With a new year comes a clean slate — a chance to start fresh and begin a journey toward new goals. And if clean eating is one of those goals for you, we’ve got an entire arsenal of recipes to help you be successful. Clean eating is exactly what it sounds like: eating foods that are all-natural, not processed or overly preserved. An easy way to do this is to avoid packaged food and go with fresh ingredients every time. Truthfully, we could all benefit from this type of diet, even if we didn’t specifically make it our New Year’s resolution.
Ready to clean up your act? Start with these delicious, nutritious recipes:
This salad is colorful, flavorful and healthy. The sweet potato, lemongrass, avocado and turkey complement each other well, while olive oil and avocado work together to combat pro-inflammatory autoimmune conditions.
Have a little fun while clean-eating with these stuffed cucumber boats. The cucumbers give a nice crunch and serve as a great protein base. Plus, the chicken salad is easy to customize to your own taste.
Great for lunch or dinner, this burger is packed with fresh ingredients and spices. The chickpeas give it a hearty texture — you won’t miss the meat. You could even forego the bun and eat the patty on its own.
Haddock is a versatile, mild-flavored fish that contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Adding a dijon-lemon sauce takes this fish to the next level with flavors from mustard, olives, garlic, lemon and fresh herbs.
Quinoa isn’t praised enough. It’s gluten-free, has complete protein and is rich in fiber; it’s great for everyone. Pair it with red onions and Swiss chard for satisfying taste and additional health benefits.
6. Turkey Chili
Get lots of protein with little carbohydrates with this turkey chili. Using turkey instead of beef lowers the amount of cholesterol and saturated fats. Adding onions and mushrooms provide vitamins B and C, chromium and antioxidants to help your body stay healthy.
This recipe is great for turning leftovers into something new. Wrap your bolognese in blanched collard greens (low-calorie and virtually fat free) for a nutrient-dense meal that will become your clean comfort food go-to.
A fun vegetarian spin on the classic spaghetti and meatballs, this meal is satisfying yet clean. It’s a great dish to turn to when you’re craving something substantial.
We told you quinoa’s amazing. Try this salad for a lighter, slightly sweet quinoa dish. Roasted butternut squash adds a delicious flavor along with ample amounts of vitamin A. Round out the salad with a sweet pomegranate vinaigrette loaded with antioxidants.
10. Dill Salmon
So easy to make, this dill salmon might be a recipe you turn to often. Salmon is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin B, and pairs well with fresh dill. Talk about a low-effort dinner.
Try a new “rice” with celery root. It’s a fun spin on cauliflower rice for low FODMAP diets. Adding rice vinegar and red bell peppers provides added nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.
Pop the chicken into the oven with your root vegetables and you’re pretty much good to go. Roasting the root vegetables with the chicken gives them a mellow, earthy flavor that complements the chicken well. Your family and friends will love this clean-eating recipe too.
These stuffed peppers are winners on all fronts. They’re beautiful to look at, easy to make, fill you up and provide your body with necessary macronutrients, vitamin C and fiber.
This salad packs a punch with a variety of nutrients from the spinach and avocado. Add in sun dried tomatoes, olives, carrots and lemon juice for a flavor boost and texture.
It might be hard to believe, but these decadent brownies are made with natural and unrefined ingredients. Plus, most desserts don’t offer many nutritional benefits like the fiber and protein in these sweet treats