Sunday, November 28, 2010

Clean Food Challenge, ready for day 1

 Okay, so I'm feeling very organized right now, but we'll see how long I can maintain being this on-top-of-it.  I have the first few days pretty well set.

I made a double batch of this
Quinoa Roasted Carrot Salad for 2 lunches plus a side for 1 dinner (it's really good, recipe below, thanks to Susan).

I also made a double batch of Curried Sweet Potato Soup that will give me a few meals  (I did not use the milk).

 I took one bag of almonds and drizzled them with about a tablespoon of pure maple syrup, sprinkled with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them in the oven for 20 minutes.  This will serve as snacks for the week, and from where I'm sitting right now, I think this will satisfy a sweet craving.  We'll just see about that. 

And here is my lunch for tomorrow.  Not pictured is about 1.5 cups of the Quinoa Salad.

Apple, pear, grapes, almonds,

2 rice cakes (the only ingredients were organic pop corn, puffed rice and sea salt) with almond butter and banana slices for a snack.

Green Tea
Liver DeTox Tea


I feel really good about this meal!

I'll let you know how it goes, and you should too!  If you are joining us (Laura and Katherine joined too, which I think brings us to 15?)  you can post your thoughts and ideas in the comment section or on facebook.  Also, if you are blogging about it too, post a link to your blog in the comment section.

In case you missed the conversation about eggs, we have decided that eggs, peanuts, strawberries and citrus were on the NO list because they are allergens, and some people use these cleanses to eliminate possible allergens and then introduce them  again slowly.  So, if you are sure you aren't allergic to any of these things, as I am, you should feel free to eat them this week.

I feel like I should add a disclaimer that you shouldn't do this cleanse unless you are healthy, and that you might lose some weight, so if you have no weight to lose, you should not eat fewer calories than you already do, and also that I have never done this before.  You know that, right? 

Good luck, everyone, and thank you for doing this with me!

Moroccoan Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad
                                                                                4 servings

4 large carrots (peeled and sliced)
3 T olive oil
1 T Moroccan spice blend
½ c red quinoa
½ c white quinoa
2 c water
2 t Moroccan spice blend
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
¼ c diced red onion
¼ c raisins
¼ c toasted pine nuts
1 handful of parsley chopped
1 lemon (zest and juice)
S&P to taste

Toss carrots in 1 T olive oil with 1 T spices.  Toss chickpeas with oil.  Roast both at 400 about 20-30 mins, until tender, turning once.  Simmer quinoa in water along with 2 t spices until water is absorbed, about 20 mins.  Mix carrots, quinoa, chickpeas, onions, raisins, pine nuts and parsley in bowl.  Mix 1 T olive oil, lemon juice and zest, S&P together then toss salad with dressing.

Moroccan Spice Blend
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. Mix Everything.


lee said...

I need to read up on your previous posts to see exactly what the challenge is, but I might like to join you.

Laura said...

Hey! So, I'm also doing the challenge all the way over in Japan, and you can read about it on my blog here:

Jodi said...
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Jodi said...

I'm ready for Day One! I posted my eats for today on my blog. I'm definitely ready for my post Thanksgiving Feasting "kick start"!

Brooke said...

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Good luck everyone!!

Tricia said...

I've decided to join in too! I started off today with GF steel cut oats cooked in water and topped with almonds and a little maple syrup. Lunch is a big green salad with some canned wild salmon and lentils on top. I have also made a rule for myself that I cannot eat any meals in front of my computer. I have a habit of eating lunch and/or breakfast at my desk, which I'd like to break.