Sunday, February 28, 2010

Detox Diet - Homemade Almond Milk

When I first went on this detox diet over a week ago, one of my biggest worries was having to give up dairy. I love my dairy. Milk. Cheese. Yogurt. Ice cream. Bring it on!

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Clearly, there was no need to worry on my part.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Detox Breakfast - Quinoa Porridge with Sautéed Pears

Who needs oatmeal when you've got quinoa?

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While I wasn't sure at first of how I would feel about the texture that quinoa would bring to a porridge, rest assured, this porridge is fantastic! (And detox-friendly!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Detox Diet: Day 1 – Cauliflower and Lentil Curry

One of the great things about celebrating Chinese New Year’s is that I get a second whack at tackling those dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Needless to say, the first round didn’t go so well in the department of eating healthier, but this time around, I was determined to get it right.

Andrea Chiu did her own naturopathic detox diet a few months ago, and she was helpful in providing me with suggestions and guidance to what I should (and can) eat. For the next 10 days, I’ll be giving up sugars, processed foods, meat, dairy, some grains, alcohol and caffeine. It’ll be interesting to see how I’ll hold up, especially considering I have to give up my beloved yogurt, cheese and milk!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Year of the Tiger, Year of the Walnut...

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I wasn't always a fan of walnuts. As a kid, I would hate it if banana bread or brownies were studded with the nut. But as I grew older, like many of the things I disliked eating as a kid, I slowly began to like the nut, with its subtle sweetness and how incredibly flavourful it is when toasted.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Curried Roasted Cauliflower Soup

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I wasn’t always a fan of cauliflower. In fact, I can’t really say I am a huge fan of this white vegetable to this day. If it’s in front of me, I’ll eat it, but give me a choice between, say, cauliflower and broccoli, broccoli would kick cauliflower’s ass any day in my books.

Perhaps it was its strong taste of it growing up that threw me off. Or perhaps it was the fact that all through middle and high school sex ed classes, we were constantly reminded that genital warts resemble the cauliflower. Nothing like a delicious plate of genital warts…gross!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dry-Rubbed Maple-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Mmm…ribs. There’s something incredibly satisfying about knawing on some bones to get the last bits of meat off, and your fingers sticky and messy from the rib sauce. An incredibly messy affair. An incredibly delicious affair. An incredibly easy affair.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Spicy Chicken Udon Stir-Fry

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I realized I’ve been doing quite a few stir-fries lately. It’s a quick fix for dinner when I get home from work, it’s relatively healthy, and a great way to use up odds and ends in my fridge. But rather than a straight-up vegetable and protein stir-fry served over rice, I changed things up a bit with this lovely Spicy Chicken Udon Stir-Fry.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Mushroom Samurai

The lovely Mel of Gourmet Fury and Leela of She Simmers have been hosting Beet ‘n Squash YOU!, their monthly vegetable-themed food battle, for the past few months now. It’s been wonderful seeing what delicious concoctions have been created in such talented kitchens, and while I was a viewer standing on the sidelines in the past, I knew Mel wouldn’t let me off so easily this time around.


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