Clean Eating Cherry Clafouti

I couldn’t let February go by without doing something with cherries since it is National Cherry month. Besides, I love cherries and what’s better than cherries and custard? This dish is easy to make and  it’s so lovely in a rustic way. I love how the cherry juice oozes up over the custard as it bakes and the cherries bob up to be seen too. Beautiful. Ingredients: 1 bag (10 oz - 12 0z) frozen no sugar added black sweet cherries 6...

 

Clean Eating Mediterranean Pasta

This pasta is simple and uncomplicated and yet it’s full of flavor with the sweetness of the tomatoes and the saltiness of the olives and cheese. It works great for a big family gathering or get together of friends. Toss it all together and put it in a big bowl in the center of your table and let everyone dig right in. You might want to double the recipe because it will go fast. Ingredients: 1/2 cup dry pack sun dried tomatoes *see notes 8...

 

Clean Eating Hummus

I almost always have hummus in my fridge.  I often use it in place of mayo and nothing beats dipping some clean eating pita chips (recipe here)  in it.  Truth be told you can find a couple of different ‘clean’ hummus brands at your local health food store but nothing is as good as homemade hummus. Ingredients: 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 (15 oz) cans of chickpea beans, drained and rinsed 2/3 cup of tahini (roasted, not raw) 1/3 cup...

 

Clean Eating Gyros

Back when I lived in Michigan there was a restaurant called The Pita House.  It was a Mom and Pop shop that served the best gyros EVER!  I could have eaten there everyday!  When I was pregnant with our son I made my husband take me back to Michigan so I could have a gyro from The Pita House.  Now, I’ll never be able to remake those delicious gyros but this recipe comes pretty close! Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds grass fed flank steak 1 medium...

 

Clean Eating Banana Split Muffins

One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories is when my hubby, who can’t really cook, decided to make me a dessert as a surprise - it was a super yummy banana split.  This year I’m surprising him (surprise honey!) with these delicious clean banana split muffins! Ingredients: 4 medium size ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup date sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup canola oil 2 tsp vanilla 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1...

 

Clean Eating Broccoli Cheese Soup

Living in Chicago you almost have to be a soup lover.  Take today for instance, it’s 10°F (-12ºC) outside and that is pretty much as warm (I use that term, warm, loosely!) as it’s going to get.  Prior to hibernating in winter, I make a bunch of different soups and freeze them so I always have a warm meal ready when I need it.  But by the time February hits and the deep freeze is in full effect,  I need something just a little...

 

Clean Eating Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Do you know someone who likes chocolate but doesn’t like to eat their vegetables? This might not be the best way to eat vegetables but I always say to do whatever works. These chocolate muffins have shredded zucchini in them and if you are trying to hide the green stuff, you can shred it finely and no one will be the wiser. Ingredients: 1 cup date sugar 1/2 cup brown rice syrup 1/3 cup safflower or canola oil 1/3 cup unsweetened applebutter 1/4...

 

Clean Eating Chocolate Caramel Fruit Pizza

No Superbowl party would be complete without pizza but this isn’t the pizza you might expect. There’s no delivery or box from the freezer here. This pizza has a crispy crust sweetened with date sugar and topped with a chocolate caramel sauce, fresh fruit and a dusting of shredded coconut. Ingredients: Whole grain pizza dough for a 15 inch pizza (recipe here) 1 tsp canola oil 1 tbsp date sugar 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp grain sweetened chocolate...

 

Clean Eating ‘Packed’ Potato Skins

There are so many good potato skin recipes but these ‘packed’ skins have always been a big hit with their twice baked style filling. Just be careful because you might get ‘rushed’ when going in for one of these. Ingredients: 4 Idaho (russet) potatoes 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded 2 tbsp romano cheese, shredded 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp low fat sour cream (I like Organic Valley) 3 sun dried...

 

Clean Eating ‘Steel’ Away Potato Skins

These potato skins are so good you will want to ‘steel’ them away to have them all to yourself. They are really easy to make and that’s a good thing because you will want to make lots so no one gets ‘sacked’ trying to run off with them. Ingredients: 4 larger sized red potatoes 1 tbsp olive oil 4 ounces fully cooked Chorizo sausage (check the ingredients to be sure it’s clean - I used Wellshire all natural...