I know you have been thinking how can I still eat my favorite dishes and still have them be clean? It is not as hard as you might think. You may just need a little more planning time to make sure you have everything on hand. If you have already converted your pantry to a clean eating pantry and you have a well established clean eating fridge, it is not difficult to still have your favorite dishes.
No More White Stuff
Just because a recipe calls for white flour doesn’t mean you cannot substitute whole wheat flour. I like to use a combination of half whole wheat flour and half whole wheat pastry flour. Take a look at my homemade biscut mix to see how to make biscuits and pancakes in a rush. For any recipe that calls for rice use brown rice instead. Brown rice takes twice as long to cook, so I will make a double batch and freeze it. Then I have easy ready rice whenever I need it. It will heat up in about 5 minutes.
No More Sugar – The Other White Stuff
Sugar is in just about every processed food you can purchase at the store. It is considered a flavor enhancer and is very cheap to add to products. By making most of your own food yourself, you can eliminate these empty calories from your diet. I have created an easy sugar conversion to honey chart you can use. This will help in recreating your favorite sweet recipes using honey or maple syrup. These all natural sweeteners have a lower glycemic index making them easier to digest. Your body does not need to produce as much insulin to break it down. If you are still having trouble giving up sugar use these foods to help stop sugar cravings.
Replacing oil in recipes can be a bit tricky. You can use applesauce or bananas in a sweet recipe or use a naturally occurring vegetable based oil, such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil. Some do not think butter falls into clean eating. I think it is a natural product, therefore I use it in my cooking. See how to make butter to make your own with buttermilk leftover.
This should take care of converting most of your favorite recipes easily to a clean recipe. If something does take a long time to prepare, make a double batch and freeze the rest. Then you will have some on hand for the next time you want to make it like rice. I will be providing you with an easy clean eating menu plan soon, so you can easily plan meals for your family. Join my community on Facebook for more Clean Eating Tips and follow my 31 Day Clean Eating Challenge on Pinterest for continued inspiration.
What is your most difficult challenge when converting a recipe?