Monday, January 16, 2012

Detox Day 8 - Challenge - go Veggie!

My challenge for you today is to go vegetarian today - whether you are on detox or not. Explore different protein options - chickpeas, lentils, hummus, bean soups. I encourage patients to have 3 vegetarian Days weekly if possible, or at least 3 vegetarian dinners for those who really struggle. It's not that meat is bad persay, but most patients are not eating 'clean' meat (pasteured, grass-fed, organic) and they are over-consuming it, both in portion size and frequency. It also takes up space in our diet in lieu of fiber and anti-oxidants (such as found in veggies, beans, nuts and seeds). So create a more balanced approach to your diet by incorporating more vegetarian options. Here is a great vegetarian crockpot curry recipe:

• 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 2 tablespoons curry powder
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• Few dashes hot sauce
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
• 1-inch knob ginger, peeled and grated
• 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
• 1/2 large eggplant, peeled and cut into chunks
• 2 medium sweet potatoes
• 1 14-ounce can chick peas, drained and rinsed
• 1/2 head cauliflower divided into small florets
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Throw all these in the crockpot and set for 4-6 hours. Serve with brown rice and:
• 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to garnish
• 2 scallions, thinly sliced, to garnish
• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, to garnish
• 1 cup chopped toasted peanuts, to garnish
• 1/4 cup mango chutney, to garnish

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND.
Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director
Vitality for Life Health Center

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