Monthly Archives: July 2012

Chilled Cucumber Tahini Soup with Basil

I’ve been loving chilled soups for lunch this Summer, here is a recent favorite:

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cucumbers

2-3 Tbsp raw tahini

juice of one lemon

small handful fresh basil

sea salt and pepper, to taste

 

Blend until creamy

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Coconut Kale Chips

Turning a vegetable into dessert has to be one of my favorite things in the world. I actually ate half of this as a fresh salad and baked the others into crispy treats.

Ingredients:

1 large bunch kale
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup shredded coconut
NuNaturals vanilla stevia and sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 275. Remove kale leaves from stems, massage remaining ingredients into kale leaves and place in a single layer on baking trays. bake for 20-30 minutes until crispy.

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What I Ate Wednesday

Another flight to Vegas, another cooler of treats:

A mason jar of hot dandelion tea.

16 ounces of lemon/cucumber/carrot juice with aloe and stevia

4 ears of fresh raw corn and half an avocado made a delicious afternoon snack. I did get some weird looks for this.

Dinner was an heirloom tomato salad that also included green onions, garlic, and delicious olives dressed with lots of lemon, stevia and pepper. A roasted beet and some baked okra were on the side.

They have started making big bars of Dagoba Xotacl dark chocolate. Amazingly, I only ate half.

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Vegan Pizza Veggies

One of my favorite go-to meals on a normal night is a bowl of freshly steamed veggies with marinara and melted goat cheese. I was craving something pizza-ish but since I’m experimenting with veganism this month I omitted the goat cheese and replaced it with olives (quality is important, get good ones!) and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast isn’t for everyone, I find it more nutty than cheesy but I’m a fan regardless. This would also be delicious with a homemade marinara, something I’m hoping to experiment with again soon.

Ingredients:

veggies of choice (I like broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini)
your favorite organic marinara sauce
your favorite olives
nutritional yeast (optional)

Steam veggies until soft and top with hot marinara, chopped olives and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast.

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My Top 5 Favorite Yoga DVDs

For several years I’ve gone the typical “detox lifestyle” route in terms of exercise and stuck with rebounder workouts and long walks in the fresh air. As much as I love those things it’s been wonderful to let myself fall in love with yoga again. When Britney was out of town I got a pass for a Baptiste style yoga studio and loved it so much I got weeks worth of yoga DVDs from the library and pulled out my entire collection to practice with again. Here are the top 5 that I enjoy:

Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga

Kathryn Budig’s Aim True Yoga

ra’Yoka

The Trainers Edge: Long Lean Yoga

Tara Stiles’s Yoga Anywhere

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Spring Mix with Roasted Beets and Nutmeg Avocado Cream Sauce

This dressing is truly creamy and wonderful perfectly complimenting my current love affair with beets. I love leaving their skins on and baking them for 3-4 hours at 350. They get amazingly soft and sweet this way with crispy skins left intact.

Salad ingredients:

5 oz spring mix
4 roasted beets, chopped
1 ripe avocado, chopped

Dressing ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
juice of one lemon
1 dropperful stevia
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp fresh pepper
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Blend dressing ingredients until creamy and toss with salad ingredients.

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What I Ate Wednesday

Usually I have Wednesdays off but today I packed up my goodies in a cooler and headed to Vegas with them!

Today:

Lots of water at work.

16 oz cucumber/romaine/carrot/lemon/jalapeno juice with stevia

A variation on Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl with orange extract instead of pumpkin pie spice. This idea came from a member of the Detox Community (thanks, Jen!).

Dinner was a recipe I’ll be posting later this week: Spring Mix with Roasted Beets and Nutmeg Avocado Cream Sauce. I also nibbled some homemade sauerkraut.

aaaand dessert was a Newman’s Own Organic 70% dark chocolate bar. These bars were on sale and I love that they are a little smaller than the standard bar. You can also see that my fingers are beet-stained from dinner preparations!

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