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Days 1 and 2: A Food Lover’s New Year’s Plan

I am happy to report that I am on Day 3 of my “foodie cleanse.” We have cooked some delicious meals, discovered a few new snacks and had one huge kitchen disaster thanks to my lack of a blender.

Now, when I say disaster, I am not joking.  It was Day 1, I had gotten up early to grocery shop and returned hungry for breakfast. I intended to make a vanilla date smoothie, which seemed simple enough—yogurt, milk, dates, vanilla extract and ice. I ventured to replace the yogurt with kefir and the milk with almond milk, but when I added the dates and turned on the food processor, yogurty milk went…EVERYWHERE!

Then, for no good reason, I hit the “on” button again. Milk ricocheted on to the walls, the cabinets, the floor, the utensil jar—ALL the utensils! Let’s just say the kitchen got a good cleaning. And on Monday, I got myself a blender.  Thank goodness I didn’t embark on a break from shopping too!

So back to the eating. As the trauma of milk-gate wore off, we had a light lunch of mashed avocado with lemon, salt and red pepper flakes on rye crackers and vegetable crudités. I made a double-batch of the dressing, which is light but tasty. The highlight was definitely the hearty, satisfying black-eyed pea curry.

As I ate through the Day 2 menu, I definitely had a few moments of bread and sugar-cravings, which I decided to allay with a mug of hot tea. I’ve also decided to forgo coffee, though I second-guess that decision at least three times a day, as I’m sure my wife and co-workers do too.

For dinner, I decided to adapt the quinoa pasta recipe. For more flavor, I added chopped sundried tomatoes to the pasta water and added garnished with toasted pine nuts and chopped green olives. The end result was a bit more like a pasta salad than a pasta dish, as the quinoa pasta broke into tiny pieces once it was cooked. While I won’t say that quinoa pasta tastes exactly like the regular, or even the whole-wheat, it was packed with whole grains—an entire daily dose in fact!

After forgoing the coffee and resisting the candy while I checked out with my new blender at Bed Bath & Beyond, I decided we needed some dessert. For another first, I roasted some pears, sprinkled with cinnamon, and drizzled with a little honey when they were done. Yes, it was still a pear, but a tasty, warm roasted pear to end the day.

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