Because we live in a world where everything happens very fast and we are busy all the time, dinner has become the most important and consistent meal of the day. History shows things haven’t always been this way. In the Introduction of his newest Clean Eating book, bestselling author and wellness expert Kent Burden explains how in the past people had dinner in the middle of the day, and only a light supper in the evening. Of course, with our current schedules it is impossible to go back to those ideal habits, so what he does is show us how we can improve our diets by choosing to eat only healthy, fresh, natural food that is grown as organically as possible.
“The Clean Eating Dinner Cookbook & Diet Plan” is the most thorough and complete Clean Eating guide on the market. It is packed with information you will not find anywhere else, and it offers over 50 simple recipes for delicious and nutritious dinners. The food pictures are absolutely amazing, and they help readers decide exactly what recipe they want to try in the evening, after a busy day, when all they wish is to cook something that doesn’t take much effort. Forget about frozen meals and highly processed foods. Kent Burden will show you exactly how to stock your pantry so you’d always have the basic ingredients for your Clean Eating dinners.
First of all, readers need to understand that Clean Eating is not a diet plan. It is a lifestyle. It has nothing in common with those restrictive diets that cut out your favorite food from your plate. On the contrary: once you adopt this lifestyle, you are allowed to eat anything you want, as long as you pay attention to the products you use. The author teaches his readers how to read and understand food labels, so that they’ll finally be able to make well-informed choices. Removing refined sugar, GMOs, chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and overly-processed foods is crucial, because these are the things that affect our health and lead to complicated diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and various forms of cancer.
Combine Clean Eating with daily exercise, and you’ve found the key to success. Kent Burden helps his readers achieve the body they want, improve their health, energy, and self-confidence. Because dinner is the most important meal of the day for us, he teaches us how to cook it fast and easy without spending too much time in the kitchen. “The Clean Eating Dinner Cookbook & Diet Plan” is the book you need if you truly want to change something and become the best that you can be.
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Spinach, Apple & Feta Salad with Rosemary Baked Chicken and Potatoes
If you don’t do a lot of cooking from scratch but want to start, baking chicken is a good place to get your feet wet. The baking process itself is pretty simple. Add the chicken to a hot dry oven and wait for the internal temperature of the chicken to reach 165 degrees and violá, you have baked chicken. Chickens’ mild flavor tends to lend itself to a variety of marinades, glazes and spices and by simply experimenting you can find the one you and your family like best. This meal is simply delightful and incredibly healthy. It is packed with Vitamin A, K and folate as well as lean protein, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, copper, iron and fiber. You can bring gourmet flair to your dinner by replacing the red potatoes with fingerling potatoes or a combination of Yukon gold, red and purple potatoes (often packaged as red white and blue potato combo). The spinach apple & feta salad is a great healthy starter that combines sweet apples with creamy feta (goat cheese works well too) and gives the whole family the fruits and veggies they need to stay healthy.
Spinach, Apple & Feta Salad
• 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
• 3/4 cup olive oil
• 1/4 tablespoon wild honey
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
• 6 cups fresh baby spinach
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/4 cup crumbled feta
• 1/4 cup sliced apples
Put vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper in a bottle and shake well to combine. Toss spinach with nuts, feta and fruit. Give dressing another shake and drizzle over individual servings right before you serve dinner.
Rosemary Baked Chicken and Potatoes
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
• 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
• 6 bone-in organic free range chicken thighs and legs (about 2 pounds)
• 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, halved
Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix oil, paprika, rosemary, sea salt, pepper and garlic in large bowl. Add chicken and potatoes; toss to coat well. Arrange potatoes in single layer on foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan that has been buttered. Bake 15 minutes. Push potatoes to one side of pan. Place chicken on pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, turning potatoes occasionally. Serves 4.