Clean Eating for Busy Families Review + Orange Peel Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

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All moms know what a struggle it can be to get dinner on the table night after night—you want to prepare healthy and meals for your family, but picky eaters, busy schedules, and way-too-long cooking times always seem to stand in your way.

Clean Eating for Busy Families takes the challenge out of putting delicious food on the family table on a nightly basis by providing you with a clear plan for dinner success. With streamlined weekly grocery lists, simple-yet-delicious recipes, and practical tips for healthy family eating, you’ll find it a cinch to trade in that uninspired takeout for wholesome meals that don’t just put your tummy to ease, but your mind too.

It’s Quick: From easy sautés and casseroles, to slow cooker meals, to pan-less grilling, all the recipes you’ll find inside list both mode and length of cooking time, so there’s no time wasted trying to figure out a time plan or what works best for your schedule. Plus, most recipes can be prepared in thirty minutes or less!

It’s Clean: The ever-growing “clean food” movement, which focuses on a healthy, whole foods-based approach to eating, lies at the foundation of this book, so you can be sure you’re feeding your family the very best. From wholesome ingredient lists to nutritional analysis on every recipe, you can feel confident that every meal you prepare is both nutrient-rich and calorie-conscious.

It’s Green: Featuring eco-friendly tips, along with information on how to go green while shopping and cooking, you’ll find it a cinch to keep your family and the planet happy. You’ll also find the peak season noted on every recipe, as well as substitutions for ingredients that are out of season, so you can adapt according to what works best for you.

And most importantly…it’s delicious! From Orange Peel Chicken & Broccoli Stir-fry with Brown Rice to Baja Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo and Summer Berry Slump with Vanilla Greek Yogurt, you’ll enjoy night after night of delicious home cooking—without any of the hassle. Get started creating new and exciting dishes for your family today!

I really enjoyed this cookbook especially since we are trying to eat healthier.  Eating clean is not so much about counting calories and fat as it is eat healthy, whole foods.  Many of the recipes in this cookbook are filled with fruits and vegetables.  Most of the recipes used ingredients I buy at the market every week anyhow so it’s easy for me to pick up this book after my grocery shopping and find something to make.

Eating clean doesn’t mean spending hours cooking.  In fact, most of the recipes in the Clean Eating for Busy Families Cookbook are ready in 30 minutes or less.  There are appetizers, salads, seafood, meatless dishes, poultry, meat, and even skinny treats in this fabulous book.  The best part of the recipes in this book is that they are filling and still good for you.  If you are looking to eat clean and green but feel like you don’t have the time, this is the cookbook you should start with.

I give this cookbook 5 out of 5 stars.

Orange Peel Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry with Brown Rice (from Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash, R.D.)
For sauce:
2 tablespoons (28 ml) reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons (25 ml) rice vinegar
1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch
2 teaspoons (14 g) honey
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (or ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1/ 8 teaspoon each ground fennel and cloves)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) dark sesame oil
For stir-fry:
5½ cups (390 g) bite-size broccoli florets
1 tablespoon (10 g) minced garlic
1 tablespoon (6 g) minced ginger (or½ teaspoon ground ginger)
1/ 8 teaspoon salt
1 pound (455 g) flank or flat iron steak, or top sirloin, thinly sliced against the grain in 1½-inch (3.8 cm) pieces
1 tablespoon (15 ml) expeller-pressed grapeseed or canola oil
1 orange, 2 teaspoons (4 g) grated zest, inner segments sliced
2 teaspoons (5 g) sesame seeds
3 cups (585 g) cooked brown rice
To make the sauce: Stir together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
To make the stir-fry: Heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat, add 1 cup (235 ml) of water, and bring to a boil. Add broccoli, reduce heat to a low boil, and cover with a lid or piece of foil, leaving a gap for steam to escape. Steam for 5 minutes until almost fork-tender. Move broccoli to a plate, reserving cooking water in another container.
In a medium bowl, sprinkle garlic, ginger, and salt evenly over the beef. Scrape the pan clean, place it on high heat, and add the oil. When oil is shimmering, add the beef in an even layer and cook for 2 minutes undisturbed until brown. Toss with a wooden spoon to break up the pieces, reducing heat to medium-high as needed. Add orange zest and sesame seeds and cook until beef is done, another 2 minutes. Swirl in the sauce, add broccoli, and stir-fry to reheat. Add a splash of reserved broccoli water if mixture seems too dry. Serve hot and garnish with orange segments.
Go Clean
Replace Japanese soy sauce with a domestic soy sauce, which is still authentically manufactured but doesn’t require a gas-guzzling trip overseas.



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