17 Big-Batch Dinners for Clean Eating
Whether you’re feeding 12 friends or just really like leftovers (who doesn’t?), there’s no reason that big-batch dinners can’t also be good for you. Here are 17 recipes that make a lot of food and also happen to be clean eating-approved.
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers (6 servings)
This one goes out to the mayo haters. With Greek yogurt, rice vinegar and plenty of mustard, it’s just as creamy and tangy as the original.
Black Bean Plantain Enchilada Bake (12 Servings)
Here’s proof that healthy dishes don’t have to be complicated: This riff on enchiladas needs only ten ingredients to come together. It’s also totally vegan and gluten-free.
Creamy Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake (8 Servings)
Thanks to tahini, miso and a rich cashew cream, you’d never guess that this hearty casserole contains absolutely no dairy. If you want to make it gluten-free, just skip the breadcrumb topping (but don’t forget the pine nuts).
Quiche with Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust (8 Servings)
What’s better than brinner (aka breakfast for dinner)? When it doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down with maple syrup-soaked carbs. (Not that we don’t love that from time to time.)
Spinach and White Bean Soup (6 Servings)
White beans and orzo meet soft, melt-in-your-mouth spinach in this hearty recipe. Best of all, it’s ready in about 30 minutes.
Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers (8 Servings)
We kind of have a thing for stuffed bell peppers—can you blame us? They’re crunchy, pre-portioned and give us an excuse to say we ate the bowl.
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup (8 Servings)
What did we do to deserve soup? It’s filling without being heavy, can feed a giant crowd and is basically the O.G. one-pot meal. This one’s packed with veggies, beans and, of course, Parm.
Eggplant Pizza (6 Servings)
These bite-size cheater’s pizzas are low-carb, gluten-free and pretty darn adorable. The cheese on top just seals the deal.
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala (6 servings)
Takeout, shmakeout. Your trusty pressure cooker will give you an Indian-inspired dish that’s just as tasty and takes way less time. (33 minutes, to be exact.)
Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing (12 Servings)
The best thing about this salad is that while you can certainly stick to the recipe, you can also add any toppings you have on hand. But whatever you do, don’t skimp on the garlicy tahini dressing.
Spicy Black Bean and Quinoa Burritos (8 Servings)
These aren’t just any burritos…they’re freezer burritos. Make a bunch of filling, assemble and stash away for busy nights (or whenever you’re feeling lazy).
Red Curry Sheet-Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Kale (12 Servings)
The sheet-pan meal is our knight in shining armor. Throw as many ingredients as you can fit onto one tray, and in less than an hour, you’re eating a maple-y, curry chicken dinner—minimal cleanup required.
Easy Southwest Black Beans Polenta Casserole (12 Servings)
We know casseroles have a reputation for being filled with naughty things, but this one is refreshingly wholesome. Beans (for protein) and plenty of vegetables blanketed in polenta—what more could you want?
Easy Greek Sheet-Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes (8 Servings)
Once you take a bite, you won’t believe how simple this one-pan recipe actually is. All that garlic, dill and balsamic vinegar is deliciously, flavorfully deceiving.
Baked Zucchini ‘Ziti’ Spirals with Mozzarella (6 Servings)
Just when you thought a baked pasta couldn’t be good for you, the glorious zucchini swoops in to save the day. Here it’s used in place of noodles for a hearty-yet-healthy take on one of our all-time favorites.