2020 was a rough year for all of us and the Covid-19 global pandemic is still lurking around even as 2021 enters. It was so hard that just about anything on the table is good enough. With these difficult times, it might be right to just reject unattainable and unrealistic diets. However, this doesn’t mean to just throw it all away.

Ellie Krieger, a registered dietician and nutritionist, has compiled 7 healthy recipes that you can make for a week. The best thing is, these meals taste good and are good for you. After all, it’s all about smart cooking. 

Miso-Ginger Roasted Chicken and Pears

(Tom McCorkle For The Washington Post/Food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

This sweet and savory supper uses bone-in chicken breast along with pears. However, you can make use of whatever fruit you want as long as it’s firm. 

Check out the full recipe here!

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post/Food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

A comfort soup with a touch of pears is perfect for the cold winter nights of January. Even better if it is served with a nice salad or a wheat bread for dipping. 

Check out the full recipe here!

Gem Salad With Grapefruit, Pickled Onions and Avocado Dressing

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post/Food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Speaking of salad, this might as well be the perfect one for you this winter, with its dash of red grapefruit and pickled onions. Aside from that, the avocado dressing is sure to blow your minds away. Of course, you can pair it with tortilla chips or anything you prefer to dip. 

Check out the full recipe here!

Spaghetti Squash Stuffed With Escarole, White Beans and Turkey Sausage

(Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post/food styling by Carolyn Robb for The Washington Post)

Spaghetti squash is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially if they don’t see it as pasta at all! However, I bet this one is worth the try. It is stuffed with a healthy amount of greens and beans and a bit of meat on the side. 

Check out the full recipe here!

Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon With Endive and Green Apple Salad

(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post/food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Everyone loves a quick to make and at the same time, a healthy meal and nothing beats salad when it comes to convenience and health. This is a light and fresh recipe and is loved by a lot since 2019. 

Check out the full recipe here!

Pork Chili Verde

(Justin Tsucalas for the Washington Post/Food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for the Washington Post)

This recipe has received a perfect five-star rating and we can see why. It has all the goodness, starting from fresh poblano and jalapeño peppers, white beans, large white corn kernels (hominy) down to ground pork (or turkey).

Check out the full recipe here!

Roasted Fish With Potatoes and Green Beans in Pesto Broth

(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post/food styling by Lisa Cherkasky ffor The Washington Post)

This oven-cooked meal is just foolproof. It may require you to need and work with an oven but don’t let that stop you. This meal makes for a perfect supper with its potato broth spiked with a bit of wine and pesto. 

Check out the full recipe here!