Greek Pizza Salad
I threw my first dinner party last night! I’ve been wanting to play hostess for way too long now and finally got a chance. As I planned my dinner menu I hopped back and forth between wanting to make a Greek salad or something with pizza style dressings. Then the lightbulb came on. Greek. Pizza. Salad. Ohhh my goodness. It was a win and perfect alongside baked salmon, lemon butter broccoli, a couple bottles of red wine, and caramel filled dark chocolates.
1 large head romaine, chopped
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups dry roasted mushrooms (halved and baked dry at 250 for 1.5 hours)
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
5 oz. goat or sheep feta
1 cup chopped sun dried tomoatoes (soaked until soft)
1/2 lb cherry tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp fresh oregano
Toss the romaine, onions, and mushrooms in a large bowl. Place the soaked sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, and oregano in a food processor. Pulse until smoothed together but still chunky. Pour into the salad and add crumbled feta and olives. Mix so everything is coated.
I mentioned a few posts back that I’ll be participating the The Rose Cleanse starting January 1st. I know there are a few of you who will be having some fun along with me and I hope you’ll share your experiences, for those of you unfamiliar, here is a description of the cleanse:
The protocol is really simple. From the time you wake up in the morning until the evening you will consume fresh-pressed, raw vegetable juices (either from your own kitchen or from a local juice bar), herbal tea, and if needed, organic vegetable broth. This will serve to awaken the accumulated waste matter in your body. Around 5:00 or 6:00 at night, you will break your short “mini-fast” with a satisfying, vegetable centric meal (think big salad with baked winter squashes like acorn or spaghetti squash or sweet potatoes with a touch of butter and sea salt) OR a meal centered around a big salad with raw goat cheese and wild, organic fish.
You will combine this eating protocol with cleansing techniques (e.g. enemas and/or colon hydrotherapy, sweating, movement, body brushing) to assist your body in releasing the accumulated waste that needs to leave your body. These can be done on a schedule that you feel comfortable with from both a time and budget perspective.
So basically, its a mini juice fast followed up with a vegetable centric dinner.
Honestly, I’ve been playing with this health and detox lifestyle for awhile and I like to live this way most of the time anyways. I am, however, looking forward to the chance to step it up a bit. I love my days on juices but the last few months have seen me slipping into an off-and-on caffeine habit. Speaking of bad habits, there’s also that one where I eat for entertainment instead of nourishment. I’m sure I’m not alone here! Most days, my body doesn’t ask for anything hearty until dinner time but I find myself anxiously snacking because I feel that it grounds my nervous energy or distracts me from boredom. I’m also glad for an excuse to takie a little sugar break (experimenting with all these sugar free dessert recipes for the E-book has been the perfect preparation :D). And yes, as stated above, “cleansing techniques” will be employed. I’m totally down with the body brushing/colon cleansing/sauna sweating type adventures that are so helpful when embarking on a cleansing journey.
I’m undecided as to whether I’ll post daily during January or just give occasional updates, I don’t want to overwhelm anybody with endless cleanse chatter 😉 The only thing I’ll guarantee is a heap of delicious vegetable inspiration!