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These Are The Healthy Recipes That Won 2015

Here’s what our editors and readers loved this year.

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We recently asked BuzzFeed Life’s editors, writers, and readers to share the favorite healthy recipe they made this past year. Here’s what they said.

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1. Sweet Potato Pad Thai

 

“This was my first time cooking sweet potato noodles. (And admittedly, I totally overcooked them and they turned to mush.) But all of the other good things in this — plus that ridiculously easy Pad Thai sauce — made it the best mush ever. —Rachel Christensen

Recipe here.

2. Quinoa, Feta, and Spinach-Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

“These were one of my summer staples. They’re so easy to put together and super versatile. To make them more filling, I’ve swapped the quinoa for brown rice and added ground turkey.” —Melissa Harrison

Recipe here.

3. Apple & Kale Salad with Creamy Garlic Dijon Dressing

 

I love this dressing. You can quickly throw it together in a food processor, it’s incredibly rich, and it makes even the chewiest kale irresistible.” —Natalie Brown

Recipe here.

4. Whipped Banana Oatmeal with Ground Flax

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“This recipe is great because you can peel and freeze bananas when they’re super ripe and about to rot, and then just have them on hand all the time. As you cook the sliced banana in the oatmeal, it dissolves and not only makes the oats perfectly sweet but also makes them fluffy and more voluminous, which feels really satisfying.” —Christine Byrne

Recipe here.

5. Green Lentil Soup With Curried Brown Butter

“I can never believe how packed with flavor this soup is. It’s also super duper inexpensive to make.” —Rachel Christensen

Recipe here.

6. Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach & Goat Cheese

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“I am OBSESSED with this recipe, no exaggeration. It made me change my mind about spaghetti squash “pastas” — which I previously thought were an abomination — because it’s so damn delicious and easy.” —Anna Borges

Recipe here.

7. Tomato & Sausage Soup

This is such an easy soup to throw together. I usually just use 1 tbsp of fat in it, and sometimes use regular Italian sausage instead of chicken (though it’s higher in fat that way). It’s a quick, easy, warm recipe that I can eat for a few days.” —Natalie Brown

Recipe here.

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8. Spinach, Egg & Rice Bowl

“I make this spinach, egg, and rice bowl for breakfast fairly regularly, although I add some broccoli to bulk it up a little more. Healthy, filling, and cheap.” —unituna

Recipe here.

9. Baked Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce

 

“Absolutely delicious, and full of protein and omega 3’s. I usually pair it with snap peas and it makes for a filling and nutritious dinner.” —Gabrielle S.

Recipe here.

10. Blueberry Cheesecake Frozen Pops

 

“These blueberry cheesecake popsicles made with cottage cheese are a great snack for a protein pick-me-up, plus there’s no added sugar. Just pureed blueberries!” —Erin Plunkett, Facebook

Recipe here.

11. Chicken, Bean & Spinach Soup

 

Cost-effective, freezer-friendly, and perfect for those trying to keep both their figure and bank account in check.” —Zoraya Smalley, Facebook

Recipe here.

12. Nicoise Salad

Low-fat tuna, roasted potatoes, and a tangy vinaigrette. Super good, super healthy, and really fun to make. Great for a summer backyard lunch.” —Chloe

Recipe here.

13. Easy Chocolate Tofu Mousse

 

Fully vegan and full of protein.” —Erika & Gabrielle

Video here.

14. Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup

“I just toss in whatever leftover veggies I have in the fridge!” —Jenn

Recipe here.

15. Portobello Pizzas

“The portobello cap makes a nice, meaty base. Top it with some Parmesan cheese and fresh basil and you’ve got yourself some incredible, nutritious little pizza pies.” —Carly

Recipe here.

16. Banana Ice Cream

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“You literally just freeze chopped bananas, then blend them in a food processor until they’re smooth. It’s so simple and tastes as great as actual ice cream — minus the added sugar and preservatives.” —GoldenZ

Instructions (for a version that also adds a bit of Nutella) here.

17. Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup

 

“I make this curried yellow split pea soup at least twice a month. It’s vegan, full of protein and fiber, and SO incredibly good.” —Sarah Schutz, Facebook

Recipe here.

18. Two-Ingredient Pancakes

“They’re easy, delicious, and all that’s in them is bananas and eggs. They’re perfect for Sunday mornings.” —Shealianne

Recipe here.

19. Spaghetti With Vegetarian Lentil Bolognese

 

“This stuff is amazing.” —Daydreaming Dragonfly

Recipe here.

20. Sesame Brown Rice Noodle Salad

“Packable, pretty, vegan, and gluten-free. And, it has smoked tofu which is addictive AF.” —Allison Day, Facebook

Recipe here.

21. Couscous With Caramelized Figs & Lemon Yogurt

—Amanda Marie, Facebook

Recipe here.

22. Greek Cucumber Noodles with Tomatoes, Olives & Avocado

 

23. Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

“Much better than your everyday chicken soup.” –Freefalling

Recipe here.

24. Mini Blueberry & Chocolate Tart

Vegan and gluten-free, with no refined sugar.” –Cathy926

Recipe here.

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