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21 Detox recipes to help kick-start 2015

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

If you're thinking detox meals are boring, flavorless and unexciting, think again. We're talking whole foods, fresh, seasonal produce and the use of freshly ground spices to add tons of flavor to your meals.

Feeling a little bloated after all those holiday parties? Not feeling so hot after all those sugary mixed drinks and those one-too-many bites of desserts? We're here to help you move ahead and conquer the new year with some whole food recipes that will make you feel satisfied and healthy and that will cleanse your system of all those processed food toxins you ate during the holidays.

When possible, use seasonal produce for peak of ripeness, and try to source locally raised, hormone-free meats and seafood. The focus of these recipes is not to restrict you from good food but to actually open your eyes to whole foods that taste amazing with healthy techniques.

Breakfast

1. Chewy chocolate chip-oatmeal breakfast cookies recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Start your day with these chewy chocolate chip-oatmeal breakfast cookies, a sweet but filling breakfast treat.

2. Blueberry-yogurt waffles recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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These blueberry-yogurt waffles are made with whole-wheat flour and Greek yogurt, making them light and delicious.

3. Breakfast stuffed sweet potatoes recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, and when you make these breakfast stuffed sweet potatoes, you'll be starting the day off on the right foot.

4. Egg and avocado breakfast taco recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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With just creamy scrambled eggs, fresh avocado and corn tortillas, this egg and avocado breakfast taco is the perfect weekend brunch idea.

5. Blueberry, oatmeal and yogurt pancakes recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Adding oatmeal to pancakes makes versions like this blueberry, oatmeal and yogurt pancakes a great way to get fiber into your system.

6. Berry breakfast grain salad recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Ancient grains and fresh berries make this berry breakfast grain salad a great option when compared to those sugary cereals.

Lunch

7. Salmon sashimi rice bowl recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Find the fresh, wild-caught salmon to make this salmon sashimi rice bowl — the perfect lunch.

8. Maple roasted butternut squash and freekeh salad with kale recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Freekeh, an ancient grain, is hearty in this maple roasted butternut squash and freekeh salad with kale.

9. Grilled fish tacos with chili-lime slaw recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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We're loving these grilled fish tacos with chili-lime slaw — the slaw is made with yogurt for a lighter lunch.

10. Creamy creamless butternut squash and celery root soup recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Not using cream eliminates the added fat that this butternut squash and celery root soup would have otherwise.

11. Mexican quinoa salad recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Mexican quinoa salad, a flavorful salad you can make a couple of days ahead and portion for lunch.

12. Detox kale salad recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

This kale salad is packed with nutritious superfood ingredients you won't feel one bit guilty about eating.

Dinner

13. California chicken, veggie and avocado rice bowls recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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These California chicken, veggie and avocado rice bowls are packed with fresh vegetables and lean protein, and if you want to make an even healthier version, then use quinoa or brown rice as the base.

14. Slow cooker Thai chicken soup recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Using your slow cooker really makes good use of your time, plus the flavors are amazing in this slow cooker Thai chicken soup. Using intense flavors minus the fat makes all the difference.

15. Sesame-ginger salmon recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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We're loving this sesame-ginger salmon, but please make sure to use wild-caught salmon oven farmed salmon. The nutrients are more present in wild salmon, and the flavor is so much better.

16. Pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Dinner will be great when you serve this fresh pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa. Pork is known as the other white meat — very lean and a great canvas for spices and salsas.

17. 15-Minute skinny shrimp scampi recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Served over whole-wheat noodles, 15-minute skinny shrimp scampi is the ideal dinner.

Snacks

18. Crispy oven-roasted chickpeas recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Snack on these crispy oven-roasted chickpeas, and curb those salty cravings.

19. Healthy chocolate-cherry snack cookies recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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For those of us who get those sugar cravings after dinner, these healthy chocolate-cherry snack cookies would be a great option.

20. Chia seed pudding with mango and blueberry recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Try keeping a couple of jars of this chia seed pudding with mango and blueberry in the fridge for a quick snack.

21. Pistachio-pomegranate granola recipe

These tasty detox meals will make you look forward to eating healthy in 2015

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Having a big batch of this pistachio-pomegranate granola will help you when hunger hits. Keep an extra baggie of granola in your car or purse for emergencies.

More healthy recipes

Baked mini frittatas with peas and ricotta
Homemade SpaghettiOs soup
Sautéed fennel, clementines and pistachios

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