Okay, we really tried! We’re still eating healthy, but definitely no longer following Bon Appetit’s cleanse. Leave it to me to find the most Asian-inspired cleanse to kick off 2014. We’re choosing some of the remaining recipes, but mixing up the order and skipping a lot of the suggestions. Mackerel… Wegmans didn’t have any. More salad with miso dressing? Nope. Sardines on rye crackers? Hell no!
I like planning out my own menu. And while I do like most of the dishes in the cleanse (especially all the new oatmeal varieties), I’m getting antsy and want to find new meals. Plus, I still need to use my beautiful new Le Creuset (10 points to whoever guesses the color!) from Mom and Dad. None of the #BAcleanse recipes require a French oven. My luck.
Anyways, I think we did a good job trying new foods, and I’m looking forward to cooking more with agave, “pepitas”, and fresh citrus and can honestly say that I will no longer wrinkle my nose when someone mentions tofu. (Next up is trying it roasted…)
So to not draw this out any longer, here are the remaining meals we made (sort of) following the daily guide:
Chicken, Cabbage and Tangerine Salad – You know what? The best part of this diet might have been trying new greens. We’re so used to just grabbing a head of romaine. I liked keeping it interesting. Also, at our apt, this salad became chicken, cabbage and orange salad with tofu. Sriracha chicken. Yum. I’d make it again sans the nasty miso dressing. I gave it a second chance, and it won’t be getting a third. Au revoir miso.
Hanger steak with orange oregano chimichurri and Roasted Sweet Potatoes with garlic and chili – Yes to the sweet potatoes. Love ’em. ‘Eh’ to the steak. Is hanger steak usually tough? It might be because it was me, the V, who cooked it. Mom’s suggestion of chewing 50 times before swallowing was no problem with this hunk of meat. While it was nice having greens on my steak, I wasn’t wild about the orange flavor. I think this meal is just a nice reminder that it doesn’t take much effort to season your own steak, without using Montreal Seasoning, or something else super salty.
Orange Date Muesli – BOOM. Made muesli. The first time I had it was in SWITZERLAND with Rachel, and I loved it. I’ve always wanted to make some, and here we go. Delicious. Delicious and rich… you just need a little portion to fill up for the day. I love the dates, and next time will add apples for more crunch.
Warm Carrot Salad and Garlicky Bok Choy with Lemon Mahi Mahi (not on cleanse) – Say goodbye to brown sugar and butter on carrots. Even kids will eat this recipe. Lemon and olive oil with SPICE made these the best carrots I’ve ever had. You don’t even need the pepitas. Did I mention they took me 5 minutes to make?
I will eat anything with “garlicky” in the name. While I did love the bok choy, I was not a fan of the soy sauce. Why does it need to be so salty? I’ll definitely use this green veggie in my cooking again, but I’d like to find a recipe that’s less saucy.
This fish was amazing. I did not use dill or onion powder, and did add white wine instead of chicken stock (obviously). Easy and yummy. A goal for 2014: fish at least once a week. With frozen fillets, that shouldn’t be too difficult.
See? We’re being healthy! And… using the cleanse as a guide for our meals. We have a few more we’re planning to make, and I’m most excited for Quinoatmeal tomorrow morning!