Of the all the condiments that health-conscious clean eaters want to avoid, Thousand Island dressing just might top the list. It contains generous amounts of salt and sugar, not to mention that another popular ingredient, sweet pickle relish, is generally soaked in high-fructose corn syrup. That's the bad news. The good news is that you probably already have most of the ingredients for this updated version in your kitchen right now.
Asparagus is a rich source of the B-vitamin folate (also known as vitamin B9), a water-soluble vitamin that is key for red blood cell formation and the prevention of anemia. Folate also supports DNA synthesis and repair as well as nerve function.
Baking these spiced meatballs on a rack allows the fat to drip away, which keeps them from sitting in their own juices and becoming greasy. For easy cleanup, line the baking sheet with foil to catch the drippings. Be gentle when mixing and shaping the meatballs – packing them tightly makes them too dense and tough.
Bring spring to your dinner table with this garden-fresh spaghetti packed with seasonal herbs, asparagus and zucchini. If you have a shredder attachment for your food processor, save time and use it to shred the zucchini. Save the prettiest basil leaves from the bunch to sprinkle over each dish before serving.
A creamy curried sauce is a delicious way to jazz up simple boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can easily swap out the chicken breasts for boneless, skinless chicken thighs or shrimp, if you prefer. Coconut milk often separates in the can, so be sure to give it a good shake before opening.
Our ultimate guide to Thanksgiving will help you get good, wholesome favorites on the table and leave your family wondering how you do it so easily. Use our handy checklist during the days leading up to the big event to make your Turkey Day meal a no-stress affair.
Swapping out refined grains for whole grains such as quinoa not only can help to prevent against weight gain, but it can also go a long way in helping to prevent cancer. Here, quinoa is topped with gorgeous arugula, carrots, green beans and wild-caught fillet of sole for a meal that’s packed with flavor and nutrients.
Walnut pesto with pungent ginger and fragrant fresh basil is the hero that brings this dish together. Walnuts have the highest concentration of antioxidants among nuts, while also containing essential fatty acids, so keep them on hand and snack on them often! In this dish, spaghetti squash is a carotenoid-rich stand-in for pasta, while protein-packed shrimp is among the seafood picks with the least amount of mercury.
Our robust kale salad with seasoned poached chicken uses yogurt as the base for its creamy dressing, adding beneficial bacteria to every bite. We suggest looking for organic, grass-fed yogurt options. Anchovy fillets are optional here, but highly recommended – they contain omega-3 fatty acids, while being low in mercury and other toxins because they are a small fish.
We’ve packed this soup with a triple-punch of greens – kale, Swiss chard and spinach. These greens contain antioxidants that help fight against oxidative stress and may help in the prevention of cancer. We’ve also added a finishing touch of pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds), toasted with aromatic turmeric and ginger.
In this recipe, we use a potent blend of herbs and spices – rosemary, oregano, ground ginger and turmeric – to marinate the chicken, both to bring in added antioxidants to the dish as well as to protect the chicken from any damage from the cooking process (although we cook on medium to minimize the effects as well!). Remember to opt for organic chicken whenever possible.
A rainbow of vegetables – butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and radicchio – makes this whole-grain bowl a powerful medley of fiber and antioxidants. We use ground turmeric to add flavor and anti-inflammatory properties to the roasted squash. Turmeric is being studied for its ability to prevent or slow the spread of cancer, so we suggest keeping it handy in your cupboard and using it liberally.
A zesty maple Dijon sauce tops this protein-packed skillet meal that’s loaded with good-for-you kale and studded with cranberries for a pop of tart-sweetness.
Humble chicken breasts are dressed up by fragrant spices, and deliciously roasted Brussels sprouts, grapes and chickpeas. The CE team was absolutely wowed by the sweet and smoky flavor combination of this dish – who knew Brussels sprouts and grapes would go so perfectly together?
With less than 300 calories, this classic casual cake is ready for everyday indulgence.
We slashed the sugar from this classic dessert to let fresh summer berries shine.
Oozing from the oven, Brie cheese is smothered in a delicately flavored strawberry sauce with a touch of honey and lavender.
Luscious pork shoulder and tangy barbecue sauce can be part of your clean eats plan – if you follow our easy slow-cooker method, that is.
Considered an ancient grain, sorghum has a deliciously chewy texture that gives body to this colorful risotto topped with salmon skewers.
This classic muffin is a total crowd-pleaser, packed with sweet banana, crunchy walnuts and fragrant cinnamon. We opted for mini chocolate chips for chocolaty flavor in every single bite.
Giving up gluten doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to your favorite foods like pizza. Here, we show you how to make your own crust using quinoa as a base, and we’ve piled heaps of mushrooms, cheese and chicken on top for a pizza that’ll beat any delivery joint's.
Slices of creamy goat cheese are crusted with pistachios then lightly toasted in a skillet for a decadent topper to this exquisite salad.
Whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bread is layered with bananas and covered with an egg and milk mixture before baking. An oat crumble topping adds a touch of sweetness and texture.
Delicately sweet scallops are complemented perfectly by a sweet and sour caponata made of seasoned tomatoes, onions and raisins. Creamy cauliflower is a less starchy stand-in for mashed potatoes.
These simple-to-make buckwheat crepes are stuffed to the brim with vegetables and cheese then baked in a luscious creamy yogurt sauce.
Packed with bold flavors, this 30-minute stir-fry is sure to become a regular in your household. Make sure you opt for gluten-free tamari.
Chickpeas and walnuts add flavor and protein, while cherries add a touch of sweetness to these quick couscous lettuce wraps.
We've remade this savory, saucy classic into a nutrient-packed one-dish meal. Save 190 calories and 32 grams of fat over the traditional version.
A honeyed orange dressing adds sweet and tart notes to this veggie- and bean-packed salad with shrimp.
This rich, coconut-scented red curry is infused with fresh ginger and packed with good-for-you vegetables.
A homemade, chile-spiked roasted red bell pepper sauce dresses up these vegetable enchiladas stuffed with purple potatoes and tomatillos.
We lighten up this sports bar classic just in time for the big game!
Forget about buying pre made pizza pockets – you can actually make your own and keep them on hand in the freezer to pull out for a meal or even a satisfying snack. If you’re more of a pizza aficionado, you can use this same dough to make two thin-crust pizzas. Add your toppings and bake at 550°F for 9 to 11 minutes on a pizza stone.
The cacao nibs in this recipe contain antioxidant flavanols which are known to help lower blood pressure and act as an anti-inflammatory.
This velvety pasta is tossed with chicken and colorful veggies, then topped with a crunchy, cheesy panko topping – your fami ly will never believe this delectable meal came out of your freezer!
These roasted veggies make a delicious meatless dinner. Turmeric, a classic Indian spice, is a known anti-inflammatory with cancer-fighting properties.
Roasting the garlic first gives this creamy chicken dish it's mild, yet rich flavor.
This hearty breakfast casserole, stuffed with blueberry cheesecake filling (yes, that's the clean version) is sinful to be sure, but only - believe it - 285 calories!
The natural sweetness in corn gives this dish an irresistible boost when paired with a creamy cheese filling. You'll want to make extra roasted red pepper sauce, a new twist on classic tomato.