Sound nutrition is the basis of clean eating. It entails selecting whole foods like whole grains and nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding sugar and over-processed foods. In essence, you are trying to get your nutrients intact. You need to learn a few clean eating recipes to prepare your healthy meals.
A visit to your local grocery or food store is all you need, armed with the necessary information of what you should buy to prepare your delicious meals. To make this possible you will require planning your menu before you visit your food store to make purchases. I will share 20 recipes that you can adapt to make your healthy meals.
- Oven baked sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Most foods we eat lack dietary fiber a critical component that aids in digestion and bowel movement. You may opt to serve alongside lean white meats like pork, chicken or fish and soup.
- Veggie and lentil omelette
For a healthy nervous system and increased metabolism, eggs will provide the required nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin B12 and proteins. Tomatoes, eggs, lentils, kale, celery, and zucchini are the main ingredients for this omelette. Add some natural spice to increase the flavor. You can serve it for your breakfast.
- Snow peas, chickpeas, red pepper served with millet
Use a saucepan to cook your raw millet over medium heat. Add water and stir until it is light brown. Add ground pepper and salt to taste. Let it boil over high heat till it is ready. As it cooks drain your chicken peas and, add red onions in a pan, add some olive oil and let them cook for a while, as they start to brown add the red pepper and snow peas and cook for 3 minutes. Serve with your millet, garnished with parsley leaves.
- Brown rice and baked chicken
Whole grains provide a rich source of fiber carbohydrates and minerals that we require for a healthy body. Prepare them in a casserole pan. This is a meal that requires minimal work. Whole grains contribute a significant part of clean eating recipes.
- Amaranth, oatmeals, coconut and green apples
You may prepare your oatmeal and amaranth in water and coconut paste for flavor and garnish with slices of green apples. One of my best clean eating recipes, worth trying.
- Broccoli and baked shrimps
Most people forget to include shrimps on their shopping list as an excellent source of proteins. Shrimps aren’t costly and are easy to cook. It is a meal you can prepare in 15 minutes, ideal for a busy person. Pair it up with a crispy salad or a veggie toss, or you can wrap it in lettuce.
- Roasted salmon served with spinach or kale
Ensure you have preheated the oven to 450 degrees. Toss your vegetables in a baking sheet and add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add pepper and salt, then bake them for 6 minutes. Season the salmon and put it on the baking sheet. Bake for another 10 minutes to ensure the salmon is cooked. Dress the combination before serving.
- Spiced vegetable soup
For this recipe, you will require fresh tomatoes, baby spinach, chopped celery, sweet onion, red pepper, peeled potatoes, diced carrots, garlic, soaked cashed nut, chickpeas, vegetable broth and olive oil to make your delicious soup.
- Mashed avocado and beef fajitas
You will require; ground beef, avocado, cumin, yellow onion, chili powder and sliced bell pepper. Slice your vegetables, then coat the skillet with virgin oil and cook over medium heat and add your vegetables. Add the beef, pepper, salt, cumin, and chili powder to taste. Add beef to the veggies in the skillet and cook until ready.
- Chicken pizza
You will require fresh cheese, tomato sauce, fresh basil, one whole tortilla and chopped chicken. Prepare your chicken to cook in high heat. Lay the sauce in the pan, then place chicken and add the remaining ingredients, cook for about 5- 7 minutes. Slice into pieces and serve.
- Tomato Cucumber salad
Cut your tomatoes and cucumbers into pieces, and then toss the mixture into your dressing to make a tasty salad. It is ideal for a warm night or picnic.
- Oven- fried pork
Frying pork in the oven results in crispy chops from the outside that are juicy inside. It saves the fats and calories in pork. Serve with baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli.
- Green protein smoothie
The ingredients are; Celery, kale, grapefruit, mango, apples, hulled hemp seeds and virgin coconut oil. Prepare your juice from the grapefruit, and then add it to the blender. Add the additional ingredients and blend to super smooth. Serve it immediately in a glass.
- Coconut blueberry scones
It is not an easy task to come up with a baking recipe free from refined sugar and flours. You require; cashew nuts, coconut, and almonds to make delicious scones.
- Apricots, figs, and walnuts
It is a snack that will rejuvenate your body providing you with energy. A perfect mix of fruits and nuts. It’s amazing to know that you prepare snacks as part of your clean eating recipes.
- Spinach sesame beef steak
You require sesame seeds, fresh ginger, chopped spinach, garlic, beef steak, and sesame oil. Mix your spinach with ginger, sesame seeds, garlic, and sesame oil in a pan, on which you have laid the beef steak and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Transfer the contents into a preheated oven at 120 degrees for 12- 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.
- Baby spinach pear sandwich
Roast pears in an oven set at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. To prepare the sandwich, you need whole grain bread, baby spinach, and the roasted pears.
- Pomegranate millet salad
The ingredients for will be; millet, chickpeas, red cabbage, pomegranate seeds, mint leaves and dressing. Mix the ingredients in a bowl then coat with your dressing.
- Roasted cauliflower soup
It is a vegan soup that is easy to prepare, that excludes dairy products. Your ingredients are; ground pepper, fresh parsley, wine vinegar, fresh chives, chicken broth, and salt. After preparing the soup, use a blender to get the smoothest texture.
- Avocado egg pancake
You can prepare it for breakfast. Roll up avocado, salsa and scrambled eggs inside the pancake. It is a breakfast wrap that is easy to make.
These are simple recipes you can practice in your home that require ingredients that you can easily find in your local food store or grocery. Start practicing these clean eating recipes, and you will be on your way to a healthy lifestyle.
Katie is a food writer, blogger, and native Texan. Her work covers food and food culture, lifestyle, travel. She’s big on having fun while cooking because it is the most relaxing part of the day for me. With all, she started her blog Bestrotisserie.com an ultimate stop to know everything about rotisseries.