It’s so much easier to achieve our goals and feel accomplished when we plan ahead. Planning ahead is the key to ensuring you’re prepared for whatever life throws at you, so you don’t sabotage your health and fitness goals. What am I specifically talking about here? Meal Planning with Clean Eating Meals! While working full-time, and managing my own Health and Wellness Coaching Business, life is busy! If I don’t plan ahead on what I will nourish my body with, less nutritious stuff makes it into my belly. Doesn’t that happen to you? Let’s say you’re so busy with life, that by the time 5 PM rolls around, you have no idea what to eat for supper. Instead of nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients, you order pizza. While pizza is great in moderation, what is important is coming up with 10 Budget and Easy Clean Eating Meals so you’re always prepared! Discovery cheap and easy dinner ideas that you and your family will love!
Clean Eating Meals
Clean Eating is to nourish your body with wholesome ingredients that are jam-packed with minerals and vitamins. Fill up your diet with fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and any food that is you guessed it, clean! Ditch frozen meals and pizzas, and get cooking Clean Eating Meals that you and your family will love.
Clean Eating Meals: Spices
Instead of cooking with heavy full-cream sauces, opt for spices instead. Fill our garden, or your cupboard with oregano, thyme, sage, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, steak spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and any of your favourite spices! Spices are good for you, without all the unnecessary calories! Eating healthy does not have to break the bank. Let me show you how affordable clean eating can be!
10 Budget Easy Clean Eating Meals
- Butternut Squash Cranberry Skillet
This is a perfect clean eating breakfast meal. In a large skillet combine butternut squash, cranberries, and sausage. Sprinkle in some of your favourite spices like cinnamon, sage, and nutmeg. In less than 15 minutes, and for less than $5, you’ve got yourself a nutritious breakfast.
- White Beans & Tomatoes with Kale Pesto
Here’s an easy dinner idea! This affordable and easy to make dinner idea is rich in fiber and protein. Add some beans to your diet for so many nutrients, while eating on a delightful budget.
- Chicken Fried Rice With Broccoli and Scrambled Eggs
Opt for chicken thighs which are cheaper and more affordable than chicken breasts. I love adding carrots, onions, and garlic into the mix. You can add a bit of soya sauce if you’d like. Because you’ve made this classic Chinese food dish at home, you’ve saved your self a ton of salt, and fat! This is a healthy alternative, packed with protein and nutrition.
- Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry with Mango
There’s something so fresh and summery about mixing protein with fruit! This is so good, you wouldn’t believe it’s so healthy for you! Loaded with macronutrients, and chunks of mango, this yummy dish is under $5 a plate! Extra tip – if possible, marinate the chicken overnight for an extra flavour. Serve with quinoa or brown rice, and voila dinner is served.
Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese
The best part about Clean Eating Meals is that you can totally eat carbs. This isn’t a keto diet, instead, you can eat everything, in moderation. Sounds fantastic! Who doesn’t love traditional Mac & Cheese but with a fun twist?! This mouthwatering delight is less than $3/serving! Notice how a cup of grated carrot made its way into the Mac & Cheese? This easy dinner idea shows how vegetables can be hidden into traditional meal favorites. Where can you hide vegetables?
- Buffalo Chickpea Burgers with Blue Cheese Yogurt Sauce
Sometimes, you just want a break from heavy beef burgers. You could opt for turkey, or chicken burgers, or make your own chickpea burgers. Having meatless meals is fun to try new things, while not consuming so many calories. I love chickpeas, as they are a budget-friendly protein that also promotes healthy liver function and protects the body from inflammation. It’s hard to imagine that these delicious chickpea burgers are less than $2/plate!
- Healthy Zucchini Tomato Bake
In the summertime, there is cheap zucchini everywhere! Gardens are just full of them, and delicious tomatoes. Take advantage of the abundance of fresh vegetables with this affordable and easy recipe. After slicing and layering the tomato, throw some basil, olive oil, and parmesan cheese over the vegetables before baking in the oven. This vegetable dish is perfect to pair with chicken breast or some other lean protein. Only 75 calories per serving!
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
This potato dish is much healthier than mashed potatoes whipped with way too much butter! This is a fun and healthy recipe. Instead of using butter, try olive oil and spices to add flavour to your baked potato. Don’t forget to add the spice/herb mix to indulge in all the sensations.
- Low Carb Ground Turkey Zucchini Casserole
Do you have some more zucchini and pesto leftover? Make this easy and affordable dinner tonight. Did you grow up eating ground beef? Try a low-fat, lean protein alternative with ground turkey or ground chicken. This is a 30-minute easy meal that is rich in protein and nutrients. Enjoy the delicious combination of ground turkey, zucchini, pesto, parmesan cheese, and tomatoes. The perfect summertime clean eating dinner.
- Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops
Ditch those store-bought popsicles that are high in fructose syrup, chemicals, and other ingredients that are not the best for your body. Instead, make your own popsicles. Purchase the popsicle molds at your nearby dollar store, and you’re good to go! Blend together some watermelon, ginger, and a splash of salt. Another alternative would be watermelon and basil! Learn to get playful with healthy ingredients.
- Greek Yogurt Egg Salad Sandwich
Here’s another traditional meal favourite, but with a clean eating twist. Opt for Greek Yogurt for added protein and nutrition. Just be sure to buy the natural flavoured Greek Yogurt! Add some fresh spinach, tomato, onion to your sandwich for a completely easy, healthy, and cheap lunch!
The Joy of Cooking
The key to clean eating is to spend more time in the kitchen. Find joy in the kitchen by experimenting with different recipes. Always cooking with new ingredients makes cooking fun again, and less like a chore.
Are you looking for more Clean Eating ideas? Or, tips on how to stay true to your health and wellness goals? Book a free consultation with Denise Blake. Regain control of your life with the help of a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Learn to let go of old habits, and discover strategies to achieve your goals!
What are your favourite clean eating meals? I’d love to hear!