Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 2-3 of My Veggie Cleanse

So the Veggie Cleanse is now over. Overall I think it was really successful! Since I hadn't eaten any junk food, at the end of the week I didn't really crave it as much as I had before. I also made some cool dishes that I probably wouldn't have thought to make before. Here's the recap of the rest of the week:

Day 2:

Sweet Potato Curry with Brown Rice (inspired by Food.com)


For this recipe I didn't have a lot of spinach so I substituted broccoli instead, which was a tasty and healthy choice. It was also really filling!

Day 3:

Quinoa Vegetable Salad (inspired by AllRecipes.com)


My quinoa vegetable salad was pretty ghetto considering I didn't read the "quinoa" packaging clearly when I bought it and I didn't have half of the ingredients I needed. The "quinoa" I bought was like 85% couscous, and I didn't use any dressing because I forgot to buy balsamic vinaigrette. Despite my many failures with this dish, the natural flavors from the fresh vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, bell pepper) made it really enjoyable.

Day 4:

Kale & Quinoa Salad (AllRecipes.com)


This was my favorite recipe of the week - most likely because it was so simple. I just combined the leftovers from the quinoa vegetable salad from day 3 with kale and mushrooms. Delicious and super healthy. 

Day 5:

So after 4 days of cooking I was exhausted. On Friday my boyfriend & I ended up getting Mediterranean food at The Olive Tree Cafe (above the Comedy Cellar) in the Village. It was our first time trying it, so we ordered way too much food. We had a hummus & kebab platter, avocado pita sandwich and their lentil soup. Everything was really good and affordable! We'll definitely go back. 



Good way to start the year.


Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year, New Challenges: Veggie Cleanse

Happy New Year - It's been a while since I've last posted!

2012 was definitely a memorable year. For one, I became a vegetarian (though I eat seafood from time to time) and started taking the necessary steps to become a little healthier.

After eating so much food over the holidays (thanks to my family's amazing cooking), my boyfriend & I promised to go on a post-holiday cleanse this week (5 days). Every day I plan on making a new vegetarian dish, following the guidelines in this LiveStrong post. This will help me improve my very limited cooking skills, while watching exactly what I eat! Cutting out processed foods, alcohol and coffee is going to be tough but I think I'm up for the challenge.

Day 1: 

Breakfast:
  • Fruit Salad with Blueberries, Strawberries and Pineapple
  • Banana
Lunch: Took a client out to Soho House
  • Burrata w/ Beets
  • Kale w/ Roasted Squash Salad
Snacks:
  • Almonds
Dinner: Brown Rice Vegetable Saute featuring Broccoli & Mushrooms (Food.com)


I tweaked the recipe a bit since I am trying to add a variety of vegetables to my daily intake. I added orange bell pepper and a little bit of spinach to the mix as well. I also prepared brown rice as usual with water instead of using any broth.

I am going to continue posting to keep myself motivated. Looking forward to tomorrow!

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