You might think that removing all dairy, grains, red meat, and white sugar from your diet would mean bland meals without much variety.  Well, you’d be wrong. I’m going to share some of the foods we’ve been consuming during our cleanse this week.

breakfast smoothie

breakfast smoothie

Breakfast is often a fruit smoothie.  There isn’t a recipe:  a half banana, some blueberries and strawberries, soy milk, ground flaxseed, protein powder and a blender.    This might vary with what fruit gets tossed in, whether some carob flavour is added, a touch of honey, soy yoghurt, etc.  It is filling, flavourful and bursting with goodness.  Other than a smoothie, breakfast might well be an omelet filled with opportune veggies and soya cheddar.

school snack

school snack

At lunch time, the child in school has been struggling.  She has been unhappy with the roasted vegetables and with the eggs and hash browns.  She has been sipping a lot more water, sometimes with squeezed lemon, than she normally would, and is appreciative of Jennies Macaroons, celery with organic peanut butter and hard boiled local eggs as snacks at home and at school.  She has stoically turned down sweets offered by friends and has lamented how much of language is filled with food talk.  Today she took a vegan shepherd’s pie her dad made last night and I am curious about how she fared.

lunch

lunch

Lunches for adults have included hummus with veggies, Amy’s organic vegetable lentil soup, baby green salad with shrimp, vegetarian chili, hard boiled organic eggs, black bean soup.

In the evening, food revolves around vegetables.  Grilled salmon with a yoghurt dill sauce fits the bill as does a roast chicken or pan seared trout with asparagus.  Kohlrabi has danced into the mix this week and there are beets waiting to be prepared.

This evening, the oldest daughter is coming to spend the night.  In two days she will be heading out, again, to travel.  We won’t see her much over the next year.  So, tonight will be roast chicken, garlic roasted potatoes and chickpea & eggplant simmer.  We will likely bust the cleanse to enjoy a bit of wine.  She prefers white, so it may well be the Willm Pinot Blanc which sits in wait of being lovingly shared.

Recipes will be posted tomorrow.

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