It is January and a closer look at our diets will be top of mind for most of us after the last few weeks of festive and holiday indulgence. I did a compilation of my favourite 6 Healthy and Tasty Recipes for the New Year in January 2016 and it was such a popular post that I had a relook at the heinstirred archives to see how I can update it with 6 new healthy (and tasty of course) recipes.

Healthy eating certainly does not have to be uninteresting or without flavour and I do think these 6 recipes, while scoring high in the healthy stakes, tempt the tastebuds without being fussy or that much work.

For those of us enjoying the heat and ample sunshine of summer this Asian Inspired Shredded Chicken Salad is a fantastic light meal, packed with flavour, texture, colour and freshness. Marinating the shredded chicken in the dressing for a while, makes all the difference.

Asian Inspired Shredded Chicken Salad

If you are looking outside and it is a white blanket of snow, this Thai Coconut Broccoli Soup is packed with veggies, a warming heat and the freshest green colour to make you forget about the dreary weather outside. It is the most read recipe on the blog and has been pinned an incredible 24000 times. Use a light coconut milk to cut the calories further.

Thai Broccoli Soup

Staying with veggies packing a bit of heat, I love these Tandoori Roasted Carrots. Loaded with turmeric with its amazing health benefits, it adds a delicious warm peppery note to the sweet roasted carrots. Drizzled with some yoghurt and fresh coriander it is a fantastic side dish or part of a delicious veggie platter.

Tandoori Roasted Carrots

This recipe for Flatbreads with Grilled Zucchini dressed in Lemon and Hemp Seed Oil is summer on a plate. Even though there are a few steps and components to the recipe it is all pretty easy. Bonus is a good splash of hemp seed oil in the dressing. A super healthy oil that is packed with omega 3 and 6 and now readily available.

Flatbreads with Grilled Zucchini dressed in Lemon and Hemp Seed Oil

Another flatbread veggie recipe but this time with spiced veggies and the crunchiest coleslaw for even more texture. I used spelt flour for the flatbreads in this recipe for Spelt Flatbreads with Spiced Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower. A family style sharing meal, that is healthy, delicious, packed with goodness and has enough options to make everyone happy.

Spelt Flatbreads with Spiced Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower

This post would not be complete without something sweet and it has to be these delicious raw Vegan No Bake Granola Bars. A sweet and nutritious replacement for sugary sweets that makes a great lunchbox treat and afternoon pick me up to nibble on. With notes of chocolate and packed with seeds and nuts of your choice for texture, store these in the freezer to make them last longer.

Vegan No Bake Granola Bars

Here is wishing all the readers of my blog and everyone who forms part of the heinstirred community a very happy, healthy and delicious year. I think we all agree that the world is a troubled place right now so let’s try to make a difference, no matter how small. Be kinder to ourselves and others and also think a bit more about where our food comes from and the all the unseen human hands involved in the process for us to be able to prepare and enjoy delicious food.

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