It occurred to me last weekend that if I plan on being successful on Natasha Kyssa’s detox program, I had better get organized and start making some lists. So, over a warm mug of Lemon Water, I poured over all my raw food books in search of some delicious and satisfying meals for the week. That job was pretty easy. The hardest part was narrowing my list down, as all the dishes looked absolutely mouth-watering.
Along with 40 other adventurous gals, I am entering week 2 of the program. Unlike last week, week 2 meals must be 100 per cent raw and vegan. Sprouts and leafy greens are to be the focus of each or most of our meals.
Since I like to try new things in the kitchen, I decided that I would make one or two dishes that I have never ever made. I have had great success with crepes in my dehydrator, so it only made sense to give wraps a try. As well, I recall last summer at the cottage when my sister-in-law had brought me a sample of one of her wraps. It was so vibrant and delicious stuffed with sprouts and a variety of vegetables. I decided I would make the same wrap. By Sunday afternoon, I had Judita Wignall‘s Garden of Eden Pesto Wraps in my dehydrator.
On Monday, my husband and I sat down to wraps stuffed with a delicious pesto spread, broccoli sprouts, red pepper, red onion strips, sliced avocado, Julienne cucumber and shredded carrot. Basically, I stuffed them with what was available in my fridge. We ate our pesto wraps with a mixed green salad. This meal carried my husband and I through to dinner. In fact, I didn’t feel like much more than a smoothie later that same day.
Still thinking of wraps, the next day we enjoyed sunflower herb pate in collard leaves. I stuffed the collards with the same veggies as the previous day’s wraps. On this day, I was craving something a little sweet which was odd. I have always been a person that could pass on sweets. In fear of breaking down and grabbing my daughters’ chocolate chip cookie stash, I catered to this craving by throwing some chopped dates in our mixed green salad. And just to be sure, I made a dressing of cold-pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar and a good splash of maple syrup.
SUNFLOWER HERB PATE (taken from The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual)
- 2 cups sunflower seeds, soaked overnight
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp raw tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried basil
- dash cayenne
- Himalayan salt to taste
Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Season to taste with salt.
Now, I’m excited about sharing this next creation! I wanted a bread similar in texture to sandwich bread. I chose to make Ani Phyo‘s Zucchini Bread. I changed up the recipe a bit by adding one garlic clove (did you know that garlic is an aphrodisiac?), some chopped onion, and some fresh dill to the mix. Later that night, I couldn’t resist the garlic and onion aroma any longer so I opened up the dehyrdrator and picked away at the sides of the bread. Just so the sides looked more symmetrical, of course. 😉
This was my delicious sandwich yesterday afternoon – a pesto spread, tomato and sprout sandwich! I had another for dinner and a piece this morning as my mid-morning snack.
RAW ZUCCHINI BREAD (adapted from Ani Phyo’s “Raw Food Essentials”)
- 2 cups chopped zucchini
- 1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- a sprig or two of fresh dill
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup flax meal
Place the zucchini, oil, salt and garlic in a food processor, and process into a puree. Add the chopped onion and dill and pulse processor a few times. Process the almond meal and flax meal into the batter. Spread the batter evenly on a lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 104 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 hours. Flip directly onto a mesh tray and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours. This bread is moist and flexible.
Today is leftover day. I have a busy night at the skating rink, so I will pack myself another wrap, an apple, and a jar of green smoothie. On busy days, I make more than enough smoothie to fill one or two jars as a snack later in the day.
I feel great! I love that I don’t feel hungry throughout the day on this program. I also love the fact that I am now making foods I may never have tried if it wasn’t for this cleanse. I love that my family will share these foods with me. I will mention, as well, that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact that my fingernails appear stronger and longer (I’ve never had nice nails) and I can comfortably wear my blue jeans all day long!
It only took 3 runs at it, but I finally learned that the key to being successful on this program is to be organized. Make lists and keep your fridge stocked with lots of fresh fruit and veggies.
“When the body is cleansed, it becomes more efficient at digestion, assimilation, and elimination. Detoxifying strengthens the immune system and give your body greater energy. It also reduces inflammation and results in a slimmer body. Skin becomes softer and more youthful in appearance; your eyes sparkle and become brighter, you will shed excess weight, and you will feel much more vibrant, happy, and alive!” – Natasha Kyssa