The Cleanse Continues


Hello. How are you? Ok, so I’ve got Adele’s smash hit tune playing in my head today! She is such an incredible talent. But I digress… I’m here to update you on the Winter Cleanse Brian & I are following from Bon Appetit’s book The Food Lover’s Cleanse. Gotta say, really loving all the food from this book.


Thursday’s meal was Vegetable Pot-Au-Feu. 


Full of yummy goodness with savoy cabbage, carrots, leeks, and parsnips, with some flat leaf parsley thrown in for good measure. This was cooked in chicken stock, but could easily been made vegetarian by substituting vegetable stock instead.


Here it is served with bulgur mixed with parsley and chives. I also added some lemon zest in there. It was a good combo and I just love the bulgur. This Pot-Au-Feu could be a great base for a “clean out the crisper” meal, subbing out some of these vegetables with whatever you have on hand.


Friday’s meal was Kale Sautéed with Onions, Leeks, and Turmeric and also served with Smoky Spiced Chickpeas. All of this was so delicious and quite filling. Both items hold up well as a leftover as well. Great vegetarian meal.


The Smoky Spiced chickpeas contained sun-dried tomatoes, dried chili, cumin seeds, garlic, tomato puree, bay leaf, and smoked paprika. I was thinking leftovers could be blended into a super hummus, but I didn’t get the chance to do it as Brian the rest of it!


Saturday we had Miso Flank Steak with Shiitake-Collard Green Escabeche. Actually the recipe called for mustard greens, but there was none to be had at the market so I substituted the collard greens. The whole thing tasted good. 


However, the Miso marinade was more of a paste and when the meat is seared it’s like a crust on top, which Brian & I didn’t care for. Next time we will blend up the miso mixture, then add sake to make it more of a loose marinade and soak the beef in that overnight. My mouth is already watering just thinking about it!


Sunday’s meal…oh my goodness…was Moroccan Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate.


These were the most delicious lamb shanks I’ve ever had in my entire life! Full of spices and cooked with carrots and leeks in a chicken stock and pomegranate juice mixture, then topped with mint and pomegranate seeds. Brian was inspired to cooked up a celeriac-coconut puree to go with this. His own made up recipe. Brilliant!


Tuesday’s meal was Root Vegetable Minestrone. Great depth of flavor. Contained carrots, savoy cabbage, onion, celeriac, whole canned tomatoes, kale, cannelloni beans, and golden beets. Another wonderful vegetarian meal. This would also be a good “clean out the crisper” soup idea.

Wednesday was left over Minestrone for me as Brian is out of town on business and with all this cooked food already in the fridge it seemed crazy to make another meal.


I did however try another of the oatmeal combos for breakfast. This one is with coconut milk, toasted coconut, cocao nibs, and chopped dates. Such good comfort food, enhanced by the fact that I was still in my PJ’s!

We have a few more meals to cook. Sunday will be the last day of the 2 week Winter Cleanse. I’ll check back in with you all to report back.

Hope you are enjoying your January. Can you believe half the month is already behind us?


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10 Responses to The Cleanse Continues

  1. Barbara says:

    These all look quite fancy and delicious Carol. The first one would be quite the clean out and looks like something I would fix and enjoy. Your food photography is always a pleasure to see. Love seeing you in your PJ’s.

  2. Jana Vargas says:

    What a remarkable cleanse adventure, everything so rich and satisfying and perfect for the foodies that you are – will be fun to see how many become staples in a new way of eating – Enjoy- JBV

  3. Ann Davis says:


    I should wait until after breakfast to read your blog. Wow looks great. The pictures are amazing . The veggie recipes are exciting. I love recipes that clean out the refrigerator. Have a great day.

    Thanks for sharing a part of your day with us.

  4. Sherry Galey says:

    Oh my goodness, I love the way you eat. I would happily gobble everything you made this week. And the images — incredible. That one of the lamb shanks is better than most cookbooks. I’m thinking I’d like some smoky spiced chickpeas about now!

  5. You made this sound so enticing I ordered the book. I’m always a bit hesitant to order cookbooks unless they are vegetarian since my husband doesn’t eat any meat except fish. But it should be a good read and hopefully a new recipe or two. As always, thanks for sharing your lovely images and comments.

  6. seabluelee says:

    Oh my goodness, these all look and sound simply fantastic. Reading your blog makes me so HUNGRY — even though I just ate!!!

  7. Kelly says:

    Eye candy…all of it Carol-and beautiful food shots. Those chick peas are right up my alley! Are you feeling better eating these meals?

  8. P.S. Hi Carol, a follow up. I received the book Saturday. I made the walnut parsley pesto (yum) and had the omelet with pesto this AM. I also made the spiced pumpkin seed and cashew crunch. Both are great bursts of flavor. I might just get behind this cleanse thing. Keep posting such wonderful inspiration. I took a few pictures but haven’t processed yet. Best to you!!

  9. Melinda says:

    Your food photography is so beautiful- and professional, Carol! And I am loving your cookbooks, even though I am an often reluctant cook. I wish I had the passion for it that you have. This cookbook looks so good- I might be buying it! I’m thinking writing your own cookbook is in your future!

  10. Carolyn says:

    I love your food photography . .. and I also have dish/serving vessel envy . .. your pieces are always delightful and unusual.

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