Over a plate of tacos last week, our friend Casey talked us into doing a juice cleanse. He has done a few himself, and we’ve heard him rave about it before but never considered doing it. At that point we had just been having green smoothies, but they were making me gag every time I drank one. We switched from green smoothies, which we made with yogurt and in the blender, to juicing fruits and veggies in a juicer. We aimed to juice for 3 meals a day, for a 2 weeks.
As mentioned in my previous post, I have never been one for fad diets but I really wanted to see the effects of this one.
As an avid enjoyer of foods, it can be torture to be drinking every meal in juice form, (although I have been enjoying it more than I thought). This soup is basically a big hot pot full of all the veggies that we have been juicing (minus the garlic).
So like many of you, Miles and I were feeling a little mmm.. how you say… heavy? after the holidays and we decided to do a little “cleanse” of our own. In my opinion that if you exercise daily, and eat right proportions that there’s no need to do diets or “cleanses”. If you’re happy and able to move around the way you want, then I think its all good (isn’t that what life is about? who has time to watch every little thing that goes in their mouth?).
Sometimes lettuce can just get in the way of what a salad is really all about… the cheese, the dressing and the croutons. Just kidding! THE VEGGIES! I love a big bowl of grated carrots (so easy to eat vs big chunks), cucumber, tomatoes and onion. Who needs that pesky lettuce!
In honor of our love for cheese, Miles and I have designated Sunday nights “Cheese Night.” We have been trying different cheeses, mini pickled things, and all the foods that we believe to compliment them. One combination that I particularly like is Brie, honey and pecans. These little melted bites of cheese and bread are a perfect holiday appetizer, and they are so easy to make I’m not sure if this even qualifies as a “recipe.”
Grilling chicken seems like it would be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how often it comes out dry and flavorless! Often times I will grill chicken for neighborhood taco night and friends will ask how I get the chicken so juicy. So here it is friends!
After yesterday’s Neighborhood Friendsgiving (and the customary 2nd dinner last night) I was left with half of a 24 pound turkey. I’ve been trying to think of recipes that will incorporate all that delicious turkey, and none of them were appealing to me after a whole day of eating (and drinking) too much. Turkey soup and hot turkey sandwiches just don’t sound good when you’re already turkey-ed out and feeling fat. I was racking my brain for a lighter alternative to the traditional leftover turkey recipes, and one that didn’t incorporate stuffing or cranberry sauce (2nd dinner is for that). I think you’ll find that your belly and waistline will thank you when you give this recipe a try.
Veggie burgers seem like they would be easy to make, but they’re not! It can be really hard to get the right ratio of wet to dry ingredients so that the burger is moist but not mushy and so that it stays together while cooking. They are so tasty though! I’ve tried to make these a few times with different ratios and ingredients (which Miles hates because it means he’s not getting a real burger), and this is what I have found to be the best. The secret to keeping the burger together during cooking is chilling it for an hour before, plus the addition of an egg white. The flavor of the burger is meaty due to the black beans and addition of BBQ sauce, and there are bits of corn, green chiles and carrots which gives a variation in flavor as well.