People have the misconception that healthy food has about as much taste as a piece of cardboard. Don’t buy into that kind of thinking. Clean-eating foods taste better than their processed counterparts. Prove it, you say? No problem. We’re sharing 13 clean and lean entrées that’ll make you rush home for dinner.
Adopting a clean-eating lifestyle will help you look and feel better. Clean eating is about choosing foods that are whole and natural instead of those that are heavily processed. One easy example is macaroni and cheese: you can prepare a recipe that uses real cheese or make the boxed kind with powdered, Day-Glo-colored “cheese.”
The goal is to get rid of the processed foods with too much added salt, fat, sugar, and chemicals, and replace them with choices that nourish your body with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and other nutrients. As a bonus, the food will taste better because you’re actually experiencing the food itself rather than the additives and chemicals. Clean eating isn’t just for dinner entrées either. Also check out 5-Day Clean-Eating Lunches for Work and 50 Clean-Eating Snacks.
1. Slow Cooker Caramelized Chicken
Skip takeout and prepare clean entrées like this super-simple dish. Combine just six ingredients in the slow cooker and come home to a delicious dish that pairs well with most veggies or side dish recipes.
2. Soft Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp lovers rejoice! This tasty seafood can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Shrimp offers protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins D and B3.
3. Pesto Grilled Chicken
A homemade, preservative-free pesto combines with lean chicken to create an easy weeknight dinner. Serve it with your favorite vegetable side dish.
4. Slow Cooker Momma’s Roadhouse Chili
There’s nothing nicer than walking through the door and inhaling the delicious scent of simmering chili. This healthy version is full of flavor and superfood ingredients, like beans, making it one of our favorite clean entrées.
5. Super Veggie Lasagna
Lasagna is a comfort food that’s a hit in nearly every home. The problem is that so many recipes are high in fat. This version, which has fewer than 280 calories per serving, is easy on your waist, hips, and thighs—and it tastes delicious! See, lasagna can be one of your favorite lean entrées with clean ingredients.
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6. Baked Tilapia with Spicy Tropical Salsa
We love the simple prep for this fish entrée—it takes less than 15 minutes to make. Tilapia will keep your heart happy with its omega-3 fatty acids. The salsa, made with mango, is especially yummy! Discover 2 Reasons to Feast on Fish.
7. Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
If your family loves conventional sloppy joes, give this dish a go. It incorporates lean ground turkey with clean-eating ingredients to offer a healthy alternative to processed recipes. Love the crockpot? Check out these 73 Best Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes.
8. Chicken with Feta and Tomatoes
This lean recipe is easy to prepare and is loaded with whole foods, including whole wheat couscous. But don’t let the “lean” label fool you—it’s filling and delicious.
9. Skinny Quinoa Skillet Supper
When you want entrées with clean ingredients, put this on your to-try list. It’s a quick prep dish, making it a healthy dinner choice for weeknights, and you can mix in leftover veggies or seasonal fresh vegetables. The recipe is also gluten-free.
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10. Orange-Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale
Superfoods salmon and kale make this dish a tasty must-try. It will fill you up—without loading you up with fat or calories.
11. Panzanella Salad with Arugula
Who knew day-old bread could produce such a yummy dish? Prepare this recipe as is, or add a few slices of grilled chicken breast—either way, you’ll enjoy every bite.
12. Linguine with Baby Arugula and Fresh Herbs
This light dish is the perfect way to satisfy pasta cravings without widening your waistline.
13. Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad
Entrées with clean ingredients, like this salad, are worth rushing home for! It’s an ideal lean dinner, especially as temperatures warm up. As a bonus, you can prepare it with leftover chicken.
Clean entrées will help you reach your weight loss and health goals. So, what are you waiting for? Make one of these dishes a part of your meal plan this week.
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