So we are now on Day 6 of the cleanse, and I have 2 more awesome recipes for you that you can eat any time of year, cleanse or not, but they are specifically cleanse approved because of the high vegetable content, no sugar or dairy, organic lean protein and gluten-free grains. I modified both, of course — do I ever make a recipe as directed? — but will provide you with links to Dr Lipman's site for each recipe so that you can see for yourself what I added and subtracted.
The first is a sort of non-recipe recipe for chicken with LOTS of nice winter root vegetables. I was able to use 2 roasting pans so I added the onion and garlic to my half and left it off of my husband's plate...he has no idea what he's missing. The roasted garlic and onions were unbelievable. For the original recipe click here; and here is my modified version, which was really very easy after all of the chopping:
Grilled Chicken and Roasted Vegetables
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Peel and chop some parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, 3 cloves of garlic and an onion; arrange veggies on a roasting pan and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 40 minutes.
In the meantime, season some boneless, skinless chicken breasts with Kosher salt, fresh-ground pepper, dried oregano, garlic powder and paprika. Grill chicken until cooked through and serve alongside roasted vegetables. SO yummy!
The second dish is a delectable vegetable curry. I actually prepared this thinking I'd eat it all by myself, because in the past my husband hasn't been much of a curry fan. But he chose THIS over leftover chicken and Polish sausage that I'd cooked for the boys in addition to my meal the night before! He even opted to take curry for lunch the next day instead of meat. I was shocked, but that just goes to show you how delicious it really is. My modified version is below; click here for Dr Lipman's original recipe.
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2T extra-virgin olive oil
1t curry powder
1t ground cumin
1/2t ground coriander
1/4t ground ginger
1 small- to medium-sized butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes
3/4c water or more
1 medium to large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
Sauté the shallot and garlic in the olive oil until the shallot is soft and translucent. Add the spices and salt and sauté for a few more minutes; then add the squash and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. (You may have to start adding some water here to keep it from sticking.) Add the sweet potato and cook for another 10 minutes; then add the rest of the water and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
Add the cauliflower and cook until tender, stirring frequently, another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
Aside from eating these delicious foods, I've noticed a few other VERY positive changes because of the cleanse, at least for me. #1, we are absolutely sticking to our meal plan for 14 days. If I forget to defrost the fish, well then, we're having vegetable curry, not pizza. If there's a lot of chopping to do and I have to work, honey, you're doing the chopping — I'm not skipping out on the vegetables just because they take time to prepare. And #2, I really am thinking about food less. Because everything is already planned out, there's no picking at my son's leftovers and feeling guilty later because I already had my breakfast. There's no ice cream after dinner, making me neurotically worry about my sugar intake and therefore my level of general health. I even think that just thinking about food less has made me less hungry. And it only makes sense...when you're thinking about cheeseburgers, you want a cheeseburger. When you're thinking about Starbucks, you want a coffee. Because I set everything up (with Terri and Frank's help, of course!) so that I DON'T have to think about anything in advance, I'm doing more outside of the realm of food — expending my energy, mental and/or physical, elsewhere. That is a HUGE accomplishment for me...and makes me almost wish I could cleanse year round! Seriously, for me, these are big steps. If I can somehow transition this to mean in the future that meal plans and food rules aren't broken and thus I don't have to worry, dwell and feel guilty when I break down and do something I don't want to do, like ordering a pizza, I will legitimately consider this to be a ginormous victory. Oh — and I haven't even mentioned that since the New Year (yes, I know it's only January 26th, but this is big for our family) NONE of us have been sick. No colds, no flus, no tummy aches. It just goes to show that when you feed your body the good stuff, it rewards you big-time.
I hope that you'll consider cleansing, too. You don't have to wait until this program comes along again to try out Dr Lipman's products, or anyone else's; all you need to do is buckle down, be disciplined about it and realize that if you do cheat, you truly are only cheating yourself. It's not a diet you have to live with for the rest of your life, but if my experience thus far — literally, only 6 days in — is any indication, it is a springboard for change in your life. If you want to try out a cleanse but don't know where to start, ask your questions in the comments below and I will support you along the way. Do something amazing for your body and your health this year. Don't put it off any longer! It is clear to me now more than ever how important a plant-based diet is, and I hope that you can start making some subtle shifts in your own life to bring your mental and physical health to the next level.