Busy Weeknight Dinner Ideas for Clean Eating

When you’re doing your best t balance all of your responsibilities, it can be really daunting to sit down after an intense day and dig into meal planning. Trying to come up with new ideas that fall in line with the guidelines of clean eating can take some time, so it might be a lot easier to find a good starting point and go from there. Check out these great ideas for clean eating.

Spaghetti Squash Topped with Meatballs

Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? There never seem to be enough people who know about this amazing plant and how you can use it to substitute noodles in a lot of interesting dishes. For this particular dish, the squash will be replacing the spaghetti noodles. With a small amount of prep, you can have some delicious sauce pouring over a plate full of the cooked spaghetti squash.

If you are feeling up to paying for the specialty meats, then you can pick up some locally raised meats that you can have ground. If you’re looking for a more vegetable based option then it would be pretty nice to replace the meatballs with seared broccoli or mushrooms.

If you should decided to make a large batch, having it with the veggie option will make it last longer and remove the hassle of having to find local meats.

Fancy Veggie Burger

It’s pretty easy to find a good batter recipe online for a veggie burger, but a big deal there is the ingredients. If you’re planning to eat clean, then you’re going to have to be sure that what you get for the pay is going to not taste good, but also be good for you. To give this staple a major upgrade, just be sure to get some great mushrooms, quinoa, locally sourced carrot, some pecans, and mix it with some of your favorite herbs. If you can get some organically produced cheese, then you will have one of the best veggie burgers that you can ask for. You get extra points for using avocado as the spread to bring your fixings together. If you want to spice the veggie burger up a bit, it would be easy to add some jalapeno slices to the batter before you cook it solid. 

Ham & Swiss Potato Waffles

If you’re more into mixing up traditional roles in breakfast, then this one might capture your interest. These ham and swiss potato waffles can make you wish it was morning so you can go back through your day and eat them a second time. If you would love a little more flavor to this treat then you can add some peppers and garlic to the mix before you place in the iron. Season them however you want, just be sure to leave them in until the edge crisp. A small amount of butter can put this meal on a new level. You can drizzle your creation with anything that fits into clean eating, so the only limit is your imagination!

Vegetable Shell Pasta & Creamed Spinach

Vegetable pasta is an easy food that you can enjoy any time, but this time it’s showed up with a side and with a different sauce for you to meet. You can cook the pasta until its soft, then toss it with virgin olive oil, garlic, minced olives, freshly minced basil, and a few pinches of red pepper. That makes the perfect compliment for the creamed spinach. If you wanted to add meat to this recipe, the suggestion would be for some kind of lean chicken breast that has been sealed until the outer edges have become crispy. Sprinkle the chicken breast with a pinch of salt, a few squirts of lemon juice, and some freshly minced basil and oregano.

Vegetable Stir-Fry

This is probably the easiest and fastest on this list. All you have to do, is choose a good vegetable mixture that suits your tastes and lightly fry it with oil, and season to taste with some organically made sauces. If you are looking for some way to replace noodles, then spaghetti squash has another use here for you. If you have even made bone broth, then that might be a good option for a side dish for soup, or for flavoring the squash. 

Fish Tacos Lettuce Wraps with Avocado Crema

If you’re going to make fish tacos, then it would probably be a good idea to get some decent fish to make them. You should try and find the freshest fish available, and hopefully that means it was caught that day! Batter your fish with a recipe that you find online and bake it at 400F. Once the fish is done, you can take it and drop each piece into a large romaine leaf to make a delicious wrap. The final touch can be a ½ tablespoon of the sour cream and avocado mixture on each of the wraps.