RECIPES

I'm trying to compile a list of my favorite family friendly healthier recipes that the whole family will eat.  Some are very clean and some are not as clean, but it is what works for my family. Trying to get the whole family eating better is a hard task as a Mom.  I am working on making it at easy as possible. To give you more ideas on getting started with Eating Clean you can see what has worked for me in the past HERE & see my Clean Eating Food List HERE

I also have a lot of a Primal/Paleo/Whole 30 recipes as well. I had to transition to that for a while with my food allergies and gut/health issues. I'm allergic/intolerant to Dairy, Gluten, Soy and Sugar and more plus have to be careful of synthetic folic acid because of MTHFR. To see some of my recipes and food ideas for that go HERE. To learn more about Paleo go HERE. Food is medicine!

The following recipe list is considered "clean eating," some are cleaner than others. :) Some are considered Paleo. (If they are listed "Paleo" they are also of course gluten free.)  See my other links for completely Paleo options. If you have any recipes I should try please let me know! You can also see my Cleaner Eating Board and my Whole30 Paleo board , Paleo Meals, Paleo Treats/Snacks, on Pinterest for A LOT more ideas and to find what works for you!

Breakfast
Oatmeal Muffins  (use Honey instead of Agave.  Why? check out this post HERE)
Biggest Loser Protein Pancakes This does call for a tiny bit of sugar and divide that up between 10 pancakes, each pancake has a minimal amount, but you could also substitute it with Stevia or Honey or something like that. I mix all the ingredients up in my blender and you have a nice pancake batter. My kids LOVE these!! We call them Cinnamon pancakes. Sometimes I top them with greek yogurt, banana and honey, sugar free syrup or pure maple syrup.
Blueberry Oat Pancakes
Banana Walnut Pancakes
Healthy Crepes- fill with greek yogurt and sugar free jam
Clean Eating Brownie Waffles
Paleo Pancakes (PALEO)
Paleo Banana Pancakes (PALEO)
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Eggs!! Egg muffins, poached eggs, etc (PALEO)
Homemade Protein Bars and Shakes
Kodiak Cake pancake/waffle mix- my kids love this mix!

Lunch/Sides
*sometimes If I prepare something from my dinner menu for the week and have that in the fridge, I will eat a smaller portion of that for lunch along with a side salad or other veggies.
*Most of the time I usually eat leftovers from the night before or a large salad for lunch with plenty of protein and veggies on it.  I top my salads with lemon juice, lime juice or balsamic vinegar or salsa. I always have things prepped and easy to grab for lunches for the week.

Main Meals/Dinner
Salsa Chicken (PALEO) great on a salad or wrapped in lettuce leaves (taco style). Or Non-Paleo version-great on corn tortillas and with black beans.
Monster Meatloaf honestly one of our favorite even though we were not a big fan of meatloaf before.
Skinny Cheese Enchiladas- Yum!
Skinny 3- Cheese Penne I would suggest to not have more than 1 or 2 meals with cheese during the week
Sloppy Joes (PALEO option) using Ground Turkey or lean Ground Beef and low sodium manwich sauce (or make your own) on Whole Wheat buns or on a Sweet Potato, Yum!
Honey Garlic Pork Chops (PALEO) or Chicken (I use the same marinade for chicken...yum!)
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins I just roll them in a ball and bake them on a cookie sheet, we call them Turkey Meatballs, they have a great flavor, I can never find whole wheat bread crumbs so I grind up some oats in my blender and it makes oat flour, that's what I use in this particular recipe.
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Spaghetti Squash (or zuchinni noodles) and Meatballs (PALEO)
Zuchinni Spaghetti (PALEO)
Mustard Lime Chicken and Zuchinni Noodles (PALEO)
Taco Soup (PALEO)
Paleo Chick-fil-A Chicken (arrowroot flour is like a corn starch substitute)
Turkey Meatballs (PALEO)
"Naked" Burger w/ Healthy Ketchup  (PALEO)
Orange Chicken (PALEO)
Chicken Prep
White Chicken Chili (non dairy version)

Snacks/Treats/sides
I love these snacks! Because I Love Peanut Butter :) don't over do it though, don't do this everyday ;) But, these are great healthier alternatives for when you feel like a treat! *Interesting fact- since writing this post I have given up Peanut Butter!! It's madness....haha, but I actually do prefer almond butter or cashew butter now instead. Much better for you too. 
Banana Icecream- a favorite! (PALEO)
Cookie Dough (Banana) "Icecream"  (PALEO)
Lemon Protein Bars
Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread
Pumpkin Protein Bars
Homemade Coconut Butter (PALEO)
Homemade Almond Butter (PALEO)
Sweet Potato Fries (PALEO)
Perfectly cooked Brown Rice
Banana Bread (2 versions ) (PALEO)
Almond Joy Bites (PALEO)
*"Enjoy" brand Chocolate chips (nut, soy, dairy, refined sugar free), Almonds & Raisins mixture
*Cucumber & bacon wrapped up in a slice of turkey w/ balsamic vinegar or mustard or both!
Almost Apple Pie (PALEO)
*Jerky
*Boiled Eggs
*Carrots and other veggies with homeamade Guacamole
*Homemade Protein Bars and Shakes
Pie Crust (GLUTEN FREE)
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie (PALEO)
Fluffy Dinner Rolls (GLUTEN FREE)
Hot Chocolate pudding pie (PALEO)
Pillsbury copy cat pie crust (PALEO)

Peanut Butter (or other nut butter) Granola
Sprinkled on top of Greek yogurt or enjoyed on its own, this peanut butter granola is made with pantry staples, making it an easy recipe to whip up without making a special trip to the grocery store. 
Ingredients: 
Makes four ¼ c servings
2 tbsp. creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
2 tbsp. honey
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. oats (gluten free options)

(just makes a small amount, which is good because you'll want to eat all of it ;) May want to double or triple it if you want to make a lot for the fam.  Remember, this is a treat, so you don't need it everyday.  It's a Healthier alternative, but still a treat! :)


Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.

Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 7 -8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.







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