Jumpstart your Healthy Cooking with over 30 Quick and Easy Recipe Inspirations
Trying to eat healthy? In this section, I will present to you yummy, clean eating recipes that will make your life easier and simplify your cooking.
Don’t expect overwhelming, complex clean eating recipes with exotic ingredients that could empty your wallet. Instead, look forward to hand picked clean eating recipes; I’ve tried most of them myself. My goal is to inspire you to cook at home with a lean jumpstart approach instead of opting for fast food.
From the results of my survey, I know that many of my readers don’t have the time to cook, or even hate doing it altogether. However, we all know that the reality is: the more you cook, the better you look…
Recipes are Part of the 52-week clean eating habits challenge
Those quick and easy recipe inspirations are part of my new 52 Chef Habits Program – a 52-week clean eating habit challenge. Each of it is scheduled on a specific week within 12 months. I hope you will enjoy these clean eating recipes, and that you cook them over and over again on your path to a healthier lifestyle. And if you want to even go one step further I highly recommend to check my new clean eating program. Just click on the picture below for more informations!
Easy, Time-Saving and Affordable Preparation
Expect the simplest preparation of affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes with common ingredients. One-pot meals in a skillet, pasta pot, wok, steamer, casserole or baking pan will play an important role. Each of these clean eating recipes requires absolutely no acrobatics.
Don’t expect many muffin or cake recipes. Most of them are not clean and calorie-loaded. Although from time to time I will make an exception – check out my clean eating raspberry muffins.
Whenever I can, I try to maintain a one-pot maximum and also a 30 minutes max on time. Many of these recipes will require only 15 minutes or less.
Of course I will include some creative snacks and desserts too. Some useful tips for saving time in your kitchen will complete this section.
Few, Simple, High Quality Ingredients
Healthy, delicious food doesn’t have to contain a lot of ingredients. That’s why I try to keep the recipe ingredients at a minimum. You want to put nutritious, “clean” meals on the table fast. Simple, high quality ingredients are the key for success here.
I hope you enjoy my tips and have fun experimenting in the kitchen.
Are you a Gourmet Cook?
Wow… I appreciate you reading my website. We can probably all learn a lot from you. If you have any gourmet clean eating recipes that are easy to make and contain only a few, common ingredients, please contact me. I would very much appreciate to feature them on LeanJumpStart.com.
Clean Eating Recipes & Some important principles
1. Self Cooking
Don’t hide behind excuses (examples: “I can’t cook,” or “I don’t have time”). It’s about your body and your wellbeing. Even kids can cook – it is not rocket science and, as mentioned before, it does not have to be complicated. Those who are too lazy to cook their own meals will have a hard time staying lean.
2. Meal Planning
To make life easier, plan your menu ahead of time. This will help you avoid impulse shopping trips, which usually end with you purchasing unnecessary items. If you think meal planning is too complex for you, then I strongly recommend my LeanJumpStart approach of meal planning.
3. Organize your Clean Eating Recipes
You don’t want to waste your time searching for the right clean eating recipe because you can’t find it in your “recipe collection chaos”.
That’s why a smart recipe organization is another important success factor. Check out my 3 easy steps for recipe organization!
4. Clean Kitchen
Take control of your kitchen and focus on what you really need each day. Get rid of useless items, unnecessary impulse purchases, excess pots, pans and glassware. Take 10 minutes at the end of the day to clean and organize your kitchen.
Do also a quick inventory of the food and note it on your running shopping list.
5. Clean Eating Foods – 80:20
Stocking your kitchen with healthy, clean eating foods is the best way to guard against regrettable food compromises.
But clean eating is not about achieving perfection; it’s not about maintaining a 100% healthful, chemical and pesticide free diet. It is about balance and making wise choices.
If you follow the clean eating guidelines 80% of the time, you can deviate from the approach and still achieve your goals. In other words: the majority of your meals will have lots of natural, whole foods, like fresh produce, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
You will consume healthy fats, and, whenever you can, you will try to mix complex carbohydrates with lean proteins.
Of course you will omit ingredients like excessive sugar, unhealthy fats and overly processed foods. But with the 80:20 rule, you can indulge wisely from time to time.
6. Smart Choices for Convenience Foods
An 80:20 compromise could be to take advantage of the following convenience foods. Some of these items are worth building into your grocery list, but I warn you, they are not all “clean”:
- Chopped Frozen Veggies or Fruits: Usually clean, check the labels for no extra preservatives or extra ingredients, etc.
- Canned Beans: (e.g. Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans or Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)) Read the labels and avoid any of these items if they contain added sugar. If you want to avoid BPA, “Eden Organics” is the only company that currently does not use it in its canned beans
- Tomatoes in Glasses: These have less BPA than canned tomatoes, but are still not BPA-free.
- Tomatoes in Tetrapak Boxes: (e.g. Trader Joe’s and Pomi) Tetra Pak does not include BPA, but it is still not totally safe… could leach estrogenic hormones!
- Canned Tuna and Salmon : Although these are not BPA-free, they are a tasty and quick way to get your omega-3s . Opt for salmon if you have the choice!
- Pre-cooked Grilled Chicken Breasts: Yes, there are a few more preservatives… but they are a great source of protein and can quickly enhance salads, scrambled eggs or stir-fry meals.
When these convenience foods are used in moderation, they add taste appeal and offer cooking shortcuts. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
7. Proper Storage Containers
We know that the key to a healthy, delicious and quickly prepared meal in your own kitchen is a properly stocked pantry. But there is more: useful storage containers are another success factor in a healthy cuisine.
I highly recommend the incredibly convenient mason jars. With all of the variety in size mason jars offer a way to store whole grains, noodles, nuts, spices, tea, and other dried goods in an orderly fashion to get the pantry organized, just like you’ve always dreamed of.
8. Proper Hydration
With all those yummy clean eating recipes don’t forget that a proper hydration is key for your metabolism and health.
For variation check out my top 24 detox water recipes!
9. Learn to make healthy eating habits stick!
To get the most out of your clean eating recipes, I highly recommend to learn how to make clean eating habits stick. Click on the picture below for more informations!