15 Ways to Enjoy the “Clean Fifteen”

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The Environmental Working Group released it’s annual Clean Fifteen, a list of 15 fruits and vegetables that are perfectly safe even when they aren’t organic. This year’s list includes:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocado
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Onions
  11. Papayas
  12. Pineapples
  13. Sweet Corn
  14. Sweet Peas
  15. Sweet Potatoes

To help you eat clean, here are some great ways to enjoy this year’s Clean Fifteen.

This asparagus crostini is a super simple appetizer that will make entertaining a breeze.


Take your avocados to the next level by grilling them.

A crunchy cabbage salad has a satisfying texture and is a great way to mix up your lunch routine.

A diced, perfectly ripe cantaloupe pairs wonderfully with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.

I’ve been loving this trend of cauliflower steaks lately. And this Moroccan-spiced recipe seems like a simple, yet delicious way to try it out.


Can’t get enough cauliflower? These roasted cauliflower pita pockets are an exotic, filling option for vegetarians and health-conscious eaters everywhere.

A smokey eggplant-chickpea stew has complex flavor with healthy, filling ingredients and takes less than an hour to make.

Take a few minutes to broil your grapefruit in the morning with a touch of brown sugar. It’s time well-spent, I promise.

I love dried kiwis in my trail mix or as a standalone snack. And they’re easy to make at home.

kiwi laura beth drilling

You’ll want to Pin this no-bake mango layer cake to try out when the weather gets warm.

A good French onion soup is the perfect way to cope with a rainy day.

Try topping ice cream or mixing smoothies with frozen papaya for a tropical twist.

Baked pineapple with ice cream is the perfect mixture of temperatures, flavors and textures.


Why settle for plain rice? With just a few more minutes and ingredients, you can have a savory sweet corn pulao.

These sweet potato quinoa patties with a cilantro lime cream sauce are a guilt-free way to enjoy Mexican-inspired cuisine.

Photo credit: Pamela Follett, Jennifer Farley, Sala Kannan, Laura Beth Drilling, Erin Medeiros

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