Boot camp and beyond


By popular demand: lazy-ass detox recipes
15 November 2006 (Wednesday), 10:36 pm
Filed under: Food, NaBloPoMo

Okay, so “lazy-ass detox recipes” wasn’t exactly the search term that brought several people here from search engines, but it’s what I’ve got. This week has been too busy for extensive cooking. Two recipies justifies a plural, no?

Lemon Tahini Dill Dressing (a variation on the Lemon Tahini Dressing on this page):

I blended the following together in our mini food processor:

2/3 c plain soy milk (So Nice Unsweeetened is fortified, made from organic soybeans and 100% free of animal products)
7 (or more) tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup tahini
1 teaspoon dried mint
1/4 cup fresh chopped dill

It took less than 5 minutes, including adding more lemon juice and dill to make it tangier and dillier. So far I’ve enjoyed it on steamed vegetables, brown rice and, best of all, mixed together with a bit of brown rice and a can of tuna to make a detox-friendly version of tuna salad. Some celery for crunch would have been good in that too. Next time.

Mixed bean salad (Mounir’s invention this evening, and I modified it for myself when I got home from my massage and chiropractor session):

In a microwaveable mixing bowl, zap a cup or so of frozen vegetables until not frozen any longer. (Mounir chose corn at 30 seconds, I finished off the bag of broccoli and carrots from Costco which took 2.5 minutes.) I suppose you could also steam them if you’re less impatient than we are. Once you’re no longer likely to give yourself tooth sensitivity biting into the veg, add to the bowl:

1 (14 ounce?) can mixed beans, rinsed and drained
a good squirt of lemon juice (probably one lemon’s worth)
salt and pepper to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons Udo’s oil or olive oil
one handful fresh chopped cilantro (optional but I love it.)

Mix everything together and eat straight out of the bowl.

If you’re willing to do a bit more prepwork, Leek-Tomato Quinoa sounds yummy and would also fit the Wild Rose D-Tox meal plan (if you make your own chicken stock), as would Kasha With Browned Onions and Walnuts.

I’ve found some more links about detox diets in general and Wild Rose specifically. In case they’re of interest to others:

Adam Ungstad started the Wild Rose Detox at the same time he quit smoking, missed muffins and doughnuts, and kept up the not-smoking afterwards.

Dr. Terry Willard (herbalist and creator of the Wild Rose Detox program) explains that “Detoxification is one of the basic foundations of natural healing.”

I skimmed the 5 star reviews of the detox program here, but read the 1 star one more closely. According to the author of that review this cleanse can cause diverticulitis.

And this Chatelaine article presents some of the arguments for and against detox diets. The benefits are “simply the result of eating healthier and drinking more water, according to Dr. Peter Pressman”, and according to “Andrea Miller, a registered dietitian at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto” the herbs (especially Laxaherb) are superfluous.

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