Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse

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What are you doing this weekend?  How does this sound…..Detox.  Rejuvenate.  Heal.  That’s exactly what I did 2 weekends ago when I completed Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse.  What started out as a skeptical very skeptical project, turned into a great journey with surprisingly, pretty good recipes! <— (I’m serious!  I’m still drinking the detoxing fruit drink today!)

When I read the recipe for breakfast – quinoa with chopped prunes, I thought… ok, ok, I love quinoa. But the prunes?! Let’s just say this skeptic is now a prune lover!  In fact, oatmeal raisin cookies will never be the same again!

Dr. Oz’s 48-hour cleanse is summed up perfectly on his website.  To avoid that thing called copyright infringement and save me some time, just go to that site for all the details and benefits of detox as well as the recipes.  I’ll share with you some pictures of the yummy recipes and my progress here instead!

Dr-oz-48-cleanse-breakfast-prunes-quinoaWhy should you try the 48-hour cleanse?

1 – It’s only 48 hours.  Do the math – 48 hours, minus sleep leaves you only 32 hours to follow some very simple recipes. You can do it!

2 – You may try a new ingredient, or two.  for me this was the fennel!  Not bad – tastes like black licorice before it’s cooked!

3- You may like the new ingredients!  for me this was prunes!  I feel old to say I like prunes but the truth is, these sweet, sticky gems are packed with antioxidants and a low glycemic index according to The World’s Healthiest Foods.

4 – Why not?  You have 363 other days in the year to eat whatever you want.  Why not test yourself with something new in 2014!?

BREAKFAST – Breakfast for both days was a quinoa dish with chopped prunes, ginger, nutmeg, milk and oil.  Think of this as oatmeal with warm fruit!

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DETOX DRINK– This was a blast of fruit – 1 cup pineapple juice, 1 cup pomegranate juice, 1 squeezed lemon and 3 cups water… Add some vodka and enjoy!  Ok, so no vodka – this is a detox weekend, remember!

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LUNCH – Lunch was a smoothie.  Contents: almond milk, blueberries, flaxseed and banana.  <— see I told you it is easy!

SNACKS– I just love snacks.  Especially when followed with “You can consume as many of these snacks as you’d like throughout the day.”  Dr. Oz says eat, eat, eat!  There are many veggies on Dr. Oz’s list.  I had cucumber, celery and radishes (<— NOT a fan of those red crunchy things!) tossed in a lemon, olive oil and spice dressing.  Very Tasty!

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DINNER – Up to this point in the day I was actually happy with Dr. Oz.  I didn’t think the recipes would be so easy AND good!  When I saw the grocery list for the dinner: vegetable broth soup, my skeptism grew.  Cabbage, a lot of cabbage and fennel.  Two things I #1 have never cooked with and #2 have rarely eaten (if ever!).

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So the chopping began.  All the veggies got chopped up and put in a large pot.  I never knew how long it would take to chop veggies!  After about 30 minutes of simmering, my tummy started to rumble and I was ready to eat!  It smelled amazing!!! But I had to wait… so I drank more of the detox drink! 🙂

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When dinner was ready, I had a very tasty (and healthy!) vegetable broth.  Think about the veggie broths you buy in the store.  They are packed with sodium and “extra stuff.”  This is the real deal.  Homemade vegetable broth!

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One thing to note about the soup is that one recipe of it makes enough soup for BOTH days.  I assumed it made enough for 1 like the rest of the recipes so I bought 2 of everything.  Luckily I LOVED the soup so much I made it again with the leftovers!

At the end of the 48 hours I can say I did feel better.  I’ve had the sniffles on and off with this weather and felt refreshed.  I didn’t feel tired but pumped for the week (ok maybe the “pumped” was for other foods!).  I think this detox is super easy and doable.  No crazy ingredients you won’t ever use again.  I will definitely do the Dr. Oz 48-hour weekend cleanse again this year as a way to reset and refocus.  Oh I also took advantage of my Groupon for hot yoga at Birkram and felt even better!

So if you don’t already have plans this weekend, consider doing this cleanse.  If you can’t this weekend, schedule it soon!  Your body and mind will thank you.

Gluten Free Cran-Nut-Apple Cobbler

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Another one of my favorite holiday foods is this Cran-Nut-Apple Cobbler.  For lack of a better name, it is named for its ingredients – cranberry, walnuts and apples.

I’ve served this cobbler as both a dinner side casserole and a dessert cobbler.  It goes great as a side because it’s sweet and fruity to complement any meaty dinner.  BUT if you don’t happen to had a dessert for dinner, this is sure to impress!  Just add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!  The warm “cobbler” is sweet and the cold creamy vanilla tastes so good with it.

I’m not a cranberry fan so in attempt to like new things, this is the perfect “starter” cranberry dish!  After your taste buds like this, try my Gluten Free Baked Brie!  Chances are you will have some fresh cranberries left over so give the brie a try!

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Another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s gluten free!  In order to stay on the GF theme, I enjoyed a glass of organic red wine!  I got a bottle of Orleans Hill Cote Zero Organic Red from a great friend for my birthday.  This Organic Red was so yummy!  The makers of this wine suggest pairing this wine with “duck breast or vegetarian chili.”  Since I didn’t have either this night (or ever – duck?! What?!) I paired this wine with my cobbler… I’d say it paired quite well!

I’m also a huge (new) fan of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free products.  These are a little hard to find but I found the jackpot at none other than, Big Lots.  Seriously!  Big Lots  actually has a big Bob section!  You can get a variety of flour, oatmeal, flax seed and all sorts of beans.

GF Cran Nut Apple ApplesSo here you go!  The Gluten Free Cran-Nut-Apple Cobbler:

  • 3 cups peeled, chopped Granny Smith apples
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal, gluten free
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Walnuts (or pecans) and extra cranberries for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the apples, cranberries and 2 tbsp flour.  Add white sugar and mix well.  Put these in a 2 qt casserole dish.

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Now combine oatmeal, walnuts, brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and cinnamon.  Add melted butter and mix well.

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Last step – scoop oatmeal mixture on top of fruit mixture.  Bake for 45 minutes.

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This recipe is super easy and chances are, you already have these ingredients!  Don’t completely give up on cranberries until you have tried them a few different ways!

Bon Appetite!

Mashed Potato Maddness

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Anyone else think mashed potatoes are understated?   Maybe it’s just me who undervalues this startchy veggie.  Mashed potatoes are probably one of the last side dishes I select at a restaurant unless they are known to be awesome at that place.  I do love a baked potato at BBQ restaurants but will always go for baked beans and mac n cheese first.

Even though potatoes lack color, they don’t lack substance.  Baked potatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium, providing just over 25% daily value in 1. Potatoes belong to the same family as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, all my favorites.  World’s Healthiest Foods rate potatoes as a “good” food, under very good and excellent.

During the holidays, I had 3 random baked potatoes left uncooked and not planned for anything.  In order to eat something other an a whole potato, I wanted to change it up with yummy mashed potatoes…. so this super easy mashed potato recipe was born!

mashed pot potatoesIngredients

  • 3 baked potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, boil water.  Add a dash of salt.  Cube potatoes and boil for about 10 minutes.  Drain.

Meanwhile, chop parsley and onion.

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When the potatoes are done, Mixed in a large bowl with parsley, onion, milk, cream cheese, milk and salt and pepper.

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I absolutely love Silk PureAlmond unsweetened almond milk.  I don’t drink cow’s milk anymore and haven’t for quite some time.  An added bonus you might not have thought of- almond milk stays better longer than cow’s milk!

Aside from being super excited to decorate for Christmas this year, this recipe got me in the spirit for mashed potatoes!  I forgot how much I liked these until I added some onion and herbs.  Yumm! 🙂

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