12 Classic Recipes to Help You Eat Healthier This January

4. Balsamic Dressing

There are a thousand different ways to make a salad. It’s a perfect meal or snack, but it’s easy to get bogged down in recipes that don’t give you exactly what you want. This January, master an easy dressing, then use it as a base for tons of different variations.

This basic recipe uses just three parts oil to one or two parts vinegar, plus salt and pepper. After that, the choice is yours. You can include any herb or spice you desire, chopped veggies like onions, shallots, or garlic, plus additional condiments like mustard, mayonnaise, or yogurt.

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5. Roast Chicken

One of the best recipes that a home cook can have in their back pocket is a roast chicken. A simple roast chicken makes a great weeknight dinner, or you can add some roasted veggies, gravy, and mashed potatoes to make it an elegant dinner for company.

Serious Eats has a great recipe for roast chicken that’s spatchcocked before roasting, so it cooks evenly with juicy legs and breasts, and crispy skin. It also cooks up much faster than if you roast a chicken the traditional way. All you’ll need is oil, salt, and pepper. You can include herbs like parsley, sage, and rosemary for a greater depth of flavor, but they’re not necessary.

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6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have always had a lousy reputation. They’re one of the most hated foods in the country as watery, mushy sprouts have graced many a Thanksgiving table. This year explore what Brussels sprouts can taste like when they’re complimented with bold flavors like bacon, sriracha, or maple.

Serious Eats has a huge collection of recipes for incredible Brussels sprouts that are roasted, fried, or sautéed until crispy and flavorful. There are even some recipes that include the sprouts in lasagnas or casseroles, for the next-level Brussels sprouts enthusiast.

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