Best Healthy Recipes of the Year
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Which of these Popular Healthy Recipes did you Try in 2020?


The number 2020 is made of cakes shaped like each number, frosted in white icing with fruit forming the numbers along with a collage of six other recipe images Every year we share more than 50 dietitian tried and approved recipe to our blog. We love when you share with us those that you’ve also tried and what you enjoy about them! We are all doing a lot more cooking at home this year. Perhaps you’d like to try one of our most popular recipes in 2021? Share with us in the comments which you’ve tried or what new recipes you’d like to see next year.


In no particular order, here are the top 20 most popular recipes we’ve shared in 2020.


Chili Con Carne


Enjoy this nutritious recipe for chili con carne served with a tossed salad and whole grain bun or on top of a baked potato with grated cheese. Freeze extras for portable lunches for weekday meals at school or work.


Asian Chicken Noodle Soup 


This colorful healthy soup recipe is a great meal-in-one served immediately, made ahead or to quickly assemble when you have leftover grilled chicken (or turkey!) to use up.


Vegetarian Black Bean Tortilla Stack


In our family we call this easy vegetarian recipe “Mexican Pie” since you slice this into wedges. Use the ratios of the ingredients below as a rough guide and add more or less of certain ingredients depending your taste preferences.

black bean tortilla stack

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 


I like to call these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies “health geek cookies!” If you are looking for a healthier cookie recipe that is loaded with all sorts of good stuff this is it! This recipe freezes excellent for snacks on the go.


Red Lentil, Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup


This is a fabulous vegetarian slow-cooker meal courtesy of Canadian Lentils. This red lentil soup recipe is simple to prepare and perfect for a healthy weekday meal or leftover lunch.


Tomato and Cauliflower Pasta Bake 


This recipe from Dietitians of Canada on cookspiration.com  is an easy, healthy cauliflower pasta bake that you and your family will love. Pop the vegetables in the oven to roast while you cook the pasta, then stir it all together with zippy Asiago cheese and you’ve got a pasta dish that’s sure to become a new favorite.


Tomato and Cauliflower Pasta Bake


Pecan Parmesan Chicken Fingers 


This tasty and healthy recipe for pecan parmesan chicken fingers from Dietitians of Canada is sure to become a family favorite! Make these at home with your kids for a ‘Friday finger food’ dinner idea or weekend lunch.


Pumpkin Waffles 


Enjoy these tasty waffles for a weekend brunch or a ‘breakfast for dinner’ theme and save extras or double the batch and freeze to simply reheat in your toaster oven.


Buffalo Cauliflower 


If you love the flavor of buffalo wings you are going to love this vegetarian recipe from Tasty.co for buffalo cauliflower you can make at home. Enjoy this as a side dish with a meal or as a healthy at home ‘pub grub’ appetizer or ‘finger-food Friday’ theme.


Protein Packed Granola 


This protein packed granola recipe is so much tastier and nutritious than purchasing commercial brands. Enjoy granola on top of yogurt with fruit or as a morning breakfast cereal with milk.


Best Ever Banana Bread


I’ve tried many banana bread recipes but this easy recipe is a family favourite! We always make a double batch in my household so we can enjoy some fresh and some sliced from the freezer for healthy snacks on the go.


loaf of banana break in a loaf tin next to a bunch of bananas

Peanut Noodle Salad 


You are going to love the fresh flavors of this peanut noodle salad recipe by Registered Dietitian Shauna Kime for a colorful supper or lunch. This is a perfect meal when you have leftover chicken from the day before or want to create a meatless meal made with tofu.


Almond Blueberry French Toast Casserole 


This is a tasty make ahead recipe you can serve for brunch or a ‘breakfast for supper’ theme. You can also cook this recipe on the upper rack of your BBQ on hot summer days or bring this along to heat up on a grill over the campfire when camping this summer.


Hoisin Turkey Lettuce Wraps 


This recipe for Asian turkey lettuce wraps is a simple speedy meal you and you family will love. Try it during the week or as a ‘Finger Food Friday’ theme.



Nut-Free Energy Bites 


A great take-along, or add to lunches as a dessert or snack idea. You can even get the little chef in your home to help make these.


Grilled Salmon with Lime Cumin Marinade 


Wondering how to grill salmon the tastiest way? My Auntie Sheila shared this recipe with me many years ago and it has been a family favorite ever since. Serve this salmon with rice, quinoa or couscous, grilled vegetables and a side salad for a balanced meal.



Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash and Apples 


This turkey chili with butternut squash and apples recipe tastes like Fall in a bowl! A few members of our team have made this, to rave reviews. What a delicious way to use butternut squash and apples during the autumn.


a white bowl filled with ground turkey, tomatoes, squash and beans. table is decorated with tomatoes, cilantro and a red and white dish cloth.


Potato or Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie 


If you are looking for a family friendly weekday meal you can serve fresh (or from the freezer) try this potato or sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe. Having the option to swap out potato or sweet potato and a few minor seasonings allows you to use whatever you’ve got in the fridge or use up leftover mashed potatoes.


Cheesy Baked Eggs 


If you’re preparing breakfast for a crowd, or if you want to prepare breakfast for a few days in advance, you have to try these cheesy baked eggs! No need to stand over a skillet and carefully watch these eggs, and you can easily adjust the recipe to the number of people you are serving.


Butter Chicken 


Adding chickpeas to this traditional indian butter chicken recipe adds nutrients and fiber. You can also eliminate the chicken and make this only with chickpeas for a vegetarian butter chicken.


The number 2020 is made of cakes shaped like each number, frosted in white icing with fruit forming the numbers along with a collage of six other recipe imagesWe hope you’ve enjoyed this wrap up of our recipes posts during 2020 – we look forward to sharing more tasty things with you in 2021. If there is something you’d like us to write about, leave your suggestion in the comments.

Find out more about the Virtual Dietitian services provided by the Health Stand team of Online Nutritionists specializing in meal planning, weight concerns, emotional eating, eating disorders, digestive health, heart health, diabetes, sports nutrition and more here: Dietitian Nutrition Counseling Programs.

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