New for 2015!

One recurring request I’ve had is to post more dinner or main meal “clean eating” options.  It seems that breakfast and lunch are not the most challenging meals to keep clean and that the end of the day seems to be where healthy, clean eating habits are most often put to the test.

 In an effort to help you end your day on a good note (at least when it comes to food), I’m introducing “Meal of the Month” for 2015.  I’ll post a complete meal (with recipes or links to recipes) that incorporates the ideals of clean eating: organic grown, fresh, healthy fats and ingredients you recognize… and avoiding heavily processed and refined, factory made ingredients whenever possible.

Since February brings with it Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d start with a meal that includes a delicious dessert that won’t add guilt for indulging. This meal is a favorite around here and finds its way to our dinner table quite often.

Main: Turkey and Farro Zucchini Boats – This recipe is from Clean Eating and usually makes more filling than we can fit in the zucchini shells, which gives you leftovers for later. It says to soak the farro overnight, but 4-5 hours of soaking time will also work - just be sure to cook for about 20 mins. and taste test for doneness before you remove the farro from the stovetop in step 1.

Side: Roasted Green Bean ‘Fries’  - No recipe needed, just wash and trim organic green beans, then dry and lightly toss with a bit of olive oil.  Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.  Roast in a 400 degree F oven until they turn brown and wrinkly.  Serve hot and eat like fries.

Salad: Winter Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar dressing.  You can have a little fun with this one.  The recipe is more like a list of guidelines.  Start with your favorite salad greens (spinach?, arugula? mixed greens?) and add in sliced pears (or in-season fruit), toasted walnuts (or pecans), a bit of goat cheese (or feta) and some pomegranate seeds (or not).  Toss the mixture with a dressing of raw apple cider vinegar (full of health benefits!), extra virgin olive oil, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.

Dessert: Baked Apples – Or baked pears. This recipe is from a previous post. Take the time to make your own whipped cream by whipping organic heavy cream with a bit of vanilla, some orange zest and a tablespoon of coconut sugar. 

There's a whole year ahead and many more meals to share... if you like what Grow in Wellness has to offer, please share with a friend.  Enjoy!