Thursday, February 9, 2012

The wonders of Almond Milk

You know my addiction to lattes, right? That's the only thing I REALLY miss during the 21 day de-tox. I have maybe 4 a-day...I'm trying to cut back. You may have coffee during the detox, just not the cream or milk, hence no lattes for me. Well, guess again. I have discovered almond milk. Yes a wonderful alternative to cow milk and much higher in calcium and protein. Soy is a no-no, just in case you're messes with your hormones - so Almond is the way to go. It has an exceptionally long expiration date and is not refrigerated until after it's opened. I buy plain and unsweetened, but you may have the vanilla or chocolate one as long as you get the one that is not sweetened. The taste is a little different, so try a small box to see if you like it. I'm thrilled. I even carry it with me, so I can frequent coffee shops and they are happy to use my milk preference.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Okay, so it's been awhile.....You do understand, I am only active on my blog when I am de-toxing or if anyone has any questions on how to perform a safe de-tox using food as medicine. I shall point out as it's after the holidays, I'm ready to do yet another 21 day de-tox. I feel fat - my fat jeans are tight and I kind of ate my way thru the holidays, which is this is such a good time to commence eating healthier. I'm so ready, I'm sick of eating sweets and really rich dishes at various parties....So, are you with me?

Here's a few more recipes:

Green beans sauteed in dijon mustard with sliced almonds.

1 bag of fresh green beans, ends trimmed
olive oil
dijon mustard
sliced almonds
Salt & pepper

In a large skillet, heat 2-3 TBLS of olive oil (after 10 days, feel free to add 1 TBLS of butter to this) add 3 TBLS dijon mustard (I use smooth not grainy in this dish, but I suppose either would work) As the mustard blends into the oil, add the beans and saute until desired doneness is achieved. Sprinkle with almonds and season with salt & pepper. I kind of like mine still with a bit of crunch, but the longer you saute them the softer they become.

Spinach with lime and garlic

2 bags of fresh baby spinach or a big 10 oz box
olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lime, zested and juiced

In a large pan, heat 2-3 TLBS of olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and stir to prevent from burning, when it is softened add the will seem like a ton of spinach and that all of it will not fit in the pan, but just keep stirring and it will wilt down fairly quickly....add zest, salt & pepper. Then add just a bit of the juice of the lime....for a bright flavor.

I ate the entire batch on the day I tried this....very yummy!

Roasted Kale

1 bunch kale
olive oil
salt, pepper
various seasonings....I like cayenne, dried herbs & smokey paprika

Pre heat oven to 250 degrees. This is the big differance....I've always used a hot oven and the kale was bitter...not this way..slow and low works best. Very crisp with a clean taste...

Clean and wash the kale, leaving it in large leaves and removing most of the tough stems

In small batches, add the leaves to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil....toss with tongs until it is coated with the oil, then salt (sparingly) and pepper. I like to add my dried herbs at this stage too and toss.

Lay the leaves out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cayenne & paprika. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes, turning them once about half-way thru....Place them in a large bown and use as a snack or appetizer.

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Recipes

I just finished yet another de-tox and I thought I'd share some new recipes with you that have become my new favorites: The puttanesca sauce is great over grilled portabellos and the spaghetti squash. The soup is fabulous hot or cold. Saute the leeks in 1 TBLS butter and 1 TBLS olive oil after day 10 - but it's really good!

Puttanesca Sauce:

2 TBLS olive oil
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic - chopped fine
1 small green bell pepper - diced
1 can crushed tomatoes or buy the whole/diced peeled ones and put all of it in a blender,juice and all and use that
1 TBLS tomato paste
pinch cayenne pepper flakes
1/2 cup kalamata olives - chopped
1 TBLS capers - optional, but I like them!
Salt & pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan, saute onions in olive oil until soft. Add green peppers and garlic and saute another 5-7 minutes until peppers are tender. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, pepper flakes, salt & pepper and simmer for another 20 minutes on low, stirring to prevent scorching. I sometimes rinse the can out with a small amount of water and add that. I've also used green olives for an additional salty taste and after day 10 1 TBLS anchovy paste - really makes it rich tasting!

Asparagas Leek Soup

2-3 leeks - sliced lengthwise, cleaned and thinly sliced just a bit into the green
1 bunch asparagas - tough stems removed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 Tbls olive oil (use 1 TBLS butter after day 10 for a richer flavor)
4 cups chicken stock
juice of 1 lime
pinch cayenne
salt & pepper to taste.

In a small stockpot, saute leeks in olive oil until soft. Add chicken stock & asparagas, cayenne, lime juice, salt & pepper and bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat and cook until asparagas is fork tender.

In small batches, puree in blender. This soup is excellent served hot or cold. Garnish with chopped basil

Basil Vinigarette

1 small shallot
1 TBLS lemon juice
3 TBLS white wine or champagne vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
salt & pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil

Place all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or blender and puree until a thick paste forms. With motor running add olive oil in a steady stream. This is great as a salad dressing, but can also be used on salmon, drizzled over grilled shrimp or chicken, after day 10!

My new favorite smoothie

I LOVE this - this is now my breakfast whether i'm on the 21 day de-tox or not! You don't even taste the intestrestore (although the new improved orange or cherry is a HUGE improvement over the grainy stuff we started out with 3 years ago) or flax seed oil.

5-6 frozen organic strawberries
1 heaping TBLS of frozen organic wild blueberries
1/4 cup of unsweetened fruit juice (orange, grapefruit or apple)
1 cup strong green tea - cooled
1 TBLS flax seed oil
1 scoop orange flavored intestrestore
1 scoop pomegranate powder

Put all ingredients in a blender and puree until slushy....the frozen fruit works in lieu of ice!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

It's time once again!

So, you know how I said I was going to eat healthy after my October de-tox? Well that lasted about a week, then I partied and ate my way thru the worry, as I did yet another 21 day de-tox in January. So, everything is under control. And now it is May and time to do another 21 days. And everytime I go through this process I marvel at how easy it has become. Actually, just like January, I'm ready. I've had a lovely spring and it's time to look at all my pretty spring clothes and make sure they fit in the loose and breezy style I like. I have purchased beaucoups of vegetables and am prepared to commence my May de-tox on Sunday 5/1/11. Are you in?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day 21 - Ta Da!! Last Day!

You've made it!!! This is the last day of no wheat, no dairy, no sugar. I for one am going to ease back into it. Probably after I have my first latte tomorrow. I don't think I'm going to eat any sugar or wheat for a while. I am going to continue with a weight loss diet. Low fats, healthy choices - yada, yada.

You should be very proud of your accomplishment. This takes comittment - it's not hard, but it takes a certain amount of self-control and discipline that many people lack. You are not one of those - you did this and you can do this again. In January!!! Are you with me? Love and thinner thighs for everyone,


Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 20 - Two days to GO!

Well, not much more to say these days - I kind of figure if you've made it this far two more days is nothin'! I will say I'm so glad you were able to do this with me - it's just that much easier to have others go thru the same experience - a sort of "safety in numbers", especially at social functions. Let me know how you're doing and basically - it's just today & tomorrow!!! I'm off to make a pot of green tea.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Day 18

I didn't blog yesterday - and I am so was just too bee-you-tea-full to be indoors. I was up early and met Wendy for a morning bike ride - had lunch at Patisserie Amie - scrambled egg with onion & tomato, along with green tea. Not my usual Pastisserie faire, but they know we're detoxing and are very accomodating. Then helped a friend organize her closet and it felt really good to be doing something that is going to control my weight. I'm thinking (and if you're going to continue with weight loss, you should too) about what to add into my diet when I'm done to lose a few more lbs.

I then made another soup which is way yummy. It's super simple too. A non-creamy cauliflower soup. Here's how it goes:

2 TBLS olive oil
1 med onion - diced
2 carrots - peeled & diced
2 celery stalks - diced
1 large head of cauliflower - cut into small florets
8 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt & pepper to taste

In a large stock pot over medium high heat olive oil. Add onions and saute until tender, add carrots & celery and continue to cook for about 3 minutes. Add cauliflower and saute another minute. Add stock and parsley and bring to boil - cover, reduce heat to simmer and continue to cook until veggies are tender. I really like the lightness of this soup. Serve it alone or along with the flank steak recipe from my recipe blog entry. Very filling and very good!

And in case you didn't know - Tuesday is your last detox day!