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10 Clean-Eating Recipes Even the Kids Will Love

Clean eating is a simple, healthy way for the entire family to eat. And these clean recipes appeal to even the pickiest eaters. They minimize added sugars, unhealthy fats, and heavily processed foods while favoring fresh, whole foods, all with simple preparations that highlight natural favors. Best of all, they're kid friendly!

1. Herbed Chicken Nuggets

A healthy, whole-food take on a classic kid-friendly food. "These chicken nuggets are tender and delicious," says Amy.

Herbed Chicken Nuggets

Photo by Shorecook

2. Lentil Tacos

"So good you'll never miss the meat!" says isachandra. "This vegan version of classic tacos uses lentils instead of ground beef."

Lentil Tacos _

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. Waffled Falafel

"A delicious twist on a classic! Keep cooked waffles warm in a low oven,' The Gruntled Gourmand. "Serve with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley."

Waffled Falafel

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

4. Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

"This turkey meatloaf has a great texture," says Andrew Benoit. "The secret is the quinoa, which adds wonderful texture and is much nuttier than breadcrumbs."

 

5. Greek Island Chicken Shish Kebabs

"Excellent served with pita bread, tzatziki, and a Greek salad," says Dolce Cuoco. Substitute lamb for the chicken, and vary the veggies as you like.

Greek Island Chicken Shish Kebabs

Photo by CookinBug

6. Clean-Eating Hearty Pasta Sauce

A simple meat-sauce that features lean ground beef and chopped zucchini. "This is a satisfyingly hearty sauce that you can feel good about eating," says GymRat. "Serve over whole grain spaghetti or brown rice pasta for gluten-free diets."

Clean-Eating Hearty Pasta Sauce

Photo by GymRat

7. Oat-Free and Gluten-Free Granola Bars

"If you are trying to avoid certain grains and processed sugars, this is an excellent substitute for the traditional granola bar," says princessgertie. "Also wonderful on top of ice cream or baked apples."

Oat-Free and Gluten-Free Granola Bars

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

8. Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad

"Low-carb, sizzling-hot grilled fajita salad on the table in less than 30 minutes," says Baking Nana. "Yes, it is possible!

Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad

Photo by bd.weld

9. Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

Meatless meatballs? Oh yes. "Mushrooms provide more than enough savoriness," explains Chef John. The trick is thoroughly browning the finely chopped mushrooms. "The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest," says Chef John. "What really blew me away was how close the texture was to actual meatballs. They are officially approved for use on spaghetti!"

Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

Chef John's Meatless Meatballs | Photo by catherine.drew

10. Summer Chicken Burgers

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts are seasoned simply with salt and pepper, grilled, and topped with caramelized onions, cheese, and avocado -- or whatever toppings you love!

Summer Chicken Burger

Photo by Allrecipes

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