Clean Eating Falafel

Holiday parties or any event with hor d’oeuvres or snacks can really cause you to regret your participation the next day. Not these Clean Eating Falafel. They are baked to a crispy golden brown and taste great. There’s nothing to regret after eating these tasty bites so you can still look yourself in the mirror the next morning and like what you see. Ingredients: 1 (15 ounce) can low sodium chick peas, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup minced...

 

Clean Eating Candy Bars

Bag of chocolate chips - $4.99.  Pack of peanuts - $3.99.  Getting your candy bar fix without cheating - PRICELESS!  Who would have ever thought you could eat a candy bar without any refined sugars or added preservatives?!  Not only is this candy bar completely clean but it’s less than 130 calories and only 4.5 grams of fat.  Be warned - it is really hard to eat just one! Ingredients: 12 Medjool dates, pitted 1...

 

Clean Eating Mini Pizza Bites

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe.  It’s fun and bite sized and so yummy!  These mini pizza bites are the perfect little appetizer or hor d’oeuvres for a party or special get together.  The best part  - they are so simple and easy to make!  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 tsp baking powder 3/4 cup skim milk 1 egg or 3 tbsp egg whites 1 1/4 cup Italian cheese blend 4 ounces clean summer sausage, prosciutto or pancetta 2...

 

Clean Eating Toasted Cashew Chicken

My family eats chinese cuisine probably 2 or 3 times a week.  Aside from being delicious and healthy it’s super easy to make and the combinations are endless.  Marinate your meat, toss in your favorite veggies and serve over rice, noodles or quinoa.  YUM!  Here is a recipe for one of my personal favorites.  If you’ve never had toasted cashews before then you are in for a treat.  I always have to make a bit more than the recipe calls...

 

Clean Eating Crispy Green Soup

Kermit the Frog sings  ”It’s not easy being green”, but it is for this soup. Bright green snow peas, asparagus and green peas make this soup sing a different tune. These beautiful vegetables paired with a light vegetable broth and aromatic Wehani* brown rice are a  perfect harmony of sight, taste and texture. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 shallots, thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, minced 3/4 cup Wehani or...

 

Clean Eating Pita Chips

One of my favorite snacks is baked pita chips and hummus (recipe here).  Have you ever looked at the ingredients in store bought pita chips?  Enriched flours, calcium propionate, citric acid, ascorbic acid, and the always scary natural flavor.  No thanks!  Making your own pita chips is so easy and only takes 3 ingredients!  These are also super kid friendly and having your kids sprinkle on the herbs and spices is a great way for them to help...

 

Clean Eating Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

I love fruit parfaits.  Fresh fruit and creamy yogurt - YUM!   Not only are they a beautiful display at your Holiday table but they are so easy to make. Ingredients: 32 ounces non fat (or low fat) plain yogurt 32 ounces part skim ricotta cheese 5-6 cups fresh berries of your choice Preparation: In a large bowl mix together ricotta cheese and yogurt. In another large bowl gently mix together all the berries. Spoon a layer of the yogurt...

 

Clean Eating Swedish Pancakes

I don’t know if these crepes are truly Swedish pancakes or not, it’s just what my mother called them. They have always been a favorite of Sarah’s so grandma always made them for her when we went for a visit. I cleaned the recipe up so Sarah can still have them for our traditional Christmas brunch. Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 2 eggs 1/2 cup skim milk 1/2 cup  filtered or spring water 3 tbsp brown rice syrup or...

 

Clean Eating Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Although cinnamon roasted almonds make it onto our table for our Christmas morning brunch, they don’t last long!  I LOVE these little bits of heavens.  For me, it’s almost worth it to brave the crowds at the mall just to smell the cinnamon roasted almonds that show up at those little kiosks this time of year.  ALMOST!  Now the wonderful aroma can fill your kitchen at home! Ingredients: 2 cups whole raw almonds (you can also use roasted...

 

Clean Eating Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats

We all should know the importance of getting more fiber in our diets by now.  Americans, and I’m sure other countries as well, don’t even get half the recommended daily amount. I like to start my day with a warm bowl of steel cuts oats after coming in from a run on a cold winter morning. I get a good dose of fiber that tastes really great and it warms me up from the inside out. Think you don’t have time to add making oats to your...