These batch cooking recipes will have you a covered for a week’s worth of meals – and unexpected guests.
We all know how busy we can get during the week and that often means turning to quick and convenient foods that aren't great for us. So set yourself up for success and take time on Sunday to prepare some easy and delicious meals that will last you all week!
Whether you want to take incremental steps, such as choosing one day a week to shun animal ingredients, or if in the end you only intend on eating plant-based part of the time, it’s up to you. Every change you make brings you one step closer to improving your health with the undeniable healing properties of plant-based foods.
Today’s plant-based lifestyle is chock full of satiating healthy fats, fiber-filled and flavorful seasonal veggies, delectable sauces, comfort food replacements, nut cheeses, alternatives to bacon, burgers, and much, much more. Your favorites are all on the menu too, including this taco-inspired creation.
Plant-forward eating can be done to any degree and still be beneficial. Whether you want to be part-time plant-based or 100%, plant-based chef and functional food expert Amy Symington will guide you through everything you need to know about going plant-based healthfully in this highly-anticipated new Clean Eating Academy course.
Inflammation. It’s a word you’ve likely heard recently and, while you may not completely understand its context when it comes to your body, you probably recognize that it carries with it some serious health implications. However, shifting to a plant-based diet won’t just be the most delicious choice you ever make – in the long run, it could help save your life. Here's how.
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or just trying to incorporate more of the good stuff into your diet, you don't have to miss out on those meaty-type dishes a on a plant-based diet. We show you how to enjoy traditionally meaty mains without all the meat.
A fun twist on a childhood favorite, these biscuits are so nutrient-dense, you can eat them anytime of day. Enjoy them as a midday snack or as a sweet take on a breakfast sandwich.
A winter version of the spring roll, these portable handheld delights and their addicting 4-ingredient sauce make a satisfying snack or a perfect lunch paired with your favorite soup.
Pesto can be used in countless ways – as a pizza topper, a flavor booster for proteins, stirred into noodles or baked into bread, just to name a few. It’s also fantastic for dipping your favorite homemade crackers into. Try this unique broccoli version for a nutritious, adventurous twist.
Keeping lunches light yet fiber-rich and filling is the best way to avoid afternoon energy slumps. Try our Radish, Fennel & Carrot Cakes, a veg-centric take on fish cakes. Pair them with a leafy green salad or serve them with sautéed or steamed greens for easy meals.
Checking off your gift list doesn’t have to mean long, budget-busting trips to the mall. Instead, spread the joy with one-of-a-kind, edible DIY goodies, kissed with personalized flair. Make a batch of one – or all four – of these recipes and wrap them individually to give as stocking stuffers, Hanukkah presents and host/hostess gifts, or mix and match to create thoughtful, custom-made gift baskets that are as much fun to make as they are to receive.
Brussels sprouts are often paired with smoky bacon, but here we’ve created an amazing bacon-like flavor using a sneaky seasoning mix and shiitake mushrooms. Served over roasted Brussels sprouts and apples, this makes a memorable dish at the holiday table.
This creamy carrot cashew sauce with roasted broccoli is a healthy substitute that will fill those cheesy potato cravings. Serve it like you would any traditional cheese sauce over a baked potato or as a sauce for potato gratin or whole-grain pasta, or try serving it fondue-style accompanied by your favorite veggies, crackers, pickles or whole-grain crusty bread for dipping.
When you get home with your groceries, wash, dry and prep your greens before putting them away in the fridge. This little trick will make you far more likely to toss them up for salads, layer on sandwiches or stir into soups and stews. Be sure to store your greens with a damp cloth or towel in a resealable bag to keep them at their freshest. Use greens in pastas, wraps, sandwiches, stews and soups, or enjoy them raw paired with your favorite Clean Eating salad dressing, like the one in our Easy Garlic Chile Greens.
For a quick add to your morning smoothie, oatmeal or breakfast bowl, make your own protein powder using staples you may already have in your pantry. It's cost-efficient and much easier than you’d think. Our Ultimate Chocolate Protein Powder is packed with healthy essential fatty acids (EFAs) from chia and hemp, and it contains antioxidant-rich cacao powder. Paired with a cup of organic soy milk, it'll give you more than 20 grams of satiating protein. The powder can be used within a few days, or frozen in individual servings for up to 1 month.
Pesto is not only great to have on hand for quick pastas, soups and sandwiches, but it's also delicious with scrambled eggs or tofu and whole-grain toast. Use it immediately, store in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze it for future enjoyment. It is a clever way to use up all your garden-fresh herbs that are in abundance right now.
A cold Asian noodle salad is a happy and healthy stir-fry alternative that can be made in advance and served straight out of the fridge. Our favorite is this spicy Thai noodle salad topped with sriracha-roasted peanuts.
This is a combination of the ever-popular overnight oats and a classic fruit cobbler, but with more of a focus on the fruit and without all the baking! These make-ahead masterpieces are not only good for breakfast on the go but also as a nutrient-packed snack or dessert. Switch up the raspberries with any seasonal fruit of choice.
Potato salad is the ultimate comfort food for summer shindigs. Take advantage of this and make a double batch to enjoy throughout the workweek as well. Feel free to prop up the humble potato with roasted sunchokes, beets and/or carrots, but make sure to leave that old-school creamy whipped dressing behind. Try our potato salad with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and capers paired with a homemade Caesar dressing.
What better way to utilize summer’s bounty than with seasonal vegetables on the grill? Veggie skewers can be made and marinated in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to roast or barbecue. Try our tofu, mushroom, pearl onion and pepper skewers marinated in a Bourguignon sauce.
Premake your favorite hearty recipe and freeze individual servings for grab-and-reheat dinners. By the time evening rolls around after a long day’s work, it's uncommon for the average individual to have the energy to cook an elaborate meal. The single best thing you can do to ease the weekday dinner blues is to make a few favorites ahead of time and freeze for those nights you can’t be bothered. Not only will having frozen meals on hand significantly decrease your urge to reach for the takeout menu, but it will also decrease your overall food costs and keep you eating healthily. Prepare our Asparagus, Pea & Navy Bean Wheat Berry Risotto in advance.
Make a homemade dip that doubles as a dressing to enjoy with sliced raw veggies and prepared leafy greens. Try this Creamy Dill & Cannellini Bean Dip with radishes, cucumbers and carrots or toss it with romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, red onion, cherry tomatoes and roasted fingerling potatoes for an easy lunch.
Marinate tempeh for sandwiches, bowls and stir-fries. Put some fiber-rich plants into your daily dietary routine with this protein-packed functional food. Take either tempeh or tofu and marinate it in your favorite homemade sauce overnight. Once ready to use, just bake the tempeh in the oven with the sauce. Use it on sandwiches, atop grain bowls, paired with steamed veggies and roasted potatoes, or in stir-fries.
Nut cheeses are a tasty, easy-to-make and protein-rich alternative to cream cheese! Spread it on your morning bagel, toast or crepe, on your midday sandwich and afternoon crackers or pair it with your favorite fruit or veggie for an anytime treat. Try this Lemon & Shallot Macadamia Nut Spread with fresh strawberries or cucumber sticks.
Get ready to drink more water this week. Staying away from sugary refreshments, like concentrated juices and carbonated sweetened beverages, is one of the best things you can do for your health. And we don’t have to tell you how important it is to stay hydrated. However, plain old water isn’t always as enticing to drink. Spice up your H2O by adding fresh fruits like oranges, grapefruit or strawberries, as well as herbs such as basil, mint or cilantro. Try one of our favorite flavored fruit-cube combinations – you’ll be hydrated in no time!
If you’re hooked on sugar-filled breakfast tarts from a package, consider this an intervention. We’ve created the ultimate replacement using whole-grain flour, a lemon and poppy seed filling and a lightly sweet blueberry drizzle – simply freeze and reheat for breakfast, snacks or even dessert.
Homemade bread is always a nice accompaniment and takes far less effort than imagined. Make a few loaves on Sunday and freeze and defrost later in the week to be certain that excessive sodium, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup don't make an appearance in your bread’s ingredient list.