Doesn’t it seem like everyone is sick right now? The post-holiday work grind, combined with cold weather, has a way of seriously wearing down the immune system. While washing your hands, popping echinacea, and getting plenty of sleep are great lines of defense against germs, our preferred method of keeping the cold and flu at bay is sipping a hot bowl of soup packed with immunity-boosting mushrooms and superfoods.
We all know it’s important to eat healthy and to include a variety of foods in our diets. But just as critical as what we eat is consuming the right amounts. One way to make sure we’re getting enough of the major nutrients we need is by building a macro bowl. This macro bowl combines Middle Eastern flavors with healthy plant-based protein, and is perfect for a clean diet.
There's something seemingly intimidating about cooking dry beans. The act of rinsing, soaking, and cooking seems daunting, but in actuality, this process requires less than one minute of hands-on prep! The result of using dry beans is a more nutrient-dense dish that has a flavor that canned beans can never stand up to. These cleanse-approved instant pot black beans use pressure cooking, so they're done in a snap and will taste like they've been simmering all day.
High-quality protein is crucial for hormone balance, weight management, and maintaining steady blood sugar. We love roasting up a whole chicken at the beginning of the week to feed us for multiple meals. A whole roast chicken seems complex, but this recipe will ensure it's one of the easiest ways to prepare chicken and it will become a staple in your rotation of recipes. It's also perfect for getting your meal prep done, as well.
Sometimes we want a really great meal without all the hassle of a complicated recipe. A simple, yet fantastic recipe like our healthy chicken with sauteed mushrooms and spinach, can be the most enjoyable meal. It’s super easy to make, has very few ingredients and tastes delicious, what more could we ask for? We topped our healthy chicken with a vegetable medley full of Phytonutrients, creating a cleanse-friendly and delicious grain-free dish.
What Makes Our Healthy Chicken so Healthy?
We bake our chicken in this recipe, which is a great way to ensure that all the spices and natural flavors will absorb into the chicken. Baking also makes it moist and flavorful, without having to add any extra unhealthy dips or sauces to the chicken. Chicken is packed with essential nutrients that our bodies need, without most of the unhealthy qualities of other meats, such as red meat (which isn’t allowed on the cleanse). Chicken is packed with protein and phosphorus, helping us to build stronger bones and muscles. It also contains vitamin B and vitamin D helping to boost our immunity and increase our calcium absorption.
We Topped Our Healthy Chicken With a Nutrient-Rich Vegetable Medley
Our vegetable medley pairs well with our healthy chicken and adds an extra kick of good-for-you nutrients. We use spinach as a rich source of iron, which helps in the production of red blood cells in our body. Along with being a great source of iron, spinach is full of vitamin A and vitamin C.
Mushrooms have some amazing health benefits and are even used in some holistic medicine practices. Mushrooms contain beta-glucan, which is great for your immune system, helping to protect us against colds and the flu. Along with being filled with antioxidants and nutrients mushrooms add texture and savory flavor to our healthy chicken dish.
This past week we finished the photo shoot for our upcoming recipe book. The recipes for the book were created by Chef Frank Giglio, who also develops many of the recipes for our Clean Eats Newsletter, including the rice and vegetables recipe below. At the end of the shoot, we got talking with Frank about ways to turn leftovers into tasty autumn-inspired meals.
I’ve been happy beyond words to see wild sockeye salmon and local spring asparagus at our neighborhood market recently. This means there’s very little discussion about dinner lately — baked salmon and asparagus. We’ve been feasting on the most incredible melt-in-your-mouth salmon, loaded with healthy omega 3’s and antioxidants. Local is always best, but with fish it can be tricky. I prefer to buy wild salmon from Alaska than farmed fish in my own area, and when I make that choice, I’m sure to source everything else locally. When the salmon are running here in the Northeast, then of course we’ll choose that. I suggest weighing the pros and cons and making the choices that feel right for you, in all things.
This recipe works well with any fish or whatever vegetables are in season where you live, but this this baked salmon and asparagus combination is a true winner, and I highly recommend trying it at least once!
We hope you enjoy this new chicken pot pie recipe, our Clean version of the classic comfort food that can satisfy even the pickiest eaters. This is one of our more involved recipes, so give yourself some extra time when you first make it, and enjoy the process.
Incorporating last week’s gluten-free waffle recipe, here’s a complete meal that shows just one of the many ways you can use those versatile (and yummy) waffles. Our healthy chicken and waffles recipe is a Clean twist on the classic Southern meal. Usually served fried and covered in syrup, we’ve made this version entirely suitable for lunch on the Clean Gut Cleanse, by baking the chicken instead instead of frying and using coconut for the breading. And of course the waffles are gluten-free. This meal is packed with tender and juicy protein for some seriously healthy chicken and waffles and incredibly delicious grub. Hope y’all enjoy.
These two recipes together create a unique twist on the classic soup and sandwich combo. Parsnips come with a variety of nutritional benefits, including fiber, vitamin C, and folate. The vegan-friendly chèvre sandwich uses macadamia nut cheese, which is soft and with a texture similar to goat-cheese. The nut cheese doesn’t melt like cheddar, but this is no loss — it’s absolutely delicious. Prep the sandwiches while the soup is cooking. Wait until you’re reheating the soup before you grill the sandwiches, that way everything will be warm and ready to serve at the same time. The soup is perfect to have on the 21-Day Clean Program, but this soup and sandwich combo is great anytime. Enjoy.