Day 4 of Clean Eating Jambalaya

Day 4 of Clean Eating Jambalaya

Today for lunch I made Jambalaya.  Its always been a favorite of ours ever since we moved to California 15 years ago.  There was this wonderful restaurant called the Crocodile Cafe right in the heart of our little downtown Burbank.  My husband and I would go there very regularly for their Tortilla Soup and Jambalaya.  They unfortunately closed down and we have been on the hunt for a good Jambalaya ever since.  No restaurant satisfied our craving for it, but I can honestly say this recipe did!  It was a little spicy for the girls but they did try it and like it.  I forgot to take a picture, but will definitely do it the next time!  I used a recipe from one of my favorite websites 100 days of real food.

Black Bean Quinoa Burger on a bed of Spinach

Black Bean Quinoa Burger on a bed of Spinach

For dinner I made a black bean quinoa burger, to be honest it was ok.  I love a good black bena burger and have tried many recipes in my search for making one at home.  I will keep trying though and let you know when I find one.  This time I used this recipe from the Spunky Avacado.

Day 3 of Clean Eating, Homemade Mac and Cheese

Day 3 of Clean Eating, Homemade Mac and Cheese

Today for lunch I made one of my family’s all time favorites, whole chicken in the crock pot.  It’s very quick for dish to make.  I cut a large onion in half and put it on the bottom of the crock pot, add the whole chicken and spice it by following this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food.  Let it cook for 4 hours in the crock pot on low and voila and succulent, juicy chicken every time.  Personally I buy the whole organic chickens from Costco.  I find that not only is the organic chicken better for me, but they taste much better too.  I wish I could share a picture, but truth be told it always falls off the bone when taking it out.  Of course that’s part of what makes it so delish.

For dinner we had homemade mac and cheese.  The whole recipe with grating the cheese and cooking the noodles only takes about 20 minutes.

The best homemade whole wheat macaroni and cheese

The best homemade whole wheat macaroni and cheese

I can honestly tell you that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has got nothing on this.  I added peas, carrots, and green beans to it and even the kids loved it.  I used a whole wheat elbow macaroni and followed this recipe.

 

 

Day 2- Clean Eating Month

Day 2- Clean Eating Month

Day 2 of our 30 day Clean Eating Pledge

For lunch today I decided to try a dish we love, but I have never made.  We have always loved trying foods from different cultures.  I think some of it stems from growing up in Ohio where Mexican food was Taco Bell, there is more variety now but now when we were young.  When we moved to California we tried everything we could get our hands on.  Some of our favorites were Korean, Indian, and Thai.

One of our favorite Thai dishes is chicken satay so when I found a clean recipe for it I had to try.  It was wonderful, although I did get a bit lazy and didn’t skewer the meat.  I was in a bit of a hurry and didn’t have time to soak the skewers, if you have ever used un-soaked skewers before you know what a bad idea it is.   Since I didn’t do the skewers I also skipped the coconut.  I have never noticed coconut in a traditional chicken satay so I decided to omit it.  The dish tasted just as good though served over a bed of brown rice.

You can find the recipe here, try it and you won’t be disappointed!

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay