10 of Real Simple's Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Recipes That'll Make You Feel Better Than Ever

Tasty meals—with healing properties to boot! Try them out and see why we love them.

Top View of Tofu and Mushroom Larb Dish in a Large Gray Plate with a Metal Spoon for Serving

There are endless benefits to following an anti-inflammatory diet, from decreasing chronic indigestion and persistent body aches to lowering your risk of serious conditions like cancer, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and heart disease. If you're new to the subject, inflammation simply refers to your body's natural process of fending off things that could be harmful—injuries, infections—in an attempt to heal itself. Acute inflammation, like a bruise or mild swelling, is normal. But chronic inflammation can be detrimental to our health.

Thankfully, fighting chronic inflammation isn't rocket science. The easiest way to reduce your body's inflammation is to simply start eating more whole foods and fewer processed foods. There are a handful of foods—berries, avocado, olive oil, fatty fish, green tea, broccoli, and more—that contain even more powerful, inflammation-fighting nutrients than most. Here, a collection of our favorite family-friendly Real Simple recipes that contain many of the most effective anti-inflammatory ingredients you'll find. And not that you even had to ask, but we promise they're all incredibly delicious.

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Mixed Grains Bowl With Beet-Ginger Dressing

mixed grains bowl with beet-ginger dressing
Greg Dupree

This colorful bowl is one of the best anti-inflammatory recipes you can whip up thanks to a litany of healthy ingredients. For starters, it has a base of rice, lentils, and quinoa, which is known for being rich in antioxidants such as quercetin and kaempferol. Avocado—another nutritious ingredient—boasts plenty of anti-inflammatory benefits as well, as do beets, ginger, and kefir, which make up the bold and flavorful dressing.

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Smoky Sheet Pan Salmon and Potatoes

Smoky Sheet-pan Salmon and Potatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Fatty fish, like salmon, is an inflammation-fighting star, and when you pair it with ingredients like smoked paprika and navel oranges, it becomes even more impressive. While the recipe already calls for diced avocado, add even more of the green fruit for some additional heart-healthy (and inflammation-fighting) benefits.

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Tofu and Mushroom Larb

Top View of Tofu and Mushroom Larb Dish in a Large Gray Plate with a Metal Spoon for Serving
Caitlin Bensel

Mushrooms are very high in selenium, copper, and all of the B vitamins. They also contain antioxidants (like phenols) that provide major anti-inflammatory protection. Here, you'll use the fun guys in place of meat in a plant-forward version of a popular Laotian dish. The veggie-packed meal also features cashews and mint, both of which have impressive anti-inflammatory properties of their own.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Grapes and Feta

whole roasted cauliflower with grapes and feta
Greg Dupree

This recipe proves that vegetables can absolutely be the star of your dinner table. And while cauliflower is a nutrient powerhouse in its own right, the grapes used in this dish are an excellent source of anthocyanins, which fight inflammation. Plus, the sweet morsels are the perfect compliment to the planks of feta and punchy shallots.

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Raspberry Chia Jam

Raspberry-Chia Jam Recipe
Victor Protasio

This heart-healthy homemade jam uses a combination of fresh raspberries and just a tablespoon of honey in the whole batch. Both of these ingredients help fight inflammation, and using honey in place of all the sugar (or worse, corn syrup) that processed jellies typically contain makes for a seriously sweet swap.

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Mole-Spiced Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl

Jen Causey

Quinoa. Cauliflower. Cumin. Olive Oil. But also greens, honey, and cocoa powder. Could this recipe have more inflammation-fighting ingredients? Yes, if you add fatty fish or bell peppers. (No pressure.) Here, mole sauce serves as a delicious dressing for plenty of protein-packed ingredients, black beans included.

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Soy-Glazed Salmon Sandwiches With Watercress

Jen Causey

Salmon—and other varieties of fatty fish, like mackerel and sardines—is an anti-inflammatory superhero. In this delicious dish, you'll coat fillets of it with a chili sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar glaze. Give the salmon a quick sear before serving it atop fluffy brioche burger buns and crisp watercress salad.

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Berry Matcha Smoothie

Anti-Inflammatory Berry Matcha Smoothie in a glass
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If you want to fight inflammation but are short on time, give this healthy smoothie a go. The blueberries, spinach, and matcha powder are packed with antioxidants, and they happen to taste delicious when blended together. Several of the ingredients in this smoothie have also been shown to improve brain health, which makes this recipe a win-win.

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Sheet Pan Salmon With Potatoes and Broccolini

Sheet Pan Salmon With Potatoes and Broccolini
Victor Protasio

Salmon, broccolini, and olive oil make this delicious dish a heart-healthy hero that'll help stave off inflammation too. Got leftovers? Flake the salmon and chop the veggies into bite-size pieces before tossing them with greens for an easy lunch.

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Ginger Meatball Ramen With Greens and Scallions

Ginger Meatball Ramen Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This easy-to-make recipe combines two delicious dishes: spaghetti with meatballs and ramen noodle soup. You'll get inflammation-fighting benefits from the fresh ginger, scallions, miso, and boy choy, but feel free to swap the sesame oil and/or canola oil for olive oil for an even bigger boost.

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