Recipes to Help you Eat Clean and Enjoy It
Clean Eating: it’s the hot new buzz word being tossed around in all the healthy living news. And why not? Who would want to eat dirty?
Which raises some questions: Are we eating dirty food without knowing it? And what foods would be considered unclean? (Sounds almost Biblical, but we’re not talking about the same thing here.)
Most experts would agree that processed foods, artificial sweeteners or food laden with preservatives would be less clean than natural foods with minimal processing. For many people, though, that conjures up visions of a tasteless diet limited to bitter kale and no desserts. For them, the health benefits of clean eating just aren’t worth the sacrifice.
But the good news is that you can eat clean without giving up tasty meals.
For example, try this one, courtesy of Happy Healthy Life:
Black Bean Plantain Veggie Burgers with Avocado
1 ripe plantain, large (blackened peel)
plantain skillet: 1 tsp virgin coconut oil or EVOO
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
1-2 Tbsp oat flour (to help bind)
1/4 tsp salt + 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
veggie burger skillet: 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
toppings: sliced onion, lettuce, sliced avocado
condiments: fresh or jar salsa, vegan mayo
buns: I used spouted grain
First the plantains. Note: You will be adding 1 cup of the cooked plantains to the burgers, the leftover rounds can be served on the side. So, slice your plantains into thin rounds. Warm a skillet over high heat, add 1 tsp oil. Add the rounds to the oiled pan and cook 1-2 minutes on each side. They will slightly brown. Add a splash of water if the pan gets too dry. Remove plantains from pan and measure off 1 cup of the rounds. Add that 1 cup to a large mixing bowl.
Also to the mixing bowl, add: black beans, chipotle powder, salt, onion, hemp seeds, tahini, lime, cilantro and oat flour. Using a fork or potato masher, mash well until all the beans are mashed and split.
Warm a skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp oil.
Form patty mixture into round patties and place on the hot, oiled skillet. Continue until all the mixture is used up. Cook 1-3 minutes on each side to brown. You can finish cooking in the skillet, or for easy, transfer the patties to a 350 degree oven and allow them to cook for another ten minutes. You can then leave the patties in the warm oven until ready for serving.
Assembly: I did bottom bun, vegan mayo, patty, lettuce, onion, avocado, salsa, top bun.
Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
If you liked this recipe, check out the full article that lists 28 more clean recipes.