roasted asparagus that's fresh, healthy and delicious. This simple side dish makes a great addition to any meal! 
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    roasted cauliflower recipe
    Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
    This crispy roasted cauliflower is perfectly tender and full of delicious parmesan flavor. It will become one of your favorite side dishes!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Roasted Red Potatoes
    These crispy and flavorful roasted red potatoes make a great side dish for any meal. They will become a new favorite in your monthly rotation!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    Oven Roasted Butternut Squash
    Perfectly roasted butternut squash that's tender, caramelized and full of fall flavors! Makes a great side dish and can be added to salads, pasta, soups and more. 
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    glazed carrots recipe
    Glazed Carrots Recipe
    Perfectly caramelized glazed carrots that are crispy and have a hint of sweetness. Require only 3 simple ingredients and can be made on the stove, oven or crockpot!
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    green beans
    Green Beans
    Perfectly tender, flavorful and fresh green beans that make an amazing side dish recipe. Learn how to cook them 2 ways - sautéed or roasted in the oven.
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    parmesan roasted carrots in white bowl
    Parmesan Roasted Carrots Recipe
    These parmesan roasted carrots are savory, sweet and completely addicting! A quick and easy side dish that's baked to perfection and full of flavor. 
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    baked sweet potato with butter
    Baked Sweet Potato
    Learn how to make the best oven baked sweet potatoes with this easy recipe. They're perfectly tender with crispy and delicious skin! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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    Grilled Vegetables
    Perfectly charred grilled vegetables that are tender and full of flavor. The best summer side dish that can be ready in 20 minutes or less! 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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