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Light and fresh meals for Spring.
Eating clean is about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups – and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones. That means embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats.
Some simple rules to follow and try our clean eating meal plan:
This sound approach to eating and living well maximizes your energy and optimizes your health, making it more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle, with built-in flexibility, meaning it can be adapted to fit most any kind of routine.
Enjoying a vegetarian diet doesn’t mean your protein should suffer! This delicious dish has a lot of protein without any meat! Very pleasing entrée for any meal.
Add lettuce to bottom of salad dish. Line different veggies in rows. As shown in the picture. When serving scoop up a bit of every variety of vegetables to make a delicious vegetarian protein meal. Top salad with corn chips to add some crunch if desired.
Spring vegetables are beckoning to be used in healthy clean eating recipes. Here is a Leek potato and vegetables soup made with a French flavor.
Melt the butter/oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the leeks and onion, and cook until tender.
Pour water into the pot. Mix in potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and rice. Season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, until vegetables and rice are tender.
Stir spinach and Almond milk into the soup mixture, and continue cooking about 5 minutes before serving.
Preparation 25 minutes
Pizza is one of those ever popular staple foods in most households. Kids just love pizza!!! To avoid the gluten make a cauliflower crust that will satisfy those who want to follow the clean eating way.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Place cauliflower in a microwaveable bowl, cover, and microwave 5 minutes, or until soft; let cool slightly. Drain well.
Place cauliflower in a food processor with small shredder blade and process until it reaches the consistency of rice. Heat a frying pan on medium heat and spread cauliflower onto the dry pan allowing it to draw out all the wetness of the vegetable.
You know it is dry when the pot stops sizzling. Allow to cool
In a bowl, combine cauliflower, 1 cup grated hard cheese, eggs, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper until well mixed. Spread mixture in a 1/2-inch-thick even layer on baking sheet.
Allow to bake for 15 minutes or so until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool
Top with remaining cheese thin slices tomatoes and drizzle with pesto or tomato sauce. Alternatively it can be topped with sliced red peppers, red onions and sliced mushrooms for an all dressed gluten free pizza.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden. Slice into desired pieces and serve immediately.
Preparation 20 minutes
Lentils! People have a love or hate relationship with lentils. Some love it and some people hate it. Then, there are those that never even tasted it. Lentils are very healthy and beneficial for us. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, and are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods like lentils can lessen your risk of many serious medical problems. Therefore they are considered a super food.
If you never tried them now is a good time to experiment with them.
Add lentils and bay leaf to 1 cup water. Bring lentils to a fast simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered, or until tender. Drain Lentils in a colander. Remove bay leaf and discard.
Allow lentils to chill in the refrigerator. Once chilled, combine lentils with vegetables and dill.
Whisk dressing together. Add it to the salad and toss to combine. Sprinkle parmesan onto salad.
Serve and enjoy!
Preparation 20 minutes
Rhubarb is synonymous with spring. Markets are now full with this delicious tart vegetable that lends itself to many dishes. Whenever available we juice it with a green apple for a powerful cleanser. Avoid the leaves as they have oxalic acid a poisonous substance harmful for humans.
The stems have many health benefits such as:
But here is a recipe that can be a very refreshing dessert.
Place rhubarb in large saucepan. Add water and sugar; mix lightly. Bring to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 10 min. Remove from heat.
Stir in Jello powder until completely dissolved. Pour evenly into 7 dessert cups.
Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
Prep Time 10 min.
Total Time 3hr. 10