2021 is here! Thank goodness we’re past the apocalyptic year of 2020. If you are like me, you’re planning to keep this year starting and going on a good path. One key to success is knowing what to make for healthy food, another is a plan, and finally accountability. For me these three things really are what help me stay on track. Not knowing what to make was a challenge, so that is the focus of this guide, a list of healthy recipes for the 2021 New Year.

If you can get easy meals out of the way without much hassle, the two big pieces of the equation, accountability and a plan, really aren’t as difficult. One thing that I’ve found too is if you can come up with a list of core recipes, the meal plan isn’t very hard and it makes grocery shopping much easier too! I hate when you have a list of SO much random stuff that you will only use one or two times. A tip is to make a collection of your recipe plans (either print the recipe cards or just keep tabs open, screenshots, etc.), and then make your list of them. If you can make cuisines similar throughout the week, generally you won’t need such a variety of groceries. 

Breakfast Recipes

1. Lazy Vegan Strawberry Chia Pudding

This recipe is great because it’s a make-ahead recipe. If you make it the night before it’ll be ready to grab and go the next morning. We did this recipe SO much when my husband was going to the office because he could eat it on his way to work or even just bring it to the office. It’s healthy and HIGH in fiber, protein, and iron. 

2. Orange Mango Green Smoothie

Personally, smoothies have been a lifesaver in our house. My toddler is pretty picky on vegetables, and dI worry she’s not getting enough nutrients. We do smoothies daily in the morning and I always throw spinach and carrots in. This was one of her favorite recipes and it’s so healthy and easy!

vegan morning green smoothie

3. Vegan Stuffed French Toast

In my house, one of the only breakfast foods that my whole family likes is french toast. This one is great because it sneaks some fruit and nut butter in for added protein. This is easy to make and tastes just like french toast without the added egg. An added bonus is it can be a fun activity to make with kids, let them stuff their own bread.

easy vegan strawberry stuffed french toast

4. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

An easy vegan stovetop oatmeal that is high in fiber, protein, and contains yummy bananas, this dish is easy and delicious! Adding banana to oatmeal helps to naturally sweeten it, and it’s made in 10 minutes or less on the stovetop. 

vegan banana peanut butter oatmeal

5. Vegan Oatmeal Zucchini Pancakes

Picky eaters, gluten-free, or just looking for a way to incorporate more veggies, these oatmeal vegan zucchini pancakes are a great option! They are kid-approved and are much healthier than a typical pancake.

Healthy Vegan Zucchini Oatmeal Pancakes with Syrup

6. Vegan Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

This healthy cinnamon roll stovetop oatmeal is less sugar than most other cinnamon roll oatmeal, and it is all vegan. Easily made in under 10 minutes, its a great weekday breakfast and it tastes more like a treat, even if it’s secretly healthy.

vegan healthy cinnamon roll oatmeal

7. Healthy Strawberry Chia Jam 

One breakfast we really like in our house is simple peanut butter or jelly/jam toast. Jams and jelly typically have too much sugar though and I really don’t care to serve that to my kid. This homemade strawberry chia jam is easy to make on the stovetop and it’s much less sugar than traditional store-bought jams. 

vegan strawberry jam with chia seeds

8. Vegan and Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins

A grain-free muffin that is easy to make and great for make ahead breakfast. It’s fully customizable with your favorite toppings (think chocolate chips or cacao nibs, nuts, nut butter, etc.) and are kid approved!

Vegan Sweet Potato Muffin with toppings

9. Vegan Almond Joy Stovetop Oats

As a kid I hated almond joy or anything related to coconut, but as an adult, I am addicted. This almond joy stovetop oats is easy to make, uses very few ingredients, and is a must try!

almond joy oatmeal

10. Vegan Mashed Sweet Potato Bowl

A twist on typical oatmeal or porridge, this mashed sweet potato recipe is so yummy, and a great way to let your creativity shine. Top it with all your favorite nuts, fruit, and seeds like a smoothie bowl. Make ahead friendly and simple ingredients.

Breakfast mashed sweet potato bowl with banana, peanut butter, coconut flakes, almonds, and chocolate chips

11. Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Make ahead breakfasts can be a busy family’s best friend. This recipe is kid-approved and contains less sugar than most breakfast muffins. They are a great snack or breakfast on the go!

easy vegan chocolate chip banana muffins

Main Course Healthy Recipes for 2021

12. Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg roll in a bowl has been a meal that my entire family enjoys, and when I tried it the first time with vegan ‘meat’, we were blown away. This is a 15 minute meal that is filled with veggies and is delicious!

vegan egg roll in a bowl

13. Vegan Teriyaki Chickpeas Bowl

Teriyaki chickpeas with roasted broccoli and rice is one meal that we rely on to get my toddler to eat something healthy. It’s easy, delicious, and kid-approved! Skip the Chinese takeout and make these at home. 

vegan teriyaki chickpea bowls

14. Vegan Chickpea Street Tacos

Tacos are a hit with most people and this recipe is very unique with a sheet pan recipe. Chickpeas and corn along with an avocado cream dressing and vegan kojita cheese. 

avocado sauce corn chickpea street tacos

15. Easy Vegan Taco Salad

Taco salads are a healthier alternative to traditional tacos, and this vegan taco salad is one of our go-to dinners. It’s easy to prep, and a great way to fill up on a lot of veggies and get great flavor.

Vegan Taco Salad with Chipotle Dressing

16. 4 Ingredient Veggie Skillet Fajitas

A simple fajita recipe based with bell peppers and onion, along with other optional veggies and your favorite toppings is a great way to make fajitas at home. You can whip these up in about 20 minutes and enjoy them in tacos or even in a burrito bowl.

vegan 4 ingredient fajitas

17. Baked Vegan Falafel Bowl

Falafel is a great protein dense food that can be made just as delicious baked. This bowl is a great meal that is nutrient dense, filling, and a great well-rounded meal. 

tahini falafel salad with pinto bean falafel

18. Vegan Instant Pot Dal Makhani (Madras Lentils)

Madras lentils are a black lentil Indian curry that is creamy and delicious. It is made in the Instant Pot and is a great meal prep recipe as it reheats great. This recipe goes great with rice or flatbread like naan or rotis. 

 

instant pot vegan dal makhani

19. Vegan Butter Chicken with Chickpeas and Cauliflower

Butter chicken is a staple Indian dish and this vegan version uses chickpeas and cauliflower in place of chicken. The creamy sauce is tasty and makes wonderful leftovers. 

vegan butter cauliflower and chickpeas Indian style vegan butter chickpeas

20. Instant Pot Dal Palak (Curried Lentils and Spinach)

Lentils are a great plant-based protein and dal is a traditional Indian dish that is easy to make and served typically rice or rotis. This dish is great because it contains a lot of vegetables and great source of plant-based protein.

Instant Pot Dal Palak vegan indian curried lentils and spinach

21. Mushroom Mutter, Vegan Mushroom and Peas Curry

Mushroom and peas curry is a healthy vegetable-packed dish that is vegan and goes great with rotis or rice. This dish is a household favorite and reheats well so it’s great for leftovers or meal prepping.

Vegan Mushroom Matar, Indian style curried mushrooms and peas

22. Vegan Bean Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup is a classic dish that can be made just as great with beans. This veggie and bean version is healthy and so easy. Make this ahead for an easy reheated lighter dinner or lunch. 

Delicious Vegan Tortilla Soup

23. Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich

An easy sandwich that makes enough for leftovers is a great alternative to tuna salad sandwich. It contains just a few simple ingredients, and is very filling.

easy vegan chickpea salad sandwich

24. Bean and Lentil Salsa Chili

Bean chili is a vegan classic, but this recipe puts a twist on that classic recipe using salsa and lentils. It’s a recipe to feed a family and sure to keep you full and warm in this winter season.

Easy lentil and bean vegan chili

25. Vegan Mexican Chili Mac

If you prefer some pasta with your chili, you need to try vegan Mexican chili mac. It’s a great easy recipe that makes a large batch and packed with veggies and plant-based protein. 

Easy vegan taco chili mac with beans and corn

26. Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce

A Thai inspired salad with a peanut dressing, this meal salad is a dream. Topped with chickpeas for a plant-based protein to keep you full, this is a well-rounded meal that contains lots of different veggies, textures, and flavors.

Easiest Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce and Chickpeas

27. Vegan Aloo Mutter Curried Potatoes and Peas

Curried potatoes and peas is a dry sabzi dish that is commonly served on Indian buffets. It’s a cheap and easy recipe to make, makes great leftovers, and is kid approved.

Closeup of Aloo Mutter Indian Curried Potatoes and Peas

28. Dal Tadka, Lentil Curry

A restaurant style yellow lentil curry that is easy to make, just a few ingredients, and a great light meal packed with protein. This recipe can be made in the instant pot or slow cooker (separate recipe), and is great served with rice or rotis.

Bowl of Vegan Dal Tadka

29. Quinoa Black Bean Taco Filling

A taco or burrito filling, or even topping for nachos, this versatile taco recipe is made with healthy carbohydrates and contains a great amount of fiber and protein. It makes enough to save leftovers and reheats well for meal prep. 

Plate of Quinoa Black Bean Taco filling nachos with salsa

30. Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes are an easy meal for families, and this slow-cooker vegan sloppy joes recipe is made with lentils and is easy to just dump and go. It makes a great recipe for meal prep and can be eaten in rice or on a bun.

Vegan Lentil Quinoa Sloppy Joes

31. Aloo Gobi, Curried Potatoes and Cauliflower

Vegan aloo gobi is a traditional Indian sabzi that is based with cauliflower, potatoes, and onion. This dish is very healthy and a great way to increase your vegetable intake. 

Bowl of aloo gobi a north Indian curried cauliflower and potato dish

32. Vegan Roasted Chickpea Broccoli and Quinoa Bowl

This was a gateway dish for my family into vegetarian eating, and it is SO good. I even got my meat-eating family members eating this. A great dish that contains some of all your essential food groups, and makes a large portion.

closeup of Roasted broccoli and chickpeas with quinoa power salad bowl

33. Vegan Spring Bowl

If you like vegan sushi or spring rolls, this is a fusion of the two into an easy to make a bowl. Packed with all the greens, this is a power bowl in a delicious form.

Vegan spring bowl with edamame and sauteed greens

34. Vegan Aloo Jeera, Indian Cumin Curried Potatoes

Aloo jeera is an Indian buffet favorite and this homemade recipe is just like that with reduced oil. This is a very cheap meal and makes for great leftovers. 

Dry Aloo Jeera potato curry Indian Cumin Potatoes

35. Vegan Restaurant Style Aloo Saag, Indian Curried Potatoes and Spinach

Aloo saag is a healthy spinach packed recipe that is cheap and healthy. This is a popular dish at many Indian restaurants that is iron-rich and a great plant-based meal.

easy vegan saag aloo restaurant style greens and potato curry

Desserts and Snacks: Healthy Recipes for 2021

36. 4-Ingredient Strawberry Chocolate Vegan Ice Cream

This is an easy no-bake dessert recipe that is based with fruit and is kid-approved. I happily let my toddler eat this knowing it’s not packed with added sugar, and it is easy to make in just about 5 minutes. 

Bowl of Chocolate Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream

37. 4-Ingredient Coconut Pudding

Coconut pudding is a vegan version of vanilla pudding that is lightly sweetened and tastes great topped with fresh fruit. This makes a few servings that go great after a light meal.

easy 3 ingredient coconut pudding

38. Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bread

Apple cinnamon bread is a delicious dessert bread that is lightly sweetened and makes great use for those abundant apples. It is easy to make without a mixer and is also a great option for brunch spreads. 

easy vegan apple cinnamon bread

39. Copycat Cookie Dough Larabars

Larabars are a healthy snack that is rich in dates and naturally sweetened. This copycat recipe is kid approved and requires no baking or cooking. 

Copycat Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar

39. 4-Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy vegan peanut butter cookies are lightly sweetened and easy to make in one bowl. They are kid-approved and keep on the counter for several days. 

stack of vegan peanut butter cookies

40. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

An easy, pantry-friendly chocolate chip recipe that uses simple ingredients and is easy to whip up. Non-vegan approved dessert that are well kept on the counter and great to serve at get-togethers. 

stack of vegan chocolate chip cookies

41. Indian Kheer, Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is an easy dessert that is made on the stove and is easily vegan friendly. It is a classic sweet treat in Indian restaurants and keeps well in the fridge for a dessert to serve over the course of days, or prepare ahead of time. 

Authentic Indian Kheer rice pudding

42. Copycat Vegan Thin Mints

Thin mints are a healthy and favorite among Girl Scout cookies. This copycat recipe is gluten-free and easy to make at home. It’s healthy and the cookies keep for many days in the fridge.

Inside of Vegan, Gluten-Free Copycat Thin Mint

43. Healthy Copycat Vegan Samoa Cookies

Samoa cookies are another top favorite of girl scout cookies and this healthy take uses a secret ingredient: dates. They are a favorite of my husband, and a great way to have these year-round. 

dairy-free, gluten-free copycat samoa cookies

44. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

A better for you peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe that is has been reported to be liked so much that ‘no crumbs were left behind’. This recipe is easy and made with simple pantry ingredients. 

Vegan chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter and oats

45. Vegan Chocolate Chili Truffles

Chocolate chili truffles are a sweet treat with a trace of heat. This recipe is great for Valentine’s day or someone who enjoys a bit of spice with their treats. 

Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles

Here are a list of 45 healthy recipes for 2021. All recipes are vegan or vegan-friendly. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out pinterest to save these recipes to your boards! I’d love to know if you had any favorites on this list or anything that you would like to see added to this list? Thanks for taking time to review this list and I wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2021.

Cassie

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