Done With Dukan

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Happy Almost Weekend!

This week marked the beginning of a new diet. The Dukan diet was super easy but also not terribly interesting. I think that is in part because I did not take it too seriously. I apologize but it was like any other elimination diet, if you think too much about it you just get hungry. So I am moving on to a more inclusive, more mainstream diet.

I am currently exploring a month as a Pescatarian. This means I am staying away from meat but still free to eat fish. I am also including eggs in my OK list but limiting my cheese intake. I have found while exploring different diets this year that cheese and I have a love/hate relationship. I adore it, it does not always love me. However! HUGE news for the lactose intolerants out there. I read an article this week that stated the longer the cheese is aged the less lactose it has. Like most articles that say things like “drinking wine every day is good for you” and “calories don’t count in the bath tub” I am going to use this to my advantage and occasionally indulge in super aged cheese with hopes it won’t hurt me like its younger counterparts.

Another amazing discovery this week was my garden finally producing baby hot peppers! While my short lived green thumb has been foiled by this wild Summer weather, I am extremely happy to have salvaged what I could. I immediately chopped them up into a guacamole and used it to top not only the amazing power bowl below but also a sweet potato. I am all for the spicy/sweet balance in meals.

This power bowl is a response to a weekend of indulgence. So while my liver and my body are in recovery mode I wanted to eat something that would get me back on track. Low carb/no meat is the name of the game. Cauliflower rice, spiced and roasted brussels and butternut squash, spinach, guac, and lemony tahini (1-2 tbsp. of Tahini + 1 Lemon, mix to desired consistency) made for the perfect well rounded meal. While I only had enough guac for the first night, the next day I used cumin black beans and the bowl was just as delicious.

Spicy/Sweet Power Bowl

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 25m
  • Total Time: 35m

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower rice
  • 2 pinches salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts halved
  • 1 butternut squash diced (can buy already cut)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Heat Oven to 400 degrees
  2. Toss squash and brussels in olive oil and spices
  3. Spread on baking sheet and cook for 20-30 minutes until tender
  4. In the mean time you can plate your "rice" and spinach in two bowls. I did not heat my cauliflower through but it would be tasty that way as well
  5. Top with veggies when done and keep as is for just a sweet bowl or add spicy guac, sriracha, or lemony tahini to mix it up.
  6. Enjoy!

How do you get back on track after a weekend of indulging?

Let me know your thoughts on this bowl!

-Katie

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