Clean eating encourages devotees to eat whole foods adorned only with simple, fresh sauces that contain as little refined sugars and processed ingredients as possible. If you select in-season produce, organic, all-natural animal products and minimally processed whole grains such as millet, farro, quinoa and amaranth, you're on your way to enjoying all of the nutrient-rich, energy-boosting benefits the clean eating lifestyle offers.
But, even produce picked at its peak, grass-fed beef and chewy, nutty brown rice can benefit from flavorful sauces. The following five clean eating sauce recipes provide crowd-pleasing, versatile ways to spice up your meals. Ordered from least labor- and time-intensive to most, all of the sauces are easy to make—some just take more time to simmer than others.
30-Second Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe
3 vine-ripened tomatoes, with seeds and juice, cut into quarters
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
1 small bunch cilantro
1 garlic clove
1 lime, for juice and zest
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and pulse until at your desired consistency.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 cloves garlic, grated with a microplane or chopped finely
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
1 cup organic, low-fat Greek yogurt, strained
1/2 cup organic, low-fat sour cream
1 large hothouse cucumber, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, yogurt and sour cream. Stir in cucumbers and dill. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.