10 Healthy Recipes for the Beginner Cook

Cooking at home is one of the best ways to get nutritious foods into your diet. But if you’re new to the kitchen, complicated recipes can be overwhelming. These easy-to-prepare dishes will help you get your hands dirty and make a healthy homemade masterpiece.

1. Baked Eggs with Spinach


This baked egg dish has an energizing balance of protein and veggies. Cooking eggs in the oven gives them perfectly firm whites with a not-too-runny yolk. You’ll also get plenty of nutrients from spinach like vitamin C, manganese and folate.

2. Grilled Salmon with Mustard & Herbs

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Cooking fish might seem intimidating, but this recipe makes it simple. Salmon is chock-full of anti-inflammatory omega-3s and a heart-healthy antioxidant called astaxanthin.

3. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries

One of Zipongo’s most popular recipes, this is a lightened-up guilty pleasure that packs nutrients like fiber and B vitamins. Bonus: the fat in olive oil help your body better absorb the carotenoids in sweet potatoes.

4. Spicy Tunisian Grilled Chicken

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Photo Credit: EatingWell®

This protein-packed chicken dish (with 23 grams of protein per serving) gets its flavor from Tunisia-inspired spices like coriander and crushed red pepper. You can make this recipe in the oven or on the grill.

5. Shaved Zucchini-Fennel Salad

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Fennel is full of phytonutrients like quercetin, which is believed to have antihistamine properties. A simple homemade dressing of lemon juice and olive oil adds a tangy pop to this salad.

6. Roasted Curried Cauliflower


This recipe is an easy way to get more familiar with your oven. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. The blend of spices in curry powder like turmeric and coriander bring extra antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

7. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Sage

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Pancetta and fresh sage provide a deep, savory flavor to this nutrient-dense veggie dish. Brussels sprouts bring vitamins C and K, folate and fiber to the table.

8. Bold Winter Greens Salad

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This simple salad is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health and brain function. Anchovies add a punch of flavor to this winter green salad, along with calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

9. Chia Seed Pudding


This easy pudding is satisfying as a breakfast, snack or sweet treat. Plus, chia seeds contain a mix of fiber and protein, as well as a host of minerals like calcium, manganese and phosphorus.

10. Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas

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Every new chef needs a dessert recipe, and this is bound to be your go-to treat. Bananas are a great source of potassium and fiber. Dark chocolate is a good source of magnesium, a nutrient important for energy production and nutrient metabolism.

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