If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been on the two week Winter Cleanse outlined in Bon Appetite’s book The Food Lover’s Cleanse by Sara Dickerman. Now this book is not about diets. It’s about healthy eating and filling your menu with a variety of foods to ensure maximum vitamin and mineral consumption, and of course to satisfy the taste buds. The book certainly delivered on all counts. Both Brian & I did the cleanse and we both thoroughly enjoyed the meals. Looked forward to cooking them too! In the last days of the cleanse here’s what was on our menu
Braised Chicken with Squash and Prunes along with a side of Bulgur with Parsley & Chives. The recipe called for butternut squash, but I used acorn because that’s what I had on hand. Super good and easy to prepare, which was great because Brian was out of town so I was cooking for myself that night. Next up
Mackerel with Lemon & Walnut-Parsley Pesto served on a bed of Bean Salad with Pomegranate & Parsley. Funny story to share on this one. The only mackerel I found was whole & flash frozen. I bought it anyway and put it on the counter to thaw. Brian walked in and said “You know you will need to fillet it when it thaws. I don’t know how to do that, do you?” to which I replied “not yet!” I figured I could get on YouTube and find a video on how to do it…and I did! Brian is very impressed with me now! Another great meal and I thought the pomegranates were a brilliant add.
Curried Pork with Garnet Yams & Green Beans. All I can say is yummo! I was so disappointed when the leftovers were gone. Super easy to make.
Sea Scallops with Celery Root & Meyer Lemon Salad. Brian & I made a great team preparing this one. You see I am absolutely lousy at cooking scallops. Mine always turn out like little rubber balls. But Brian, well he’s a pro. So he cooked the scallops and I made the salad. Super delicious.
Oh, here’s a little closer look at those scallops
Apples & Pomegranate with Yogurt & Toasted Quinoa. I love yogurt, but I usually just throw a bit of granola on top and call it a day most mornings. This preparation has spoiled me! The recipe called for red quinoa but I had a quinoa mix of red, black, and white so that’s what I used.
Let’s get a closer look at the texture in this
the quinoa is toasted in a pan then honey drizzled on it, which causes the quinoa to clump and you just put the little clumps on your yogurt.
After two weeks of good eating I can tell you that I have more energy and though the cleanse is not intended as a weight loss plan, I will tell you that I’ve lost 3 pounds.
Would I recommend the book? You betcha! Not only that, Brian & I plan on doing the Spring, Summer, and Fall cleanses when those seasons come up so you’re likely to see more of this book here in the future! Oh one last exciting thing to share, Sara will be at the Book Larder bookstore this Thursday, January 21st at 6:30pm giving a talk about her book and Brian & I are going! Super excited to meet her. Super cool bookstore by the way. Totally dedicated to cookbooks and essays related to food and beverage. If you live in the area or are planning a visit, be sure to stop in. You’ll be glad you did!
What’s next you may be asking. Rather than dive into another cookbook, I thought I’d explore some of the many food blogs that are out there and cook a few recipes from their library. There are so many good ones out there but I’ve rarely cooked anything from them. I’m usually too busy drooling over all the food photography! After quite a bit of research I’ve decided on
Green Kitchen Stories by David, Louise, and Elsa. All of the recipes are vegetarian based and everything I’ve read so far sounds delicious. You can find their website HERE and they are also on Instagram @gkstories.
Until next time my friends, may your days be full of flavor!