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The Top 10 Recipes to Try if You Just Started a Clean Eating Plan

These recipes make healthy eating easy.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Healthy eating is statistically one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions year after year, and for good reason! Healthy eating paired with a regular fitness routine makes for a dynamic duo and often equals more success than just doing one of the two. So, if changing your eating habits is something that you are striving to work on in 2021, you are definitely not alone — and good news, this popular new year’s resolution just got easier because we’re sharing the top 10 clean eating recipes for you to try if you just started a new healthy eating plan.  All featured in FitOn PRO, these nutritionist developed recipes are equally as delicious as they are nourishing and make healthy eating easy. 

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The Top 10 Clean Eating Recipes to Try in 2021 

#1 2-Step Chocolate & Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

One of FitOn PRO’S favorite clean eating recipes, this 2-Step Chocolate & Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe makes for the ultimate easy grab and go breakfast or nourishing snack to help keep your healthy eating goals on track. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oats, rolled
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Berries, to serve
  • Granola, to serve

Directions

  1. In a jar or bowl, combine the oats, chia seeds, and almond milk or milk of choice. Stir to combine and place in the fridge to soak overnight.
  2. Once the oats have soaked, add the cacao powder, chocolate protein, peanut butter, and mashed banana. If the mixture is too thick, add some more milk.
  3. Top with fresh berries and granola to serve.

#2 Creamy Broccoli Pasta

Turns out pasta can be healthy, and this Creamy Broccoli Pasta does not disappoint! Packed full of flavor and wholesome ingredients, this is a must-try weeknight dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup pasta of choice, cooked
  • ¼ cup almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, shaved, to serve (optional)
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • chili flakes, to taste
  • parmesan cheese, grated, to garnish
  • basil leaves, to garnish

Directions

  1. Add the broccoli florets to a pot of boiling water and boil until they’re cooked through. Alternatively, steam the florets in a steaming basket until they’re cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pot of salted water on the stove according to the packet instructions. Once cooked, strain the pasta. Set aside.
  3. Place the cooked broccoli in a food processor and blend until it forms a creamy consistency. Add your milk of choice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend again. If the sauce is too thick, add 1-2 tbsp water.
  4. Add the broccoli sauce to the mixing bowl with the pasta. Stir to coat the pasta.
  5. To serve, top the pasta with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

#3 One Pan Honey Mustard Chicken

Chicken dinner never looked so good. This One Pan Honey Mustard Chicken requires minimal prep and clean up time, making it a clean eating recipe win that’s also perfect for busy weeknights. 

Ingredients 

  • 10 Brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1 basket cherry tomato, halved
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 chicken breast

For the marinade

  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus on the baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and season with sea salt.
  3. To make the marinade, add all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until they’re combined.
  4. Add two chicken breasts to the center of the tray and spoon over the marinade.
  5. Place the tray in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken breast is cooked and the vegetables are golden.

#4 Omelete with Greens & Avocado

A delicious, nourishing, and satisfying breakfast, this omelet makes a great addition to a clean eating plan. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • Handful mixed greens
  • ¼ avocado, sliced
  • Sesame seeds to garnish 
  • Toast of choice for serving 

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a small non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Combine the whisked eggs and parsley in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add whisked eggs to a frying pan and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the omelet starts to bubble and the egg sets. Using a spatula, flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the omelet is golden on both sides.
  4. Transfer the omelet to a plate and serve with mixed greens, sliced avocado, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
  5. Serve with 1 slice of sourdough rye bread, toasted.

#5 Cleanse Bowl

The perfect dish to kickstart your new year, this Cleanse Bowl is a delicious clean eating recipe that’s bursting with healthy fats and antioxidant-rich ingredients. Enjoy this nutritious dish for lunch or dinner. 

Ingredients

  • ¼ butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • ½ avocado, cubed
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 beetroot, grated
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Sesame seeds, to serve
  • Chili flakes, to serve

For The Dressing

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp tahini 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Slice the butternut squash into long wedges and arrange them on the baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until it is cooked through and slightly caramelized.
  3. Meanwhile, make the dressing by adding all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisking until combined.
  4. To serve, divide the cooked quinoa, avocado, grated carrot, beetroot, spinach, and roasted butternut squash between bowls.
  5. Drizzle over the dressing and finish with a pinch of salt, sesame seeds, and chili flakes.

#6 Japanese Salmon Bowl

Here’s a nutritionally balanced meal that’s easy to make and absolutely delicious. Enjoy it for lunch or dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 10 brussel sprouts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and shredded
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 tsp curry powder

For The Marinade

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup tamari

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the Brussels sprouts on the prepared baking tray. Coat with 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil, season with salt, and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the marinade by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until combined.
  4. Remove the Brussels sprouts after 20 minutes and place the salmon fillets on the baking tray. Spoon the marinade over fillets and place back in the oven for a further 13-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked to your liking.
  5. While salmon is cooking, heat a pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp oil. Add kale and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it has wilted. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  6. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and add the cauliflower rice. Season with the curry powder or ground turmeric, season with salt, and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it’s cooked.
  7. Remove salmon and Brussels sprouts from the oven and serve between two bowls. Add the sautéed kale and cauliflower rice to bowls.

#7 Healthy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Who doesn’t love pesto pasta? This dish takes a healthy spin on the traditional pasta dish and is served with grated parmesan. It’s simply delicious.  

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breast, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 cups gluten-free pasta, cooked 
  • basil leaves, to garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, to serve

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced chicken breasts and 1 tbsp of pesto to the pan. Season generously with salt and sauté until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, add the chopped broccoli and continue to sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the chicken and add 1 more tbsp of pesto. Stir and top with fresh basil.
  6. Serve.

#8 Blood Sugar Balancing Smoothie

Adding a daily smoothie to your clean eating plan? Look no further than this delicious Blood Sugar Balancing Smoothie. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a healthy snack between meals. 

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (optional)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp stevia granules (optional)

Directions

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

#9 Healthy Mexican Tacos

Ready to add a healthy spin to Taco Tuesday? This clean eating recipe is a fan favorite. Easy to make and packed full of flavor — you can’t go wrong with these Healthy Mexican Tacos

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown rice or cauliflower rice
  • 2 leaves Romaine lettuce
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • ½ cup napoletana sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 basket cherry tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, smashed

Directions

  1. Cook the brown rice (if using) according to the packet instructions. Set aside.
  2. Cook the cauliflower rice (if using) by placing 1 head of cauliflower florets in a food processor. Blend until it forms a rice-like consistency. In a medium frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the cauliflower rice and gently sauté it for 5-7, or until it’s golden and toasted. Set aside.
  3. Wash the lettuce and tear off individual lettuce leaves to use as tacos.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped red onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it’s cooked. Add the meat to the pan and break it up with a spoon. Continue to sauté until it is brown and cooked through.
  5. Once the meat is cooked, add the remaining olive oil, Napoletana sauce, curry powder, and a pinch of sea salt. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Place the lettuce cups on a serving plate and fill each cup with meat, chopped carrots, tomatoes, quinoa, or rice (if using). Top with smashed avocado.

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#10 3-Step Banana & Cinnamon Pancakes

These pancakes make healthy eating easy and delicious. They are a FitOn PRO favorite for a couple of reasons. One, they are super easy to make, and two they taste just as good as traditional pancakes without all the added sugar.  Here’s how to make them. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

For the toppings

  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the pancakes, place all of the ingredients, except the coconut oil, into a blender or food processor. Blend until you’ve reached a smooth consistency.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp of pancake mixture to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the pancakes are golden and cooked through.
  3. To serve, stack the pancakes on a plate and top with freshly sliced banana, raw nuts, and a drizzle maple syrup, if desired.

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