the main complaint i hear about clean eating is that it’s boring or bland. here’s the thing: it’s only boring and bland if you make it boring and bland!
i am constantly searching for clean recipes and adapting them to my taste/preference. one thing I’ve become obsessed with is roasted vegetables. i’ll roast any vegetable there is, even if i don’t love it, because chances are i’ll like it roasted (broccoli) ! i use the same method for all my vegetables and they usually always turn out amazing. i like mine on the crispier side, so times may very, but as long as you keep an eye on them, you should be fine.
thursday night, i made bacon turkey sliders with green bean ‘fries’ and it was probably the best meal I’ve made this entire challenge (i had two slices of low-sodium, nitrate free bacon, which i added to the sliders, and that was probably the best decisions I’ve ever made). this meal was packed with flavor and it made enough for two dinners and two lunches for the next day.
bacon turkey sliders with green bean ‘fries’
- 20 oz. lean ground turkey (i used 97%)
- 2 pieces of low sodium, nitrate free bacon
- ~2 cups of green beans (i usually just go by the handful, i used 4)
- seasoning of choice (i used tj’s 21 seasoning salute)
- extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice) for drizzling
- toppings of choice (avocado, onion, tomato, cheese. you can even put them on a bun!)
for green bean fries: preheat oven to 400*. place green beans on a foil lined baking sheet. drizzle with oil of choice. sprinkle with seasoning. place in oven and bake for 30-45 minutes. i usually bake mine for a little bit longer (45+) because i like them very crispy! keep an eye on them around the 30 minute mark to make sure they aren’t overcooked for your taste. remove from oven when happy with ‘roastedness’. enjoy!
for bacon turkey sliders: preheat oven to 350* degrees. cut up bacon into small bits. add seasoning and bacon to ground turkey and mix. divide turkey into equal portion sliders (i divided it into 4 chunks, then divided those into 3 sliders). place sliders onto a wire rack** and place wire rack onto baking sheet. place in oven and bake for ~30 minutes or when internal temperature is 165*. remove from oven when internal temperate is 165*. top with add-ons of choice. enjoy!
**i placed the sliders on the wire rack so that the sliders wouldn’t sit in the grease from the bacon. if you don’t care about that, these can go directly onto a baking sheet. even without all that extra bacon grease, these tasted amazing!
nutritional stats (for 3 sliders and a generous portion of beans): 205 cals, 6 g carbs, 4 g fat, 34 g protein, 144 g sodium
wanna hear my one complaint about the 24 day challenge? they don’t recommend you eat dairy for the whole 24 days. if you do, it should be small amounts of plain greek yogurt. I HAVEN’T HAD CHEESE IN OVER 11 DAYS! that has to be a record for me. and i miss it. i miss it, terribly.
i’ll be interested to see if dairy bugs my stomach once i try adding it back into my diet. I’ve never had severe stomach problems, but do deal with some serious heartburn and the occasional bloat here and there. i can live without yogurt and cows milk. but i miss my cheese. we’ll see. i’ll keep you updated.
have a great weekend!
Q: what’s your favorite way to prepare vegetables? raw, roasted, boiled, sautéed? roasted. all. the. way. except carrots and cucumbers.