I’m so excited to share about this part. The cleanse was much, much easier than I anticipated.
My thoughts before starting the cleanse:
But if you are anticipating those same things, I’ve got great news…all of those things turned out to be false. Yes, the first three days were relatively easy because those meals are most similar to how I already eat. Maybe they will be for you too, or maybe it will be more challenging.
The second three days required a little more determination because it was different than how I normally eat, but surprisingly I really enjoyed the meals and recipes. I was COMPLETELY satisfied and full....
First, I’ll start out by saying that I’m not really a fan of cleanses - I hate being hungry! And I believe in cleansing the body in different ways. Like going completely sugar free, including all natural sugar, so that the body can rest. Or eliminating all processed food and cooking from scratch for a week, to again, give the body a rest. I also believe in intermittent fasting as a way to cleanse the body. There are so many ways we can cleanse, without restricting ourselves from food, which in turn creates unstable blood sugar levels, hunger pains and temporary results.
So when this cleanse came across my path, I was skeptical. It definitely wasn’t an immediate yes. I reviewed the cleanse information (and found it wasn’t a juice cleanse or food restrictive), researched it some more, and then sat with the information for a while to see how it felt. Then I read about other people’s experiences with the cleanse, read the Liver Rescue book and...
A few years back, my brother was living in the windy city of Chicago. Easter weekend was coming up, which meant our traditional Good Friday cooking of Abietz (a family recipe we've been making for years started by our Grandfather - you can read about that story here). We've always been together on this day for as long as I can remember, aside from our college years when sports got in the way. So when he asked me to come visit, I couldn't wait to spend this special weekend together.
My brother showed me all the cool places in Chicago including Eataly (where we purchased all of our ingredients for the Italian bread we were going to make), the Chicago Riverwalk, Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and a whole lot of awesome places to eat.
And being the super cool brother that he is, he scoped out places that he knew would align with the way I eat. One of those places was True Food Kitchen by Dr. Andrew Weil. He knew this place...
This special sauce was made for the True Food, Roasted Cauliflower dish and truly makes the dish. BUT it can also be used with other dishes just as well.
Mix it up and pour it over a loaded sweet potato, over some steamed broccoli for added flavor or drizzle over any animal protein.
You must tell me what you think!
Two tips for you when making the sauce:
My sister has one of THE BEST Penne alla Vodka recipes around. It's a 'lick the bowl clean' kind of awesome. And a dish so good, I never dared to order it at a restaurant because it always paled in comparison. That creamy pink sauce of hers is...was....divine!
These days, however, I'm kickin it dairy free. But that doesn't mean I still can't enjoy Penne alla Vodka. I love taking old recipes and recreating them with a new twist.
And to be honest, this recipe wasn't that hard to recreate. The sauce contains minimal ingredients - it's a mixture of tomatoes, heavy cream, red pepper flakes and of course, vodka.
So the only thing I needed to make a swap for was the dairy. Seems easy enough!
And since I've cut dairy out of my kitchen for quite some time now, I've learned a thing or two about the awesome alternatives. There's plenty of options! You've got cashews - which work like a charm but don't always...
With a gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free chocolate and vanilla, cheesecake for me.
Sung to the tune of Santa Baby, in my best Eartha Kitt voice.
Okay, these were an absolute hit at Christmas Eve dessert table! Kids and adults alike loved them and no one seemed to care that they were missing the gluten, dairy and refined sugar typically found in regular cheesecake. Not to mention, they're vegan.
Yes it is possible to make a dessert that ALL your guests will enjoy no matter their dietary preferences!
Note: Map out your circles across the top of your chocolate layer. Save the scraps.
To make these Santa hat cheesecake bites you will need a chocolate cheesecake with a coconut pecan base (I made it in a springform pan but you might consider using parchment paper cupcake liners), vanilla creme cooled in plastic baggies for easy squeezing and strawberries. That's it!
A few notes to keep in...
Okay, so I was in the kitchen the other day making one of my favorite soup recipes - my Spicy, Summer Corn Chowder. It's a little taste of summer, with a touch of fall and soooooo good. As I was gathering the ingredients, I realized I was a little short on celery. So I decided to see what else I could add in place. I looked around and found two poblano peppers and a bunch of yellow potatoes. Perfect!
I didn't think it would change the recipe that much, but it kind of did! It was still similar to the original corn chowder recipe but, now it was even spicier - and I loved it! Plus I added potatoes this time, which I purposely left out of the original because white potatoes can be inflammatory to some people, myself included.
However, they are traditionally part of corn chowder, so in they went. This added more density to the soup. And the next thing I knew, a spicier, heartier version of my original corn chowder was born. The...
This pumpkin pie cheesecake checks ALL the boxes!
Raw. Vegan. Gluten Free. Dairy Free. Refined Sugar Free. And totally easy to make.
Not to mention it's the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table. And it gives you something to do with all those extra Halloween pumpkins. However, from scratch pumpkin puree is not necessary. You can definitely use boxed or BPA free canned pumpkin to save time!
I LOVE the texture of the crust!
Wow, the sweetness is JUST RIGHT!
It really tastes like cheesecake - how did you make it?!
And. . .I want that recipe!!!
Yup, these are real reactions from my lucky taste testers.
I'm telling you, your guests will be saying the same things. And since this cheesecake is refined sugar free, using only a few dates and some maple syrup, you won't have anybody crashing after dessert. The balance of healthy fats with natural...
Smoothies are a great way to start the day. They are incredibly easy to make, gentle on the digestive system and provide the body with nutrient dense, clean fuel. That is, if you use the right ingredients.
First things first, what ingredients should you be adding to your smoothie?
Three important things. Protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
But...this is only a winning combination if you use clean ingredients. And let’s be honest, I know you’ve looked at the ingredient labels on protein powders and thought to yourself, there’s an awful lot of ingredients in this powder, is it really healthy?
Protein powders are notoriously loaded with sugar and other junk ingredients that are absolutely, not necessary. You can literally get you protein fill from single sources using real, whole foods.
So let’s talk a little more about protein. A healthy serving per meal is about 15 grams, which along with...
Don't say goodbye to summer without making this spicy corn chowder! There's something about freshly husked corn that takes the flavor of this soup to a whole new level. Don't get me wrong, you can totally make this with frozen corn from the grocery store (just make sure it's organic - because who wants to eat GMOs), but if you can sneak in one last trip to your local farm for some fresh corn, I totally would.
And can we just talk about the fact that this is also dairy free. There is no heavy cream in this soup. Instead, I was able to get the beautiful consistency and taste with cashews and steamed cauliflower.
I know cauliflower can sometimes be a little messy to make - but the good news is, you don't have to cut into the cauliflower at all. Just unwrap it from the packaging, remove the green leaves (honestly probably not even necessary) and place the whole head in a steamer basket. That's it. No mess at all. You'll then allow that to cool...