Thursday, January 28, 2016

Detox Day 18 - Burger Salad

Breakfast: 
Vanilla mango peach shake

Snack: 
Almonds
Caramel fit chew

Lunch: 
Peppermint chocolate shake

Snack: 
Root chips
Fizz stick

Dinner:
Sometimes you feel like a burger, but you know a salad is better for you. Well, now you don't have to choose! And we are going to make it animal style! With sweet potato baked fries! Drool.



Ingredientes:

1 sweet onion
olive oil
1/2 lb of ground turkey 
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 tbsp of minced garlic
1/2 cup of mushrooms
S&P al gusto
Tomato slices
Guacamole or Avocado salsa al gusto
1 egg
Arugula 

Paso a paso:

1) Start cooking the onions first, because this takes the longest time. Cut the whole onion into thin rings. Add them to a medium heat with some olive oil. Let them cook on medium until brown and then add the mushrooms. Turn down the heat to low, and let them cook until onions are transparent. 


2) While onions are cooking, mix the ground turkey and the quinoa and garlic with some salt and pepper. Add your favorite spices if you wish.


3) Heat up a little olive oil on cast iron grill. Make burger patty and cook on medium for 5-6 minutes on each side so the turkey cooks thoroughly.


4) Serve patty on top of an arugula salad, top with sliced tomatoes, onion/mushroom mix, guacamole and a fried egg on top. Serve with sweet potato fries.


Dessert: It's a chocolate truffle kinda night, with detox tea.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Detox Day 17- Filipino Adobo

I love a good challenge! I often ask my friends and family to give me their favorite foods, so I can revamp them by making a detox version. This is exactly what happened this week with tonight's dinner, and it was a huge success. This lifestyle is not about feeling deprived, or wanting something and cheating. It's about making better choices in our food, makes little switches here and there, and the most fun one, discovering new ingredients. Have fun!!!

Breakfast:
Mango pineapple vanilla shake

Snack:
Trail mix
Fizz stick

Lunch:
Chocolate shake

Snack:
Apples and almond butter
Fizz stick

Dinner:
I'm not at all familiar with filipino food, so I looked through a links to get the main idea of what Adobo is. After three or four different recipes, I knew that this was a great detox dish. Only two ingredients needed to be switched. I replaced the soy with liquid aminos, and the vinegar with juice from limes and oranges. The citrus juices act as meat tenderizer, so after marinating and cooking, this chicken was great!


Ingredientes

1/2 cup of liquid aminos
1/4 cup of lime juice
1/4 cup of juiced orange
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp of peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup of water
4 deboned chicken thighs

Paso a paso

1) To make the marinade mix aminos, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves. Add chicken to marinade and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.


2) When it's ready to cook, heat up the olive oil and place all the chicken in the pan.



3) Add 1/2 cup of water to leftover marinate and pour over chicken.

 

4) Cover and let cook for 15 minutes on medium heat and turn chicken over. Let it cook for another 15 minutes,  this time on low heat, until some of the water has evaporated.


7) Serve with brown rice and enjoy warm.



For dessert we had chopped strawberries with a few drops of agave topped with coconut whipped cream. And you guessed it...Arbonne's detox tea.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Detox Day 16 - Aguadito

I hope this lifestyle is getting a little easier. What I really like about the 30 days to healthy living is that it's not a diet. That word makes me cringe a little. I've dieted so much over the years with no real results. Joining Arbonne and using these tools has been one of the BEST decisions I have ever made.

Breakfast:
Berry shake (Arbonne's protein vanilla shake, blueberries & strawberries, almond milk)

Snack:
Baked garbanzo beans with sea salt
Citrus fizz stick

Lunch:
Brownie shake (Arbonne's chocolate shake, unsweetened cocoa powder, 7 oz of unsweetened coconut milk, small walnuts pieces, shaken not blended)

Snack:
Celery, sweet Potato chips, hummus.
Pomegranate fizz stick

Dinner: This chicken soup with a twist is exactly what you need on a winter day. Totally detoxed without the traditional corn and potatoes. Normally it has red bell peppers, but I didn't have any. I'll make sure to add them for next time.

Ingredientes: 
Two chicken breasts (Or left-over rotisserie chicken)
4 cups of water
1 large organic carrot
1/2 cup of organic peas
1/2 cup of julienned red bell pepper
1 Tbsp of minced garlic
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 bunch of cilantro
1 cup of rice
Salt al gusto
1 wedged lime for garnish


Paso a paso:

1) Make your own chicken broth by boiling chicken breast in 3 cups of water. Set breasts aside. While water is boiling blend all of the cilantro with 1 cup of water, and cut the carrots into small pieces.




2) On a separate frying pan add the olive oil and brown the garlic with a little salt.  This is a very important step and will make a difference in flavor.


3) Add garlic oil to broth, then add the cilantro juice the rice and the carrots. Let it boil on low heat for about 20 mins.




4) While rice is cooking, shred chicken breast, and add to the soup along with the peas, and the bell peppers, if you have them. =)




5) Let all the flavors blend together for another 5 minutes and serve hot. Add a squeeze of lime juice if desired.



This is a hearty dish, so dessert was not needed. I did have some tea, of course.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Detox Day 15 - Turquinoa Meatballs

By now you're probably having fun cooking new things. Or at least with new ingredients. Most people start the 7 day cleanse this week, so make sure to mix that with 32oz of water and drink it throughout the day. 

Breakfast
Mango shake
7 day cleanse about 6 oz

Snack 
Arbonne fruit bar
Fizz Stick
7 day cleanse about 6 oz

Lunch
Double chocolate shake
7 day cleanse about 6oz

Snack
2 Coco banana fit chews
7 day cleanse about 7 ounces

Dinner
Total Italian craving today. So I made turkey and quinoa meatballs! After seeing all the weekend food come and go, and watching Master Chef Junior with my 4 year old, I wanted some pasta. Luckily, with all the healthier options out there, I can have it! I got this organic brown rice/quinoa pasta at Trader Joe's, and I can't tell the difference at all. Just kidding. I totally can because this one doesn't give me food comma. Remember that this is not about carbs, or calories, or fat. This lifestyle is about eating what your body can use as fuel. 



Ingredientes for meatballs:

1 cup of quinoa
1/2 lb of organic ground turkey
1 cup of organic frozen spinach
1 tsp of paprika
1/8 tsp of oregano
2 tbs of dried basil
1 Tbsp of minced garlic
S&P al gusto

For sauce you can use this recipe. Today I didn't have the time to make it from scratch, but I used an organic sauce and added mushrooms.

Paso a paso:

1) In a large bowl mix quinoa, spinach, paprika, oregano, basil, garlic, and S&P.


 2) If you have an eager chef in training please ask them to mix it all together with the turkey using their hands. It's like play dough!



3) Since their hands are already in the turkey mix, they might as well shape the meatballs. Make them a little smaller than a golf ball.


4) Place meatballs on baking sheet that's been lined with parchment paper. This will make the clean up a little easier.


5) Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. They won't be fully cooked.


6) Add meatballs to the sauce and let simmer covered for another 5 minutes to finish cooking.



7) Serve with pasta! Or not.



Dessert:
I had coconut macaroons for dessert with my detox tea. (Recipe to follow)
And the rest of the 7 day cleanse


Detox Day 14 - Tacu Tacu

Breakfast: Piña colada shake (coconut milk, Arbonne's vanilla powder, pineapple)

Snack:
Strawberries with coconut whip cream
Fizz stick

Lunch: Cinnamon shake. Just add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the vanilla shake.

Snack:
Sweet potato chips
Caramel fit chew

Dinner:
Since we had rice and beans left over, and very little time to make dinner, I decided to make some tacu tacu. Think about this dish as a giant rice and beans pancake, traditionally topped with some meat, some salsa criolla, and a fried egg. I'm not a fan of raw onions, ergo I nixed the salsa, and we had just had red meat, so I only had the egg as a topping. Since my beans already had sofrito in them, I didn't need to do much. It was delicious, and very filling.


Ingredientes

1/2 cup of cooked brown rice
1 cup of cooked peruvian beans
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 or 2 eggs
S&P al gusto

Paso a paso:
1) Mix rice and beans in hot pan. Make them into a patty shape.


2) Flip patty onto plate. Heat up oil and fry the egg (turn egg over if sunny side up is not your thing)

3) Add salt and pepper and devour!


Dessert:
Dark chocolate truffles with hazelnuts in the middle. And, my tea of course.



Saturday, January 16, 2016

Detox Day 13 - Refried beans are out, Peruvian beans are in.

Breakfast:
Blueberry shake. Talk about antioxidants.

Snack:
Arbonne's fruit bar

Lunch:
Plain Chocolate shake

Snack:
2 Coco banana fit chew
Fizz stick

Dinner:

By doing a little research, cause that's my thing now, I've come to find that Peruvian beans are very popular in Mexico! But refried beans are not the healthiest way to eat them, so I found a way to cook them with a very little prep time and no lard. Thanks to my mom, I know make them in the slow cooker. Peruvianizing the beans for dinner takes about 5 minutes. And they always taste better the day after. For this dinner I also made brown rice and cilantro chicken, but with carne. Hearty meal.


Ingredientes

1/2 pound of Peruano beans (also known as canary or mayocoba beans)
3 cups of water
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 large shallot, chopped
2 Tbsp of minced garlic
2 Tbsp of aji amarillo
S& P al gusto

Paso a paso

1) Soak beans for a few minutes and rinse them. Throw water away! Leyend has it, the bean water make you gassy, so let's not take that risk.



2) Put beans with water in slow cooker on low and let them sweat all day (or all night if you're having beans for breakfast.)

3) When beans are done, make the adrezo. In a skillet heat up the olive oil and add the shallots, then add garlic and ají amarillo and let them cook for about 5 minutes until shallots are soft.


4) Add adrezo to slow cooker and keep on warm.


 5) Eat beans by themselves or serve with whatever you'd like. Mexican or Peruvian food, apparently.



Tea for dessert!



Detox Day 12 - Mediterranean Chicken

Breakfast: 
Black forrest shake (chocolate shake with cherries)

Snack: 
Trail mix
Fizz stick

Lunch:
Peppermint patty shake (chocolate shake with 2 drops of peppermint)


Snack:
Sweet potato chips
Phytosport Complete Hydration 


Dinner: Day 12 brings a craving for something exotic. Mediterranean food sounded good, since it's very healthy food. All I had to do to "detox" this dish was substitute the dairy that's usually use in the marinade to tenderize the chicken. It does take a few hours to tenderize, but it's worth it, I promise. I made some brown rice with turmeric for color topped with olives and a side of baba ghanoush. Hummus would be good, too.


Ingredientes:
4 chicken breasts
For marinade:
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp of smooth almond butter
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of dried thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lemon juice (and zest)
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper

Paso a paso:
1) In a large bowl, mix all marinade ingredients.

2) Add chicken breasts and cover. Marinade overnight.




3) Grilling chicken is best, but since it's winter I used our cast iron grill to get these nice lines. Cook chicken thoroughly, about 8 minutes on each side on medium heat.




5) Provecho!




Thursday, January 14, 2016

Detox Day 11- Veggie Pasta Sauce

It's a beautiful January day and we're so close to the halfway point. Definitely feeling better, with more energy and less bloating! My body loves me again. 

Breakfast: Health bomb, because Disneyland.

Snack: Boiled egg.

Lunch: Strawberry shake.

Snack: Green apple with almond butter.

Dinner: Pasta. That's right. Pasta.


It's hard to find a tomato sauce that fits the detox criteria. Most of them are not organic, have tons of sugar, or preservatives. And I love past, the kids love pasta, everyones loves it. So why not have pasta? You won't even miss the cheese! I used to believe that switching to wheat pasta was a good move. Now, I now better. This is brown rice quinoa pasta, and it's heavenly.

Ingredientes:
1 bag of brown rice quinoa pasta.
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 small sweet onion
2 large shallots
2 Tbsp of minced garlic
4 tomatos
1 large carrot
1 cup of sliced bell peppers
S&P al gusto
1/2 lb of turkey

Paso a paso:

1) Cook pasta according to instructions on bag. Set aside.

2) In a skillet, heat up olive oil and add onions, shallots, garlic, salt and pepper.




3) Once the onions are somewhat brown, add tomatoes, and carrots. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.




4) Add the bell peppers and cover for another 3 minutes.




5) Take the skillet of the heat and add vegetable mix to a blender. Blend on high for 2 or 3 minutes.



6) Strain sauce back into skillet.




7) Add ground turkey to sauce and cook covered on low until well done ( about 15 or 20 minutes)




8) Uncover pan and cook on high until some of the water evaporates. Serve over pasta.




Dessert: I added a little agave to my tea tonight, for a sweet, good night.