Eat Clean Recipe: Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

I love black beans and this recipe is as simple as it is delicious. It’s low calorie with zero sugar, but packs a punch with 9 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber… check it out!

Recipe and image compliments of EatingWell.com

Serves 4 (1-1/4 cups each)

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon canola oil **(I use olive oil instead)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
3 cups water
1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Banana Bread

Greek-yogurt-banana-breadI don’t know what it is, but I have been on the biggest banana kick of my life over the past two months! I didn’t even like bananas a few years ago, but now I find myself craving them for a snack, in my oatmeal, on toast with peanut butter, and this bread… oh, this bread! I got this recipe from NoSugarSweetLife.com and have made this bread at least once a week since December. It’s fabulous with my morning coffee and even though it’s not too sweet, it makes a great dessert when I’m in the mood for cake. I’ve made it with different flavor yogurts and different kinds of berries too – just divine. You’ve got to try it!

Eat Clean Recipe: Thai Lime Chicken

Thai Lime Chicken

We eat chicken A LOT in my house, but it can sometimes be challenge to find new ways to prepare it. I found this recipe on CleanEatingMag.com and loved it immediately (I’m very fond of Thai food and lime anything). The great thing is you can compliment it in a variety of ways – eat it with salad, noodles, or even brown rice & a little lite soy sauce. Check it out!

Image and full recipe from CleanEatingMag.com

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp ginger, ground
1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 lime...    [Read More]

Eat Clean Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

MacaroniI remember several years ago when I was doing the whole “low carb” thing and could not eat pasta at all. I missed it, so the clean eating lifestyle definitely suits me better. I still eat pasta in moderation, but I never feel deprived. Plus, you always have options when you buy pasta, you buy “regular” pasta, whole grain pasta, or “smart” pasta (which has added fiber and calcium). Ya gotta love having options!  This recipe can be served cold or warm, so you can see how you like it. I personally make a few substitutions: I nix the eggplant (I just do not care for it at all), but add chopped broccoli and I prefer grape tomatoes to cherry tomatoes. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think some artichoke hearts would also make a nice addition. Enjoy!

Recipe and image compliments of CleanEatingMag.com

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni or rotini pasta
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into wedges
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into wedges
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into wedges
  • 1 red onion, thickly sliced into semi-circles
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced into half-moons
  • 1 eggplant, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 cup whole cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled

I use my favorite Italian dressing from Good Seasons with this salad. It’s not 100% home made, but instead you purchase a seasoning packet and mix in your own vinegar, oil, and water. I use apple cider vinegar and olive oil so I get all of the benefits of the good fat that olive oil provides and the detoxifying effects from the apple cider vinegar. Everyone I’ve shared the dressing with LOVES it, even my kids and my youngest is a picky little guy.  Because I use my own dressing, the nutritional info may be slightly off in the section below. You can find the recipe for the home made vinaigrette that originally goes with this salad by checking out the original recipe on CleanEatingMag.com.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water to remove sticky starches; drain well and set aside.

Don’t Like Plain Water? Try This Weight Loss Boosting Water!

Weight Loss Boosting Water

I found this simple but delicious recipe on Facebook yesterday and immediately knew I had to try it  (Thanks Urban Livin!). It’s recommended for helping to boost weight loss and general detoxification. Sounds good to me!  I also think it’s great for people who don’t like plain water. I love plain water (it’s my favorite drink) but I know many people find water boring and have trouble drinking it.  Since the Thin and Strong meal plan promotes clean eating, you should avoid sugar filled drinks like soda and juice.  Drinking more water is a must, so this is a great way to get hydrated without that plain water taste so many dislike.