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Best Healthy Recipes of 2017. Reader tested and approved! Wholesome recipes anyone can make from the food blog Well Plated by Erin

We’re back! After six lazy days in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas spent sleeping in, endlessly grazing on my mom’s epic collection of  snacks, and being happily spoiled by grammy’s unending spread of meals, Ben, Teddy, and I are back home in Milwaukee. We made the 11.5 hour drive yesterday, which was unexpectedly extended an extra hour by our running out of gas about 40 miles from home. Fortunately, Ben’s dad graciously came to our rescue…and I had a gallon-size baggie of chocolate covered pretzels to sustain us while we awaited his arrival.

While we were chilling on the side of the road (literally—it was 3 degrees outside), I passed the time gathering information for one of my favorite annual traditions: a list of YOUR favorite recipes of the year.

I love creating this list and seeing which recipes resonated with you most. Of the nearly 170 new recipes I posted here in 2017, these were your Top 11. 

Top 11? I know. It should be Top 10. BUT I couldn’t resist one last delicious addition.

Are any of your favorite recipes on the list? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad with Grapes, Celery, and Fresh Dill. Creamy, cool, and crunchy! A quick, easy, healthy recipe that’s perfect for sandwiches and salads. Omit honey for the 21 Day Fix diet - Recipe at | @wellplated

11) Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

“I seriously make this all the time! It’s so flavorful, healthy and easy to make!  Thanks Erin!!!!!” — Tracy

Easy Blender Banana Oatmeal Pancakes. NO butter, no sugar, no flour, and no oil! Light, fluffy, and gluten free. Made with Greek yogurt for protein and honey for sweetness. Make these healthy oat pancakes into heart shapes for a Valentine’s Day or anniversary breakfast, or cook them as-is. You’ll love this recipe! Recipe at | @wellplated

10) Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

“I made these for my husband and me this morning, and they were DELICIOUS!” —Sarah

Shrimp Pad Thai. Easy and so much better than take out! Healthy recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes. Simple and gluten free. Recipe at | @wellplated

9) Healthy Shrimp Pad Thai

“I’ve been meaning to comment for a while—our entire family loves this recipe! (Our toddler calls is ‘pasta pad thai’ and gobbles it up!) It’s PERFECT for a busy weeknight when everyone gets home ravenous; I just prep all the veggies and sauce the night before.” —Rachel

The BEST Roasted Carrot Soup – Easy, delicious, and filling! Healthy recipe with garlic, cumin, and tomatoes. Enjoy on its own or as a simple side. Recipe at | @wellplated

8) Roasted Carrot Soup

“Just made this. Absolutely delicious. We’re heading into winter down here in the Southern hemisphere and I expect this is going to become one of my go-to soups. Love it.” —Debbie

Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles. Easy, low carb version of the classic pasta dish that can be made without wine. Recipe at | @wellplated

7) Healthy Shrimp Scampi

“THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!! Just finished eating it, so impressed! Did not think we would like zoodles. Now I’m gonna use them in everything. Can’t wait to make this again.” —Jeni

Skinny Honey Thai Cashew Chicken. Ready in 20 minutes! Juicy chicken, crisp veggies, and the best sweet and savory sauce. Easy, healthy recipe perfect for busy weeknights. Recipe at | @wellplated

6) Thai Cashew Chicken

“I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! I made this for dinner last week and it was a HUGE hit!! Everyone loved it.” —Jaimie

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan. Crispy, juicy, and even better than a restaurant! Easy, kid-friendly recipe. Ready in 30 minutes! Recipe at | @wellplated

5) Baked Chicken Parmesan

“This was soooo good!” —Rebecca

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa — Quick, easy, and healthy! Shrimp sautéed with lemon and garlic, and everything cooks in ONE PAN, even the quinoa. {gluten free and dairy free} Recipe at | @wellplated

4) Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa

“Made this tonight! Quick and easy and it was wonderful! Thanks for a great recipe!” —Stephanie

The BEST Healthy Turkey Chili. — Only 227 calories and 24 g. protein per serving! Hearty, warm, filling with the perfect amount of spice. This simple recipe will be your new chili go-to! Recipe at | @wellplated

3) Healthy Turkey Chili

“We just finished devouring this delicious chili!!!! My boyfriend is a super picky eater, and he went back for thirds. Thanks for the great recipe!!” —Rachel

Skinny Taco Salad with ground turkey, black beans, veggies, and Greek yogurt salsa dressing. Tastes AMAZING, easy to make, and low carb. Perfect for fast, healthy lunches, weeknight dinners, and meal prep! Recipe at | @wellplated

2) Skinny Taco Salad

“Made this tonight so simple and it was delish! Great and refreshing without feeling heavy!” —Olivia

And the Most Popular Recipe of 2017…

Super easy and DELICIOUS Crock Pot Mexican Casserole with quinoa, black beans, and chicken or turkey. Healthy comfort food, gluten free, and our whole family LOVES it! Recipe at | @wellplated
1) Crockpot Mexican Casserole

“I am, once again, thrilled with another one of your recipes! This one was fantastic! It came out perfectly and it was soooo easy! I was glad it made a lot so, I had plenty for leftovers!” —Kate

THANK YOU as always for your ongoing support of my blog. Knowing these recipes come to life in your kitchen brings me more joy than I can express.

Don’t forget, you can find hundreds more recipes in the Recipe Index. Be sure to check back tomorrow when I share MY favorite recipes from 2017. I bet there are a few you missed!

A Look Back. Reader Favorites from Prior Years:

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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. Thanks for the list Erin! It’s really interesting to see what others liked and that maybe I overlooked – am definitely going to give the recipes on this list a try. MY favorite from this year is the gingerbread apple muffins you posted relatively recently. I’ve made so many batches for end of the year playdates and get togethers. Everyone LOOOOVES them!! Looking forward to your list of personal faves. Ana :o)

  2. Thank you for the recap. I look forward to trying some of the ones I have not made before. I have made a number of your recipes this past year and they have been terrific. Thanks so much!