Cleansing Spring Detox: Day One

I started the night before, soaking some grains and almonds for the upcoming day.  Brown rice for dinner, steel cut oats for flourless breakfast pancakes and almonds for almond milk(see previous post for recipe).

Breakfast included honey almond granola with almond milk and raspberry pineapple smoothie.  My daughter also had a cup of frozen organic blueberries, and I made the steel cut oat pancakes for my husband and myself.  There were leftover pancakes for after school snack.

Lunch for my husband and I was a white bean radish salad.  I had seen the recipe in a vegan cookbook while researching menu ideas.  I took those two ingredients and improvised, adding what we had in the fridge and pantry.  It included:

white beans, orange bell pepper, cabbage, radish, green onion, italian parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

It had a bit of a bite when I first test tasted it.  But by the time lunch rolled around, the lemon and oil had melded nicely with the veggies and softened the flavors.  I packed myself a small cup and half container and wished I had brought more to work.  The tangerine I brought as a sweet treat left me satisfied.

Dinner was a snap, since I had soaked the rice the night before and thought to soak some black beans before heading off to work.  The rice and beans cooked up in less than an hour.  I served them simply with a freshly made salsa of tomato, cilantro,  lemon, garlic and salt.

I drizzled mine with some extra virgin olive oil and my son drizzled his with tamari.  My husband mixed his all together with a little salsa and daughter ate hers plain, picking the beans out to fill in the empty spaces where her new teeth are coming in.

Surprisingly, I did not hear anyone complaining.  The dish looked stunning with the contrasting colors and freshness of the salsa.  I didn’t even miss the cheese or meat.

Tonight I am making a new batch of granola, with some coconut this time.

My husband suggested we make some more smoothie tonight, so we’re not so rushed in the morning. It’ll be another raspberry smoothie, using up the last of the summer harvest we kept over for mid-winter blues.  He added some pineapple, almond milk and orange juice.

I will be soaking some farro I found hidden behind some cans in the pantry.  It will make a nice grain and veggie for lunch tomorrow.

The almond milk is almost all gone, so it’d be best to soak more almonds for blending in the morning.  My family is fond of dairy and the almond milk is a good substitute.

So far so good.  I’ll have a little extra time between jobs tomorrow and would like to bake up some yummy banana bread or tasty quick bread.  Muffins maybe??

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2 Comments on “Cleansing Spring Detox: Day One”

  1. March 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Everything looked and sounded really good! Yay for this hearty detox! I like that you said, “I didn’t even miss the cheese or meat.” How cool is that? And really nice that your whole family is doing it with you! I can’t wait to read about your next day!

  2. March 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    You r curcumber salad looks great. I think I’ll try this detox thing, as well. Apparently, everybody’s doing it.

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