israeli couscous circle salad

i just spent way too long searching my blog for this salad, which i want to make for lunches next week.

israeli couscous circle salad

i will also put the ingredients here in case tablespoon ever goes away

1 cup Israeli couscous
1 can chickpeas
1 1/2 cups peas
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 package grape tomatoes
1 package pearl mozzarella
3 lemons
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 handful parsley
1 small onion
1 clove garlic

detox three, day three

i received a compliment on the seasoning scent of my lunch yesterday, so i passed the recipe along. while the chickpea kale curry is tasty, it’s missing either spice or sweet. i had even added some coconut nectar to give it something. i remember it being close to sensational last time.

the turkey burgers were both annoying to make and not very tasty. i don’t like touching meat to make the patties; i could have bought pre-pattied turkey, but i needed to add stuff to make it ‘thai’, fish sauce being an ingredient. i forget how salty the recipes are in gwenyth’s books (as opposed to the goop site).

i made an extra burger for tonight, but think i’m going to skip it. i have a project that i need to start an finish for the pantry and i can’t be spending two hours in the kitchen after work.

so, the detox will come to an end today. perhaps i’ll celebrate with a latte.

detox three, day two

the niçoise salad was pretty good; i think i could have seasoned up the tuna a little, and i forgot the avocado, but all in all, it was tasty. i even didn’t hate the arugula and radicchio.

i did stop to see matt and have a drink after work, but life is about moderation, not exclusion and depravity. while i was putting the menu together and reading through gwenyth’s cookbook, it occurred to me that it could be pretty simple to maintain the unprocessed/no sugar/still yummy food lifestyle; especially now that i eat bird. so, i’m allowing myself to create my own rules for this one.

keeping with my daily kombucha is helping. during previous fasts, there wasn’t a whole lot of movement until day four, if you know what i mean, and i was lethargic and bloated. who wants to do that voluntarily for a week?

i spent longer than wanted making the next meal (chickpea and kale curry) and didn’t sit down to dinner until shortly after 8, but the turkey chili didn’t let me down.

for some reason, in the recent past, i’d gotten used to having a couple spoonfuls of green tea or strawberry ice cream (haagen daas doesn’t put a bunch of crap in their ice cream), so mangoes are my dessert this week, and they’re a pretty good substitute.

my egg drop soup breakfast was tasty and i was sweating before i left the house. halfway to work, i realized that i was biking way faster than usual and i’ll attribute that to not stuffing my face for dinner and having calories before leaving the house (normally, i don’t eat anything until around 10a). we’ll see if my theory holds up the rest of the week.

detox three, day one

after the lunch last thursday made me feel so badly, i decided it was probably about time for another elimination.

i used a little bit of the last two menus from goop and added in some meals from gwenyth’s “it’s all good” cookbook.

i also made a granola bar from angela liddon’s “oh she glows every day”, just to replace the apparent daily latte i started getting from porter; it has a tiny bit of caffeine.

i also decided not to eliminate my daily kombucha. i really do feel like it has a positive effect on my digestion, and that’s important with this food plan.

so, day one was supposed to be egg drop soup for breakfast, but i misunderstood how slowly the bone broth would defrost. i had also planned for turkey chili and niçoise salad for lunch/dinner the first two days, but one of the jars of salad slipped and hit the fridge and busted. some choice words followed and matt, thankfully, cleaned it up because i was trying to figure out how to salvage the hard boiled egg that i was convinced did not have shards of glass.

after a little shuffling, i had the turkey chili for lunch and we shared pressure cooked chicken legs and black rice for dinner.

i started getting a headache around 4p but i think it was because of the low pressure.

feelin’ blue

for an unknown reason yesterday afternoon, i started to feel rather down. i’m going to blame the very unhealthy deluxe grilled cheese and fries that i had for lunch at the echo.

the dogs tried to cheer me up when i got home, but it really wasn’t working. so i sat on the couch with the netflix fireplace movie on tv and knitted for a bit. then i went to bed unusually early.

i slept too long and woke up with puffy eyes and feel pretty groggy this morning. i’m still blaming my lunch yesterday and probably won’t be going back to the echo anytime soon. especially since they charged me $1.50 for soda water. wtf.

if i’m going to spend $9 for a sandwich and carbonated water, i’d rather spend it at porter on a bocadillo.

“normal” diet

coming off the fast, i have a craving for pizza and salsa and really good bread. after only five days!

knowing that i’d probably want some sort of sweet after cutting out sugars for a (work) week, i made oh she glows’ chia jam bars yesterday. i had a mishap with the first batch of jam, wherein i put it in the freezer to set more quickly and the bowl tipped over and set itself right in the freezer door shelf. a loud f-bomb was exclaimed, mostly because i had just nearly emptied two madagascar vanilla beans into the jam, and secondly, because i really wanted the end result.

luckily, i didn’t throw away the bean pods and was able to scrape more seeds, *and* i seems to hoard frozen fruit. i had more strawberries than i had initially thought and happily started the process over.

too many hours later, i had enough sun butter jam bars to last me a couple weeks. that is, until i eat them all.

the sweetener is coconut nectar, since i didn’t have any molasses or brown rice syrup.

detox days three, four, and five

i forgot to post because friday came and went so quickly. the rice cake + avo with a had boiled egg was an interesting snack, but it filled the void. the lentil soup wasn’t all that flavorful, but i have since learned that items made with home made broth need more salt added than one would think.

dinner was cabbage-wrapped dim sum and it was a lot of work. i’m not sure that it would be worth it again.

saturday morning’s oatmeal was good. but, again, not worth the effort. i think i’ll stick to my overnight oats from oh she glows.

the niçois salad was tasty, and it was just enough to keep me from buying everything during our grocery shop. i skipped the afternoon snack because i wasn’t hungry. we used up the rest of the chicken from friday for laarb cabbage cups and miso sweet potatoes. matt enjoyed both things and is willing to try the laarb again. i think i’d like to use a more authentic recipe that isn’t catered to a detox.

this morning i had egg drop soup for breakfast and then distracted myself in the kitchen for so long that i forgot to eat lunch and forgot to get some work done. i broke the detox with some brown rice (tho, that was already called for in the last meal — fried rice) and roasted chicken.

after dinner, i whipped up some chicken noodle soup for this week’s lunches and have some new items to add to my weekly snack routine. namely, turmeric lattes.

detox night two

yesterday was a little rough. around 2, i started feeling pretty lethargic and my eyes started burning/getting fuzzy. i remembered the afternoon snack of apple and cashew and that seemed to help the lethargy, but my mood was definitely sour.

i woke up today and apologized to a coworker for being terse. his response, “No need to apologize. I didn’t think you were being terse at all. You’re so nice that even when you’re pissed, you still sound polite.”

isn’t that sweet? i guess, over online chat, i sound the same as normal.

last night, i had arrived home to a sink full of dishes and a full but dirty dishwasher, so that put a little damper on things. but, once i got my head around dinner and lunch for today (lunch was to use up some of the lentils from dinner), i was okayish.

on to dinner! and the story of the radicchio. so, this detox is laid out nicely, with a big ol’ shopping list split out by department and menus for each day with instructions for what to prep for lunch after you’re done eating dinner.

i use a guest check pad for my grocery lists because they’re abundant in the house.


the list for the detox took up four pages and we found almost everything at woodman’s. the two ingredients that aren’t available there are oil-cured black olives and radicchio. i knew i could get the olives at jeni st market since they have an olive bar, but i also knew that i couldn’t call to ask if they had radicchio because the average age of the checkout folks is about 13 and i once had one of them ask me what a leek was so she could ring it up.

my only other option was to call the willy st coop. on a saturday. nearing 5 pm.

i was transferred to produce, where the nice man double-checked for me that there was, in fact, one radicchio left. we hustled over (in the car) to the coop and the parking lot was jam packed, with folks circling and following people to their cars.

it reminded me of school at matc where people would park and wait at the end of aisles. my friends and i would always pick a row to walk down and then cut through, subsequently pissing off the driver and getting them out of their first place in line. haha.

i asked matt if he’d be ok with hopping out to grab the radicchio and meeting me at the car in the back of the store. he kindly did as i found a spot to park on the street. i ran in to make sure he had the right member number and looked down at the checkout belt and saw a very sad looking little vegetable. then i looked up at the register to see that it was $5.09. wah wah wah.

i wanted to get a feel for this sad, $5 thing so we grilled it with a dinner salad on sunday night. i wasn’t super impressed, but willing to give it another try. last night’s dinner was lentils with grilled radicchio and salmon. i ended up having to cook the salmon further because it was so thick, which gave me an opportunity to throw the grilled radicchio away.

i do not like it.


today’s lunch is immersion-blended lentils and bone broth.

i swayed from the menu and made a turmeric latte for my morning snack. it was good enough that i’d do it again.