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Happy New Year! We’re a few days into 2021.

I don’t know about you, but due to a combination of special holiday indulgences and spending an unprecedented amount of time at home while craving comfort food (and being near my snack cabinet), I am finding that a) my pants are a little less comfortable and b) I’m getting tired of cooking.

In this new year, I’m looking forward to inspiring, healthy recipes that still comfort and sustain me.

Even better if they are easy to make and yield great leftovers so that I don’t have to cook more often than necessary. I bet you are looking forward to those kinds of recipes too!

Somehow, it’s going on five months since The Well Plated Cookbook hit bookstore shelves. It’s filled with more than 130 brand NEW recipes (meaning ones you won’t find here on my website) that are easy to make (lots of one-pan and 30-minute meals), healthy, and taste outstanding.

If you already own The Well Plated Cookbook, reading your reviews and happy notes and seeing your shares on social media was the highlight of my year.

I poured every ounce of my passion and energy into creating, testing, and perfecting these recipes with the hope that it would be a go-to cookbook in your kitchen. Your positive feedback has meant the world to me. (Nearly 1,000 Amazon reviews and counting, WOW!)

If you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet, I hope the below list inspires you to go for it; if you do have a copy (THANK YOU AGAIN), I hope you find a new recipe to try.

The recipes in this cookbook are my favorites I’ve ever created. You can check out a few below.

Each recipe in this book is good for you but doesn’t taste like “diet” food. I won’t ask you to buy fancy ingredients, and I tell you exactly how to store and reheat leftovers, plus ingredient swaps you can make. These are exactly the kind of recipes I need in my life right now.

Plus, every recipe has a gorgeous photo!

Find more information about the book here, including a video trailer that shows the inside, plus some key facts and reviews.

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Like a better for you (and WAY better tasting!) egg McMuffin. I include 4 different flavor variations so that you can keep your breakfasts feeling fresh and new. Make a batch, then freeze them individually for healthy breakfast on demand. (p. 28)

Balsamic Farro Salad

Balsamic Farro Salad with Edamame and Cranberries

Don’t let the short prep time and minimal ingredient list fool you. This salad has big, bold flavor, and it is filling. I love this on its own for a light lunch, mixed with greens, or paired with chicken or shrimp. The leftovers taste fantastic, so it’s excellent for meal prep. (p. 103)

Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry photo with Erin Clarke and husband Ben

Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry (The Stir Fry That Got Me Married)

The peanut sauce is EVERYTHING. Not only did this recipe convince Ben to propose—I’ve now heard from multiple of you who got engaged after making it yourselves! It really is THAT good. This recipe includes a vegetarian version and tips for using different veggies. (p. 122)

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken from the Well Plated Cookbook

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

The recipe I cooked on Good Morning America (yes, LIVE national television) to rave reviews! This is one of the MANY dynamite one-pan meals I have in this book. (p. 131)

Chicken Shawarma Wraps from The Well Plated Cookbook

4-Unboring Ways to Use Shredded Chicken

I get it! You are busy and don’t always have time to cook. That’s why I included 4 recipes that make speedy use of store-bought rotisserie chicken, including these tasty Chicken Shawarma Wraps. If you’d like to make your own shredded chicken, I included directions to cook it on the stove top, in the Instant Pot, and in the slow cooker to help you out. (p. 154)

Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo with Spinach

Another one-pan winner, this is a satisfying meatless main. For the vegetarians in the audience, this book has a full list of meatless main dishes that are so flavorful and filling, carnivores love them too. (p. 145)

Crispy Pineapple Pork Tacos from The Well Plated Cookbook

Slow Cooker Crispy Pineapple Pork Carnitas

TO DIE FOR. The juicy meat is fall-apart tender, and the slow cooker does the work! (p. 217)

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Chicken Pot Pie Stew with Buttery Garlic “Crust” Croutons

All the comforting flavor of chicken pot pie, turned into a thick, creamy, and comforting stew. It’s just as satisfying as the original, but the ingredients are significantly lighter. I skip the fuss of a crust in favor of easy homemade croutons. The croutons taste so addictive, you have to be careful or you’ll eat the whole batch right off of the pan! (p. 233)

Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Whoever said that healthy food tastes boring has never tried these beauties! A touch of brown butter gives them indulgent flavor, but they are surprisingly light and nutritious. These pair perfectly with any of your favorite mains. (p. 250)

Fudge Cookies from the Well Plated Cookbook from the Well Plated Cookbook

Double Trouble Fudge Cookies

Because enjoying a healthy diet should never mean skipping dessert! These rich, fudgy cookies taste like a cross between a brownie and a flourless chocolate cake. A secret good-for-you ingredient gives them the most marvelous, melt-in-your-mouth texture. This cookbook has a wonderful selection of healthy desserts for all tastes. (p. 270)

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Erin Clarke

Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Hi, the pictures look yummy, but there was no link to each beautiful recipe. Was this just a promo for your cookbook, Erin?

  2. I’ve made a few recipes from the cookbook already and the Double Trouble Fudge Cookies and One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo with Spinach have been my absolute favorites so far. There hasn’t been a recipe I have tried that my husband and I both have not agreed to make again. I have been recommending the book to my family as they also like to try new healthy recipes.

  3. I got this cookbook for Christmas and I’ve loved every single thing I’ve made. Can’t wait to try more recipes and remake my favs!

  4. I am working my way though the cookbook, and have already made the Balsamic Farro Salad with Edamame and Cranberries at least a dozen times! I love a good salad with lots of different textures, and this literally comes together in minutes. It’s light, yet filling, and actually tastes better if you let it sit for a day or 2. I bring it to work for lunch, which I usually end up taking early because I can’t wait to eat it!
    Even if you get the cookbook for just this recipe, it would be so worth it…but luckily there are so many other winners to try!

  5. The cookbook is AWESOME. I made the sheet Pan Tandoori chicken on Monday and my kids loved it. I added a potato and cumin to the vegetables, but otherwise made it as written. I’m now adding this recipe to our family dinner rotation. Last night, my teenage son was in charge of dinner and really intimidated by having to shop and cook. I gave him the cookbook. He ended up making the Italian Turkey Sausage skillet (but without the sausage and using orzo instead of farro, but whatever – it was still good). He was SO PROUD of himself! I’m going to start giving this cookbook to every graduate who is establishing a household – it’s so easy, yet so tasty.

  6. I heard your interview on WPR over Christmas when we were at an Air BNB in Cable,WI with no TV. Wrote down your name and cookbook and ordered it when we got back home. My favorite is the Brussel Sprout and Kale Salad. Love it served with a pork tenderloin. Holds up well for leftovers.

    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for following along and supporting the cookbook! That means so much to me!

  7. I got your cookbook for a friend for Christmas and they were thrilled. She and her daughter planned the whole way home which recipe they were going to try first. They did the freezer breakfast sandwiches, although I don’t think they made it to the freezer. They said they were excellent. I follow this web site for recipes, and knew they would like your book as they are all about eating healthy. I will need to get the book myself sometime soon too!

  8. Hi Erin,
    I’ve been making your website recipes for a while now and always love everything I’ve tried. I finally purchased your cookbook and tonight I made the sheet pan tandoori chicken. It was absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try more recipes!
    Thanks so much,