This post is from our friends at GTS Clothing who share our commitment to healthy living.
Since the warm weather has arrived, I’m sure many of you have been thinking about getting ready for the beach or pool. I’m not talking about crash diets and juice cleanses, I’m talking about focusing on fueling your body with whole, nutrient dense foods. Clean eating is a great way to get (and keep) that beach body everyone wants! A common misconception of healthy eating is that it has to be expensive. However, as you begin your clean eating journey you will notice that your body is left more satisfied than it ever was scarfing down bowls of Easy Mac. And because your body is fueled with whole, unprocessed foods, you will notice that you’re spending less money at the grocery store. I’ve come up with two super quick, simple, and budget-friendly clean eating recipes that I’m sure will become staples in your diet.
The first is a chicken sausage, white bean and kale dish that is guaranteed to keep your stomach full and your taste buds happy. The second dish is a warm kale, bacon (yes, I said bacon) and sweet potato salad that will satisfy your sweet, spicy and savory needs.
Chicken Sausage, White Beans and Kale
1 package chicken sausage
2 bunches of kale
1 28oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Begin by browning the sausage in a pan on medium heat. Brown until the sausage is completely cooked (the inside will no longer be pink). Remove kale from the stalks and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the kale on a baking sheet and put into oven for about 15 minutes. You want the kale edges to begin to brown and get crunchy. While the kale is cooking, sauté the garlic and onion in a pan with olive oil (2 tablespoons).
Once the onion becomes tender and translucent, add the rinsed white beans. Cook until hot – about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Plate your finished product by layering the kale, beans, and sliced chicken sausage on top. Feeds 4
Warm Kale, Bacon, and Sweet Potato Salad
2 washed sweet potatoes, skin on, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 bunches kale
½ package of all natural, nitrate free bacon, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, cook the kale the same way as the recipe above. It should look like this:
Quarter sweet potatoes and dice into bite sized chunks. Toss with olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cayenne (add more if you like it spicy). Cook in oven until slightly brown and tender, about 30 minutes. As the potatoes and kale cook, heat the bacon in a pan on medium heat until crunchy. When everything is cooked, toss together and enjoy! Feeds 4
Have your own clean eating favorites? Share them in the comment section below!
Thanks for reading,
Sarah Fitzmaurice, Chef at Small Kitchen Big Taste, in North Haven, CT