If you’re looking to lighten up on the food front after all of those festive treats I’ve got some great recipes for you!

Full of flavour and filling too – these are 91 of my favourites.

You can click on the image for any of them to be taken to the recipe. If you click the ‘jump to recipe‘ at the top of the individual recipe page it will take you straight to the recipe card. The bottom of each recipe card shows nutritional information.
In general most of these recipes (with a few exceptions) are under 500 calories. Some of the dinners are in the 600-700 calorie range, but I’ve included them if I think they’re extra nutritious.


4 image collage of turkey meatballs, chicken soup, chicken curry and baked salmon. A overlay on top saying 91 lighter recipes for the new year.
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I’ve spent the day going digging out all of my favourite lighter recipes on Kitchen Sanctuary.

And Wow! It’s been a bit of any eye opener for me!

I generally consider myself – and by extension KS – to favour comfort foods that are more often than not, on the naughty side.

I didn’t realise I had so many lighter recipes tucked away on the blog! Maybe that means there really is a skinnier person fighting to get out.

Probably not 😁

So here’s my list of 91 Lighter Recipes for the New Year – split into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Savoury Snacks and Something Sweet. Click an image for the full recipe.





Savoury Snacks

Something Sweet

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  1. Joanne Riley says:

    Hi Nicky
    Thanks for all these recipes and a happy new year to you and your family x

  2. Siobhan says:

    Thank you so much for all these amazing recipes! Not one has failed! They are easy to follow and really healthy. Happy 2021 and once again- thank you from all of my family! 🇮🇪 ☘️