Clean Eating Banana Bread

Banana bread, the ol’ standby for what to do with over ripe bananas. This banana bread is so good that you won’t be able to wait for those bananas to turn dark and spotty. To keep this bread clean I’ve used date sugar as the sweetener. The result is a dark, moist and flavorful sweet bread that is good for breakfast or as a snack. Just top with a little Delicious Fruit Dip (see recipe here) or do an “Elvis” and spread...

 

Clean Eating Crock Pot Chicken Chow Mein

My first food love will always be salads but I have a serious crush on Chinese food! I love beef and broccoli (recipe coming soon), potstickers (recipe coming soon), cashew chicken (recipe coming soon) and fried rice (recipe coming soon).  I also love my crock pot - who doesn’t love a machine that cooks dinner for you?!!!!  So the fact that this recipe combines chinese food with a crock pot has my name written all over it.  I wasn’t...

 

Clean Eating Oriental Dressing

While we don’t do ‘take out’ in my family we do have what we call ‘freezer night’ or as I like to call them - ‘mommy doesn’t feel like cooking nights’!  I keep our freezer stocked with soups, stews and an endless supply of leftovers but my single biggest stockpile is cooked chicken and brown rice.  Both my kids love it and it’s my husband’s favorite meal.  I make a large batch of...

 

Clean Eating Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

Cookies have long been my dessert of choice.  Little round circles of yumminess!  Thankfully my family is full of cookie lovers as well since I tend to make them often.  I love experimenting with new textures and flavors and this recipe is no exception.  I wanted something hearty yet low in fat and calories.  Here is the winner! Ingredients: 1 cup apple butter (see recipe here) 1 1/2 cups date sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup water 2 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 -...

 

Clean Eating Ranch Dressing

My husband and I recently switched from PC’s to the new MacBook Airs.  You might be wondering what the heck this has to do with Ranch dressing?  Well, in the sheer giddiness of the switch over (I am LOVING my Mac!!!) I forgot to transfer my calendar reminders.  So when I received the email from my friend confirming that we were still set for her family to come over for dinner I went into a semi blind panic since I was none to prepared to...

 

Clean Eating Pumplings

What are pumplings you ask? They are the name my son in law gave to the last entry in the Thanksgiving with a Twist…. pumpkin dumplings (he’s so ingenious). I love pumpkin. My recipe collection is full of pumpkin recipes, like, pumpkin beverages, pancakes, muffins, soups, breads, risottos, pastas, desserts and even pumpkin dog treats. You name it, I have it or I want it! I love this time of year because every magazine you pick up has...

 

Clean Eating Fruit and Nut Truffles

When I hear truffles I think soft, melting chocolate confections. What I have here are not that classic kind of truffle but they are a soft, melt in your mouth sweetness that can be rolled in cocoa powder or even drizzled with melted chocolate and will make you think you are eating a piece of forbidden fruit. The best part is that they are not forbidden as they contain only fruit, nuts and spice.  I have three varieties made with classic...

 

Clean Eating Cranberry Orange Smoothie

This year, to get us in the festive Thanksgiving spirit, we are taking traditional Thanksgiving ingredients and giving them a twist or two.  One of my favorite holiday meals is cranberry jello, so I decided to take the little red berry and use it in a beverage.  This fun festive drink is super easy to make and will be a hit at your holiday get together. Ingedients: 1 cup skim milk 1 cup clean orange juice 1 cup clean cranberry juice 2 large bananas...

 

Clean Eating BBQ Sauce

I recently got back from a trip to Nashville, TN and it must have been the smell of BBQ that hits you as soon as you walk off the plane that put me in the mood for some BBQ of my own!  This recipe is so ridiculously easy that I can’t believe I hadn’t been making my own BBQ sauce sooner! Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small white onion, diced small 3 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste 2 tsp ground...

 

Clean Eating Pasta Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing

The Pasta Salad - a much loved potluck staple but mostly overlooked in the daily grind by most people.  Yet why???  It’s easy to make, convenient to store and highly portable!  If you ask me, that is a clean eating lunch and dinner that sounds right up my alley!  I guarantee this salad will be a staple in your life with just one bite!  Oh yeah, it’s THAT good! Ingredients: 12 oz organic whole grain pasta (I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...