We love cheeseburgers, pie, and biscuits as much as anybody, but sometimes it’s just nice to sit down to a well-balanced meal that doesn’t contain excessive amounts of fat, sugar, or salt. Next time you’re in the mood for some clean eating, turn to a few of our favorite wholesome meal ideas.
1. Quinoa with Kale and Pecans
We could all use a multipurpose dish, like this side with sautéed kale, toasted pecans, and simmered quinoa, to as a healthy pairing option for any main, from cedar plank salmon to grilled steak. Get our Quinoa with Kale and Pecans recipe.
2. Whole Wheat Margherita Pizza
Pizza doesn’t have to be a junk food. With a homemade whole wheat thin crust and a light dressing of mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil, this pie actually does a body good. Get our Whole Wheat Margherita Pizza recipe.
3. Roasted Cauliflower with Salsa Verde
If you’re only familiar with Mexico’s tomatillo-based salsa verde, it’s time to get to know the Italian version, which is made with Italian parsley, anchovy, garlic, lemon, and capers instead. One classic use for it is atop roasted cauliflower florets. Get our Roasted Cauliflower with Salsa Verde recipe.
4. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
In addition to being wholesome, our split pea soup is also easy to make ahead, freezer-friendly, and inexpensive to prepare. Get our Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup recipe.
5. Peach Frozen Yogurt
Fro-yo can be full of sugar and strange-sounding ingredients, and it’s just as simple to make your own version of the dessert with peaches, honey, low-fat yogurt, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Get our Peach Frozen Yogurt recipe.
6. Soba Noodles with Swiss Chard-Miso Pesto
One of the most cost-effective ways to eat healthy on a budget is to utilize the whole vegetable, like we do in this recipe, which uses chard leaves in a Japanese-inspired pesto and the leftover stalks in a sauté with carrots. Get our Soba Noodles with Swiss Chard-Miso Pesto recipe.
7. Easy Chicken Stir-Fry
There’s no reason to order takeout stir-fry when it’s easy, fast, economical, and healthy to make on your own at home. Here’s a basic outline for a chicken stir-fry served with crisp-tender snow peas and bell peppers. Get our Easy Chicken Stir-Fry recipe.
8. Tropical Spelt Granola
Spelt is an ancient grain that’s higher in protein than regular wheat. When it’s toasted and mixed into a granola, it adds a mellow nutty flavor that pairs well with coconut and dried tropical fruits. Get our Tropical Spelt Granola recipe.
9. Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
On cooler days, roasted vegetables, like the butternut squash and red onion featured here, add a warming component to an otherwise raw salad. Get our Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing recipe.
10. Bok Choy and Pineapple Salad with Peanut Dressing
Bok choy’s usually relegated to Chinese stir-fries and steamed dishes, but it actually makes a satisfyingly crunchy base for a green salad, too. We pair it with carrots, cucumbers, pineapple, cilantro, and scallions and serve it with an Indonesian peanut dressing. Get our Bok Choy and Pineapple Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe.