If you’re looking for easy anti-inflammatory recipes, you’re in the right place!

Read on for a collection of simple recipes, including options for lunch, chicken, vegetarian, and picky eaters.

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of nourishing meals loaded with good-for-you ingredients!

And when it comes to cooking, simple and fuss-free recipes make my life so much easier in the kitchen.

I have a hunch that you might feel the same way.

So I’ve gathered all of my easiest anti-inflammatory recipes for you here in one post, in case you’re craving a little more simplicity in your weekly meal prep too!

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You can click on each category below to go straight to that section of recipes:

what makes these anti-inflammatory recipes

what makes these recipes healthy

lunch recipes

recipes for picky-eaters

chicken recipes

vegetarian recipes

what makes these anti-inflammatory recipes

I’m not a nutritionist or dietitian, so I put together this list of recipes based on the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet found in this article, Ways to Make The Most of an Anti- Inflammatory Diet and Food List.

I love that all of these recipes are naturally:

  • loaded with plant-based fiber
  • packed with plant-power from fruits and veggies
  • rich in healthy fats
  • flavored with herbs and spices like turmeric
  • free of trans fats and refined sugar

what makes these recipes healthy

The truth is, there isn’t a universally agreed upon definition of what makes a recipe healthy.

As an expert on healthy habits, I should know — I’ve interviewed over 200 health and wellness experts on the question of what it really means to be healthy, and have yet to uncover a definition of healthy eating that all experts agree on.

However, I did write the book on what it really means to be healthy, and when it comes to recipes I take a whole, real foods, research-based approach.

With that in mind, all of these recipes are made with whole food ingredients, without any added refined sugar, and do not include processed ingredients or oils.

They are also plant-forward, include whole grains, as well as plenty of colorful, health-filled veggies.

Finally, as a healthy habits expert, I know that a big part of eating healthy is making the process easy.

That’s why all these recipes are not only filled with good-for-you ingredients, but also incredibly simple to prepare.

As always, if you’re following a specific diet for health reasons, consult with your doctor or registered dietitian for specific health advice and check out our nutrition disclaimer for more information.

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I’ve also included some kid-friendly, whole30, vegetarian and vegan recipes too – so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

I hope you’ll make these easy anti-inflammatory recipes soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

easy anti-inflammatory lunch recipes

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5 stars (1 rating)

DIY Greek Quinoa Bowl

Super simple to assemble and flavor-packed, DIY Greek Quinoa Bowls are perfect for dinner or lunch anytime. Topped with a creamy, tangy tahini dressing, these bowls are easy to prep and are so darn delicious!

Ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, tahini, garlic, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, honey, water and salt.

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5 stars (1 rating)

Meal Prep Golden Glow Chicken Salad

Meal Prep Golden Glow Chicken Salad is an easy, healthy make-ahead meal that you can prep ahead and take on the go. Make it with chicken, or any protein you like!

Ingredients: chicken, cucumber, green apple, bell peppers, green onion, sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey (optional), mild curry powder, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and salt.

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4.5 stars (2 ratings)

Build-Your-Own Veggie Quinoa Power Bowls

Super fresh and so versatile, Build-Your-Own Veggie Quinoa Power Bowls are simple to prepare and packed with flavor.

Ingredients: quinoa, arugula (or baby spinach), cherry tomatoes, hummus, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell peppers, red onion, scallions, extra virgin olive oil, honey, lemon juice and salt.

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Overhead shot of blue and white bowl on a white background filled with quinoa, chopped veggies, chickpeas, and basil.
5 stars (2 ratings)

Crunchy Curry Quinoa Salad

This Crunchy Curry Quinoa Salad makes a perfect lunch, dinner side, or vibrant addition to any brunch table.

Ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, green apple, red bell peppers, basil, sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds), garlic, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, mild curry powder and salt.

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best anti-inflammatory recipes for picky eaters

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5 stars (10 ratings)

Crockpot Split Pea Soup

This easy, nourishing, Crockpot Split Pea soup is made with simple pantry ingredients but the flavor is so rich, layered & comforting. Naturally vegan, or make it with ham or a ham bone, includes stovetop as well.

Ingredients: split peas, vegetable broth, water, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, bay leaves, smoked paprika, red wine vinegar and salt.

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5 stars (6 ratings)

One-Bowl Golden Glow Turmeric Flourless Muffins

One-Bowl Golden Glow Turmeric Flourless Muffins are packed with nourishing ingredients, like anti-inflammatory turmeric, and make a naturally sweet and healthy breakfast or snack anytime! Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and naturally sweetened.

Ingredients: almond flour (or oat flour), eggs, applesauce, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, coconut oil, salt, turmeric, cinnamon, ground ginger, pepper, and dairy-free chocolate chips (optional).

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5 stars (7 ratings)

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)

A simple drop, stir, cover, and go recipe; Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) is so easy to prepare, tastes amazing, and packs well for lunch the next day.

Ingredients: quinoa, canned black beans, bell pepper, onion, cumin, garlic powder, mild chili powder, tomato sauce, diced fire-roasted tomatoes, green chilis, lime juice and salt

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5 stars (63 ratings)

Crockpot Vegetarian Chili

This easy crockpot vegetarian chili recipe tastes delicious and is easy to make with basic pantry ingredients, three beans, vegetables, and spices. Gluten free and vegan!

Ingredients: black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, bell peppers, onion, fire roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, and other spices

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anti-inflammatory chicken dishes

5 stars (6 ratings)

Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad

Packed with nourishing ingredients, Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad is perfect for lunch at home or to make ahead and take on-the-go!

Ingredients: cooked shredded chicken, shredded carrots, slaw mix (or shredded cabbage), green onion, sulfite-free raisins, turmeric, tahini, garlic, honey (optional), apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and salt.

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two white bowls of instant pot turmeric chicken soup with herbs and striped napkin
5 stars (14 ratings)

Nourishing Instant Pot Turmeric Chicken Soup

This homemade chicken soup can be made using an Instant Pot or slow cooker, depending on what you prefer! Either way, it comes out comforting, healthy, and so delicious. It is packed full of veggies and shredded chicken with a warming turmeric broth.

Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, carrot, celery, onion, turmeric, olive oil and seasonings

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5 stars (8 ratings)

Easy Italian Chicken Zucchini Skillet

This Easy Italian Chicken Zucchini Skillet combines chicken, zucchini, tomatoes and classic Italian flavors for an easy, one-pot dinner you can make any night of the week. I love that it's naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 friendly and ready in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), zucchini, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, butter (optional: traditional or dairy-free), fresh basil, red pepper flakes, garlic, Italian seasoning, olive oil and salt.

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vegetarian anti-inflammatory meals

4.85 stars (13 ratings)

Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili

Made with pantry staples, Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili is incredibly simple to prepare and is packed with good-for-you ingredients. A vegetarian crockpot meal perfect for any night of the week!

Ingredients: kidney beans, lentils, stock, onion, tomato paste, coconut milk, cumin, turmeric and other spices

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4.94 stars (15 ratings)

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Apple, & Turmeric Soup

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Apple & Turmeric Soup is a simple chop and drop recipe that yields creamy, nourishing results. It’s a hit with the entire family, plus is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo and Whole30 friendly!

Ingredients: sweet potato, apple, potatoes, stock, coconut milk, onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and other seasonings

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5 stars (11 ratings)

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

A simple and delicious plant-based meal, Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew is hearty, nourishing and packed with all the good stuff.

Ingredients: butternut squash, quinoa, kale, tomatoes, broth, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar, cumin, paprika, and other spices

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5 stars (13 ratings)

Crockpot Lentil Soup

This easy crockpot lentil soup is made with simple pantry ingredients like green lentils, celery, carrot and spinach making for a hearty vegan and vegetarian meal. Plus instant pot and stovetop directions!

Ingredients: green (or brown) lentils, stock, onion, celery, carrot, diced tomatoes, garlic, red wine vinegar, spinach, salt and bay leaves.

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Anti-Inflammatory Recipes: Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad

Packed with nourishing ingredients, this Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad is perfect for lunch at home or to make ahead and take on-the-go! Plus 15+ more anti-inflammatory recipes that I know you'll love, including recipes for lunch, picky eaters, chicken and vegetarian dishes.

Ingredients

For the Turmeric Tahini Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon tahini, sesame seed butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon honey, omit for Whole30
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken*
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup slaw mix or finely shredded cabbage
  • 1-2 green onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sulfite-free raisins

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, add the turmeric, tahini, garlic, honey (if using), salt, pepper, and vinegar, stirring to combine. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until smooth. Alternatively, add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, add the chicken, carrots, slaw or cabbage, green onions, and raisins. Add the dressing, stirring to combine. Allow to sit for 15 minutes for the flavors to combine.
  • Serve over greens, if desired.

Notes

*Leftover Instant-Pot “Rotisserie” Chicken works well in this recipe, as does Slow Cooker Balsamic Whole Chicken. A store-bought rotisserie chicken will also work.
For a vegetarian option, swap the chicken for 1-2 cans of drained and rinsed cans of chickpeas. Lightly smash half the chickpeas, then proceed with the recipe.
Serve the chicken and veggies separately on a plate, with the dressing on the side for dipping.
For a vegetarian option, swap the chicken for 1-2 cans of drained and rinsed cans of chickpeas. Lightly smash half the chickpeas, then proceed with the recipe.
Chopped green apple would also be a nice addition to this salad.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 353kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 229mg, Potassium: 415mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 5424IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 2mg
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