Clean Eating Nachos

My family is a football family.  On Sunday you will find us smack in front of the TV watching football - GO BEARS!  There is nothing better than football and ‘snackie’ things.  Popcorn, chips and dip (see recipe here and here) and of course nachos!  I love this recipe because it is so easy to throw together and tastes wonderful!  I use a clean refried bean as my protein but you can always substitute with ground turkey or lean...

 

Clean Eating Calling All Chocolate Brownie Lovers!

It doesn’t matter how little or how much I eat at dinner, I have to end my meal with something sweet.  I’m not picky so most of the time fruit does the trick.  But every now and then I need to step it up a notch and break out the heavy hitters - cookies, brownies and cake.  Not only does this recipe satisfy my sweet tooth but it is a powerhouse of nutritional benefits!  Each brownie comes packed full with the benefits of black...

 

Clean Eating So Easy Applesauce

  This applesauce is so easy it’s not even a recipe. I love applesauce. Not the kind you buy at the store but real applesauce. Just about any apple will work  A few of my favorites are Fuji, Honey Crisp, Ginger Gold, Spartan, Crispin(Mutsu) and Empire though Red Delicious is not so good for sauce - too watery. I like to mix varieties to get a combination of flavor and texture. I know there are a lot of recipes for applesauce....

 

Clean Eating Whole Wheat Pretzels

Warm, soft and salty, dunked in a little bit of stone ground mustard. What a great snack. I’ve tried several recipes for a clean soft pretzel and either they are as hard as hockey pucks or turn to mush but this one is pretty good. It’s easy and fun to have little helpers roll out the dough for shaping. The recipe only makes 6 medium size pretzels but they are best eaten right away so the amount is just right. Ingredients: 1 1/2...

 

Clean Eating Whole Grain Pancakes and Waffles

In 1978, I (we) were given a cute little waffle maker for a wedding gift. It makes a flower shaped waffle that when broken apart makes 5 heart shapes, so we always called them heart waffles. I’ve used it occasionally over the years but never as much as in the last couple of years since my grandchildren, especially Caleb, realized how much they love waffles. Since our family went “clean” I tried several different recipes for waffles,...

 

Clean Eating Keegan’s Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

I have my grandchildren on weekdays so I enjoy my lunchtime with them. Most days if I ask what they want Keegan will ask for spaghetti and since Caleb likes it too we go through a lot of spaghetti sauce. To make things easier I cook a big batch of sauce and freeze it into 1 cup containers so that all I have to do is microwave the sauce while the pasta cooks. If you have children that are as suspicious of bumps, bits and pieces of things as these...

 

Clean Eating Corn Fritters

When the cold temperatures start to hit I immediately break out my soup pot and get cooking.  I fill my freezer with soups and stews to last me through the winter.  As much as I love soups I start to feel a little ‘heavy’ after a while.  I wanted to lighten things up a little and thought this corn fritter would be perfect.  It is so yummy that my husband and I ate every last one I made!  I had to make a second batch so I would...

 

Clean Eating Sausage Breakfast Casserole

I love this casserole because you can make it ahead of time, pop it in the fridge and pull it out the next morning and have a delicious hot breakfast!  This is a perfect dish to serve when you have overnight guests.  You can serve up a yummy breakfast with minimal work on your part. Ingredients: 1 pound Italian pork sausage (see notes) 6 cups day old bread, cubed (about 6-8 slices of bread) 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 cups 1% milk 6...

 

Clean Eating Beef and Broccoli

Why do I love this recipe?  Let me count the ways!!!  First, it’s ready in less than 20 minutes and that includes the 10-15 minutes for marinading.  It’s completely customizable to your tastes and it’s so delicious!!  Both my kids and husband had finished eating this dish before I even got a chance to sit down at the dinner table to eat mine!  Thank goodness I made extra! Ingredients: 1 pound flank (also called London Broil)...

 

Clean Eating Pea and Mushroom Barley Risotto

I LOVE risotto!  The creamy texture and delicious flavor makes my mouth happy.  This recipe is no exception.  The peas and mushroom bring a lightness to the hearty barley and the shallots give the dish a wonderful flavor.  Barley is an excellent source of fiber and protein and is very low in fat.  This recipe is great as a complete meal or serve as a side with chicken or turkey. Ingredients: 1 tbsp EVOO 6 scallions, thinly sliced 2 -...