When eating clean, it’s sometimes hard to think of exciting sides to your meat, especially ones that aren’t the usual bit of green salad. Yet, you still want variety, colour and flavor, of course! If you’re a budding beefcake then you’ll also need to have meals you can cook quickly-we don’t want any “hanger” issues now do we? Aside from that, spending hours in the gym pushing yourself to your limits will certainly work up an appetite and all that hard work should be rewarded with fresh whole foods. Below, I have put together a few appetizing sides that won’t take you long and that also incorporates the use of everyday produce (no fancy pants required here.)
Red Cabbage & Apple Slaw
These would be perfectly matched with my fave “Pulled Pork” but I used it as an addition to some Gluten Free turkey burgers. Isn’t the colour just fantastic?? (Buns by BFree)
- 1/2 Red Cabbage
- 1 Green Apple
- 2 Carrots Peeled
- 1/2 Red Onion
- 2 Tablespoon Greek or Natural Yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon Wholegrain Mustard
- Salt and pepper
1. Use a grater attachment on a food processor (or a box grater) to grate the cabbage and carrots. Grate the onion or chop as finely as you can.
2. Transfer to a large bowl and add the yogurt and mustard, mix until evenly combined, season with salt and pepper.
3. Ready to serve-will last 3 days in the fridge.
Chipotle Carrot Fries
A delightful substitute to the potato version but dramatically lower in calories, full of fiber and vitamins, So you have an excuse when you eat more and believe me you will.
- 1lb Carrots Peeled
- Olive Oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon Chipotle Powder
- Sea salt
- Black Pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180 (Put the roasting tin/tray in the oven to heat also)
2. Sliced the carrots into batons and add to a large bowl, pour in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and seasoning, use your hands to mix and ensure the fries are nicely coated.
3. Add to preheated oven tray/tin and bake for 20 minutes, stop halfway to shake.
Faux- Mashed Potatoes AKA Cauliflower Mash
This is a great low-carb alternative to the potato version we’re used to (especially in Ireland where we’re just short of having potato for dessert!) I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with potato, I do eat it about once a week to fortnightly, but if you are trying to lose weight or follow a strict regime where potatoes are exempt, then this is perfect for you
- 1 Cauliflower Chopped into Florets
- 1/4 Cup of Grassfed Butter
- Salt and Pepper
1. Fill a large pot with about a cup of water, and insert a colander. Bring the water to a boil, and add the cauliflower florets. Reduce the heat and allow the cauliflower to steam for 6-8 minutes, or until fork tender.
2. When its cooked transfer to the bowl of a food processor, add butter and seasoning and process to your desired texture.
Asian Inspired Slaw
The fact that I have 2 variations of slaw listed here, tells you that I love slaw! It’s a great accompaniment to any dish and is certain to add some jazz and colour!
- 4 Large Carrots Peeled
- 1/4 Red Cabbage
- Handful of Radishes very finely sliced
- Bunch of Coriander Chopped
- 4 Spring Onions Chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
- juice of 1/2 Lime
1. Using the grater attachment on a food processor, grate the carrots and red cabbage and add to a large bowl,then add radishes, spring onion and coriander.
2. In a jar combine the seasme oil and lime juice ( a tablespoon of soya sauce or coconut aminos can also be added) put the lid on and shake and add the dressing to the slaw mix, toss and serve.
I hope these recipes will help you to keep your dinners healthy and exciting. It can be easy to fall into a routine of dull dinners when following a healthy eating plan, remember it doesn’t have to be boring. Keep it interesting and try something new every week. It’s the key to staying on track 🙂