clean start

April 7, 2014

f96e0b5c27560f9e43ff73d9e3bc9164I’m just going to say it. It is hard to eat clean. It is hard to be healthy. As much as I enjoy living in Amarillo, I really miss the convenience of living in a city with a Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Although we have some great, locally owned restaurants that provide amazing, healthy options – most of them are only open for lunch, which doesn’t help me out much when trying to figure out what’s for dinner. So, this week I have decided to meal plan out the week and stick to it, in an effort to not be tired on Thursday and opt for take out pizza.

My problem lately with eating clean is just figuring out what to make. It’s not that I don’t want to eat clean, I just need a few more ideas. I sat down Sunday morning to figure out what I wanted to do this week and this is what I came up with. I’m not going to post full on recipes because some of them I haven’t made before and will adapt it to my liking, but if there is anything you see that you want to know, just leave a comment below and I will get it to you.

Monday : Black Bean Taco Salad
I made a big batch of black beans on Sunday and this is just a basic salad I throw together with corn, tomatoes, avocados, and this cilantro lime dressing.

Tuesday: Black Bean Stuffed Poblano Peppers
This is another easy thing I throw together. I just take quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, and stuff them into poblano’s.

Wednesday & Thursday : Rosted Cauliflower & Garlic Soup, and Festive Quinoa with Apricots & Orange Zest
This is from the book Clean Start by Terry Walters. I’ve made the soup before and it was easy and delicious with very few ingredients (always helpful). I have not made this quinoa dish, but it has a long list of ingredients and if I’m going to buy that much stuff then it needs to last a few meals. Will update later with what I thought.

Friday: Capri Lemon Pasta with Peas, Fava Beans, and Asparagus
My husband found this recipe in one of my vegetarian cookbooks and has been asking me to make it. However, some of the main ingredients are heavy cream, mascarpone, and parmesan cheese. So I am going to find a way to make it without that. Maybe more of a lemon sauce?

Also, to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings I made Ina’s Raspberry Squares which is always a favorite in our house.

How do yall stay healthy when you have no idea what to make for dinner? I would love any meal suggestions!


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