Exercise will always be a key factor for a successful, healthy weight loss program, but nutrition cannot be ignored. Here are 52 delicious recipes you have to try in 2018 that will boost your metabolism through your weight loss journey.

1) Harissa-Marinated Chicken

“This marinade gives your meat a pop of color and a kick a spice.”

Try this recipe: https://www.self.com/recipe/harissa-marinated-chicken

2) Teriyaki Salmon Noodle Bowl

This dish is rich in protein and absolutely mouth-watering! Who says eating healthy has to be bland?

Try this recipe: https://thecozyapron.com/teriyaki-salmon-noodle-bowls/

3) Spiced Green Tea Smoothie

“Green tea is a well-known metabolism boosting agent and has been documented to assist with weight loss. This Spiced Green Tea Smoothie is a great way to get that metabolism going without having to sip on a hot cup of tea. We’ve created an optimum blend of green tea, spices, honey, fruit, and Greek yogurt to give you a creamy smoothie that’s bursting with nutrients. Just blend all ingredients and enjoy as a snack or morning fat burning beverage!”

Try this recipe: https://skinnyms.com/spiced-green-tea-smoothie-recipe/

4) Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

“Not only is this recipe healthy and full of veggies, but it’s low-carb as well, so if you’re doing the 21 Day Fix, and you’ve used up all your yellow containers for the day, then these Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats are a great option.”
Try this recipe: http://thefithousewife.com/recipe/turkey-taco-zucchini-boats/

5) Middle Eastern Spiced Lentil and Rice

“Mejadra is an ancient dish that is hugely popular throughout the Arab world. It’s a fragrant aromatic spiced rice (but not spicy) combined with sweet crunchy onion.”

Try this recipe: http://www.recipetineats.com/middle-eastern-rice-mejadra/

6) Curried Egg Salad Sandwich

“There are egg salads. And then there are egg salads. Our recipe, with curry powder and chopped fresh chives, practically begs to be tucked between two pieces of pumpernickel bread and packed for lunch. It’s at once a simple and sophisticated spin on the classic sandwich.”

Try this recipe: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/curried-egg-salad-sandwich

7) Black Bean Lentil Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing

“This is my kind of meal! Hearty black beans and lentils mixed with cilantro, veggies, and a flavorful cumin-lime dressing.”

Try this recipe: http://www.thegardengrazer.com/2014/03/black-bean-lentil-salad-with-cumin-lime.html

8) Sweet Potato, Kale, and Shrimp Skillet

“This sweet potato, kale and shrimp skillet only requires 4 ingredients and it’s gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, and super easy to make!”

Try this recipe: https://www.primaverakitchen.com/sweet-potato-kale-and-shrimp-skillet/

9) Swiss Chard Wraps With Chicken and Sweet Potato

“Using Swiss chard leaves to wrap a sandwich means you can stuff it to the brim with carb-rich ingredients like sweet potatoes and chickpeas.”

Try this recipe: https://www.self.com/recipe/swiss-chard-wraps-chicken-sweet-potato

10) Moroccan Chicken Skillet

“We’re talking one big pot of steaming, juicy chicken breast, tender-crisp carrots, cauliflower and onions all mish-mashed together with chewy, sweet dates, crunchy-roasty pistachios and this crazy-addicting sauce that mingles acidic tomatoes with bright, fruity oranges and then drops a flavor BOMB of spicy cinnamon, cumin, ginger, allspice and paprika.”

Try this recipe: https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/moroccan-chicken-skillet/

11) Blackened Mahi Fish Burgers

“A burger you can sink your teeth into! Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Burger topped with grilled pineapple and sweet spicy Piquillo Pepper Aioli, the best part is it only takes 15 minutes to make!”

Try this recipe: https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/blackened-mahi-mahi-fish-burgers/

12) Spicy Red Lentil Curry

“Lentils not only add heartiness, but also nutrition. They are extremely high in folate, iron, and magnesium. One serving of this lentil curry boasts nearly 16 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein! Add in some brown rice and you have an incredibly substantial plant-based meal.”

Try this recipe: https://minimalistbaker.com/spicy-red-lentil-curry/

13) White Bean & Herb Hummus with Crudites

“Tired of bland supermarket hummus? It only takes five minutes to whip up a batch of this flavorful, fiber-rich version in your own kitchen. All you need is four ingredients: lemon, hearty-healthy olive oil, chives, and—last but not least—white beans, which contain nearly 4 grams of resistant starch per serving.”

Try this recipe: http://the-recipe-collections.blogspot.ca/2014/08/white-bean-herb-hummus-with-crudites.html

14) Grilled Turkey Burgers

“Making a juicy turkey burger is easy. It just takes a few secrets to get the perfect juicy grilled turkey burger.”

Try this recipe: https://thestayathomechef.com/how-to-make-a-juicy-turkey-burger/

15) Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles

“These chicken and black bean chilaquiles are made with rotisserie chicken and store bought salsa verde for a simple twist on a traditional Mexican dish.”

Try this recipe: http://www.simplywhisked.com/chicken-black-bean-chilaquiles/

16) Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Here’s healthy twist on a fan-favourite dinner!

Try this recipe: http://www.thegarlicdiaries.com/quinoa-mac-and-cheese/

17) Peach and Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Everything in moderation. There’s no need to stay away from pork!

Try this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/peach-mustard-pork-chops-3362684

18) Edamame Feta Salad

“Fresh, simple ingredients make a big statement. When cooking with quality ingredients the flavor cannot be topped. This recipe was totally inspired from a simple edamame salad in Fresh Market. It seemed just too easy to purchase the ready prepared salad, and I knew it would be more fun and rewarding to recreate it myself.”

Try this recipe: https://www.loveandzest.com/edamame-cranberry-feta-salad/

19) Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Hummus

“Hummus is so easy to make and homemade is so much better than store bought. And not only is a hummus a great dip but it makes for a great spread for your favorite sandwiches and wraps. I’m sure this could work wonders to a grilled veggie wrap along with some feta.”

Try this recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/sun-dried-tomato-basil-hummus/

20) Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

“The texture is definitely a little different to regular pancakes because of the high egg content and lack of raising agent. But with almost 4 grams of protein per pancake, this recipe produces a great breakfast food for those of us who don’t generally like to eat eggs for breakfast (that’s me).”

Try this recipe: http://www.thewholesomefork.com/2015/09/19/banana-oatmeal-protein-pancakes-gluten-free/

21) Southwest Chili Black Beans and Corn

There is nothing better on a cold day, than this big ol’, protein-packed, bowl of Southwest Chili with Black Beans and corn to warm you up!

Try this recipe: https://cookingwithcurls.com/2016/10/24/southwest-chili-black-beans-corn/

22) Pan Seared Salmon and Pineapple Salsa

“This recipe should take no longer than 30 minutes, depending on your knife skills. And you can get to dinner time even quicker by making the pineapple salsa ahead of time!”

Try this recipe: https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/how-to-make-pan-seared-salmon-and-pineapple-salsa/

23) Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

“Greek yogurt is a wonderful snack because it is packed with protein, but some people don’t enjoy the taste. Well, this recipe may be a game changer for you if that’s the case! With a few simple ingredients, and a quick stir, plain Greek yogurt can be lick-the-bowl good!”

Try this recipe: https://dashingdish.com/recipe/1-minute-cookie-dough-greek-yogurt/

24) Cottage Cheese Bowl

“It’s simple: cottage cheese, plenty of fresh fruit and your favorite granola. Look, I love Greek yogurt but there’s just something fantastic about cottage cheese. So give it a try.”

Try this recipe: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2017/05/protein-packed-rainbow-cottage-cheese-breakfast-bowls/

25) Dump-and-Bake Chicken and Rice Pilaf

“This Dump-and-Bake Chicken and Rice Pilaf is an entire dinner that cooks in one dish! Full of zesty seasonings, fresh herbs, and crunchy almonds, it’s a satisfying and cozy meal for your busiest nights.”

Try this recipe: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/chicken-rice-pilaf/

26) Seared Hangar Steak

“Pair this protein with light, summery flavors such as sweet fruit and crisp greens for a refreshing dish that’s filling (not heavy).”

Try this recipe: https://www.self.com/recipe/seared-hanger-steak

27) Almond Crusted Baked Tofu

“These Almond Crusted Baked Tofu Nuggets have a healthy almond breading, a umami-packed inside, and a creamy avocado dip. What’s not to love?”

Try this recipe: https://www.liveeatlearn.com/almond-crusted-baked-tofu-nuggets/

28) Dark Chocolate Oat Clusters

“Heart healthy, high in fiber, iron, antioxidants and protein, these sweet little indulgences pack a powerful nutrient punch. Double recipe and freeze. Trust me. Kids—without nut allergies—love these! Not school friendly, but after school friendly for sure.”

Try this recipe: https://nourished.ca/dark-chocolate-oats-clusters/

29) Cinnamon-Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

“Chickpeas roasted to cinnamon-spiced perfection. Only 4 ingredients required. Crunchy, sweet, healthy, and definitely irresistible!”

Try this recipe: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/10/07/crunchy-cinnamon-sugar-roasted-chick-peas/

30) Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Tired of boring old salmon? Try this sweet twist to this protein-packed dinner!

Try this recipe: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55762/honey-garlic-glazed-salmon-recipe/

31) Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

“This salad does require a bit of veggie chopping, but the effort is WELL worth the final dish! The preparation takes some time, but luckily the base of this salad (BUSH’S Beans) couldn’t be easier to prepare — just open the cans and then drain & rinse the beans.”

Try this recipe: https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/italian-garbanzo-bean-salad/

32) Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Summer Succotash

“The secret to losing weight with a lot less effort: Fill up on healthy foods that can do a lot more than just feed your belly. You can burn up to 300 extra calories every day just eating foods that stoke your metabolism. Protein, fiber, healthy carbs, and good-for-you fats turn up your body’s fat-burning power and help you feel full all day long.”

Try this recipe: https://www.xpbonaire.com/single-post/2016/08/09/Easy-Fat-Burning-Recipe—Grilled-Chicken-Cutlets-With-Summer-Succotash

33) Protein Power Lentils and Amaranth Patties

“These lentils and amaranth patties are healthy, easy to make, vegan and delicious! You’ll love their crispy texture and lovely taste! Plus, they are super-rich in proteins!”

Try this recipe: https://gourmandelle.com/amaranth-patties-chiftelute-de-amaranth/

34) Beef and Vegetable Skillet

“For this recipe I used the Portobello Red Wine Simmer Sauce.  Perfection! Perfect for my quick comfort food fix.”

Try this recipe: https://www.thecookierookie.com/beef-vegetable-skillet/

35) Chicken Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole

“Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole is real food meets comfort food. From scratch, quick and easy, and a big gentle hug loaded with good-for-you ingredients.”

Try this recipe: https://pinchofyum.com/creamy-chicken-quinoa-broccoli-casserole

36) Smoked Salmon and Avocado Eggs Benedict

“Creamy avocado, silky smoked salmon, homemade hollandaise sauce, fresh poached eggs, all on top of toasted English muffins. Really… can you think of anything more delish?!”

Try this recipe: https://bakerbynature.com/smoked-salmon-and-avocado-eggs-benedict/

37) Skillet Ground Lamp with Tomato Sauce, Green Beans, and Couscous Recipe

“In this recipe, green beans are braised in tomato sauce until they are tender. Adding couscous to the skillet rounds out the meal, but the couscous could also be substituted for rice if you prefer.”

Try this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/02/skillet-ground-lamb-tomato-sauce-green-beans-cous-cous-recipe.html

38) Slow Cooker Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

“An easy, slow cooker Mexican recipe for vegetarian enchiladas that will leave you feeling wonderfully satisfied. These tasty spinach and black bean enchiladas are loaded with good for you ingredients that will not only be a party for your taste buds, but will also provide you with lots of nourishment.”

Try this recipe: https://www.laaloosh.com/2014/05/05/slow-cooker-black-bean-and-spinach-enchiladas/

39) Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

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“This pumpkin pie yogurt bowl is the perfect fall breakfast. Loaded with protein-packed yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and all your favorite toppings!”

Try this recipe: https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/protein-packed-pumpkin-pie-yogurt/

40) Potato and Chorizo Omelette

“This tasty little number for two is a kinda-Spanish omelette meets Italian frittata mash-up.”

Try this recipe: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/eggs-recipes/potato-and-chorizo-omelette-with-a-kinda-parsley-salad/

41) Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

“No more dry corned beef! Cook this in your slow cooker all day and you’re guaranteed success! Serve this with soda bread for a warm and satisfying meal.”

Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/84270/slow-cooker-corned-beef-and-cabbage/

42) Fennel and Shrimp Risotto

“When making risotto, you usually add a nice dry white wine as your base. But adding some tequila gives the risotto a nice little kick and a delicious flavor.”

Try this recipe: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/851321/tonights-dinner-fennel-and-shrimp-risotto-recipe

43) Chicken with Goat Cheese Vinaigrette and Pasta

Chicken breasts definitely get a little bland. Take this recipe and add a new twist to this staple.

Try this recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/chicken-with-goat-cheese-vinaigrette-and-pasta-530194

44) Protein Style Thai Turkey Wraps

“When I was (re)calculating the nutrition for this recipe, I realized that the 99% lean ground turkey has way fewer calories than ground chicken.  Who would have thought so?  I guess the “lean ground chicken” has more fat than “extra lean” ground turkey.”

Try this recipe: http://www.peanutbutterandfitness.com/protein-style-thai-turkey-wraps/

45) Grilled Steak and Peach Salad with Blue Cheese and Red Wine Vinaigrette

“A homemade red wine vinaigrette is drizzled over succulent grilled peaches and tender, thinly sliced, steak mingling in a salad of baby spinach, pecans and blue cheese crumbles. This grilled steak and peach salad is a showstopper!”

Try this recipe: https://www.foxvalleyfoodie.com/grilled-steak-and-peach-salad-with-blue-cheese-and-red-wine-vinaigrette/

46) Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard, Apple and Vegetables

“Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard, Apple & Vegetables makes a quick, healthy and gluten-free dinner recipe.  You can have your entire dinner ready on one pan!”
Try this recipe: https://www.evolvingtable.com/roasted-pork-tenderloin-mustard-apple-vegetables/

47) Honey Balsamic Baked Pork Chops

“Baked pork chops with a dijon mustard, honey, and balsamic vinegar glaze! Dinner in under 30 minutes!”

Try this recipe: https://thegoldlininggirl.com/2016/05/honey-balsamic-baked-pork-chops/

48) Bean Salad with Bacon and Chives

“The white kidney beans have a nutty flavor and a smooth but al dente texture, and, as a bonus, they hold their shape well, so our Bean Salad with Bacon and Chives looks as good as it tastes.”

Try this recipe: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/bean-salad-bacon-chives

49) Pork Cutlets with Sautéed Peppers and Beans

“Talk about a modern rethink of classic pork and beans. Our Pork Cutlets with Sautéed Peppers and Beans is sophisticated, delicious, and deceptively easy.”

Try this recipe: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pork-cutlets-peppers-beans

50) Mattar Tofu

“This mattar tofu is a healthy, vegan version of an Indian food classic, mattar paneer. Tofu works perfectly as a sub for the paneer cheese.”

Try this recipe: https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/mattar-tofu-vegan-gluten-free/

51) Mexican Tuna Salad

“Tuna Salad with a Mexican flair! Skip the heavy mayo and make this tuna salad with avocado instead. 10 ingredients and tons of flavor. A perfect quick lunch or weeknight dinner. Gluten Free and Dairy Free. Ready in 20 mins with 30g of protein per serving! A perfect low carb Cinco de Mayo recipe!”

Try this recipe: https://avocadopesto.com/quick-mexican-tuna-salad/

52) Miso Sea Bass En Papillote (In Parchment)

“Baked in parchment paper, miso-marinated sea bass and vegetables retain moisture while capturing the essence of Asian-inspired flavors. Serve this nutritious entree with brown rice or noodles for an easy weeknight meal.”

Try this recipe: http://dishingouthealth.com/miso-sea-bass-en-papillote-bag/