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Dec 1, 2012 09:12 AM

Cleanse recipes

On a week long cleanse. No dairy, wheat, sugar or alcohol. I try to avoid flour of all kinds during this. I have a few favourite recipes that I always make during this time. Looking for some new ideas if anyone has a favourite that falls into this category. TIA

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      The Paleo doesn't include carbs/legumes though? I am fine with carbs, just no wheat and flour. Whole grains/pseudograins like rice, quinoa, millet, oats are all good! And legumes too. I definitely don't want to load up on a bunch of meat. When I cleanse I try to focus on whole foods, lots of fish, veggies and whole grains. Really the biggest thing for me to cut out is the sugar/dairy. It is more of an anti candida diet.

      1. re: cleopatra999

        actually, if candida is your concern you shouldn't be eating starchy vegetables, oats, beans or legumes.

        people who aren't familiar with paleo often misunderstand the philosophy - it isn't about loading up on "a bunch of meat." it focuses on quality protein & fats and tons of fresh veggies. and considering everything you've said you're looking for - no sugar, no gluten, no dairy, anti-candida - you basically want paleo recipes with the addition of some grass seeds/pseudocereals like quinoa, rice, millet & buckwheat.

        anyway, you mentioned in your OP that you have a few favorites you like to make when you're eating like this. what are they? if i have a better idea of what you like to cook & eat i might be able to offer specific suggestions.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          "actually, if candida is your concern you shouldn't be eating starchy vegetables, oats, beans or legumes."

          That was my experience. No candida since I cut out grains; it's not as if they're any different in their effects than table sugar once digested. Every gram of grain turns to glucose to feed the yeast.

          1. re: mcf

            was just comparing to an anti candida diet, any of the ones that have been prescribed to me by naturopaths have included whole grains in moderation.

            anyway, not important as that is not what I am doing, just in my mind emulating that style.

            One of my favourite dishes is a salmon stuffed with a millet/apple stuffing. I also make a lentil stew with coconut milk. Roasted Halibut with green beans, mushrooms and a spicy cilantro dressing, quinoa on the side. I also love things like chicken and cabbage stirfrys with brown rice.

            I find I crave a lot of flavour, because for me cutting sugar out makes everything taste bland for the first few days.

            1. re: cleopatra999

              okay, some thoughts for flavorful "clean-eating" type recipes:
              - Moroccan-spiced chickpea tagine
              - chana masala
              - chicken chile verde (use green tomatoes if you can't get tomatillos)
              - shakshuka
              - shrimp or fish curry
              - wasabi & sesame-crusted fish or chicken
              - grilled five-spice chicken or salmon
              - spicy chickpeas or lentils with kale & sweet potato
              - chicken or shrimp with ginger, lemongrass & chiles

              you can also use things like pesto, sun-dried tomato puree, anchovy paste, capers & romesco sauce to amp up the flavor of basic proteins & veggies

    2. When I need to cleanse and "clean up"...I like to drink my breakfast and/or lunch sometimes or just generally give my digestive system a "break".

      I use Greens to Go and really like it (lots of antioxidants).
      I make a smoothie out of coconut or almond milk and whey protein powder.
      I also really like making hibiscus iced teas.

      I also make chia seed pudding with coconut and almond milk and a bit of stevia.

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      1. re: sedimental

        I actually do smoothie every day for breakfast, with Greens+ and hemp in it (cleanse or not). Can you explain the Chia seed pudding Sedimental?

        thankyou GHG I will look up some recipes for these things!

        1. re: cleopatra999

          It is basically tweakable to your taste. Google chia seed pudding for countless versions. I like all of them and usually make a vanilla one for breakfast and a chocolate version for dessert. Just chia seeds, milk (non dairy) , a touch of sweetner if desired, and flavoring like cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin, etc.

          They look like tapioca pudding (funny looking but tasty and really good for you).

          1. re: cleopatra999

            sedimental offered really good advice & suggestions. i actually have a smoothie every day - even though you're avoiding dairy, you might want to add whey protein back in after about a week. it's lactose-free and doesn't contain casein, so it's not inflammatory or allergenic the way whole milk proteins are. in the meantime there are some good egg or vegan protein powders available. i never recommend soy, but you can try rice or a plant blend - Lifetime Life's Basics Unsweetened is my favorite, though expensive unless you buy it online.

            my go-to greens powder is Amazing Grass Green Superfood - it's the best one i've found in terms of taste and nutrition (no sugar!) and i love that it contains probiotics.

            chia seed pudding is great - in addition to the variations sedimental mentioned, i love to make a version with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, and one with cardamom and toasted nuts.

            if you have any trouble finding recipes for the dishes i suggested above, let me know and i'll steer you toward some good ones.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I love Greens+ (I believe it is a Canadian product), no sugar and the taste is good. It doesn't contain probiotics but I put probiotics in our smoothies. We also use hemp protein and coconut manna (when we are doing a lot of exercise) and sometimes avocado for the same reasons.

              I found some great fish curry dishes, I am trying one tonight. It is a Thai one and has a small amount of brown sugar in it. I haven't decided yet if I will put the sugar in or skip it and see how that tastes (it is such a small amount I am probably not too worried). I found some interesting Indian style curries, but my SO is not much of a fan of Indian flavours, I may still try it later this week.

              1. re: cleopatra999

                GHG: do you have a good chili chicken verde recipe? I am not 100% sure I will be able to find tomatillos canned or fresh, but can try. Sometimes my health food shop has them. I have never made it before, lots of recipes out there, not sure what it should be like.

                1. re: cleopatra999

                  traditionally it's made with pork, but i wasn't sure if you ate it so i suggested chicken. you can just sub chicken for the pork in any recipe, though if you do, i'd suggest using thighs.

                  this is a great recipe:

                  a few notes:
                  - use low-sodium chicken stock
                  - use much less salt for tossing the pork or chicken
                  - don't rinse the charred peppers - just rub the skin off
                  - if your tomatillos are very watery/juicy, cut back on the stock a bit
                  - add 1/2 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano and 1-2 tsp fresh lime juice
                  - if it's not thickening up enough and you don't want to simmer it forever, add a diced potato

                2. re: cleopatra999

                  A curry fish dish sounds good! I did a "cajun style" fish dish last night that called for sugar but I use a smidge of palm sugar in things like that (where alternative sweeteners won't do) and the palm sugar seems to take well to Indian, Thai and other Asian style dishes. It has a bit of a brown sugar taste to it.

                3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  <<<<a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, and one with cardamom and toasted nuts.>>>>

                  Now that sounds great!

            2. In January, I do a month-long cleanse which is no meat, dairy, sugar, wheat and no caffeine for the first 2 weeks. I used a lot of recipes from the Martha Stewart Whole Living site. There is a recipe for a white bean and pumpkin stew that I was particularly fond of.