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Eating Clean - .2 New Recipes



Its been a little over five (5) weeks since I started cleaning up my diet and living a healthier lifestyle. I am feeling so much better and have more energy than I have in years.  And, even though I feel better, that is not the only thing that has changed, I am also cooking A LOT more, and truly making this change a complete lifestyle change.

Over the past week weeks, I have come across a few recipes that I have LOVED.  And, I thought it would be fun to start a few blog series and share a few recipes from time to time, and share some of the things I am LOVING lately. 

Today's recipes are two sides that go great with several meals, and the best part, they are really healthy for you.

Recipe #1 - Sweet Potato Fries  


(Photo by Recipes(dot)com)


Ingredients
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (3tsp)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preparation 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Halve the sweet potato length wise and cut each half into however many fries you would like! Place them on a sheet pan and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Mix all the dry ingredients together except the basil and pour over the sweet potatoes. Bake for 15 minutes and then turn with a spatula (keep your eyes on them cause every oven is different). Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. 

Recipe #2 - Chicken Slaw


(Photo by Taste of Home)
 

Note: Remove the Chicken to make a side or include the chicken for a healthy lunch.


Ingredients
  • 6 1/2 ounces chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup apples, tart, peeled, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, low-fat
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon white-rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Preparation
  • Cut cooked chicken into bite-sized chunks. Slice green onion.
  • In a bowl, toss the chicken, onion, cabbage, carrot, apple, pecans and raisins.
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar, lemon juice, honey and pepper. Pour over chicken and cabbage mixture. Mix gently.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Enjoy with a calorie free beverage.

What do you think?  Are these sides you may incorporate into your meals?
 

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