Clean Eating is simple. Essentially, clean eating is about eating more healthy foods and fewer unhealthy, heavily processed or refined foods and foods with added sugars and unhealthy fats. We’re talking fresh, whole ingredients, organic and eaten in season when possible, and prepared in unfussy ways that highlight natural flavors.
Clean eating is eating close to nature, without too much human or industrial interference along the way.
Here’s a simple way to determine if food fits the clean-eating concept. Consult the label. For starters, if it has a label, it may not be clean. But if it’s a can of beans or tomatoes with only one or two ingredients, that’s clean. Longer ingredient lists filled with unpronounceable words? Not so much.
There’s no rigid regime to follow. Organic produce and grass-fed meats are preferred. Breads are brown and made from whole grains. Healthy fats are favored, including olive and nut oils. Added sugars, salt, and additives are out, as are trans-fats and highly processed and refined foods. Simple ingredients, simple preparations. You get the idea.
Now let’s grab a glass of red wine, sit down with friends and family, and enjoy some good clean recipes.
“This quick salmon dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Serve with a side of sauteed spinach and a glass of pinot noir.” — CHEDDAR97005
“This is a simple, quick and delicious dish. All you need are a few spices and, of course, the chicken! Add more or less spice according to your taste. Enjoy!” — Carolyn Stilwell
This delicious, colorful roasted pork tenderloin dish works great with any stone fruit.
“Hearty lentil soup, chock full of veggies and very yummy.” — Marie
“This meal is very yummy, juicy, easy to cook, and convenient. My fiancee loves this recipe and wants it everyday. Try it!” — maddy cruise
“This easy, quick, and light dish has exceptional flavor. The rosemary plays perfectly with strong garlic flavor and a hint of lemon for bright fresh flavor.” — Semigourmet
“I love mushroom barley soup and I was originally making one that took about 3 hours to cook. This one is so simple and easy and takes a third of the time. If you like mushroom barley soup, you will really like this. It’s perfect for a cold winter night.” — SANDI149
“Excellent served with pita bread, a garlicky tzatziki, and a Greek salad. Lamb can be substituted for the chicken, and many variations on vegetables can be used.” — Dolce Cuoco
Mouthwatering grilled chicken burgers with caramelized onion, provolone cheese, and avocado.
Grill or bake red potatoes with Vidalia onion wedges and carrots marinated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic salt, and rosemary.
“A crisp, fresh-vegetable salad with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.” — Coyote House
Cauliflower is tossed with olive oil and garlic sprinkled with Parmesan and broiled until tender and golden brown.
“A great complement with souvlaki. All you need is a great Greek salad for a full meal!” — koko
In this savory side dish, butternut squash, seedless red grapes, and sweet onions are roasted with pine nuts and sage leaves.
So easy. Simply season green beans with salt and minced garlic, then toss on the hot grill.
Toss cooked, cooled quinoa with toasted almonds, dried cranberries, colorful bell peppers, and red onions and dress with a curry powder, cilantro, and lime juice dressing.
A refreshing zucchini salad dressed with a fresh mint, lemon juice, and olive oil dressing.
Cherry tomatoes and crunchy cauliflower combine for a festive salad with a light, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and olive oil dressing.
“This is an easy, healthy salad that is a great side dish to BBQ chicken, beef or fish! It can also be easily adapted to a Tex-Mex style by changing the lemon to lime, parsley to cilantro and adding ground cumin and/or chili powder!” — sourdough girl
Breakfast and Lunch
A tasty homemade granola with oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
A quick-and-easy egg and tomato stir fry in avocado oil.
Simple savory bites of quinoa, zucchini, ham, egg, and cheese.
Peanut oil and honey roasted peanuts whirled around in a food processor until smooth — it’s so easy to make your own peanut butter.