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January Healthy Meal Plan

New year, new you. This healthy meal plan includes family-friendly dinners and sides that will make it deliciously easy to keep your resolution.

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Day 1: Turkey Cutlets with Pan GravyTaste of Home

Day 1: Turkey Cutlets with Pan Gravy

Using cutlets or any boneless meat speeds up cooking time for this quick entree. You can use thin boneless, skinless chicken breast as well. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California

Goes Great With: Lemon Parmesan Orzo

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Day 2: Warm Squash & Quinoa Salad

Day 2: Warm Squash & Quinoa Salad

Whenever I see butternut squash at the supermarket, I buy one. It's amazing tossed with earthy quinoa, Italian spices and crunchy pine nuts. And don't get me started on the browned butter! Yum. —Carly Taylor, Libertyville, Illinois

Goes Great With: Creamy Cauliflower Pakora Soup

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Day 3: Pork with Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Day 3: Pork with Sweet Potatoes

With sweet potatoes, dried cranberries and apple slices, this colorful pork dish is especially popular during fall and winter. —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York

Goes Great With: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

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Day 4: Stir-Fry Rice BowlTaste of Home

Day 4: Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

My meatless version of Korean bibimbap is tasty, pretty and easy to tweak for different spice levels. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

Goes Great With: Crispy Baked Wontons

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Day 5: Sirloin Steak with Mushroom SauceTaste of Home

Day 5: Sirloin Steak with Mushroom Sauce

A mouthwatering combination of rich brown mushroom sauce and tender strips of peppery steak is a wonderful way to end a busy day. It’s special enough to make for company and ready in less than 30 minutes. —Joe Elliott, West Bend, WI

Goes Great With: Cheese Smashed Potatoes

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Day 6: Lemon-Parsley Baked CodTaste of Home

Day 6: Lemon-Parsley Baked Cod

After trying a few baked cod recipes, this was the first fish recipe that got two thumbs up from my picky meat-only eaters. The tangy lemon gives the cod fish some oomph. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Goes Great With: Carrot Brown Rice Pilaf

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Day 7: Savory Braised Chicken with VegetablesTaste of Home

Day 7: Savory Braised Chicken with Vegetables

My braised chicken is a recipe my mom used to make when I was small. It tastes much more complicated than it actually is! —Michelle Collins, Lake Orion, Michigan

Goes Great With: Goat Cheese Mushrooms

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Day 8: Chili Tortilla Bake

Day 8: Chili Tortilla Bake

A homestyle Tex-Mex casserole is all it takes to gather the whole family around the dinner table. With its popular flavors and bubbly cheese topping, there is never a need to worry about leftovers. —Celine Weldy, Cave Creek, Arizona

Goes Great With: Tarragon Lettuce Salad

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Day 9: Busy-Day Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 9: Busy-Day Pork Chops

It was time to use or lose some pork chops I had in the fridge, so I dressed them in bread crumbs and Parmesan and baked them up. Necessity sure is the mother of invention, and in this case I invented an amazing healthy pork chop recipe. —Dee Maltby, Wayne, Ohio

Goes Great With: Mashed Peppery Turnips

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Day 10: Pan-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

This one-dish roast chicken with vegetables tastes as if it took hours of hands-on time to put together, but the simple ingredients can be prepped in mere minutes. The rosemary gives it a rich flavor, and the meat juices cook the veggies to perfection. It’s unbelievably easy! —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Roasted Rosemary Baby Carrots

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Day 11: Salmon with Spinach & White BeansTaste of Home

Day 11: Salmon with Spinach & White Beans

My husband, Oscar, is a Southerner at heart. This salmon with garlicky beans and spinach won him over at first bite. —Mary Ellen Hofstetter, Brentwood, Tennessee

Goes Great With: Cauliflower Mash

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Day 12: Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ ChickenTaste of Home

Day 12: Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken

I live in Georgia, but I appreciate the tangy, sweet taste of Carolina barbecue chicken. In fact, my sons are more likely to show up to dinner if they know I'm serving this slow cooker recipe. —Ramona Parris, Canton, Georgia

Goes Great With: Basil Dill Coleslaw

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Day 13: Italian Beef Tortellini StewTaste of Home

Day 13: Italian Beef Tortellini Stew

This is my first completely original recipe—and it turned out to be awesome! It’s a hefty, rich stew, full of veggies, tender beef, a splash of red wine and simply wonderful flavors. —Tammy Munyon, Wichita, Kansas

Goes Great With: Moist Red Pepper Cornbread

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Day 14: Peachy Pork with RiceTaste of Home

Day 14: Peachy Pork with Rice

Peach preserves sweeten the spicy salsa in this delicious dish that’s nice enough for company. Adjust the heat level to taste by using mild or spicy salsa and seasoning. —Melissa Molaison, Hawkinsville, Georgia

Goes Great With: Green Beans with Shallots

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Day 15: Portobello Polenta BakeTaste of Home

Day 15: Portobello Polenta Bake

Any recipe with melted cheese in it is a favorite of mine. That's just one reason I love this polenta bake. It has a lot of protein for a meatless meal! —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington

Goes Great With: Feta Romaine Salad

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Day 16: Caribbean Shrimp & Rice Bowl

I had a similar rice bowl on vacation and re-created this lighter version at home. It takes me back to the islands every time I make it. Try grilling the shrimp for more beachy flavor. —Lauren Katz, Ashburn, Virginia

Goes Great With: Honey-Pecan Kiwi Salad

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Day 17: Terrific Turkey Meat LoafTaste of Home

Day 17: Terrific Turkey Meat Loaf

You'll love this moist, tender entree. Not only is it loaded with flavor, it's low in carbohydrates and saturated fat. —Wanda Bannister, New Bern, North Carolina

Goes Great With: Confetti Quinoa

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Day 18: Oven-Fried Chicken DrumsticksTaste of Home

Day 18: Oven-Fried Chicken Drumsticks

This fabulous recipe uses Greek yogurt to create an amazing marinade that makes the chicken incredibly moist. No one will guess that it has been lightened up and is not even fried! — Kim Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

Goes Great With: Ribboned Vegetables

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Day 19: Slow-Cooked Swiss Steak

Day 19: Slow-Cooked Swiss Steak

This is one of my favorite recipes to make because I can flour and season the steaks and refrigerate them overnight. The next morning, I just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and I have a delicious dinner waiting when I arrive home from work. —Sarah Burks, Wathena, Kansas

Goes Great With: Garlic-Mashed Rutabagas & Potatoes

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Day 20: Pepper-Crusted Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

Day 20: Pepper-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Guests will be impressed by this elegant entree and its golden crumb coating with peppery pizazz. The meat slices up so moist and tender, you can serve it without sauce and still have a succulent taste-tempting main dish. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Goes Great With: Broccoli with Yellow Pepper

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Day 21: Easy Chana MasalaTaste of Home

Day 21: Easy Chana Masala

I love this quick and healthy Indian-inspired dish so much I always make sure to have the ingredients stocked in my pantry. It makes weeknight dinners feel a little more special. —Janeen Judah, Houston, Texas

Goes Great With: Shredded Gingered Brussels Sprouts

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Day 22: Crispy Almond TilapiaTaste of Home

Day 22: Crispy Almond Tilapia

Since changing to a healthier style of cooking, I’ve come up with new coatings for baked fish. I use almonds, panko bread crumbs and a smidge of hot sauce to add crunchy texture with nice heat. —Amanda Flinner, Beaver, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Thymed Zucchini Saute

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Day 23: Black Bean Chicken with RiceTaste of Home

Day 23: Black Bean Chicken with Rice

This spicy family favorite calls for just a few basic ingredients, so it’s quick and easy to stir up in your skillet on a weeknight. —Molly Newman, Portland, Oregon

Goes Great With: Sweet Pepper Skillet

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Day 24: One-Pot Meaty SpaghettiTaste of Home

Day 24: One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

I used to help my mom make this when I was growing up, and the recipe stuck. It was a beloved comfort food at college, and is now a weeknight staple for my fiance and me. —Kristin Michalenko, Seattle, Washington

Goes Great With: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

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Day 25: Slow Cooker Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 25: Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Everyone will enjoy these fork-tender, slow cooker pork chops with a creamy, light gravy. Serve with a green vegetable, mashed potatoes and coleslaw or a salad. These are the best slow cooker pork chops. —Sue Bingham, Madisonville, Tennessee

Goes Great With: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dijon & Rosemary

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Day 26: Tofu Chow Mein

Day 26: Tofu Chow Mein

This is an easy recipe for a "tofu beginner," as it teaches people how to use it. If you have time, one way to prepare it is to cut the tofu block in half and wrap well in a terry kitchen towel. Let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour to absorb excess water. For a complete meal, serve with Chinese soup and egg rolls! — Autumn SinClaire, Gold Beach, Oregon

Goes Great With: Spicy Edamame

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Day 27: Greek Fish BakeTaste of Home

Day 27: Greek Fish Bake

As a military spouse living overseas, I got the chance to try many styles of cooking. Here's a Mediterranean-inspired recipe that we still love today. —Stacey Boyd, Springfield, Virginia

Goes Great With: Steamed Kale

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Day 28: Confetti KielbasaTaste of Home

Day 28: Confetti Kielbasa

Here's one of my husband's favorite dishes. When it's in season, substitute fresh corn for frozen. Add a dash of cayenne pepper if you like a little heat. —Sheila Gomez, Shawnee, Kansas

Goes Great With: Squash Apple Soup

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Day 29: Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles

My husband loves the spicy Thai flavors in this speedy, simple dish and often breaks out the chopsticks for a more immersive experience. — Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas

Goes Great With: Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry

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Day 30: Tortilla PieTaste of Home

Day 30: Tortilla Pie

My husband and I enjoy this southwestern take on lasagna because it’s not as dense or heavy as traditional layered dishes made with pasta. Our two daughters enjoy the mild flavor. —Lisa King, Caledonia, Michigan

Goes Great With: Snappy Green Beans

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Day 31: Pork & Potato Supper

Day 31: Pork & Potato Supper

If you're looking for a down-home one dish dinner that can be easily made on a weeknight, then this recipe is for you. My husband made sure that I added it to the list of Allen family favorites. —Macey Allen, Green Forest, Arkansas

Goes Great With: Warm Tasty Greens with Garlic

Peggy Woodward, RDN
Peggy is a Senior Food Editor for Taste of Home. In addition to curating recipes, she writes articles, develops recipes and is our in-house nutrition expert. She studied dietetics at the University of Illinois and completed post-graduate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Peggy has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. She’s a mom, a foodie and enjoys being active in her rural Wisconsin community.

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