Clean Eating Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Muhammara

I first had Muhammara prepared as a chunky type of side dish at a wedding reception many years ago. It was wonderful but I never came across it again until recently made as a smooth style dip. What a bonus to find it’s not only great tasting but contains several super foods! Bell peppers are full of nutrients. They are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, beta carotene and folic acid. Red peppers also contain lycopene, which...

 

Clean Eating Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

One of my first culinary experiences was my mother helping me to make no bake cookies for a party I was going to. Remember those cookies? Chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal? Well, I used that idea to make these protein bars when trying to find a better substitute for the Clif chocolate almond bars I used to like to nibble on when running a distance run. Clif bars just contain too many ingredients I consider to be unhealthy and unnecessary. Try...

 

Clean Eating Kale Chips

It’s so great that to eat healthy you don’t have to give up all things good. Everyone likes to have a crunchy snack once in a while. Instead of reaching for ”dirty” chips try some clean, spicy, and crunchy kale chips. Ingredients: 1 bunch Lacinato (dinosaur or Tuscan) kale, washed and dried thoroughly 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp garlic pepper seasoning (mine contains garlic, sea salt, black pepper, red and green bell pepper) Preparation: Preheat...

 

Clean Eating Layered Bean Dip

Do you work in one of those places where at every holiday party potluck someone brings a layered bean dip? Refried beans, probably with lard, cream cheese or worse yet, Cheese Whiz. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is always a hit, but at what expense? Your health, that’s what. Here is a bean dip you can make to share with your co-workers or serve at your New Year’s Eve or Superbowl party and know it is all fresh and natural and even...

 

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 Rumaki

Every year for New Year’s Eve I make rumaki.  Back in the day that meant using bacon and sugar.  With simple changes like pancetta instead of bacon and maple syrup flakes instead of sugar, I can still enjoy my rumaki and the tradition carries on! Ingredients: 1 eight ounce can of whole water chestnuts, drained 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta or prosciutto 1 tbsp maple syrup flakes (you can also use date sugar) 1/4 - 1/2 cup reduced...

 

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 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...