Healthy & Whole Food Recipes

Need a recipe? A Couple Cooks has hundreds of healthy recipes for your table, from everyday breakfasts and dinners to easy entertaining.

What you’ll find here: easy to make, delicious and healthy recipes, inspired by seasonal food. At A Couple Cooks, our recipes are triple tested so they work every time! Our expertise is in healthy vegetarian, seafood, and plant based meals that taste incredible and please everyone around the table.

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Best Healthy Dinner Recipes

These are the best healthy dinner ideas that our readers come back to again and again for delicious and nutritious recipes, like cauliflower tacos and baked salmon.

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Top Easy Weeknight Dinners

Need inspiration for getting dinner on the table fast? These healthy and easy weeknight dinners take 30 minutes or less and satisfy the whole family.

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Fast & Easy Dinner Ideas

Making delicious and healthy dinners doesn’t have to take all day. Here are our best fast and easy dinner ideas — all made in 30 minutes or less!

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Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

A pressure cooker is perfect for whipping up fresh, nutritious recipes. Here are all the best healthy Instant Pot recipes that will quickly become favorites!

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28 Day Healthy Meal Plan

Looking for a healthy weekly meal plan? Here’s a 28 day healthy meal plan with recipes for healthy meals throughout the week. Other meal plans: Plant Based Diet, Vegetarian, and Vegan.

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Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes

One of the healthiest diets in the world is also the most delicious. Here are all the best Mediterranean diet recipes to get you cooking!

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Plant Based Diet Recipes

Want to start eating a plant based diet? Here’s everything you need to know, including plant based protein ideas and recipes for every meal of the day! See also: Plant Based Dinners, Whole Food Plant Based Recipes (WFPB)

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Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Beginners

These easy vegetarian recipes for beginners are delicious ways to eat vegetarian meals, from plant based dinner ideas to breakfast essentials.

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Best Vegetarian Main Dishes

Looking for the best vegetarian main dishes? These healthy, easy to make, and seriously delicious entrees are guaranteed crowd pleasers.

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Easy Pasta Dinner Ideas

Need pasta recipes? Here are all the best easy pasta dinner ideas, from spaghetti marinara to good old mac and cheese — in order of cook time! See also: Best Vegan Pasta Recipes

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Best Vegan & Vegetarian Tacos

Vegetarian tacos are one of the most delicious ways to eat vegetables! Here’s how to make tacos and our 10 best tacos recipes.

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Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

These easy vegan recipes for beginners make eating a whole food plant-based diet (WFPB) fun, healthy, and most importantly: delicious!

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Easy Dinner Recipes for Kids & Family

Here are all our best easy dinner recipes for kids and family to make everyone around the table happy! Plus, they've got a healthy spin.

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Best Side Dish Recipes

These delicious, easy side dish recipes are tried and true favorites! They pair with just about anything to make it a meal.

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Best Easy Soup Recipes

Looking for easy healthy meals? Think soup! Here are our best easy soup recipes that the whole family will love. See also: Best Vegan Soups & Best Vegetarian Soups.

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Best Salad Recipes

These best salad recipes make eating colorful, nutrient-dense foods easy and delicious. The days of boring salads are over!

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Homemade Pizza Recipes

Better than delivery…every time! Here are the best homemade pizza recipes: top-rated pizza dough, fan-favorite pizza sauce, and topping ideas galore.

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Gluten Free Desserts Everyone Will Love

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that gluten free desserts can be some of the most delicious and splurge-worthy sweet treats out there.

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Easy Breakfast Ideas

We know, mornings are hard. But that doesn’t have to mean no breakfast! These easy breakfast ideas will save you on busy mornings. See also: Vegan Breakfast Ideas

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Easy Lunch Ideas

Wondering how to eat meatless at lunch? Here are 16 healthy & easy vegetarian lunch ideas that will keep you full all afternoon.

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Best Salad Dressings

From homemade ranch to balsamic vinaigrette, here are the top 10 salad dressings that are delicious, easy to make, and healthier than store bought.

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Bowl Meals

Call them bowl meals, power bowls, or whatever you like! These main dish salads for dinner are healthy, delicious, and filling enough for a meal.

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Best Brunch Recipes

Looking for brunch recipes? These delicious brunch recipes are perfect for your next gathering, from cornbread waffles to baked oatmeal.

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Homemade Bread Recipes

Wondering how to make homemade bread? Our bread recipes that guarantee cozy feelings and amazing, wafting smells. Our popular Best Sourdough Bread includes a video tutorial and a printable checklist! 

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Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes

Think a pressure cooker is just for meat? Think again. Here are dozens of vegetarian Instant Pot recipes to prove you wrong.

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Vegan Desserts Everyone Will Love

No matter how you eat, these delectable plant based and vegan desserts will please everyone at the table, from decadent chocolate cake to chocolate chip cookies!

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Delicious Healthy Snack Recipes

Looking for healthy snacks? These delicious healthy snack recipes are full of nutrients and energy to get you through the day.

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Best Cocktail Recipes

Here are all the easiest, very best cocktail recipes to make at home, from the classic margarita to the frothy gin fizz to the berry smash. Cheers!

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Easy Italian Recipes

These easy Italian recipes are simple and classic: from vodka sauce pasta to Margherita pizza to Caprese salad. Channel your inner Italian grandmother! See also: Vegan Italian Recipes, Italian Soup Recipes

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Healthy Appetizer Recipes

Here are the best easy appetizer recipes you can whip up for parties! They’re full of healthy ingredients and taste incredible.

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More about our recipes

Hi, we’re Sonja and Alex Overhiser, the authors behind all the recipes on A Couple Cooks! We’ve created every single one of these recipes for you in our kitchen (that’s it, above!). They’re not just pretty pictures: they’re rigorously tested delicious recipes that are easy to make for home cooks everywhere! Here’s what makes our recipes unique.

Triple tested! Recipes that work

Each one of our recipes are triple tested to make sure they work every time for home cooks of any skill level. After years working in instructional design, Alex and I bring our professional knowledge in design and user experience into every recipe.

Plant powered! Healthy, whole food recipes

How do we eat? We focus on enjoying vegetables and real, whole foods. (Much of what we eat is whole food plant based or WFPB.) Most of our nearly 1,000 recipes are easy vegetarian dinner recipes or vegan or plant based recipes made with wholesome, unprocessed ingredients. You’ll find a few sustainable seafood recipes as well. Everything in moderation is key, so you’ll also find desserts that taste indulgent.

Inspired by seasonal ingredients & travel

The recipes we create are based on seasonal produce in Midwestern America (we live in Indianapolis, Indiana). But many of our ideas come from travel around the globe, from California to Alaska to Santorini to Rome. We love bringing back recipe concepts from our adventures that can be made in our kitchen.

For the love of cooking & gathering

Every recipe we create is centered around one thing: love! After getting married and learning to cook, we’ve found cooking is all about enjoying the process and gathering with people you love. It can be easy and even fun!

What readers are saying about our recipes…

“I did a search for best food blogs, and A Couple Cooks made the list. I’ve been following you ever since! I love knowing we can trust your recipes to be spot on, even if a new-to-us ingredient is used.” -Erika

“You guys have changed my life in the kitchen! When I don’t know what to cook, I pull up your website and find something that sounds yummy for that day! I can’t say thank you enough! -Emily

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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