One of the hardest aspects of clean eating is mastering a set of tasty, clean recipes you can make quickly and on a budget. I didn’t really know how to cook — until this summer, that is. I’ve been cooking more often than your aging grandmother since May, and I’m here to put on my Good Housekeeping hat and lay down the law with my basic clean eating cooking guide!
5 Cooking Techniques You Should Know
- Sauteing veggies. When you saute vegetables, you put them in a pan, add a little cooking oil, and kinda shove them around with your spatula until the onions brown or the other vegetables look juicy and delicious.
- Steaming veggies. You can steam veggies two ways — on the stove or in a microwave — and since I’m a college student I find it faster to do the microwave option. Put the veggies in a microwave safe bowl with just the amount of water you would wash them with, then cover with microwave safe plastic wrap and leave a corner open so it will vent.
- Scrambling eggs. I admit… I didn’t quite know how to make scrambled eggs when I started this. But that’s changed.
- Separating egg whites. Basically, you crack the eggs only a little, and while you hold it over the bowl, slowly separate the eggshell while keeping the yolk inside the egg, and move the yolk from one half of the eggshell to the other, allowing the whites of the egg to spill over into the bowl. If you get any eggshell pieces into the egg whites, you should fish them out with one of the eggshell halves because it’s easier to get them out with the shell instead of a spoon (don’t ask me why, it’s just a cool trick I learned.)
- Chopping all sorts of vegetables. If you’re chopping a leek, chop off the hairy part and the leafy part and only chop the whitish part and use that for cooking. If you’re chopping an onion, use your fake tears the onion causes to your advantage against unsuspecting family members. (“I just… I really want to stay here and marathon three seasons of America’s Next Top Model instead of going to school tomorrow!”)
7 Best Basic Recipes
Here are the best recipes I make on a day-to-day basis that are the staples of my clean eating!
- Peanut Butter Bites
- Almond Butter Oatmeal
- Detox Fruit Waters
- Whole Wheat Crepes
- Almond Butter Sandwich
- Veggie Sandwich
- Cinnabon Smoothie
3 Lifesaving Kitchen Appliances
These have single-serve cups that double as part of the blender, so you don’t have anything extra to clean! You just throw fruit into the cup, blend, and take the cup to go! As a student, this is such a time saver, and it’s a better blender than my old, giant one.
I love grilled veggie sandwiches, and this quick mini grill fits on my counter and I can make paninis really easily, no problem! And much simpler than trying to grill them in a frying pan and having to flip them.
I love coffee. And when I have a million things to do and need a boost, it’s so handy to have a coffee machine in your house rather than spend the big bucks at Starbucks and get something unhealthy. I like brewing espresso and then adding some almond milk to it, and occasionally I’ll get fancy and mess around with almond or vanilla extracts to get different flavors. I’ll do a post on clean espresso drinks in the future!
I don’t have a good espresso machine to recommend right now, so whatever you can find online or at your grocery store should be fine! Just beware that some of the cheaper models break down real easily after constant use over a semester 🙂
Good luck and I’ll see you guys tomorrow 🙂