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Make your New Year’s resolution diet stick with these eight recipes

The Urban Vegetarian/Fish the Dish

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The saying is “New year, new you,” right? Well, that isn’t always the case. The not-so-ugly truth is as January comes to a close, many people have already forgotten or given up on their New Year’s resolutions. If this is you, don’t kick yourself — resolutions can be very daunting. The key to sticking with a resolution is promising something small and attainable. And if you ask us, there’s nothing more attainable than food.

So to help you change your diet around this year and to get back on track, we’ve gathered our favourite recipes specific to your New Year’s resolution. Whether you’re aiming to go meat-free once a week or you want to quit skipping meals, check out and try these eight recipes.

Go Meat-Free

Yellow Coconut Curry

Whether you’re aiming to go meat-free once a week or once a month, this colourful, aromatic Thai staple will change the way you look at vegetarian dishes. Made with meaty chunks of eggplant, red peppers and carrots, this curry offers the most eclectic flavours and a satisfying crunch with every bite — all without meat. To complete the dish, serve it with steamed jasmine rice.

Eat More Veggies

Ratatouille

Looking to incorporate more vegetables into your meals? When in doubt, you can never go wrong with Ratatouille. This no-fuss, rustic dish requires plenty of hearty vegetables. The fragrant herbs of this French classic will also pair perfectly as a side with practically any other recipe, like boiled trout.

Spencer’s Big 30

Eat More Fruits

Maple Water Smoothie

Along with eating more vegetables, it’s also healthy for you to eat more fruits. The easiest way to include more fruit in your diet? Smoothies, of course! This smoothie recipe requires maple water, frozen mangoes and strawberries, along with kale and spinach. Sweet and nutritious, this smoothie is great to take on-the-go and ideal for after a workout.

Maple Water Smoothie

The Urban Vegetarian

Cut Down the Carbs

Sweet Potato Noodles in Cheesy Cashew Sauce

Cutting down on carbs may seem like the toughest resolution of the bunch, but it’s a lot easier than you think — especially when you start with a recipe you’re very familiar with. Simply swap regular pasta with spiralized sweet potatoes for this “cheesy” favourite. And while you’re replacing pasta for veggies, this recipe also requires you to swap out cheese with a creamy, rich cashew sauce. Easily kill two birds with one stone.

Focus on Fatty Acids and Omega-3

Sake-Simmered Mackerel

Mindful eating can start with having more foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Mackerel is an underrated fish in many parts of the world, but it’s a great and delectable source of Omega-3. To recreate this Japanese-style fish, make your way to the Asian supermarket and pick up a few ingredients. And after a little over 10 minutes of simmering, your fish will be ready to serve.

Start Packing Lunch

Cuban Black Bean and Rice

Break up with having fast food for lunch and replace one with a homemade meal. Leftovers for lunch don’t have to be a drag, especially with the sweet and savoury kick of Cuban black beans in rice. Because this recipe requires cooked riced and other ingredients that are likely found in your kitchen, it’s perfect for last-minute meal preparation the night before. The eclectic flavours are ideal for pairing with your favourite proteins, including this grilled mojito marinated mahi mahi.

Say Yes to Less Sugar

Chia Pudding

A true foodie will always have room for dessert. But in case you’re looking to indulge guilt-free, you’ll appreciate this sugarless treat. As a sweet and refreshing way to end your meal, enjoy its healthy ingredients, which include chia seeds, honey, coconut milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon. You’ll almost forget it contains zero sugar!

Quit Skipping Meals

Spiced Red Lentils

Having no time to eat should never be an excuse to skip a meal. Instead, plan your meals ahead of time and store them in the fridge, then pop them into the microwave when it’s time to eat. This flavourful lentil dish is not only super easy and quick to whip up, but a bowlful will load you up on nutrients when you’re short for time. Best of all, with the rich mix of flavours and spices, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a poached egg (a delicious source of protein that’s also quick to make).

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