Clean and Lean Crunchy Beef Salad and Super Greens

When my very lovely girlfriend handed me the Clean and Lean Diet Book for my birthday, it was not without a prelude, “Don’t worry it’s not because I think you’re fat” she assured me. Despite its arguably deceptive title, it’s more an ode to healthy living than a diet book. Author James Duigan is the long time trainer and confidant to Elle McPherson, so it’s safe to assume he knows a thing or two about healthy eating. Amidst Duigan’s repertoire of Clean and Lean recipes, a host of celebrity names including Elle and Rosie Huntington Whiteley contribute their own healthy favorites. Inspirational healthy recipes endorsed by ‘The Body’ herself, it’s no wonder I couldn’t wait to give them a go xx



Pics Via The Daily Mail Elle McPherson / Just Jared Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Crunchy Cambodian Style Beef Salad
Adapted from Clean and Lean Diet Cookbook by James Duigan


Ingredients
400gram fillet of beef
1 teaspoon olive oil

Salad
2 celery sticks cut into strips
1/2 cucumber cut into thin strips
Green Mango cut into strips or
Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
Handful bean shoots

Dressing
1 garlic clove crushed
1 red chilli finely chopped (optional)
handful chopped coriander of basil
juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons ginger finely grated
2 tablespoons chicken stock
sea salt and pepper to taste

To serve
1 red onion finely chopped and caramelized
1 handful crushed cashews lightly toasted

Directions
In a large bowl combine all the salad ingredients and toss together. Lightly toast crushed cashews and set aside. In a small fry pan saute red onion for approx 4 minutes or until it  appears to caramelize, then set aside. Heat olive oil in a griddle pan and grill beef for approx 2 to 3 minutes on either side for medium rare, or until liking, then allow to rest. In the meantime in a small bowl combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk together. Thinly slice beef then place on top of salad, sprinkle with red onion and cashews, drizzle dressing over and serve.

Super Green Salad
Adapted from Clean and Lean Diet Cookbook by James Duigan

Ingredients
Salad
100g green beans trimmed
1 bunch asparagus trimmed
100g baby spinach
1 small bunch rocket
1/2 cucumber sliced
100g frozen peas defrosted
2 tablespoons pine nuts lightly toasted
1/2 avocado sliced

Dressing
1 small bunch basil chopped
1 small bunch tarragon finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Blanch green beans and asparagus in boiling water for approx 2 minutes, drain and then transfer to ice cold water. In a small bowl combine all the dressing ingredients, whisk together and set aside. In a large serving bowl toss together the spinach, rocket, cucumber and avocado. Scatter peas, asparagus and green beans on top, sprinkle with pine nuts, drizzle dressing over salad and serve.