5 Healthy Recipes to Start Your New Year

Planning to eat healthier this year? STACK Expert Kait Fortunato gives you her Top 5 healthy recipes from 2013 to help you eat right without sacrificing flavor.

Spaghetti Squash

To help set you on the path to healthy eating this year, I want to share what I consider the top five healthy recipes from 2013. I hope they will inspire you to plan meals that give you the energy and stamina to reach your fitness goals. They're flavorful and don't require too much time to prepare.

5. Healthy Chicken Piccata
Not only is this an easy meal to make, it is full of protein, B vitamins and heart-healthy fats. Thanks to the lemon, paprika and garlic, the flavor is rich and satisfying.

4. Coconut Curry Chicken
This dish was inspired by a recent visit to Thailand and my desire to try coconut milk, an ingredient I had never used before. Coconut milk is rich in vitamins C, E and B, and it's also a good source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and iron. This is my go-to meal using leftover chicken when I want something other than baked chicken and greens. It comes together in 10 minutes.

3. Roasted Spaghetti Squash
This recipe includes step-by-step pictures on how to roast a spaghetti squash, which will last for a couple of nights. A great alternative to pasta, it is full of fiber, manganese, and vitamins A and C. Top with tomato sauce, pesto, chicken, vegetables or other toppings.

2. Recipe Makeover: Shepherd's Pie
I took one of my favorite comfort foods and added a little flair to make this delicious and warming dinner. It is the perfect all-in-one meal—full of protein, fat, carbohydrates and vegetables. This is also a good make-ahead meal, one that's easy to reheat after practice during the week.

1. Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms
The top recipe of the year was these savory stuffed mushrooms, filled with Laughing Cow cheese, whole wheat bread crumbs and turkey bacon. The flavor combination works nicely in this dish.

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Topics: PROTEIN | VITAMINS | FITNESS | ENERGY | PASTA | SPAGHETTI | CHEESE | CHICKEN | HEART | VEGETABLES | MAGNESIUM | DINNER | QUINOA | RECIPES