So far in this Clean Eating series, I’ve covered the basic guidelines and meal planning for the practice. Here, I would like to share some easy, clean eating recipes for meals and snacks to help you on your way.
You’ll find that clean cooking may introduce you to many new ingredients. That’s one of the things that makes it fun. Try new things. Experiment. Read on and make the most of this new lifestyle!
Pomegranate Walnut Quinoa Oatmeal
Get those rolled oats cooking! Alyssa and Maria at Spinach for Breakfast have a Pomegranate Walnut Quinoa Oatmeal recipe you really have to try. Now, this will give you some energy, strength and sustenance to get you through the morning!
Oats are a hardy cereal grain (whole grain) with high levels of fiber to keep you feeling full longer. They’re also low in calories and fat, and high in protein and health benefits. And, incorporating quinoa makes it even better. One cup of these seeds gives you 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and numerous minerals.
The walnuts and pomegranate seeds are great clean toppers, too.
Get the full recipe from Spinach for Breakfast here.
Don’t skip the pomegranate just because they’re difficult to peel! Here’s an easy tip to deseeding them!
Kelly at Eat Yourself Skinny has a favorite vegetable frittata that may become a new breakfast staple for you. It’s such an easy way to get your veggies! As she points out, you can use any veggie imaginable in this dish. Kelly uses zucchini, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, bell peppers and onions. She also suggests mushrooms and asparagus.
Plus, you get your eggs and natural dairy (almond milk) in this recipe. One slice contains 8.2 grams of protein, 1.1 gram of fiber and only 130 calories.
Click on over to Eat Yourself Skinny to get this easy and super-customizable recipe.
Avocado Egg Salad
Sara and Jessica at My Clean Kitchen have a recipe that really caught my eye. Their Avocado Egg Salad is another easy-to-make recipe that packs in the goodness and it’s a refreshing twist on egg salad.
The avocados give you your fruit and healthy fats along with fiber and many important nutrients. (Yes, the avocado is actually a fruit!) It adds a rich texture and good flavor to the egg salad.
Sara made it with Whole30 bacon, but since that is hard to come by, you may want to try turkey bacon or skip it altogether. Either way, enjoy!
Get the ingredients and recipe at My Clean Kitchen.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry shares a wonderful recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Soup that you’re going to enjoy. This comforting soup cooks up quickly and only requires six basic ingredients.
The broccoli not only counts towards your green veggie intake, but also provides many health benefits. The real cream and sharp cheddar help you get some good, less-processed dairy. As she mentions, you need the fat content to make this recipe work, so don’t swap for low-fat cheese or milk.
This version of broccoli cheddar soup is not thick like many traditional versions. It’s “brothy” for a lighter touch.
Get the recipe from The Gracious Pantry for a super delicious lunch on a cold winter’s day.
Honey Sriracha Chicken
Lee at Fit Foodie Finds shares a 5-ingredient Honey Sriracha Slow Cooker Chicken recipe that couldn’t be easier. (You’ll also find links to several more clean eating slow cooker recipes here.)
Simply slow cook chicken breasts in garlic, drain, shred and add the sauce, which is made with pure honey, sriracha and tamari. It packs 20 grams of protein per serving!
Lee suggests serving it over short-grain brown rice with steamed broccoli. Commenters loved the fact that it is easy to reheat for busy weeks. Delicious!
Dig your slow cooker out and get the recipe at Fit Foodie Finds for an easy meal you’ll come back to again and again.
Beef & Walnut Pesto Pitas
(from week one of the sample meal plan)
Clean Eating magazine uses this Beef & Walnut Pesto Pitas recipe as part of a sample meal plan as both a dinner and a lunch leftover – so make extra!
The eye of round is a lean cut of beef, so you don’t have to worry too much about the saturated fat. This recipe is well-rounded with whole grain pita, natural dairy from the Swiss cheese, basil, garlic, walnuts and juicy tomatoes.
Give it a try! You’ll find the complete recipe here.
Honey Nut Granola
Tammy from Organize Yourself Skinny shares a Honey Nut Granola recipe that will make snack time a treat!
Since this makes a large batch – 16 servings – you’ll be able to separate it into individual serving containers that are easy to grab when you’re in a rush. No worries if it is just you at home – freeze the extra and take out as needed! Eat the granola alone or add it to your plain Greek yogurt for a nice crunch.
As Tammy points out, you can substitute the almonds for your favorite nuts and/or dried fruits. Instead of one type of nut, I used this nut mix with raisins. Be mindful of the serving size because this is so good!
Get the recipe here and enjoy!
Adam and Joanne at Inspired Taste have a Smooth Hummus recipe that they say is better than store-bought. It’s better to make it fresh anyway, right? They even include a quick and easy tahini recipe if you’d rather use homemade.
At the center of hummus is the chickpea. This healthy legume gives you some valuable fiber and folate, along with other nutrients. Since tahini is a sesame seed paste, you also benefit from its health benefits.
Hummus can be used in so many ways: spread it on a sandwich, whole grain crackers, toss it in pasta or use it as a dip for cucumbers, peppers, radishes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli … the list goes on and on.
Now, go get inspired! Get the recipe here.
Also, don’t forget the recipes and ideas from the sample meal plans from my last post, Clean Eating Meal Planning. Remember to check out this blog for other recipes too – especially the clean salad dressing recipes.
If you’d like a few more breakfast recipe ideas, check out this video, Eat Clean with Shira Bocar.
My final post in the Clean Eating series will focus on your grocery list, so your next shopping trip isn’t too stressful, you’ll be organized and your road to clean eating will be successful.
Sign up below to receive our posts directly in your inbox.