These easy clean eating recipes for beginners are so simple and good!
Eating clean can be really simple if you want it to be-if you are like me you definitely want it to be easy! I don’t like spending all my time in the kitchen, but I do want to eat healthy and I want my food to taste good.
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What is Clean Eating?
If you are a clean eating beginner, you might be wondering what clean eating really is. Clean eating is eating foods in their unprocessed form. It is food that doesn’t have chemical additives and isn’t genetically modified-foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and healthy bread.
What Foods are Clean Eating?
There are many foods in the grocery store that are clean-but you have to know what you are looking for. If you shop the perimeter of the store, you will find lots of healthy foods in the produce section, the dairy section, and the meat section.
Most of the produce section is healthy since there are mostly plain fruits and veggies there. This is the place to stock up if you are wanting to be healthy and fit. If you are like me though, you also buy a lot of frozen vegetables because they are so easy to prepare!
The dairy section has healthy choices like plain yogurt, eggs, cheese, and grassfed butter.
The meat section is a little more complicated. There are some really unhealthy choices there. I tend to stick to healthy chicken, healthy turkey, and grass fed beef. Fish can be a healthy choice-especially if you can find wild caught alaskan fish.
There are also lots of healthy choices on the inner aisles of the store, but you have to check the ingredients carefully. There are some pretty terrible foods in the interior aisles. But, the good news is that I keep finding more and more healthy choices all the time.
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Easy Clean Eating Recipes for Beginners
Here are some simple clean eating recipes that will work for your whole family. Many of these are super kid friendly-meaning your kids will eat them!
This vegan chickpea curry is made from healthy basic pantry ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes. With only 1-pot, no chopping, and less than 5 minutes of prep, it’s the perfect family meal for a busy weeknight. Plus, kids love it! The canned chickpeas make this meal super fast!
There are endless breakfast ideas with eggs. I love this fun breakfast recipe because you can whip it up in minutes, and customize it with whatever vegetables you like or have on hand.
Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Oil is a delicious side dishes to make. Roasted vegetables are always tasty, but this combo is especially flavorful. This recipe is so simple to make and it is always a hit with the entire family.
Using sweet potatoes rather than regular white potatoes increases the nutritional value of the fries! Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense, making them a terrific choice for snack food. They are an excellent source of vitamins (A, C, Bs) and minerals (magnesium, potassium, biotin). They also contain antioxidants, fiber and are anti-inflammatory. This recipe uses healthy avocado oil.
These Air Fryer Egg Cups are kid friendly. They are perfect for snacks, breakfast, brunch, picnics etc.
This is another recipe that kids will love. Gnocchi is a pasta alternative made from potatoes. It is served in dishes instead of pasta and when cooked is like an alternative to using macaroni.
Lightly charred peppers are an easy and healthy snack or side dish. This mini sweet peppers recipe combines sweet and tangy peppers with savory seasonings and bright lime crema.
This recipe is super-easy and refined sugar-free. The maply syrup gives it a fantastic sweet taste along with the coconut oil (you can also sub honey for maple syrup, if you like).
This gluten free apple cobbler in a mug recipe is ready in less than 5 minutes and is naturally grain free, vegan, and made without added sugar. The crumble topping is made with almond flour and applesauce and coconut sugar.
This is a super quick and refreshing salad with a very few ingredients. Nothing could be easier than this on a hot day.
This particular salad is a great high protein meal prep option. It is economical to make since the protein is from chickpeas. If you choose to use dried chickpeas, it will be really inexpensive!
This Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it’s all made in one pan and served with rice.
These gluten-free chicken nuggets are also suitable for almost any special diet–they’re Egg & Dairy Free with a Gluten-Free & Grain-Free option, and they freeze well too! They are made with almond flour and avocado oil.
This is a great kid-friendly dish, loaded with healthy ingredients, and is sure to be a favorite in your home.
These sheet pan sweet potato nachos are an easy vegetarian nachos recipe, great for a quick weeknight dinner, or even a pantry meal! Customize your toppings and include your favorite plant-based options.
This Crustless Zucchini Quiche is a great way to start a healthy morning. This low carb and gluten-free quiche is made easier since you don’t need to create a crust.
This loaded strawberry frozen yogurt bark is filled with juicy strawberries, granola, dark chocolate chips, and shredded granola! It will curb your hunger during those snacky moments with a delicious, healthy treat!
This Gluten Free & Vegan Strawberry Crisp recipe is the perfect last-minute dessert! It comes together in a few minutes and is free from the top 8 allergens, so almost everyone can enjoy!
This paleo fudge is made healthier with almond butter and maple syrup and has the most amazingly creamy texture! It’s also vegan, dairy-free and no cooking is required.
This honey lemonade is a breeze to make and is a great way to get rid of an overabundance of lemons! It’s also paleo with vegan options.
This Teriyaki Chicken Sheet Pan recipe is easy to make, and easy to clean up afterward. This would make a delicious and healthy family dinner or use it in your meal prepping for lunches for your week, or a combo of both.
Traditional Scottish mince and tatties is a hearty, easy weeknight dinner! It’s also a unique ground beef recipe when you want something a little different. Ground beef, homemade gravy, and root vegetables make this a hearty and satisfying meal for the entire family.
Filled with nourishing fruits (& a bit of veg), plus nutrient-dense “power-ups”, this easy basic fruit smoothie provides energy for whatever the day brings! I am making a lot of smoothies at our house these days because they are healing for the gut and the adrenals-if you use collagen peptides and coconut milk.
This is so easy that it can hardly be called a recipe! We eat this a lot at our house because it is cheap, easy, and yummy.