It's more exciting than it sounds. I like to make this as a side dish when I go to parties that aren't vegan so I have something awesome and hot I can have at a party. I also like to make this when I have a lot of vegetables like the broccoli and mushrooms that I need to use up before they turn. When they are cold, they are a great addition to your Build a Salad Meal (see recipe under Salads).
Here it is, ready to cook.
(try to use organic ingredients where possible)
1 Tbs. coconut butter (spread with a spatula on the bottom of dish.)
1 large onion, sliced lengthwise
1 red or yellow pepper, sliced lengthwise and then halved
1 cup broccoli florets and/or broccoli stems (don't throw away the stems, they are delicious and somewhat milder than the florets. Just cut off the outside of the stem and then slice.)
1 Portobello mushroom, sliced and then cut in half. (I like them for their chewy, meaty texture.)
10 turns of sea salt or Himalayan salt.
10 turns of pepper
a generous sprinkling of Mrs. Dash Original Blend - I like Mrs. Dash as it is a good salt substitute. The table blend is good on popcorn. You can buy Mrs. Dash products from any supermarket in the spice aisle.
Reference for Nutritional Information: Rebecca Wood, The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, Penguin Books, New York, New York, 2010.
Here's another recipe from the FMTV 21 day program. I double the amount of salad vegetables. Especially the greens, I use one small clam shell of organic mixed greens. There's enough dressing for a really big salad like the one pictured below. There's plenty for two people or it's a great salad to take to a party. If you are going to make one portion for yourself, store half the dressing in a sealable glass container and keep the avocado pit to place in the center of the dressing to stop the dressing from going brown.
(use organic ingredients where possible)
2 handfuls of bitter greens (arugula, dandelion and endive)
1 carrot, grated
1 cucumber, sliced
1/4 red onion, finely diced - the original recipe calls for 1/2 a red onion which I find too much. (And so does everyone I talk to after lunch!)
Optional: 1 radish
1 lime, juiced
1 avocado - I use a big one.
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar - Bragg's is the best.
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp. raw honey - Fredrich's is the best.
1 handful fresh, soft herbs (works best with dill, cilantro or basil leaves)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup of cooked chickpeas for extra protein. Soak chickpeas for 4 hours or overnight, strain, then cook in boiling water for 30 minutes or until soft and drain and serve.
Go here to print this recipe: recipe_skin_beauty_salad.docx
Avocado is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, B-vitamins and fiber. Avocados have carotenoid lutein which is required for healthy eyes as we age.
"Energetically, honey acts upon the stomach, spleen, and lungs. It tones, soothes, and nourishes and has laxative properties. It is also useful in cases of fluid retention. Some health-care experts believe that consuming local honey may decrease the allergic response for people with pollen allergies."
Here's another great recipe from FMTV. Perfect for a Spring lunch.
(use organic ingredients where possible)
1. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked quinoa, chopped tomatoes, onion, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice. (I add my chickpeas here).
2. Mix well and add salt to taste.
3. Serve on a bed of fresh mixed greens or spinach.
Serve it as a main, a side dish or as a filling for bell peppers, lettuce cups or wraps.
Naturally gluten free, a complete protein and a source of iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber, quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse!
Go here to print this recipe: recipe_quinoa_tabbouleh.docx
His claims are true. I did lose 5 pounds in 5 days. I also lost 4 inches. It would have been more if I was able to walk more. I did do yoga, though. This is the most delicious juice fast because he incorporates fruit into his recipes. I had to resort to using the Hunger SOS on Day 2 and Day 5. I ate 1/2 an avocado in the evening with a teaspoon. The healthy fats in avocado kept me satiated and ready to sleep.
Doing a juice fast is a great way to do some Spring cleaning. It gives your digestive system a much needed rest and all your organs an opportunity to renew and repair. I highly recommend it.
These recipes are from Jason Vale's 5lbs in 5 DAYS.
9:55am Lemon/Ginger Drink
10am Sweet Beet Smoothie
1pm Pear 'n' Parsnip
4pm Pear 'n' Parsnip
7pm Sweet Beet Smoothie
Anytime Herbal Teas
Anytime Hunger SOS (optional, in case of emergency)
Day 5: Juice 1 & 4: Sweet Beet Smoothie
I am a registered holistic nutritionist, open-minded vegan and cooking enthusiast.