and so it begins…a food blog, a ten day cleanse, and roasted vegetables!

i’m starting this blog at a curious time, to say the least…i’ve been (miserably) attempting a cleanse (strongly) suggested by a dear friend. it’s basically 10 loooooong days of eating (mostly drinking, really) fruits and vegetables (preferably raw). okay, now this might work for some, but i’ve been starting my mornings with a strong cup of coffee (most recently 2 shots of espresso delivered by my new best friend, the nespresso machine) for the past (fill in the blank) years. it took me two and a half days to realize that I can’t possibly get through this on liquids alone (the green smoothie only tasted slightly good when i was enthusiastically starting on day one). this thing grows on you, though, and other than adding some quinoa, brown rice, and lentils (ok, and some beans), and cooking (oh so slightly) my vegetables, i’ve been feeling pretty good so far…

and we are at day 7 (yes, there’s been some slight cheating-it was a social week end)! yesterday i decided to roast my cauliflower & broccoli (rather than dutifully blending them with orange juice for an oh so delicious smoothie). it was so good that i will continue using the recipe long after (in 3 days) this cleanse is over. i was in such a rush to eat the vegetables (you can imagine how hungry i am these days) that i forgot to take pictures of them cooked, but trust me, they looked good enough to eat! see the recipe below:
Oven Roasted Cauliflower & Brocolli:

take a whole head of (preferably organic) cauliflower and slice it from one end to the other, then cut theses slices in half. prepare your broccoli the same way(they need to lay flat), then line the vegetables up on a sheet pan. drizzle with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil (sesame oil also works well), sprinkle with sea salt (prefer maldon), red pepper flakes (cayenne), and cumin.
here i added some sweet small organic tomatoes, and they roasted beautifully. slow roast at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. you can do this with almost any vegetable, and it’s super easy and delicious. next time i’ll make sure to take an after picture.

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turn daily cooking chore to every day pleasure: an oldie (but mostly) goodie

The following is an “article” I’d written for a (small local) publication a while back. It offers some good tips and recipes, although it could use some updating (as we continue to navigate the ever changing and evolving world of healthy eating)!

I love to cook. But I have to admit that over the years, as my life has become busier with kids and work and everything else, daily dinner preparation can seem more a chore than an enjoyable experience. Through my efforts to cook my family healthy homemade meals that all will enjoy and in less time, I have learned a few tricks along the way that save time, reduce stress, and make the process a lot easier (and more fun)! 
A few (rather random) tips: 



Prepare a Weekly Meal Plan. 

Although this may sound a bit boring, it really improves the quality of your meals to have a general idea of what you’ll be cooking for the week before you go shopping. You can adjust your menus depending on what you find at its seasonal best. 

Maintain a Well-Stocked Pantry and Refrigerator. 

If your pantry and refrigerator are stocked with the following staples you will always be able to prepare a delicious and healthy meal in no time: 



In the pantry: olive oil, sea salt, pepper, your favorite spices (cayenne pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon are a must in mine), rice(brown), pasta, dry beans & grains, (never refrigerate) fresh tomatoes (or stewed in jars only, or parmalat brand), flour(organic whole wheat), Quinoa (my personal favorite), organic unrefined coconut oil, fresh ginger, organic raw honey, agave syrup (or non processed brown cane sugar), no sugar added jam, & wine. 



In the refrigerator/freezer: onions, garlic, shallots, celery (organic is a must with this one), carrots, (organic)eggs, dijon mustard, fresh lemons & limes, cheese, milk (we prefer coconut or almond milks), yogurt, potatoes, butter, good vegetarian/chicken/beef broth (preferably home made), (lots of)fresh herbs. 

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