15 Must-Try Recipes for 2015

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15 Must-Try Recipes for 2015

Kick off 2015 with our 15 must-try recipes! Here at MyFitnessPal our resolution is to help you achieve a healthier you, and we’re hoping you do so starting with some tasty food. These recipes feature crunchy, flaky, savory, creamy flavors and textures that will convince you healthy is delicious. Here’s to a happier new year and a healthier new you in 2015!

1. Zucchini Fritters | Damn Delicious
Nutritious and delicious zucchini fritters is a great way to sneak color and veggies onto the plate. Grated zucchini, parmesan cheese and eggs are whisked together then pan-fried to a golden brown crunch! Recipe makes 4 servings of fritters for a snack or appetizer.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 162; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 52mg; Sodium: 720mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 7g

2. Garlic Prawns + Avocado Crostini | Cafe Delites
Garlicky lemon-infused prawns and creamy avocado salad grace crunchy ciabatta slices in this simple crostini recipe. Prawns and avocado salad can be made separately ahead of time then assembled into crostinis when you’re ready. Recipe makes 10 servings of 1 crostini each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 163; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 90mg; Total Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 6g

3. Super Easy Coconut French Toast Bake | Pinch of Yum
Make an impressive and decadent brunch or breakfast in bed with this recipe for coconut French toast bake. Each loaf is made from torn sweet bread pieces soaked in coconut milk and studded with fruit toppings. Recipe makes 12 servings.

Nutrition (per serving)*: Calories: 265; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 140mg; Sodium: 149mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 8g

*Nutrition information is for the following toppings, but you can mix and match: 2 medium bananas + 2 cups strawberry halves + 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes + 1/4 cup maple syrup.

4. Lemon Chicken Piccata|  Jo Cooks
Chicken piccata is a fresh Italian dinner main that can be made with a few common ingredients from your kitchen pantry. Lean chicken breast is dredged in flour then cooked in butter, garlic, lemon juice, wine and capers. Recipe makes 4 servings of 1/2 chicken breast each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 376; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 9g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 99mg; Sodium: 498mg; Total Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 30g

5. Mini Quiche Cups | Peas and Crayons
Mini quiche cups are a portion-controlled way to do breakfast or brunch. These bite-sized edibles are made in 15 minutes by combining inexpensive phyllo cups, eggs and savory toppings. Just mix, pour, bake! Recipe makes 15 servings of 1 quiche cup each.

Nutrition (per serving)*: Calories: 41; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 33mg; Sodium: 98mg; Total Carbohydrate: 2g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 0g; Protein: 3g

*Nutrition information is for these toppings but you can come up with your own: 1 cup cooked spinach, 1/4 cup diced onion, 1/4 cup, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 3 slices bacon.

6. Roasted Red Pepper & Chicken Collard Wrap |  i.run.on.nutrition
Here’s a great idea for low carb wraps–use large collard leaves! The wraps are filled with grated carrots, lean chicken, hummus, avocado, tomatoes and are the image of clean eating. Recipe makes 1 collard wrap and is versatile enough for you to sub-in other ingredients for the filling.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 295; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 72mg; Sodium: 219mg; Total Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 31g

7. Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing | Scaling Back Blog
Throw this colorful salad in the face of typical greasy Chinese food! Crunchy cabbage, sweet carrots, lush avocado and nutty cashews are drizzled with a spicy peanut dressing. This makes an awesome entree salad, and you can add chicken or tofu to up the protein. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 341; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 2mg; Sodium: 244mg; Total Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 16g; Sugars: 18g; Protein: 18g

8. Little Pomegranate Dessert Cups| Cook the Story
These rich and creamy dessert cups are sweet but not too sweet. They’re a modest bite-sized dessert treat that you won’t feel bad eating. You can make these ahead of time and serve as a frozen dessert or reheated. Recipe makes 30 servings of 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 51; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Sodium: 50mg; Total Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 1g

9. Vegetable Beef Soup| Gimme Some Oven
Snuggle up to a piping bowl of hearty beef stew with tender vegetables. Sipping on soup is the ultimate comfort item and making soup from scratch means you can control the amount of salt that goes into it. Recipe makes 8 servings of 1 chunky bowl each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 352; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 54mg; Sodium: 418mg; Total Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 18g

10. Nutty Strawberry-Banana Quesadillas | Ambitious Kitchen
Nutty breakfast quesadilla is made with peanut butter and filled with fresh fruit slices. These crispy quesadillas are packed with protein and fiber, and make for a good post workout meal. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 385; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 363mg; Total Carbohydrate: 67g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugars: 25g; Protein: 11g

11. Lemon & Thyme Pan Seared Cod| The Way to His Heart
Plan your dinner with healthy semi-homemade recipes like this lemon & thyme cod served on a bed of parboiled rice. This recipe is high in protein, low in sodium and tastes like a million bucks! Recipe makes 4 servings of 1 cod filet + 1/2 cup of cooked rice each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 311; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 270mg; Total Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 23g

12. Grilled Chicken and Portobello Mushroom Sandwich | Fuss Free Cooking
Sandwiches using leftover ingredients are great for low key lunches. This recipe for leftover grilled chicken is moistened with portobello mushroom and runny eggs. Recipe makes 2 servings of 1 club sandwich each. Serve open-faced style if you want to cut out some carbs.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 378; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 248mg; Sodium: 571mg; Total Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 28g

13. Berry Green Layered Smoothie | Fit Foodie Finds
Here’s a berry delicious idea: instead of blending all your smoothie ingredients together, layer two different smoothies for a beautiful color and fun taste. This recipe for berry green layered smoothie makes 2 servings of 1 smoothie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 282; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 158mg; Total Carbohydrate: 65g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugars: 48g; Protein: 16g

14. Oven Baked Fried Chicken | The Law Student’s Wife
This year don’t let your hankering for fried chicken hold you back from your health goals. Try out this oven-baked version using light cornflake pieces as breading and low-fat buttermilk to keep the chicken breast nice and juicy. Recipe makes 12 servings of 1 chicken breast each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 182; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 62mg; Sodium: 454mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 25g

15. Sausage Egg Nests|  Hello Healthy by MyFitnessPal
Check out our recipe for sausage egg nests as a healthy alternative to greasy egg casseroles. Each little nest is made from whipped eggs and chicken sausage then topped with savory sprinkles of bacon, cheese and fragrant green onion. Recipe makes 6 servings of 2 sausage egg nest each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 242; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 201mg; Sodium: 594mg; Total Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 17g


  • Lynn

    Seriously, “damn” delicious zucchini fritters… Is that really necessary???

    • Abby

      “Damn Delicious” is the name of the website ehere the recipe is posted..

    • Jessica

      I totally agree that its unnecessary to use derogatory language

      • God Damn

        Damn you

      • agitz

        Wow I would hate if some dropped the F bomb near you… Damn, really??? Pull that stick out of your behind

  • Christine Pittman

    Love this list of recipes. Can’t wait to dig in!

  • Autumn61

    My thoughts exactly! Everyone isn’t into hearing profanity about a recipe. It really turned me off to wanting to read it.

    • Abby

      Read above.

      • Leo

        OMG I agree get a damn damn life

    • Lol

    • Nini

      Seriously you two needed a DAMN life!! Seriously!!

  • Blevine06

    In this day and age you are offended by the word damn?

  • Shelly

    YES. I am offended. How unprofessional and unnecessary use of language. Did I mention the definition? 1.
    to declare (something) to be bad, unfit, invalid, or illegal. Who wants to eat that?

    • Abby

      “Damn Delicious” is the name of the website where the recipe is posted.

    • Damn

      Seriously. Get a damn grip of yourself.

    • Anna

      Damn when used as an adverb means very, really, or extremely.

    • atvbabe

      GO AWAY!

    • Dorothy Kirton

      Never had bad word cross those lips? I think not. Go to another site and bitch. oops I said bitch. bad girl!

  • MrsMothy

    Is there a way of only seeing veggie recipes? Makes it so much more useful for those new to the site and trying to find their way around.

  • Ellen


  • DC1905

    I don’t usually join these discussions. But. Just wanted to say that if that small word associated with the recipes is offensive, my comment is …please worry about something important. If that’s the only negative in your life, there is little to worry about.

  • ChrissieB

    Damn has various meanings and usage, one being just for added emphasis. Let’s move on and just enjoy the recipes:-D

  • Emmasnonna

    What does “this day and age” have to do with anything? Offensive is offensive no matter when it’s used. It’s also ignorant, lazy and shows a complete lack of class. Just because someone chooses to exhibit these characteristics and so name their website, does not make it any more palatable.

  • Ron

    Looks like the author was going for alliteration … Maybe darn delicious or definitely delicious would have been better choices. That being said, in this context, there was no intent to defame anyone … So, to the author, take note. To those offended … Was used as an adjective, not a verb.

  • Lee Hersh

    Thanks for including my berry green layered smoothie <3

  • SLee

    Ommmmmmm no word has power only what you give it …

  • Juanita Westbrook

    If you’re offended by something as seemingly trifle as the little word “damn”, then you could just close your browser window and move on to something else. The last time I checked this was an article about recipes, not vocabulary.

  • nancy593

    Could’ve used another four letter word.if no one likes this then maybe don’t join in on the blogs.just saying we all speak how we want its a free country.

  • Horngirl96

    I can’t wait to try all these recipes, they look damn good!

  • Windmill Dan

    Since when did the word damn become a profanity? Don’t you have a dictionary.

  • Charlie6

    Just heard Jamie Oliver say “hmm that’s damn good”
    I don’t see the problem with it but after reading this I had to come back and say 🙂

  • Annie

    Oh Lynn really, focus on your health. Did you try them? The name fits.
    Also has anyone tried the collard wrap? I love the idea…

  • DamDam.

    People waste so much time on such silly issues…..If you don’t like it leave! Now back to the purpose…..bring on more healthy recipes.

  • Dorothy Kirton

    Why is it there is always some Goody two shoes person who has to complain about something totally stupid! Damn! Like you,ve never said Damn? REALLY?? Get over it or just unsubscribe .Perfect are you? I just found this page and the bitchin is a big turn off.I,m not perfect and I,m sure you arn,t either.get over it and just keep your thoughts too yourself so we can enjoy this website without the sniping. Have a good day!

  • elainejoyce

    How do I find these recipes on the My Fitnesspal App?