Food Lover’s Cleanse

Along with the rest of the world, Michael and I are greeting the new year with a little health kick.  We polished off the left-over short ribs on Sunday night, and then swore off anything indulgent for the next two weeks.  To add some structure to our goal, we started the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse on Monday morning.  It’s pretty low-key as far as cleanses go.  We’re still eating solid food at every meal and even are allowed a few treats along the way.  It is pretty cooking-intensive though and requires a good amount of prep time and a lengthy trip to Whole Foods to search for things like hemp seeds.  Regardless, it’s been a fun project and most of the meals have been really good.    I have to say I am ready for the weekend!  We’re cutting ourselves a break so we can properly celebrate Callie’s birthday and knock back a few cocktails.  Sad how difficult it was to stave off alcohol for a measly 5 days!  Cheers and happy Friday!!! 

The following are some of the highlights from the cleanse and recipes we might actually keep around after January.

Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Jerusalem Artichokes with Lemon and The Greenest Tahini Sauce
Quinoa with Walnuts and Shallots 

IMG_6791This one was actually pretty good.  I didn’t think I’d get Michael to eat a meatless dinner, but wonders never cease. 

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Red Pepper–Walnut Spread

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This was a keeper.  The chicken turned out really juicy and the skin was perfectly crisp on top.  It made for nice leftovers for salad the next day too.

Hanger Steak with Orange-Oregano Chimichurri and
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Chili

IMG_6797This was probably our favorite.  It was delicious and the steak and arugula salads the next day were great.   Particularly timely too since we’ve been getting a ton of sweet potatoes in our bushel recently.

Thursday, we decided to stray a bit from the meal plan, and Michael made turkey burgers.  He added a tablespoon or so of chopped red and green jalapenos and a tablespoon of BBQ sauce to about a pound of well-seasoned, ground turkey, and grilled them up on our stove-top, cast-iron grill.   We topped ours with some avocado and caramelized red onions.  So tasty, we hardly missed the buns.  The only thing we need to remember next time is to either cook them outside or actually turn the vent on in our kitchen.  Our friendly fire department paid us a visit right as we were sitting down to dinner.  Ooops! 

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One thought on “Food Lover’s Cleanse

  1. The pictures look great Amy P. This health kick is really making me feel better. We should do this more. I’m ready for the weekend and a cocktail though. Everything looks great. I’m so proud of you.

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