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Flavor Explosion Greek Salad. Oh. And I got married.

I’m a married lady! I’m just finishing up the most incredible weekend of my life and enjoying indulging in some richer dishes and more complicated recipes. I’ve kept goat cheese to a minimum (I used to eat it almost every day), mostly because since the juice feast I really haven’t wanted it. Well it’s made a comeback in a gorgeous way with this overwhelmingly flavorful Greek-ish salad.

Greek Salad Flavor Explosion

Ingredients:

1 head romaine, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
small handful fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh thyme
2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 Tbsp fresh mint, minced
1/3 large cucumber, seeded and diced
1/3 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
4 castelvetrano olives, pitted and chopped
2-3 oz goat or sheep feta (preferably raw)
A sprinkle of red pepper flakes (if you like a little heat)
a few drops of liquid stevia (optional)us (1)
sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
a few splashes of balsamic vinegar or the juice of one lemon
a drizzle of cold pressed olive oil (optional)

Toss and enjoy.

In my Wheatgrass and the Wedding Dress posts I mentioned my concern over the dress (and my irritation overbeing one of “those brides” who diets before the wedding). When the big day arrived, the dress slipped on easily and the day was everything I hoped it would be and more. If you glance over to my profile photo you might notice the name change 🙂 I’m taking my wife’s name and basking in the bliss of knitting together our little family.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Salad

This delicious dessert-of-a-salad was inspired by my Strawberry Citrus Cheesecake Salad. I’m sure it would be delightful with any berry but I’ll have to experiment to be sure 😉

Ingredients:

5 oz baby spring mix
1 cup fresh blueberries
3 oz raw goat cheddar, shredded
juice of three lemons
3-4 droppers of NuNaturals vanilla or regular stevia
sea salt and pepper

Toss, mushing the berries a bit as you go and season to taste.

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Pizza Wraps and Bookworm Bloggers

As delicious as this was, it would have been much better warm. But alas, resources on an airplane are limited. I ate these cold but I’ll be posting directions for a warm version below. I was pleased with my attempt at a simple, oil-free, marinara using a plain tomato sauce with dried herbs.

Ingredients:

raw goat cheddar
plain tomato sauce (I used Pomi)
Simply Organic spaghetti seasoning
fresh or frozen spinach
cabbage leaves
sea salt

Heat the sauce and spinach in a saucepan. Add seasoning and sea salt to taste. Shred the raw goat cheddar. Layer into cabbage leaves. Eat with lots of napkins.

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few days “off” (I’ve been on call)- we’ve gotten a new batch of Flight Attendants so things haven’t been quite so crazy. So here I am. In my hotel room for the last few days…feeling slightly guilty.

Martha Beck. Always a win.

Since I do have to be ready to leave at a moments notice and I am car-less it’s not like I can go far…but my brain is telling me I need to “be more productive!”. I should be writing life-changing blog posts and discovering every inch of the 5 mile radius that the hotel shuttle will deliver me to. Instead I’ve been indulging in my bookworm side by the pool. For days. I break it up with little yoga sessions, sunny walks, Pinterest, and long distance movie dates with my lady. It’s really been lovely.

Reminder** This week is your LAST CHANCE to enter the Vegus Juice Giveaway. Thank you so much to everybody who has entered, it’s been so fun reading your comments and getting packages sent out to the winners! This Friday I’ll announce a winner for the final time.

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Traveling With The Detoxinista- A Guest Post

Hello, veggie-centric readers! My name is Megan, over from Detoxinista.com, and I am honored to be guest posting here today. Rande actually had perfect timing when requesting this post, because I happened to be traveling for work at the time, myself!

While I don’t have to travel too often for my job, when I do, I am usually gone for a week or more, making it necessary to maintain my healthy habits, if I want to feel any sense of normalcy. Sticking to a detox-friendly lifestyle may sound daunting at first, but it definitely gets easier with practice, and keeps me feeling great while I’m on the road.

Here are some of my favorite tips to keep your trip detox-friendly:

1. Bring whatever essentials you can. My carry-on bag is always a treat for the TSA security agents. I typically bring a stash of shelf-stable produce, including cucumbers, lemons, and not-too-soft avocados. In my experience, avocados are a bit of a gamble on flights— usually one or two of them will be affected by the altitude, and will turn to total mush! But, most of them will survive just fine. Also in my bag? A bottle of liquid stevia, raw almonds, herbal teas, plenty of dark chocolate, and my trusty enema kit.

2. Avoid eating anything dense during your flight, if possible. I try to book early morning flights, to avoid eating before flying altogether, but if I find myself in a situation where I must eat something, I’ll stick to hydrating fruits and veggies. Baby carrots are my favorite travel snack! Otherwise, I stick to sipping pure water and try to get as much rest as I can on the plane.

3. Hit the ground running… to a local grocery store. Before I even settle down, I always make a grocery store run to pick up my perishable essentials, like boxed salad greens (instant bowl!), cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, Dijon mustard and a few blocks of raw, or soft, goat cheese. Already, you have everything you need to make a delicious dinner! Simply dress your greens with fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard and a few drops of stevia, then toss with your favorite toppings!

4. Take advantage of the opportunities in your new area. Being in a new place means there are fun and different things to be enjoyed! When I’m in Kansas, the local Whole Foods carries a smoked raw goat cheese that I can’t find when I’m back in Los Angeles, so I really savor it while I’m there! And New York offers some of the best colonics around, so I make sure to book an appointment when I know I’ll be in that area. If you have time to do some online-research, I highly recommend checking out the local resources before you go. This is especially helpful for finding good juice bars!

The Roasted Vegetable Salad from California Pizza Kitchen is one of my favorite meals on the road!

5. Enjoy dining out. If you find yourself dining out often while traveling, don’t stress! When I meet up with friends or family, I happily bring along my own salad toppings and dressing, so I can enjoy my very favorite goat cheese salad at whatever restaurant we happen to be dining at. I’ve never come across a restaurant that isn’t happy to serve me a simple green salad and a glass of wine! If I’m meeting with co-workers or clients, I’ll usually try to stick to something on the menu, like a salad topped with grilled salmon, or a green salad with an extra side of roasted vegetables. As long as you look comfortable and happy with your choice, I’ve noticed that no one really cares what you eat, anyway. Make sure you bring plenty of dark chocolate to share for dessert, too!

6. Keep moving! Whether you’re stuck on a plane, or sitting in a meeting, it’s easy to end up sitting in a chair all day long while traveling. Make sure to squeeze some movement into your day when you can! I actually bring along my favorite Physique 57 DVDs, so I can get my heart pumping in the most efficient amount of time. The 30-minute Total Body Workout doesn’t require the use of hand weights, so the only equipment you need is an (optional) inflatable playground ball—which easily fits into a suitcase, too!

After a challenging workout like this, you’ll sleep like a baby. Bonus!

I find that sticking to a detox-friendly lifestyle makes traveling more enjoyable than ever, so I hope these tips prove to be helpful the next time you find yourself on the road, too!

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Thanks so much to Megan for all the inspiring tips- go check her out at The Detoxinista and fall in love with her detox-friendly treats and always-enjoyable blog posts!

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Strawberry Citrus Cheesecake Salad

Strawberry Citrus Cheesecake Salad


Is it super cheesy that I’m so into these national food holidays? I suppose I’m alright with being cheesy. So in honor of cheese…and National Strawberry Day…

Ingredients:

5 oz baby spring mix
1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
3 oz raw goat cheddar, shredded
3 meyer lemons, juiced
3-4 droppers NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid
sea salt and pepper, to taste (optional)
minced raw garlic (completely optional. I have weird taste buds)

Toss and have salad for dessert!

Happy National Strawberry Day!

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Feta Wraps -w- Herbs De Provence and Rose Cleanse Day 26

Today’s post might be TMI. I have noticed however, in detox circles, people are up for talking about pretty much anything body-related. So here we go: (I apologize to any of the men-folk reading ;)) It’s Rose Cleanse day 26 and I started my period yesterday. I usually get quite weepy a good WEEK before I start my period and spend the first day enduring (usually fairly mild) cramps. I always notice that when I eat cleaner, everything just runs so much more smoothly (and vice-versa) and this month is no exception. My experience so far has been ONE DAY of feeling extra emotional, followed by a few minutes (literally) of cramping. I kind of laughed. It’s really been pretty uneventful and I’d like to keep it that way! Alright, over-sharing time complete. Let’s eat.

Ingredients:

1 large cucumber
2 roma tomatoes
2 oz raw goat feta
small handful chives
1 Tbsp Herbs De Provence
1-2 cloves raw garlic
romaine, or your favorite lettuce leaves for wrapping
lots of fresh lemon juice and NuNaturals stevia

Dice cucumber and tomato (remove seeds if you wish) and place in a medium-sized bowl. Crumble feta, chop chives, mince garlic and add. Season with Herbs De Provence and dress with lots of lemon juice and stevia. Mix and wrap in your favorite lettuce leaf.

I ate this with a side of roasted beets and a bar of Hibiscus&Ginger Raw Organic Chocolate from a great company called Fearless.

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Broccoli-Goat Cheese Soup and Rose Cleanse Day 14

I had a much easier day today (see yesterday). Spending the day on juice felt effortless and I had a need for a much smaller quantity. I promised this soup recipe a few days ago and after some tweaking, here it is! You can make it thick and creamy, like a dip, or water it down (broth or water will work) for something soupier. I’ve tried and liked it both ways 🙂

Ingredients:
2 stalks broccoli
3 oz raw goat cheddar
1 Tbsp white wine
sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a bit of stevia to taste

Cover the broccoli in water and boil until soft. Place in a food processor with just enough water for blending. Add wine and blend until creamy. Shred in the cheese and stir, it will melt nicely.


I tried out this Spaghetti Squash & Slow Roasted Tomato Confit, subbing the olive oil and vinegar for coconut oil and lemon. ‘Twas tasty 🙂

Happy weekend!

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