I get a lot of questions about what I eat, now that I’m doing more of a clean eating lifestyle, and people are especially looking for dinner recipes. I get it. I’m almost always at a loss for what to make for dinner, despite the fact that I have a huge resource of recipes right here on my own site. It just gets so old, trying to come up with what to make for dinner every night, and when you impose certain restrictions on what you eat, it’s even more difficult to keep coming up with new ideas.
These are some of my family’s favorite tried and true recipes, so maybe they will give you some dinnertime inspiration. I actually forgot about some of these, so this has been helpful for me too!
First, to explain how we eat. I call it clean eating since it’s not strictly paleo, although I do try to avoid added sugars and most grains. I draw the line at eliminating wine and dairy products. I love cream in my coffee and butter in… well, everything! I also just don’t think they’re bad for you. (I try to buy local and organic.) And I think the wine is self-explanatory, amIright?
Basically we eat all kinds of meat and seafood, all vegetables (including white potatoes), and occasionally rice. We eat a ton of eggs, a little fruit, and some dairy. I try to buy as much organic as possible. I cook with olive oil, lard, and butter. I stay away from most vegetable oils, although I’m not opposed to coconut oil. I just prefer other flavors. I try to steer clear of pasta, beans, and most grains. My son has a tree nut and sesame allergy, so those are pretty much out, even though they are nutritious.
We aren’t legalistic about any of this, but the more I stick with those guidelines, the better I feel, and the easier it is to maintain my ideal weight.
Also, this is mostly how I eat and what I cook for dinner. I keep pasta and snack food in the pantry for the kids, and I buy bread for their sandwiches and toast. We don’t do a lot of box cereals, but sometimes I buy the healthy-ish ones for the kids. They usually prefer eggs or bagels or toast for breakfast.
The nice thing about having older kids is they can cook for themselves. They eat what we eat for dinner, but they often make their own breakfasts and lunches from what’s in the pantry.
With all that said, here are 10 of our favorite dinner recipes. These are all fairly easy and don’t require a ton of crazy ingredients. I’ll also try to give you side dish suggestions so you have 10 complete meals. You can see all my recipes in the recipe section of my blog.
10 Easy Clean Eating Dinner Recipes & Meal Ideas
#1. Baked Lemon Chicken: Super easy oven recipe. I prefer to grill my chicken in the warmer months, but when it’s too cold for grilling, this is easy to throw together. I usually serve it with a side of roasted potatoes and a steamed or roasted veggie such as broccoli.
#2. Baked Salmon with Caper Lemon Butter: We love this; I make it pretty much every week. My favorite type of salmon is wild coho. Don’t skip the capers! It’s wonderful with sautéed swiss chard on the side.
#3. Shepherd’s Pie: comfort food at its finest; this is one of my favorite winter meals. I serve it with a salad or a steamed green veggie on the side.
#4. Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles: This is light and easy to throw together at the last minute, plus it’s a one dish meal. Score!
#5. Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: This one is a hit with our whole family, and it’s super easy to make. In fact, it’s on the menu for tonight!
#7. Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps: This recipe uses ground chicken and comes together really fast. It’s very tasty, but it’s light, so if the kids are hungry later, they can grab a snack.
#8. Ground Beef Taco Filling: Our family loves this taco filling recipe; it’s another one I make almost every night. The kids and my husband put it on taco shells, and I make a salad out of it.
#9. Rockfish with Lemon Butter & Sage: You can make this with virtually any fish, including salmon, but it’s especially good with Rockfish.
#10. Slow Cooker Chicken Curry: This is soooo good, and the best part is, you make it entirely in your slow cooker.
I’d love to hear from you. If you’ve got a good, easy, healthy dinner recipe to share, leave it in the comments.
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