In my first week of detox away from sugar, dairy and gluten, I became so focused on what I can replace, and what I can eat that I ended up forgetting to drink my coffee! My one-cup-a-morning coffee. I have loved my coffee every morning, but I was so anxious to get the rest of the meals and snacks right, that I actually forgot.
I never forget my coffee. Well, Justin Bieber, I guess you’re right. Never say never.
I gathered all ideas of what I can work with into my cyber notepad, with a huge thanks to Pinterest. Can I just tell you how much I love Pinterest? It has been my saving grace for so many meals, remedies, hacks and DIYs. I heart Pinterest.
I’ll share with you here what I wrote for myself and if anything sounds good, try it out if you are looking to eat better, feel better and clean out your, um, inner clutter. I’m testing things out myself and so far I’m really happy because I like quick and easy meals that taste good, and so far, everything tastes really good.
Costco – found organic turkey deli slices. Wow delicious! Big difference in taste. Easy grab for my protein:
1. Pull a slice or two, add mustard (or make a honey mustard – here’s a no mayo recipe from my favorite Food Network celeb, Alton Brown), and add a layer of a handful of spinach leaves, roll it (think like a Japanese maki, or Mexican burrito) and eat it up.
2. Grab a bowl, throw whatever salad veggies you like (red onion, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, Daikon radish, jicama, carrots, etc) and tear up slices of your organic, nitrite free deli meat and drizzle a mix of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, add a little hot sauce if you like, and sprinkle salt/pepper/oregano… yum.
You can even make a sandwich using romaine lettuce as the bread slices. Here’s an ultra simple one that just has roast beef and mustard with romaine lettuce to cover. If you’re not keeping dairy out, you can add a little mayonnaise (or make it from scratch!).
If I had the time, I would have also added sliced red onion, cucumbers and tomatoes with it – I was a woman on the run. But this did me good and tasted great. Tried to take a picture of it but the weather outside was so gloomy that it didn’t capture the green goodness as it really was. Try it on your own. Even Jimmy John’s makes a similar gluten free sub called the Unwich. I don’t know much about the quality of their meat or veggies (whether it’s organic or nitrite free) but their concept of the Unwich is great, and very easy to do at home on your own if you want to be conscious about what you’re eating.
The crisp crunch of the romaine with the juicy flavors inside? Delish!!
Here’s a list of my veggie go-tos:
Muir Glen Fire roasted diced tomatoes (to mix in)
pan seared and cooked butternut squash,
red/green cabbage, roasted/pan seared or steamed
sautéed portabella mushrooms (in balsamic vinegar and oregano/Italian spices)
sweet and regular potatoes
and I love roasted veggies, like:
roasted Brussels Sprouts
roasted cauliflower (or pulsed/chopped into a “rice” – makes great fried rice!)
roasted, pan-seared or steamed green beans
sautéed or roasted roasted asparagus
My new snacks/meals:
Brown Rice flour bread (at Fruitful Yield and Mariano’s) – Lightly toasted and with almond butter, regular butter or coconut oil
Few almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
Cook and season red or regular quinoa and put in a container in fridge. Throw into bowl and mix with:
a. Prepared taco meat (ground turkey, chicken, beef) seasoned with chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic, onion powder, cilantro, Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes and hot sauce for zest to spicy) and veggies you like in salsa (green peppers, red onions, corn, black beans)
b. roasted potatoes, peppers and onions
c. tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, lemon, red onions, etc
d. broccoli, mushrooms, green onions, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, red onions, carrots, cilantro, sesame seed oil, sriracha, (make it Asian!)
e. chopped cooked chicken, oregano, olive oil, kalamata olives, tomatoes spinach (Greekify it!)
You can kinda travel a bit in your culinary style. You can be in Greece, China, Japan, Mexico, India, Italy, etc. 🙂
f. throw in eggs and make it a breakfast bowl!
Costco Black bean burger… make a few, chop them up and bag them. Eat on the go, throw in a bowl, eat as a patty — yum!
Brown rice in a container to use with everything I mentioned in place of quinoa if you want to change it up.
I have a new pasta made of corn and quinoa – haven’t tried yet but will let you know if it’s good.
Coconut tortilla wraps – I heard about them but haven’t tried yet – sounds yummy!
I got to know quinoa much better in the past couple of weeks, and learned that the easiest thing I can do is make a batch of quinoa and store it in the fridge to use on salads, and as a substitute for pasta or rice. Great source of protein. And if you season it with salt, butter, garlic or whatever you like to season your pasta or rice, it ends up being a great and delicious alternative that is good for you.
Today ended up being TacoTastic Tuesday. I made a batch of quinoa during the weekend that I mixed with ground turkey taco meat, mushrooms, cilantro, broccoli, red onion, and cilantro.
I put the mixture into serving size baggies and used one of the bags today. Just poured out into a bowl, heated it up, and added chopped lettuce (you can also spoon the meat into a full romaine lettuce leaf and enjoy the crunch!) and Cholula hot sauce to taste. You could extra crunch it up by crushing some organic corn tortilla chips, too, but I stuck with the veggies since I didn’t used to eat enough of veggies in my previous daytime meals.
If you need a taco seasoning recipe, I go with the Pioneer Woman’s recipe — because I have so far loved the simplicity of her salsa and other recipes and this one really hits home for my taste buds.
Will add more recipes here as I get them!