There's no way that I'm the only person not partaking in a juice cleanse or detox diet to start off my new year. I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. I think they're a bit hokey, possibly counterproductive and rarely successful. There is something to be said for starting a new year on a new foot though; it's a clean and marked time to welcome changing attitudes and habits. This year, I personally want to take a firm step back and truly examine what I am putting into my body. I want to be conscious of ingesting processed foods and focus on obtaining nutrients that not only make a person function better, but feel better. I believe cooking your own food goes hand-in-hand with this idea. Picking out your own vegetables, preparing your own meats, seasoning your own food -- these innate, controllable principles of cooking can lead to more healthful, wholesome decisions in the kitchen (as well as delicious).
As a result of a focus on cleaner eating, I have assembled a list of 37 wholesome, healthful recipes. I avoid the word "healthy" intentionally. Healthy can mean a lot of things. Some of these recipes could be called "healthy," of course, but the choice is deliberate. There are ways to change traditional flavors or meals by switching out ingredients for healthier alternatives or to add vegetables in a non-traditional setting. An excellent example of swapping out traditional ingredients to great (and mouthwatering) effect is in Rachel Graville's Chicken and Buckwheat Dumplings recipe. Whole and sprouted buckwheat and wheat flours replace bleached white flour in a dumpling crust enhanced by the addition of onion and spinach. But don't take my word for it. Try this and these 36 other recipes from our remarkable group of chefs here at Alta Editions!