Thursday, June 18, 2009

What to eat?

The new eating situation has been a mixed bag, but we have been making it work. Here are a few of the recipes we have used/created. Keep in mind that the first day was our "detox" day and was meant to be vegan & gluten free. For having never had an entire day of either, I think we did pretty darn well, and definitely were never starving.

Mango Tango Smoothie
difficulty: 1/5
tasty-factor: 5/5

1 small frozen bottle of Mango Tango Odwalla
1/4 c lemon juice

Combine both ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
notes: We already had a plentiful supply of Odwalla in our freezer, but it can be replaced by fresh mangoes.

"Cleansing Cocktail"
Difficulty: 1/5
tasty-factor: 3/5

12 oz 100% fruit juice of your choice
2 tsp whole psyllium husk (ground)

Stir psyllium into juice, stirring frequently to keep homogeneous.
notes: We took this recipe from Clean Up Your Diet, which called for cranberry juice. We used cranberry acai juice instead, and it didn't taste that bad. The texture was the most difficult to was kinda like applesauce haha.

Green Fruit Salad
Difficulty: 2/5
tasty-factor: 5/5

1 ea kiwi (peeled)
1 cup green grapes
1 ea granny smith apple (halved & sliced)

Small dice kiwi and combine with grapes and apple slices.
notes: pretty much as simple as eating a bowl of fruit.

Almond rice & lentils
difficulty: 3/5
tasty-factor: 3.5/5
2/3c. brown rice (rinsed)
5 T green lentils (rinsed)
4c. water
1 ea. medium onion (sliced)
2 T olive oil
2 T sliced almonds (toasted)
1 T fresh basil (chiffonade)

In a small pot, cover rice and lentils with the water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until both are soft, then drain. In a saute pan, caramelize onions. Combine remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
notes: I expected this recipe to taste nasty, but I forgot how much I actually enjoy lentils. The caramelized onions and almonds add a natural sweetness to the dish, which I enjoyed a lot. I had brought it to work, and ended up eating it cold, but I'm sure it would taste better warm.

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