Thursday, June 6, 2013

Here are a few of my favorite recipes from the DETOX WEEK

The Best Green Juice
5 large leaves of kale
1 lemon, zest and pith removed
1 large apple, roughly chopped
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
1 spring of mint

Push all ingredients through a juicer. Alternately, you can chop all the ingredients and pop them into a blender with 1/4 cup of water, then pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and drink immediately.
* I used a blender and it's a little difficult to get all the ingredients finely chopped.  I bought a juicer after the fact and have loved it since! I still drink this on a daily basis. 

Kale Chips 

1 bunch of kale, stems discarded and leaves torn into roughly 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the kale with the olive oil and spread out on 2 baking sheets.  Sprinkle with coarse salt and roast, stirring occasionally, for 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown and crispy.  Eat like potato chips.
I also put red chili flakes on mine to give it a little zing!

Chicken Burgers, Thai Style 
1 pound ground chicken
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 shallots, very finely minced
1 teaspoon very finely minced red chili 
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons neutral oil(canola, safflower oil)

Thoroughly mix the chicken with the garlic, cilantro, shallots, red chili, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Form the mixture into 4 burgers, each about 3/4 inch thick.
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Rub each burger on both sides with a bit of the safflower oil and grill for about 8 minutes on the first side and another 5 minutes on the second, or until nicely marked and firm to the touch.

The DETOX recipes were all extremely good and the rest of the meals in the cookbook are just as tasty. We are still using the cookbook every week! Last night we had the Chicken Fajitas and they were incredible.

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