7-Day Meal Plan: Clean-Eating Dinners

By: Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D., C.D., Digital Meal Plan Editor

This 7-day healthy dinner plan follows the simple principles of clean eating, which is all about incorporating more whole foods and less of the processed stuff. This means upping your intake of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats while limiting refined grains, salt and added sugars. When it tastes as good as the recipes in this meal plan, eating clean is a no-brainer.

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Watch: Spiralized Sweet Potato Carbonara

 

Day 1:

Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Basil

Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Basil

Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Basil: This recipe is so beautiful and yet so simple to prepare—it's perfect for entertaining. You just spread a side of salmon with minced garlic, sprinkle with fresh basil, then layer sliced tomatoes on top. Put it on the grill for 10 minutes and you're done!

 

Day 2:

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans & Almond Pesto

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans & Almond Pesto

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans & Almond Pesto: Looking at a tangle of spaghetti squash tricks your brain into thinking you're about to eat a serving of eggy noodles, when in fact, you get a nice calorie and carb savings in this healthy recipe. Giving tomatoes a stint in a hot oven makes them candy-sweet.

 

Day 3:

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo: Sun-dried tomatoes and Romano cheese pack a flavorful punch along with the tantalizing aroma of fresh marjoram in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with sautéed fresh spinach or steamed broccolini.

 

Day 4:

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto: Cut some carbs and add an extra serving of veggies and use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles in this zesty pesto pasta dish recipe. Top with Cajun-seasoned shrimp to complete this quick and easy dinner.

 

Day 5:

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo: Use your crock pot for perfectly tender beef in this easy taco recipe. The quick fresh pico de gallo adds crunch, flavor and color, but your favorite fresh salsa will make a great taco topper in a pinch.

 

Day 6:

Warm Fava Bean & Escarole Salad

Warm Fava Bean & Escarole Salad

Warm Fava Bean & Escarole Salad: This easy and beautiful vegetable salad recipe features favas, escarole and peas and is inspired by scafata, the healthy spring salad from Umbria, Italy. Serve salad with toasted sprouted-grain bread brushed with olive oil.

 

Day 7:

Sweet Potato Carbonara with Spinach & Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Carbonara with Spinach & Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Carbonara with Spinach & Mushrooms: Loaded with veggies, this spiralized sweet potato vegetable noodles recipe—our healthy take on a traditional carbonara recipe—achieves superfood status with the addition of spinach and mushrooms. Look for large, straight sweet potatoes to make the longest veggie noodles.

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