Post # 1
I’m really trying to eat more of a plant-based diet and avoid processed foods, but it’s hard! So many of the recipes I see take a lot of time, use a lot of ingredients, etc., and I’m not a good cook. At all.
Is anyone else trying to eat “clean” whenever possible? Any suggestions for meals – recipes, websites, blogs?
Post # 3
there is a great pizza i make…just buy whole wheat pizza dough put some pesto sauce on it slice tomotos put on the pesto add some cheese (not to much) and green pepers on top. bake at 350 for about 12 mins…very yummy
Post # 4
I’m trying to do this too. I read “In defense of food: an eater’s manifesto” and it opened my eyes to the way food is made in this country. Since then I’ve been trying to eat cleaner. I just try to eat more veggies, whole grain bread, lean meats, dairy, etc. It doesn’t require a TON of cooking. Forethought, yes. Start cooking with recipes to build confidence…just like anything it will take practice.
Post # 5
http://www.simplyrecipes.com (more of a cooking/recipe page)
http://eyewatering.wordpress.com (one clean food a day)
http://www.greenandcrunchy (vegan but kinda inspiring)
It takes a little while to get the hang of it if you’re not accustomed to cooking, but trust me, it only takes a few times and you’ll start to catch on. The best advice I ever got? The Splendid Table ladies say “turn on your oven as soon as you get home” and then you’ll be encouraged to cook!
Post # 6
We definitely try to eat “clean” and I actually subsrcibe to both Clean Eating and Cooking Light. Clean Eating is…well…VERY clean. All whole grains, few shortcuts, that sort of thing. Which is great when I have the time and energy to cook like that, but life happens and it doesn’t always work out that way, and that’s where Cooking Light comes in. Last year I purchased their book/magazine Fast Weeknight Suppers (or something like that) and it has been a GODSEND. A lot of the recipes are a nice combination of healthy convenience. They use some prepared foods as helpers with regards to flavor and cooking time, and you throw in your fresh ingredients. Another thing I really liked about that book is that it usually includes both the main dish and a side dish of some sort, and I can usually get both of them done in about 30 minutes.
I also LOVE Ellie Krieger. Her two cookbooks, So Easy, and The Foods You Crave are amazing! So Easy is broken up by breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then subdivided into quick recipes, and recipes for when you have more time. She has a wonderfully holistic approach to food, and her recipes are delicious. Word to the wise, though…she is a registered dietician, so her meals can be a bit low on salt. Her recipes generally have you season at the end, but I’m a “season as you go” kind of cook, because I believe in the importance of layering flavors.
My SO, who is not a big fan of healthy eating, has liked nearly everything I’ve prepared from the Cooking Light magazines and from Ellie Krieger’s books, and I highly reccommend them!
Post # 7
Thanks for all the suggestions. I’ve been trying to move in this direction for awhile. I’m currently reading In Defense of Food, which is reinforcing my desire to do so. It’s just hard finding meals that my picky Darling Husband will eat, and I am willing to put the effort into making. He takes turns cooking as well, but he’s a better cook than I am 🙂
Post # 8
@Amani: I loved In Defense of Food! I’m not allowed to read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, though. I know several people that read that book and then became vegetarians, and SO knows that the same thing will probably happen to me. I was a vegetarian for years, and am new to loving meat the way I do. SO says he just can’t handle losing me “to the dark side”. lol!
Post # 9
I started out weighing 165 last year and gradually made the switch to eating clean. I am officially down to 135 and still going down! Eating clean has been the best thing for me because you not only lose weight but your moods aren’t all over the place during that “fun time of the month” and the cramps are significantly less! My mood was more positive all the way around as well. I do have my weak moments but if you keep to it a majority of the time you will love your body and the way you feel!!!
Post # 10
I actually really love Jamie Oliver’s website for that. Fabulous recipes, pretty clean. Emphasis on seasonality, freshness and quick meals made from scratch. http://www.jamieoliver.com .
Post # 11
@MissAdventure: Look at possibly reading Righteous Porkchop, by Nicolette Hahn Niman. It’s a discussion of how to make eating meat a good, healthy and ethical behavior.
Post # 12
@MissAdventure: I totally understand. I’m already a pescatarian, and I think Darling Husband is worried that someday I’ll give up the fish/seafood as well 🙂
@blacktiebride01: That’s awesome. Congrats!
@plantains: That site looks great, thanks!
Post # 13
I’m a pescatarian…hoping to become vegetarian soon- I eat very clean, mostly plant based foods and honestly, I find it very easy- thank goodness. I also have a subscription to a wonderful magazine called Clean Eating and I highly recommend it, the subscription is inexpensive. Look up vegetarian meals, you will find more plant based meals. Keep fruits and veggies chopped and in your fridge so they are handy for snacking. For an energy boost I eat a 1/4 cup of ‘No Nut Trail Mix’. I look up most recipes in Clean Eating magazine or online.
Post # 14
this is great info – thanks for sharing the websites and books!
Post # 15
I think it has a lot to do with practice/getting in the habit of cooking with ‘clean’ foods.
I grew up making things from scratch & avoiding processed foods, so it was easier for me to transition to a healthier lifestyle after educating myself about GE & GMO as well as the hormones in meat & dairy industry.
Don’t call yourself a bad cook! No one starts out being an awesome chef, it just takes practice & a lot of trial and error, cooking is something you learn by doing.
These links are great everyone!
Post # 16
I just bought the book Vegan in 30 days by Sarah Taylor. You may find vegweb.com to be helpful. I just read “day 1”. So I hope this book will be helpful!! 🙂