With its focus on whole foods and fresh seasonal vegetables, the clean eating diet is a healthy way to go. Because clean eating relies mostly on unprocessed ingredients, the diet can also require a decent amount of prep-work, which makes it less convenient on busy weeknights. But don't fret, we've found top-rated, clean-eating recipes that do it all! They call for fresh, whole ingredients and are easy to prepare -- each recipe is ready in 45 minutes or less!
"This quick salmon dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner," says CHEDDAR97005. It's ready in 30 minutes. "Enjoy it with sauteed spinach and a glass of pinot noir."
"I loved this recipe for its simplicity and flavor," says SULLIVANBZ. "Any leftover chicken makes an AMAZING chicken salad. Delicious."
Ready in about 45 minutes. "This was really tasty and healthy," says Hapygrl. "I used leftover rotisserie chicken. And more salsa."
So fast! This healthy meal is ready in about 20 minutes. "Great, tasty, and oh-so-simple recipe," says lisasayegh. "Excellent choice for a weeknight! I followed the recipe, except doubled the fresh spinach and used fresh minced garlic."
As Chef John points out, "Pesto is not a recipe, but a technique." This recipe combines fresh garlic and chopped walnuts with Italian parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil. Enjoy it with grilled or baked chicken.
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Top a simple Caprese salad with lean grilled steak. “This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad with a twist,” says cookinmama.
This sensational salad is on the table in less than 30 minutes. "Yes, it is possible," says Baking Nana. "Garnish this low-carb, no-sweat, sizzling-hot grilled fajita salad with lime wedges and chopped cilantro."
This quick-and-easy scallops recipe is elegant and absolutely bursting with flavor. Seared scallops are served with fresh orange segments and a mild jalapeño vinaigrette. Try the dressing tossed with a bean salad or drizzled over chicken or salmon.
Here's a quick-and-easy take on a classic Gulf Coast fish dish. It's bursting with vibrant flavors, including capers, cherry tomatoes, green olives, and jalapeno rings. "I like red snapper for this," says Chef John. "But any white, flaky fish will work."
Fresh and fantastic, this is "a beautiful salad" says Ida Combine. "I wouldn't change one thing. I served it with Vegetarian Mexican-Inspired Stuffed Peppers for a healthy, filling meal."