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Ideal Dishes For Families

Vegan Holiday Nog

For those of you who don’t do well with dairy and/or are concerned about raw egg contamination, here's a nut-based vegan version that tastes a little different than what you may be used to but is just as pleasurable. It will add a healthy and festive note to your seasonal celebrations.

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Whole Grilled Fish

If you’re used to preparing fish that’s already been filleted, I highly recommend grilling a whole fish at least once. It will give you an immediate sense of your food’s animal origins, and the flavors and eating experience are somehow elevated. I can’t explain it, but you’ll know what I mean when you try it.

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Wild Mushroom-Rubbed Steaks

Rubs and marinades for animal proteins are key staples for keeping variety alive in a whole food diet. The beauty of using rubs over marinating is the convenience – just apply and grill, no waiting time for the flavors to do their magic. (Though if you wish, you can rub your meat ahead of time and leave it in the fridge for up to a day before grilling.) While there are plenty of great high-quality, ready-made dry rubs on the market, it’s not hard to make your own. As the ingredients are dry, they will keep for weeks or even months in a cool pantry.

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Winter Squash Pasta

Craving a pasta dish but don't want all the calories, carbs or flour? Try baking up ultra-low-cal winter squash for a warm and satisfying swap under your favorite pasta sauces.

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Zesty Pesto Shrimp Stir Fry

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. The combination of toothiness and crunch makes it very satisfying to eat and the flavors work beautifully together, completely eliminating any “fishiness factor” from the shrimp. Though veggies and shrimp are lean and low-cal, the oil and nuts in the pesto give this light, one-pot meal real staying power.

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