Radishes come in so many colors, sizes, and degrees of peppery taste, we just want to snatch them all up: Peppery black radishes, beautiful watermelon radishes, colorful Easter egg radishes, cool, and crispy daikons, and stubby French fingerlings. But, what should you do with your radish haul?
Here’s something we all can agree on at Clean Plates: Every once in a while, you’re going to want French fries. This is especially true if you have children, in my case, twin teenaged boys. Which is why I don’t personally ever go without french fries in my freezer. Specifically, these frozen French fries.
Vibrant salads that showcase spring produce, quick and easy dinners that let us make the most of the extra hours of daylight, and plant-forward meals that are substantial enough to fill us up — here are 10 perfect-for-April recipes.
This year, Easter may still be an intimate affair — which is what these special, but no-fuss recipes are designed for. There’s enough to feed everyone at the table, with plenty of leftovers for the week ahead. They’re perfect for those of us whose entertaining skills might be a little bit rusty. And they’re bursting with the promise of more flavors and colors from veggies and fruits that are starting to come back into season.
We really want to fully embrace chia seeds around here at Clean Plates. After all, they’re packed with protein, fiber and omega-3s. But some of us just can’t get past their tendency to make everything into a mushy mess. That’s why we’re so excited about these delicious and not-mushy-at-all chia seed recipes.
A high protein meal, in balance with some combination of fats, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, helps us stay full longer and makes us less prone to crashes and cravings. We’ve got you covered with high protein recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Healthier Italian? Yes, please. We’ve found lighter versions of all your favorites, from Chicken Parm to Fettuccine Alfredo. You’ll still find the cheese, carbs, and red sauce you’re craving — just in moderation. Plus, healthier swaps mean they’re often loaded with extra nutrition as well. Buon appetito!
If there’s one thing that pandemic life has taught us, it’s that almost everyone loves banana bread. If you’ve tried a healthier version, you know that it doesn’t always deliver. But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you and found a healthy banana bread recipe that’s so moist and delicious, we promise you won’t even know the difference.
March is anticipation. It’s that transition month where we are so yearning for spring, warmer weather, and more hours of sunlight. We’re looking for new inspiration in the kitchen: lots of spring veggies, some citrus, and a little bit more lightness whenever possible.
Meal prep doesn’t have to be a thing you do all day, sacrificing one of your weekend days (usually Sunday, it seems). Instead, it’s more doable if you break meal prep, which can seem insurmountable, into smaller tasks.
Jarred tomato sauce is so easy to mess up. Too often, it’s loaded with sugar, salt, excessive oregano (what’s up with that?) and/or other undesirable elements. I have tried so many of them, whether they’re basic grocery store brands or specialty Italian ones. I’ve long been a fan of Rao’s — and it still has a place in my pantry — but I have a new favorite.
Maybe you leftover rice after a night of Chinese takeout. Or maybe you like to make a bit pot of rice in the beginning of the week so you don’t have to make rice multiple times a week. Whatever the reason, it’s not uncommon to find yourself with leftover rice in the fridge. It’s also not uncommon to forget how long that rice has been there or to wonder, Is this rice still good?
Meal prep can sometimes seem like one more thing to do. Or something that you’d like to do, but you don’t think you have the time. But here’s a little secret I’ve discovered: You don’t have to meal prep everything all at once. And you don’t even have to meal prep on Sundays! I’ve been starting off my week by making a big sheet pan of roasted vegetables.
It’s natural to feel all the feels on New Year’s Day. The holidays seem to serve up every emotion and the first day of the new year is no exception. Its arrival signals both an end and a beginning; the holidays are over, but a new, blank slate stretches out ahead of us.
As I write this, it strikes me how much today is very much a tea kind of day. It’s Monday. It’s pouring and the wind is blowing every which way. It’s mid-afternoon, and I have barely put a dent in my to-do list. But there is always time for tea. And so I stop, and make tea — in order to better write about how to make a perfect cup of tea.
Sometimes wellness mean eating the cookie — or, at least, making the cookie. I firmly believe that holiday cookies are the answer to the holiday blues. Here is a healthier take on my mom’s old-fashioned sugar cut-out cookies.