Friday past was the last day of the family cleanse. This meant there were some variations in our usual meals and food intake and I was especially interested in how my daughter was experiencing the cleanse.
She was quite proud of herself for resisting kind offers from friends at school and was not as prone to complaining as I anticipated. On the last morning she inadvertently accepted a piece of gum from a friend, got about 4 chews into it when another queried her about the cleanse being finished, and quickly abandoned the gum. Interestingly, she had a mild spinny reaction to the sugar/sugar substitute which she was able to identify.
She missed her grain products – particularly breakfast items like bagels and cheerios (I too am happy to be able to indulge in my cream of barley again)- and fruit juice, of which she generally consumes too much. She did not like the soya cheese substitute we were using, loved the breakfast smoothies, and gagged back some of the additional veggies which were on her plate as she is particularly averse to the green leafy variety.
We had a lovely soup for our last cleanse meal. No surprise that it involved chickpeas!
Chickpea & Swiss Chard Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
- 3c vegetable stock
- 3c water
- 2c sweet potato, cubed
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 20 oz chickpeas, soaked and simmered
- 3c chopped swiss chard (kale would be a great substitute in this recipe)
In a large saucepan heat oil, cook onion, garlic and spices until onion is soft. Add stock, water, potato, bell pepper and chickpeas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add chard, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender – about 15 minutes.
This evening we are going to a Diwali celebration. It is always a fun event where we get to see lots of friends, enjoy storytelling, music, dancing and good food. There is sure to be chickpeas on the menu tonight. Yumfun.